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Childhood Tests Help Kids Catch Up

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A Twin Falls mother says that a childhood screening helped her daughter "catch up" with other kids her age.

Ten years ago, Jay Michaels talked to that Twin Falls woman about her daughter who was almost two years old at the time. Thanks to some childhood screening, Jennifer Hall found out her daughter Larrissa need some developmental help.

Hall says, "I first took her in because she was having trouble even at that late age. She was almost a year old and having trouble sitting up. So they checked her out physically to make sure there wasn't any structural issues."

Hall says therapists were able to help Larrissa learn how to walk, how to pick up small objects, and enabled her to "catch up" with her talking abilities. As a result, Larrissa was a little ahead of her peers by the time she entered three year old kindergarten.

Larrissa Hall says, "Math is a little challenging, science is okay, and language seems regular. I'm kind of ahead, because I got all those therapies."

Jennifer Hall says the testing helped her find out some of the challenges Larrissa might have, and how to help her through those early stages, as well as building a solid foundation for her schooling and future development. She says if you think your child is behind other children's development, talk to your child's pediatrician, and see how they can help your little one.

Hall says, "Get it checked out, if nothing else, peace of mind. And then if it does show that they need a little bit of help, there are services out there that can help them, and the sooner the better. If you can lay that foundation, then they'll do better later on."

Hall's daughter Larrissa is proof that's true.

Oct. 6, 2012.


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