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: 21-24 Months

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Puts trash in trash can

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child when he needs a tissue (usually a common occurrence with little ones).

Elicitation Strategy

The adult requests that the child throw the tissue in the trash.

Behavior Observed

The child knows where the trash is and can deposit trash.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Include tissues, diapers, washcloths, etc. in dramatic play to encourage practice of daily life skills on dolls. Remind the child to take care of his own needs, by offering the necessary materials, such as tissues, washcloths without telling the child what to do. Just handing the child a tissue tells the child the need, but gives the child the independence to follow through.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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