The newly redesigned Help Me Grow website that the old MN Parents Know website now directs users to has some excellent information on developmental milestones, strategies to guide healthy development, and how and when to refer children for screening or evaluation in Minnesota.
For example, they published the following list of red flags which indicate that a child should be referred for screening or evaluation immediately:
- No babbling, pointing or other gestures by 12 months (1 year).
- No single words by 16 months.
- No two-word phrases by 24 months (2 years).
- ANY loss of skills at any age.
- Diagnosed physical, cognitive or mental health condition or disorder that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay, regardless of whether the child has a demonstrated need or delay.
- Delays in meeting developmental milestones such as not walking by 18 months.
- Lack of eye contact.
- Poor balance, clumsiness or weakness.
- Atypical muscle tone, such as too tight or too floppy in arms, legs or trunk.
- Speech is hard to understand for the child’s age or compared to other children who are the same age.
- Poor attention span compared to other children who are the same age.
- Behavioral concerns compared to other children who are the same age.
- Vision or hearing problems.
- High lead levels.
The fifth bullet point is actually a hyperlink original to the Help Grow Grow publication. We didn’t add it. We just made it visible. Hopefully, that issue will be resolved by the time you read this!
But as of today, the hyperlinks are indistinguishable from the regular text.
Nonetheless, the site carries some really useful information.
As always, if your child attends SonShine Learning Center and you have questions or need help seeking additional resources, just let us know!
Author: Nate McCallister
Nate McCallister started with SonShine Learning Center in 2003 as a preschool teacher. Today, he works as the organization’s financial director and is the site director at the Luther location. He earned a bachelor’s degree in technical communication and professional writing from Metropolitan State University and studied early childhood education at St. Paul College.