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 small muscle control and hand-eye coordination to manipulate objects and work with tools.

Skill Progression: Arm movements

Age: 1-2 Months

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Prone: Weight on chest and flexed arms

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child lying on her back and stomach.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant’s hands, arms, and legs are predominantly flexed.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Time on the tummy encourages children to lift their heads, building neck strength. Pushing up on arms to look around also helps children build arm and shoulder strength and stability.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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