Healthy Beginnings screens in 12 different areas. Click below to find out more information about what happens at each station.
The behavior station is an opportunity to discuss any parenting concerns. Topics commonly discussed at the behavior station include:
- Clingy behavior
- How to get the child to sleep alone
- How to get the child to mind
- How to help a child who hurts himself or herself when upset
- Readiness for separation from parent
- Experience with peers
- General mood and activity level
- Child’s ability to explore and entertain himself or herself
- Stressful or traumatic experiences
Car Seat Safety
At the Car Seat Safety Station you will learn about:
- Car seat safety and state regulations
- Bicycle safety
- Seat belt use
- General safety guidelines
At the dental station you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered about your child’s dental health:
- When to start dental care and how often it is needed in young children.
- Teaching good brushing and flossing habits early
- How to check for decay
- Prevention of “Baby Bottle Mouth”
- Fluoride supplements/varnish
- Good diet and nutrition for healthy teeth
- Parent self-care and how it affects the child’s oral health
At the General Information station you will learn about:
- Home and toy safety
- CPR techniques and information on classes
- Library and literacy information
At the Health Station we check your child’s:
- Weight, height and plot this on a growth chart (percentiles)
- Review immunizations and inform you of recent changes
- Check general health status and answer any questions you may have
- Discuss prevention and well child checks
- Make referrals to health care providers
At the hearing station, a professional audiologist or trained volunteer will:
- Conduct a hearing screening using an Otoacustic Emission screening tool (OAE). Screening is done for low, mid and high pitched tones to determine if child can hear speech clearly
- Go over hearing history of the child and any concerns are discussed.
Although screening is not conclusive, referrals are made when necessary for further testing in an audiologist’s office.
At the Infant Development station, your child’s development is assessed with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires third edition (ASQ-3). This questionnaire is mailed home prior to the screening and assesses five different areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving and Personal-Social.A volunteer trained in Early Childhood Development will review the questionnaire with you and offer referrals when in depth assessments may be of benefit to your child and family.
At the motor station fine and gross motor skills are assessed, including:
- Standing, Hopping and Skipping
- Touching thumbs and fingers
- Writing Name (for ages 4 years and older)
A volunteer trained in Early Childhood Development will review the DIAL-4 record form with you and offer referrals when in depth assessments may be of benefit to your child and family.
At the Nutrition Station parents meet with a dietitian or a trained volunteer and may discuss:
- Usual food and beverage intake over 24 hours for their child
- Food likes and dislikes
- Food allergies or foods their child can’t eat
- Potential foods that are needed and missing in the child’s diet
- Healthy snack ideas
- Age-specific nutrition guidelines
- Advancing nutritious food choices
Kids Say the Darndest Things
“It’s weawy fwoggy outside.” (it’s really foggy outside)
“Damma, I want a tup of juith.” (Grandma, I want a cup of juice)
At the Speech Station we will listen to and assess:
- How your child makes sounds in words (how clearly your child speaks)
- How well your child can answer questions, describe pictures and follow directions
The assessment used is the DIAL-4 (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, fourth edition). A volunteer trained in Early Childhood Development will review the DIAL-4 record form with you and offer referrals when in depth assessments may be of benefit to your child and family.
Did you know . . .
- It is recommended that a child receives their first vision exam at or as close to 6 months as possible.
- 1 in 10 young children has an unidentified vision concern?
- Early Identification of vision concerns allows for prevention, correction and treatment.
At the vision station, children birth to 5 are screened with a parent screening checklist. In addition to the parent screening checklist, children aged three through five receive a screening using the Casey Eye Institute Screening Process.
Click here for a list of vision providers in Central Oregon.