Recognizing and responding to early risks for developmental delays is essential if we want to help every child reach their optimal development. Early developmental screening can predict risk and help guide developmental support, referrals and further assessment. Often, when referred to other services, families are met with lengthy wait times for such supports. Such wait times can further derail developmental and leave families feeling frustrated as they want to support their child are told to wait for guidance.
Hand in Hand is a tool that helps every practitioner provide families with immediate actionable strategies they can use to support their child’s development. While making a referral may be an important and first step, providing families with immediate strategies they can use daily to support their child’s development is also important. Hand in Hand gives practitioner what they need to create such plans. This ensures that when there is a developmental concern, there is also an immediate response while families wait for more intensive services.
Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) has developed Hand In Hand as a resource that can be used for providing interim strategies through the creation of an individualized plan to monitor and support the development of a child in key areas of namely: communication, problem-solving, personal-social, gross motor and fine motor.
This Developmental Support Planning (DSP) model provides a caregiver friendly resource to support the unique developmental needs of every child. DSPs are informed by caregiver observations, interviews and any screenings or assessments and serve as an immediate response to any developmental vulnerabilities a child may show, and can be used throughout professional practice to enhance interactions between a parent and child. The presenter will discuss ways in which this plan could be shared and implemented with other professionals and the families with which they work.
Participants will learn:
- How to gather and synthesize the information they have about a child’s development from multiple sources;
- How to create developmental goals for each domain based on what is known about the child and family;
- How to create a plan of strategies which caregivers can use to support the child in achieving goals;
- How to use the DSP to support foster home visits, access visits, and in child care;
- How to monitor and update plans based on updated information.