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: 27-30 Months

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Grasps spoon with fingers

Situations for Observation of Skill

Interview the adult about mealtime. Observe the child at lunch or during a snack or meal with a variety of different items.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the parent about what the child eats when eating with the whole family.

Behavior Observed

The child holds the spoon gripped in the fingers rather than the palm.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children feel more a part of the family when they share the same activities, eat the same food, and use the same utensils.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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