The Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Referral Map is a Province-wide tool to assist health care professionals in referring parents of 18-month-olds with developmental concerns to the right program or service, following completion of the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS), an early identification screening tool, and the Rourke Baby Record (RBR), an evidence-based infant/child health maintenance guide.
In consultation with the parent, once an area of developmental concern has been identified by the health care professional, the map may be used to help guide referrals to organizations that provide services in vision, hearing, speech & language, motor/vision/cognitive/self-help skills, nutrition, parenting and social/emotional/behavioural development.
Whether concerns are identified or not, all young children benefit from environments that promote healthy social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. That is why the Referral Map directs health care professionals to refer all families to their local Ontario Early Years Centre or other parenting program to access play-based early learning activities and programs, parent education, resources and support. These parent and child centres also offer informal peer support to parents at playgroups and workshops. The Child Health CARELine is recommended to parents who wish to receive answers to questions over the telephone.
Community organizations also find the Referral Map a useful tool for referring parents of young children with developmental concerns to the right program or service. To view an electronic copy of the September 2013 update which includes weblinks, please click on the RESOURCES tab above. Many of you will recall an earlier version developed by the former CYSN Prenatal to Six Integration Team and released in April 2012.
Parents and guardians as well as community service providers and health care professionals may learn more about the Well-Baby Visit at http://www.18monthvisit.ca.
For answers to questions about the HPE Referral Map, CONTACT Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network.