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: 18-21 Months

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Picks up a toy from the floor by bending over at the waist, getting the toy, then standing back up

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during play time.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

Bending over while standing requires the child to have balance so he doesn’t fall forward. The child can now do this.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children can do many things while standing. Early childhood educators and parents can involve children in clean-up. This enables children to practice up and down movements requiring balance.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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