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Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

We hope you had as much fun as we did

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

Affordable Style

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May…

Mom's Unite

Mom's Unite

Local Mommy Groups

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The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food

The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food

Healthy & Tasty

    By Jordan Venema If…

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of Fun!

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of Fun!

Check out the Camp Guide

    By Gayla Grace I…

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Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Shannon & Raychell’s June Juice Challenge
22 May 2015 20:24

  Edited by Shannon Smith After the article on juicing last month, Raychell and I were inspired to give an all juice cleanse a try. I had been feeling a little run down, not sleeping well, and relying on Dutch Bro [ ... ]

Meet Jordan
22 May 2015 19:56

  Sacramento Parent’s newest writer on moving to Sactown and his non-traditional approach to fatherhood By Michelle McDaid Name: Jordan Venema Children: Cassian, 6 years-old Writer, Jordan Venema is Sacramen [ ... ]

Considering Day Camp?
30 Apr 2015 17:19

  10 Questions to Ask   Fortunately, we live in an area where there are camp options to meet every interest, price range, and schedule throughout Greater Sacramento. Knowing your options, as well as your chi [ ... ]

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of ...
28 Apr 2015 20:22

    By Gayla Grace I treasure the stories my children tell after arriving home from camp. Their daily adventures include experiences that build character and bond relationships. Every camp has a unique way o [ ... ]

Mom's Unite
28 Apr 2015 19:56

            By Amanda Rinehart When my daughter was born I found myself thrust into a world I didn’t recognize. I could barely take care of myself, and now I was responsi­ble for t [ ... ]

Nature Bracelets
24 Apr 2015 20:04


  By Amanda Rinehart Every summer our family goes on a week-long camping trip to Yosemite. We really enjoy spending quality time in nature. The kids have been every year of their lives—even when my son was 6 wee [ ... ]

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion
24 Apr 2015 16:57

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May and spring has officially sprung in Sacramento! As a native Sacramentan growing up in Midtown, I will say that this town undoubtedly has some of the finest spring weather around. An [ ... ]

The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food
28 Apr 2015 19:04

    By Jordan Venema If you know your food groups and how to count calories, you probably have a better relationship with your food than most. But as essential as food is to our identity—because, well, we  [ ... ]

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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. .