North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children identify and demonstrate acceptance of similarities and differences between themselves and others

Skill Progression: Identify and demonstrate acceptance of similarities and differences

Age: 2-4 Months

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Knows difference between mom, dad, and siblings

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant interacting with the various family members during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant reacts differently with Mom (calmer body movements) and Dad (more active body movements) and siblings (more excitement and staring).

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand that based on how family members interact with the infant, the infant’s response will be different. They already know that Mom is (typically) the primary caretaker and comforter, while Dad likes to move and interact in more intense interactions. The same is true for siblings, who are closer in size to the infant, and thus interesting.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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