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Bundling Up Babies in Need

Bundling Up Babies in Need

keeping babies warm....

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Leprechaun Binoculars

Leprechaun Binoculars

Spotting Leprechauns

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Tall Tales

Tall Tales

Meet Fenley & Chifu

  Giraffe Encounters at the Sacramento…

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

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Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Dreaming Up Bedtime Stories
26 Feb 2015 19:29

  Meet… Jason D. Batt of Rancho Cordova KIDS: Tristan (13), Keaghan (10), Aisleyn (3)   This month we’d like to introduce you to a local Sacramento dad who has taken his children’s bed­time stories  [ ... ]

Summer Camp for all Ages
26 Feb 2015 19:09

    Summer camp offers all kinds of fun and character-building experiences for kids of any age. Whether you’re looking for a few hours of entertainment or weeks of intentional skill-building for your child, [ ... ]

Earaches are a Pain
26 Feb 2015 18:51

    By Jamie Lober Clinically speaking   If your child complains of ear pain, has a headache, acts more irritable than normal and has trouble sleeping, he is not alone. “Ear infections are probably  [ ... ]

Babies & Bumps Boutique
26 Feb 2015 18:38


There’s nothing more personal and thoughtful than a unique hand-crafted gift for a new or expecting mom. While many parents have a list of big box items needed to prepare for their little bundle of joy’s arrival—t [ ... ]

Tips for a Great Photo Shoot
26 Feb 2015 17:52

 5 Tips from our Babies and Bumps Photographer:  This event is sponsored by Sutter Health By Michelle McDaid | Memories by Michelle Photography
www.MbyMPhotos.com 1. YOUR BABY NEEDS TO BE SITTING UP UNASSIST [ ... ]

Bundling Up Babies in Need
24 Feb 2015 21:01

  By Michelle McDaid Photography by Memories By Michelle | www.MByMPhotos.com As a Social Worker for the newborn unit at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Dawn Olson meets families who are in need on a daily b [ ... ]

Tall Tales
24 Feb 2015 20:46

  Giraffe Encounters at the Sacramento Zoo By Leisa Mayer Photograph by Jill Carmel | www.JillCarmel.com   Fenley loves giraffes and has visited them at the Sacramento Zoo since he was a baby. He dreamed o [ ... ]

Loose Parts
24 Feb 2015 20:26


Turning Bits and Pieces into Learning Tools
By Shannon Smith “To all who value play To all who tinkered as children To all who cherish creativity To all who advocate for preserving childhood” This month we wer [ ... ]

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Don’t Wait and See

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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. .