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 demonstrate the social and behavioral skills needed to successfully participate in groups.

Skill Progression: Behavioral regulation

Age: 6-8 Months

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Begins to learn behavioral implications of own and others’ actions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant in interaction with others.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed, but the adult may introduce familiar games or toys to see if the infant anticipates what will happen.

Behavior Observed

The infant shows intentionality in vocalizations and crying (to get the adult to come). She anticipates being picked up and will raise her arms. The baby also shows excitement with familiar toys and games, anticipating what will happen next.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help early childhood educators and parents understand that children learn the consequences of their behaviors from their first interactions with adults. The presence of a nurturing, responsive adult is critical to the infant’s sense of trust, security, and ability to anticipation what will happen.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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