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: 12-15 Months

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Shares joint attention on an object with an adult and takes turns

Situations for Observation of Skill

Watch the adult and child playing with a toy or sharing bits of food.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the adult to take turns sharing an object.

Behavior Observed

Watch the child look at the object then the adult. See if the child watches the adult’s actions with the object. Does he wait for the adult to have a turn?

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand how important it is for them to play with their child. Teach early childhood educators and parents how to be a play partner: watch and follow what the child does; wait for the child to look at you, then do something new to model; then wait for the child to take a turn. Label toys and actions to teach language. Respond to the child’s successful actions.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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