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Meet Katy, International Mom
19 Dec 2014 19:01

By Michelle McDaid Married to Sam with 4 kids, Violet (6), Tytus (6), Jackson (2), Finley (9mos) THE JOURNEY TO BRING HOME VIOLET & TYTUS We met Katy’s eldest children, Violet and Tytus, back in April at ou [ ... ]

Newborn Parent Essentials
07 Dec 2014 17:04

By Michelle McDaid
Photography by MbyMPhotos.com We asked local parents to share the must-have items that helped them through the newborn stage; the essential, but not-necessarily-so-pretty gifts they would have loved to [ ... ]

Excercise with your Kids
07 Dec 2014 16:30

Get Fit & Have Fun with your Kids By Giselle Schroer Do you struggle with finding time to excercise because you're busy being a parent? Luckily there's a way you can get in a quick workout while modeling healthy ha [ ... ]

On Repeat This Month
06 Dec 2014 18:01

    From the Theatre of Lights to Outdoor Ice Skating, we've rounded-up the coolest winter seasonal events in town! Check out December's holiday ongoing events HERE.

Ho-Ho-Holiday Crafts
05 Dec 2014 22:06Ho-Ho-Holiday Crafts

Tis the season to pull out the glitter and the glue and let the kids dive in to create one-of-a-kind decorations and gifts.     Tutu Precious Snowflake Ballerina   Glitter Ornaments  [ ... ]

Go Play! Ski & Snow
05 Dec 2014 21:56

Go Play! Ski & Snow By Keilah Woodard If you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to the snow this season, now is the perfect time to start planning! Whether your family is filled with snow novices or experienced s [ ... ]

5 Tips for a Healthier Split
04 Nov 2014 19:40

Can you rise to the challenge? By Lorene Paso So you didn't make it as you planned. Well, it's not the end of the world and the sad facts are that you are not alone. The Divorce rate is close to fifty percent. It's tim [ ... ]

On Display {exhibits} December
25 Jul 2014 08:00

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            New  The Augmented Reality Sandbox
Ongoing at Sacramento Children’s Museum
Children can create their own topographical lands [ ... ]

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Turning Point’s new developmental screening program makes early intervention simple—and free.

By Amy Crelly

In March Turning Point’s Children’s Services launched a program offering free developmental screenings for infants and toddlers (2 months – 5 years). “The biggest thing we’re seeing in the clinic is speech and language delays,” says Diana White, Director of Children’s Mental Health Services for Turning Point Community Programs.

She recalls one little boy, “just shy of four years old,” who only spoke one word at a time. “His mother was concerned, but, again and again, her pediatrician advised her to ‘just wait and see.’” White remembers how relieved and validated that mother felt after her son’s screening. She left with a referral to County Mental Health, to help her son with behavior issues associated with his speech delay, and received assistance setting up IEP services with the school district.

“The bigger the gap between a child’s age and developmental level, the harder it is to help that child get back on course,” White explains. Pediatricians usually do a great job of screening little ones’ vision and hearing, says White, but they often lack the time and resources to do developmental screenings for things like fine motor skills or cognitive and social-emotional development. This means most have to rely on their best judgment to detect problems and give referrals. But research suggests that doctors’ instincts are no match for standardized screenings. White says pediatricians typically catch only about 30% of developmental delays, while screenings catch 70-90 percent.

Turning Point offers free screenings to all parents, regardless of insurance or income status, and whether or not they have any specific concerns. It only takes about an hour. Parents answer some questions, kids might perform some fun and simple tasks (like skipping, drawing shapes, or stringing beads), and the staff goes over the results right away with parents. A screening won’t yield a diagnosis, but families can receive referrals and support services if needed.

Sometimes, White tells me, it’s as simple as sending handouts home, so parents can do activities with their little ones. “There’s so much parents can do,” White says, “and the things parents do with their child will have a bigger impact—that relationship can really help a child develop nicely.”

For more information about Turning Point’s Children’s Services, or to schedule a free screening for your child, call 916-427-7141 (ext. 1132) or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .