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: Dressing

Age: 18-21 Months

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“Dresses up” in large size clothes that are easier to get on

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with the adult’s shoes, shirt, hats, and other apparel.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult can make adult or older sibling clothing available and suggest the child “dress up.”

Behavior Observed

The child puts on a hat and large shoes and attempts to put on shirt, but needs help.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Provide dress-up clothes for children to try on. They especially like wearing their parents’ clothing.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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