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: 10-12 Months

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Tips bottle to drink and self-feeds whole bottle

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant during meals times and with a bottle. Watch the movements of the lips, tongue, and jaw.

Elicitation Strategy

At another time give the infant a bottle.

Behavior Observed

The child can hold and drink a whole bottle of liquid.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The infant is now combining movements of fingers, hands, and wrists, as well as lips, tongue, and jaw. This allows the infant to grade movements and have more control over self-feeding. Although it is undoubtedly easier (and less messy) to feed the infant, encourage parents to let children help.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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