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: 2-4 Months

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Tongue flat and cupped

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child being fed thicker liquids.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The mother reports pressure from the tongue flattened against the nipple to create pressure.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Some mothers have difficulty with the baby latching on and nursing. The infant’s sucking pattern effects the shape of the nipple and the consequent effectiveness of sucking. Help the parent identify needed resources if feeding is a concern.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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