FAN is reminding parents that the next Ages and Stages Day is coming up in Warfield on April 6.
The Family Action Network (FAN) partners with early childhood professionals to offer families the chance to get a snapshot of their child’s development in a ‘check-up’ at an Ages and Stages clinic. The event is free and includes a 45-minute appointment to discuss topics like eating, sleeping walking and talking.
“As parents we all have questions at different stages of our child’s growth and development,” says FAN Executive Director Christy Anderson. “These clinics give parents a way to measure and track their children’s development and feel confident that their child is on track.”
The Ages and Stages screening tool is made up of 21 different questionnaires that correspond to the age of a child, though developmental milestones may differ depending on the age the child is at.
Parents can pre-register for an hour-long appointment with an early childhood professional to go through the Ages and Stages questionnaire, which is completed by the consultant and parent as they observe the child playing. Parents can ask questions about and receive information on topics from behaviours to sleep routines.
“The beauty of the Ages and Stages tool is that it is play-based, so the screening is fun for the child,” said Anderson.
So what happens when a parent has concerns about an area of their child’s development?
Anderson advises, “If there is an area of concern brought forward during the screening process, the nice thing about Ages and Stages clinics is that parents receive immediate information about how to further support their child. If a parent has a concern about their child’s speech, for example; they are given contact information for the speech therapist and what the intake process for that service is.”
Early years professionals can also suggest activities that a parent can work on at home with children who may show a slight delay in a particular area of development, she added.
“Many times, including developmental age-appropriate activities in the home is just the ticket to overcoming a small hurdle before it becomes a big bump.”
Free services available during this Ages and Stages clinic are dental checkups and general developmental screening. To book an appointment, call FAN at 1.855.368.3707.
The Family Action Network is dedicated to making this region the best place to raise a family. FAN supports organizations that help families, encourage organizations to invest in families, and help link families to resources. For more information about the Family Action Network and/or Early Childhood Development visit familyactionnetwork.ca, or call 1.855.368.3707.