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: Self-care

Age: 15-18 Months

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Dries hands with help

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child during self-care routines in the bathroom.

Elicitation Strategy

Do the same with hand washing and drying.

Behavior Observed

The child knows soap and water go on the hands, and rubs hands together.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to involve children in washing and drying tasks throughout the day. Wash hands after eating or playing outside. In addition, children can help wash and dry plastic dishes. Brush teeth after meals to give children practice and build the routine. Include washcloths, toothbrushes, combs and brushes in dramatic play.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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