Follow Along Program
Let the Follow Along Program help you decide if your child (birth to 3 years old) is playing, talking, growing, moving, and acting like other children the same age. The Follow Along Program is a fun and easy way to learn about your child's health and development, get ideas about what to teach and at what age to teach it, and find out about other community services you may want for your child or your family.
WHAT IS THE FOLLOW ALONG PROGRAM?
- A good way to learn about your child's health and development.
- A fun way to get ideas about "what to teach" and "at what age" to teach it.
- A simple way to ask questions about how your child is hearing, moving, seeing, playing, talking, learning, growing, and acting.
- An easy way to find out about other services you may want for your child.
HOW DOES THE FOLLOW ALONG PROGRAM WORK?
- A professional, usually a nurse, may visit with you to tell you more about the program and find out more about your child. You will be asked to sign a permission form.
- Questionnaires are sent to you when your child reaches different ages such as 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, and 36 months old. Each questionnaire asks how your child is growing, playing, talking, moving, and acting. Seperate questionaires are sent regarding your child's social and emotional development at 12 and 24 months.
- Sheets with fun activities to do with your child and other age appropriate items are also sent to you.
- The results of the questionnaires will be shared with you. If there are any concerns, a nurse or other professional from the program will get in touch with you. Together, you can talk about choices for further evaluation or early help services.
- After your child is 36 months old, you will get information about the next step, Early Childhood Screening.
For more information contact a Family Health Nurse at (507) 237-4000 or check out the Follow Along Website.
If you have concerns about your child's development, the Help Me Grow website allows online referrals from parents or professionals to Early Intervention services.