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Maintaining Harmony with Young Musicians

Maintaining Harmony with Young Musicians

Helping Children Learn

By Heather Lee Leap Your child…

Teach Tots to Help Others

Teach Tots to Help Others

Giving Back

It’s A,B,C,D…Easy! By Ruth Hanley It’s…

Saving the World, One Lemon at a Time

Saving the World, One Lemon at a Time

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  Meet Hannah…local artist and children’s…

Adventurous Dessert Destinations

Adventurous Dessert Destinations

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Musical Rhythm Sticks
24 Jun 2015 20:46

By Shannon Smith Tap and shake your rhythm sticks to keep the beat or rub them together to make a cool cricket sound. We created ours in red, white and blue in honor of Independence Day!

Maintaining Harmony with Young Musicians
24 Jun 2015 19:23

By Heather Lee Leap Your child wants to play an instrument, you want him to practice, but making it work is not always easy. While practicing is predominantly a solo endeavor, the nature of music is social, and for chil [ ... ]

Teach Tots to Help Others
24 Jun 2015 18:39

It’s A,B,C,D…Easy! By Ruth Hanley It’s never too early to demonstrate caring for others. Teach your toddler the joy of giving with simple, fun ideas that let her be a part of making the choices. Creating a tradit [ ... ]

Saving the World, One Lemon at a Time
24 Jun 2015 18:02

  Meet Hannah…local artist and children’s book illustrator By Christine Quarry THE NEW CHERRY Usually when you think of a lemon, your mouth puckers and salivates or you expect your car to stop working as soo [ ... ]

Adventurous Dessert Destinations
24 Jun 2015 17:25

  Edited by Shannon Smith Whether it’s date night or family night, you can’t beat a cool treat on a hot summer eve! Lucky for us, we’ve got some fantastic choices when it comes to delish desserts. I mean, we [ ... ]

Take Dad Out to the Ball Game!
26 May 2015 18:24

  By Shannon Smith Buy him some peanuts and crackerjacks—show that important Dad in your life that you’re his #1 fan with one of these ‘outta the park’ picks for Father’s Day!

Party Planning—Without the Stress!
26 May 2015 17:47

By Gigi Mallatt • Photography by Ligia Ann Photography Have you ever attended a birthday party where the host or hostess is running around frantic, panicked, and completely stressed out? Chances are, the planning of t [ ... ]

Soothing the Stings, Bites, and Burns of Summer
26 May 2015 17:00

By Ashley Talmadge Ahhh, summer! The joy of being in the great outdoors seems endless. Yet, the season also brings an abundance of biting insects, harsh sunrays, and rash-producing plants. When exuberant squeals turn in [ ... ]

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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. .