North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Motor Development

Goal: Children develop the large muscle control and abilities needed to move through and explore their environment.

Skill Progression: Standing

Age: 6-8 Months

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May pull to stand on a support surface

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child trying to retrieve a desired object from a surface that is higher than her head level.

Elicitation Strategy

Place a preferred object on the coffee table or other low surface while the infant is watching.

Behavior Observed

The infant approaches the table, pulls up using hands, arms, and legs and retrieves the object.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to place objects on coffee tables and other low surfaces, such as a couch or chair, to encourage infants to pull to stand. Explain how pulling to stand involves upper and lower body muscles. Placement of toys and other materials is an easy way to encourage infants to build muscle strength and standing movement patterns.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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