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Child Screening Helps Find Potential Problems

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) When you bring your first baby home from the hospital, you probably don't know exactly what to do.

A free program in Twin Falls is helping parents find out how their child is developing. It's called the Infant and Toddler Program at the Child Development Center.

For Ramona Etcheto, a free screening for her grandson Isaiah put her mind at ease.

Etcheto says, "We just wanted to make sure that there was no problem. If there was anything, to get early intervention. We thought he was okay, but it's always good to get checked out. Sometimes being there all the time, you don't realize that there could be a problem."

The Child Development Center serves the eight counties of Magic Valley. They offer free screenings for children ages zero to three. The test results help determine if your child needs some extra help to make sure they're developing the way they should.

CDC Developmental Specialist Liz Barr says, "We need to check to make sure that children are developing in the normal age range. So if they're not walking or crawling, we need to go into the home to help these children learn how to do those skills, so they can catch up to where they need to be."

Some children need speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The last two deal with making sure big and small muscles are moving correctly.

The Center helps families connect with the services their children need to catch up with other kids developmentally.

Barr says, "It doesn’t matter where you live, every child will be served in their home, which is what we do. We do a coaching model, so we work with the families to help them work with their children."

If you think your child is behind developmentally, ask your pediatrician about it. Your child's doctor can refer you to the Child Development Center. Or you can call them yourself by dialing 732-1547.

May 9, 2013.


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