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: Locomotion: Crawling/walking/running

Age: 21-24 Months

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Walks downstairs while holding on

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child walking down stairs.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child uses an adult’s hand or a railing for support while going down the stairs.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Going down stairs is more challenging because of the perception of depth, which adds an element of fear. Early childhood educators and parents can support the child by providing a supportive hand and also encouragement. “One step at a time. Great! You did it!”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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