Staff Highlight: Early Intervention Nurses

We are extremely fortunate to have two talented registered nurses (RN) in our staff – Stacie Holt and Megan Eads. They are part of the Health Services team at Root for Kids, where they work with our Early Head Start kids and pregnant moms and Early Intervention kids. Today we’re highlighting their amazing work with the unique Early Intervention program at Root for Kids.

Staff Highlight: Early Intervention Nurses | Root for Kids
Megan Eads

The program serves children from birth to 3 years old and each referred child gets a home visit with an RN. This happens upon intake and annually; the evaluation includes an individualized health history, hearing and vision screening. Our nurse’s role in Early Intervention is vital to the assessment and eligibility of the child.

The nurses help the family determine if there is a medical reason that needs to be addressed in order for developmental milestones to be reached. They also coordinate care with medical providers if concerns need to be addressed. This ensures that a child’s overall health is an asset to their development.

Stacie Holt, one of our nurses, recently shared the following success story with us.

 

Staff Highlight: Early Intervention Nurses | Root for Kids
Stacie Holt

From Feeding Tube to Full Nutrition by Mouth

Approximately two years ago, we enrolled a premature baby in our Early Intervention program who was a triplet and was born at 33 weeks. She had spent 2 months in the NICU. The baby was born with a cleft lip and palate and was unable to nurse or take a bottle. She went home with a feeding tube and 100% of her nutrition was through tube feeding. Later had corrective surgical repair of her lip and soft palate.  

The speech therapist helped her learn to eat by mouth and overcome a severe gag reflex. The physical therapist helped with her gross motor development, and the developmental specialist helped with her overall development.  

As she got older, an occupational therapist helped her learn to eat food with a variety of textures. The registered nurse worked with her and her parents on calorie packing to help her gain weight.  

As a team, we served this sweet premature girl from the time she was about 5 months old until she was 29 months old and moved out of state. At the time she exited our program, she was taking 100% of her nutrition by mouth and planning on having her feeding tube removed.   

I recently spoke with her mom and she continues to do well; so well that they have decided they no longer need Early Intervention.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, please fill out our referral form. To support the Early Intervention program and its activities, visit our donate page.


What You Should Know About Prematurity

In Utah, 10% of births are preterm (more than three weeks before the babies due date.) The rate of prematurity in the United States is similar, and it is a number that has been on the rise over the past few years. Premature birth is the largest contributor to the death of babies in the United States. It can have devastating emotional, physical, and financial effects on the babies and families involved.Read More



Fun Father’s Day Activities

Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy some quality family time together. Here are some of our favorite Father’s Day activities for fathers and children!

Play outside

The possibilities are endless when it comes to playing outside in the summer. You can have a picnic in the park (or the backyard), play catch, go on a bike ride, toss a Frisbee,  or even go on a hike if you’re feeling more adventurous. The key is to have fun and connect with the kids!

dad-playing-kidsSource: One Tough Job

Movie night

Go all out for movie night! With the kids’ help, build a blanket fort and prepare fun snacks. There are a lot of good family movies out there to choose from, but to keep the Father’s Day theme going with movies such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and The Lion King.

movie-night-blanket-fortSource: Parents.com

Cook together

Special dates are by default “cheat” days so indulge yourself. Look for recipes that the kids can be involved with – if you need a little inspiration, Kids Create has good recipes and suggestions. Not only it will strengthen your bond, but the kids will learn essential life skills.

kids-dad-cookingSource: Sign Up Genius

Make a music video

Combine dancing, singing and dressing up and you’ll have a recipe for success. Share with the kids your favorite songs when you were their age and make it a throwback video for extra fun.

kids-dancingSource: Snap Happy Mom

Game night

Have everyone in the family pick their favorite card/board game and take turns playing all the games. You can keep a running up score and whoever accumulates more points overall get a special prize.

 

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Fathers and father figures play such a big part in a child’s life. We wish all the dads and father figures a happy Father’s Day!

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Volunteers Help Assemble “I Spy” Bottles

“I Spy” bottles are a great way to entertain young children while working on skills such as sensory, language and even math. Last week, volunteers helped assemble 100 “I Spy” bottles that will be used by our home visitors with our enrolled families!

i-spy-bottle-sensory

We are extremely grateful for this wonderful group of 30 volunteers that came all the way from Draper, UT to help us out. Thank you leaders and youth from the LDS Corner Canyon 6th Ward for choosing our organization to do a service project with!

To support The Learning Center for Families, check out the ways you can get involved.


Utah Families Connect Event

On April 18, 2018 the Parents As Teachers (PAT) program at The Learning Center for Families participated in the Utah Families Connect event with eight other PAT programs across Utah. The purpose of the event was to bring families together to enjoy a night of food, fun and learning while connecting via social media with other people enrolled in the same program. It was so fun to be a part of that and hosting the St. George area event in our backyard! We had 16 parents and 41 children join us on Wednesday and here are a few highlights of the night.

Dinner

Everyone enjoyed a brown bag meal with sandwich, chips and fruit leather. Special thanks to Even Stevens – St. George for donating the supplies for this delicious dinner!

Utah Families Connect

Utah Families Connect

Nutrition Workshop

We had the pleasure of having Daylemarie Eves from USU Extension program come and do a presentation about nutrition for the children and their families. The kids were a bit disappointed to learn that chocolate milk contains a lot of sugar, but everyone enjoyed the interactive presentation and learning about the nutrients our bodies need to be healthy and strong. Check out our Daily Food Plan for Preschoolers blog post for more about the resources the presenter shared.

Utah Families Connect

Utah Families Connect

Community Resources

Families also had the opportunity to learn more about SUU Head Start, Family Health Care and Help Me Grow Utah. We are grateful for the participation of these organizations and all they do in our community!

Utah Families Connect

Utah Families Connect

Games

The night wouldn’t be complete without fun games for everyone to enjoy!

Utah Families Connect

Utah Families Connect
Utah Families Connect
Utah Families Connect

Utah Families Connect

Utah Families Connect

Utah Families Connect

About Parent As Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early childhood family support and parent education home-visiting model.  Families may enroll in Parents as Teachers beginning with pregnancy and may remain in the program until the child enters kindergarten. Family Specialists work with parents to strengthen protective factors and ensure that young children are healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

Utah Families Connect

We are now enrolling for the Parent As Teachers program! If you are interested or want more information, please contact Alicia Weigle at aweigle@tlc4families.org. To support The Learning Center for Families and fund programs like this, make a donation today!