Health & Wellness

Health Services for Families

You know the feeling. You have had it before. Something isn’t quite right but you can’t seem to pinpoint what the problem is. We understand. We believe no one knows your child better than you and that’s why we offer early intervention services and support to families. Because a healthy child is better able to reach their full potential- we are here to help.

Hearing Screening Services

The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida uses the Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener to complete hearing screenings. The hearing screen, which takes only a few minutes, works by placing a small probe into the child’s ears. The probe sends a sound into the ear, and if the ear is working properly, it produces a soft “echo.” The ear probe is able to hear this sound and displays a “pass” or “refer” result depending if the sound is heard or not. Results can be printed immediately after the screening.

If the screening produces a “refer” result, our Health Literacy Specialist will recommend a referral for more comprehensive testing. We recommended you contact your child’s primary health care provider or we can provide you with suggested resources available in your community.

Vision Screening Services

Vision screenings are completed using the Welch Allyn SureSight™ Vision Screener. The SureSight™ Vision Screener screens for common vision problems in children. This includes near and farsightedness, astigmatism and unequal power between the eyes.

The screening is very child friendly. The hand-held device is held at the child’s eye level a little over a foot away from the child as it measures the child’s eye. Results can be printed immediately after the screening.

If the screening produces a “refer” result, our Health Literacy Specialist will recommend a referral for more comprehensive testing. We recommended you contact your child’s primary health care provider or we can provide you with suggested resources available in your community.

Developmental Screening

Developmental Screening tools support the purpose to make sure that a child is on the right developmental path. The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida uses a developmental screening tool that utilizes the observations of parents called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3). This tool screens development in 5 areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social skills.

If the screening detects a possible delay, your family advocate will recommend a referral for a further testing. These referrals may be to Child Find (Early Steps and FDLRS) or other community resources that can assist with the child’s development. Your family advocate will personally discuss the referral with you and assist you with the referral process if needed.

In addition, a Child Support Plan (CSP) is created for the child’s care provider. The CSP provides the care provider with activities to promote development in the areas where the child scored in the caution or below cutoff area.

Inclusion Specialist Services

The Coalition has an Inclusion Specialist on staff that can assist families in locating available services. To speak with the Inclusion Specialist please call toll free 1-866-269-3022 for additional information.

Living a Healthy Life

If you would like to learn more about healthy food choices and exercise as recommended by the Florida Department of Health, visit their 5-2-1-0 Northwest Florida Website by clicking the link or using the button below.