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: Manipulation/Tool use

Age: 21-24 Months

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Moves one or two objects from palm to fingers

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with poker chips.

Elicitation Strategy

Place two poker chips in the child’s palm.

Behavior Observed

The child works the poker chips down to her fingers from her palm.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to observe the child with different objects to see how the child changes his grasp to match the use of the tool. The ability to shift approach, even if the grasp is not correct, shows understanding of need for different approaches.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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