North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Developing a Sense of Self with Others

Goal: Children form relationships and interact positively with familiar adults who are consistent and responsive to their needs.

Skill Progression: Attachment

Age: 1-2 Months

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Gazes into parents’ eyes; begins to recognize family members

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe during parent-child interaction during routines or face-to-face engagement.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Observe the eye gaze of the infant when the parent is 8- 10 inches away and engaging the child with vocalization.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand the importance of very frequent touch and eye gaze. The tiny infant sees best at 8-10 inches, so hold the baby close when talking to him. Attachment begins at birth and builds as the infant comes to expect and desire positive engagement with parents.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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