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: 10-12 Months

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Explores face and body of adult

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the adult holding and talking or singing to the infant.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child begins to explore using hands and fingers. Hands go in the adult’s mouth and a finger up the nose. Exploring Mom or Dad is great fun!

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Game play with the baby on the adult’s lap is important. The child’s exploration of the adult teaches her about body parts and separateness. Singing songs, playing peek-a-boo, and bouncing games are also fun. Tell parents to wait for the child to signal she wants the game to happen again. This teaches communication, taking turns, and initiation.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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