Happy Monday to you all!
In an attempt to fulfill the purpose of this blog, which is to reach out to parents and let them (you) know that they aren't alone, the Help Me Grow team has revamped our posting schedule. As part of this make over, every so often we will be sharing success stories that we've had with parents that have called in needing help. Have no fear, we will definitely be calling for your consent before we release ANY information :-)
And for our first success story, I thought it would be appropriate if I shared a personal story. When I first started working with Help Me Grow, I got an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) to do with my 2 year old daughter. For those of you who aren't familiar with the ASQ, this questionnaire is comprised of age appropriate activities to do with your child, and these activities measure how your child is developing compared to the "average" child that age. The purpose of the ASQ is catch developmental delays early on, but some parents like being able to keep track of how their child is doing regardless of the presence of a delay. Anyway, when I started, I got an ASQ to do with my daughter. She scored alright, but it was informative to me to see what the different activities did to help her develop. Some of them I would have never have thought to do with her, and some I wouldn't have seen the value in doing them. But having the ASQ available to me has given me an extra source of confidence in knowing that I can do certain things to be sure that my daughter is developing the way she should, as opposed to relying on someone else to tell me how she's doing.
If any of you readers are interested in receiving the ASQ to do with your child, feel free to contact us through 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow.