Purpose Conrad, MT has a large number of young, single mothers with limited parenting support. This project aimed to provide parenting education regarding important childhood milestones to high-risk mothers.
Methods Denver II Developmental Screening Tests were offered to mothers attending the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinic with children from 2 months to 5 years of age. This test evaluates children for delays in the areas of gross motor, fine motor-adaptive, personal-social, and language development. The interaction was used to provide education and anticipatory guidance regarding the timely attainment of developmental milestones and to address issues of child safety during these vulnerable transitions.
Discussion All of the parents that were offered a developmental screening test chose to participate. They enjoyed seeing that their children were generally in the normal range of development when compared to others of the same age. The parenting education provided ranged from the importance of “tummy time” and reading with children to the proper use of child safety devices.
Conclusions The use of systematic developmental screening tests in concert with parenting education can be an effective means of providing support to high-risk families in a community-based setting.
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