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Wyoming Act Early|Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)
Dept 4298, 1000 E University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2762
Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463
TeleType: 1-800-908-7011
Fax: (307) 766-2763

Professionals: Helping Parents

A young boy pulling his ears and sticking out his tounge at a woman who is doing the same. Wyoming Act Early encourages primary care providers, Early Head Start teachers, child care providers, and other professionals who work with young children to help parents learn about developmental milestones. As you talk to parents every day, you can point out when their children have reached important milestones. You can also encourage parents to play with and read to their children to stimulate learning and development.

Developmental Screening

Many resources exist to help professionals take an active role in developmental screening. The Medical Home Portal offers information about developmental screening tools, referring to community resources, and coordinating care.

What to Do After Screening

Sometimes professionals are not sure what to do when they find that a child has a developmental delay. For child care and other community professionals, the first step is usually sharing the findings with parents, in a positive manner, and encouraging them to contact their medical home (primary care provider) for an appointment as soon as possible.

Medical homes are encouraged to provide further assessments and refer for additional testing, as soon as possible, if they do not have that expertise in their own practice. A "wait-and-see" approach often creates unnecessary delays in making appointments for testing and in ultimately making a diagnosis.

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