North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

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

Subdomain: Self-Care

Goal: Children develop independence in caring for themselves and their environment.

Skill Progression: Eating/drinking

Age: 1-2 Months

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Tongue moves in and out (suckling)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant while being breast or bottle-fed.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child is beginning to coordinate sucking and swallowing, but may suck more and lose some liquid as a result.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to monitor the infant during feeding to respond to the infant’s need for a break.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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