2Growing Together Project The Growing Together Project offers a new model of coordinated community based screening, assessment and intervention services for children aged months in the communities of Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House and Olds.
3Access: To Developmental Check-Ups Prior to The Project Developmental Check-ups:Were not available at immunization clinicsWere just beginning at Parent Link CentresWere offered through home visiting programsNumbers of Developmental Check-Ups offered in prior to Growing Together: (aged 4 months to 5 years)
4Access: To Developmental Check-Ups Growing Together has increased access to developmental check-ups for children. We have completed 1536 check-ups since the Project began. Current sources of check-ups include:Immunization Clinics (93% of all check-ups)Parent Link CentresPediatric Rehabilitation ProgramCommunity Speech-Language ProgramsHome Visiting Programs
5Access: To Developmental Check-Ups Sources of developmental check-ups continued…PhysiciansRed Deer Aboriginal Head Start ProjectCentral Alberta Women's Emergency ShelterNative Friendship CentresCentral Alberta Refugee Effort
6Developmental Check-Up Access: What’s Working? Immunization ClinicUniversal AccessStrong Process in Place – resulting in an ASQ return rate of 82% for the ProjectMarketingHUTV video, posters, newspaper adsRequest from PhysiciansFor a “Red Flags in Child Development” posterRequests from Community AgenciesTo join in offering developmental check-ups
7Developmental Check-Up Access: What Are The Challenges? Children’s Developmental Milestones: Lack of Parental AwarenessPhysician Engagementpresentations, dinner, articlesAboriginal Community EngagementMeeting the Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Familieslanguage barriers, some mistrust of larger systems
8Developmental Check-Up Access: How Are We Doing? Data collected from a Quarterly Mail Out Survey:88% of parents stated that they were satisfied with the developmental check-up that they received for their child.89% found the staff completing the check-up to be helpful89% felt their questions were answered to their satisfaction at the developmental check-up52% found the handouts provided to be useful.
9Access: To Follow-Up Assessments Children who have areas of need identified on the ASQ in communication, gross or fine motor domains are offered a follow-up assessment with a Growing Together therapist.The Project target is for children to be seen for assessment within 4 weeks from their developmental check-up
10Access: To Follow-Up Assessments A total of 516 children have been recommended for assessment with a therapist on the Growing Together team.(410 below cutoff on ASQ, 84 above cutoff with <10 words and 22 at parent request.)Most referrals were in regards to Speech-Language concerns.(SLP:420, OT:130, PT:104)66% of children have been assessed within the 4 week time frame.
11Assessment Access: What’s Working? Reduced assessment wait timesIntroduction of OT and PT assessment and intervention services in OldsAssessment outcomes: Children are being identified who require services, many more with moderate to severe areas of need than were anticipated.Age Appropriate: 52 children (17%)Mild Area of Need: 87 children (28%)Moderate Area of Need: 115 children (37%)Severe Area of Need: 54 children (18%)
12Assessment Access: What Are The Challenges? Decline rate of 20%Typically by parents who are unconcerned or who want to wait until their child is olderLarger than anticipated numbers of children being identified with areas of needOver-referral in the areas of gross and fine motor
13Assessment Access: How Are We Doing? 310 children have had assessments completed by Growing Together.The parents of 105 children have declined assessments.Data from Phone Survey Completed Post-Intervention:100% of parents surveyed felt that the wait time for assessment was short or acceptable.100% of parents felt that their child’s assessment results were explained clearly to them.
14Access: To Intervention Services Children with identified areas of need following their assessment are referred to follow-up intervention through Growing Together. 83% of the children assessed so far have been recommended for treatment intervention.Treatment Options Include:Growing Together Groups: Communication and MotorHanen Groups: CommunicationIndividual Intervention With: SLP, OT, PTPsychologyParent Coach Support (no assessment required to access)
15Access: To Intervention Services All children receiving intervention services for communication, gross motor, fine motor or psychology needs are seen for a re-assessment 16 weeks after starting treatment.Treatment goals are established for each child at their assessment and are measured at the re-assessment.
16Intervention Access: What’s Working? Timely interventionUsing paraprofessionals to offer treatment groups.Reducing barriers to treatmentchildcare and transportationParent Coach RoleGains made by re-assessment
17Intervention Access: What Are The Challenges? Difficult to get numbers needed to offer groups in the rural areasDifficult to get enough children with the same needOffering individual treatment within 10 weeks if no group is available.Video-conferencing in year 3
18Intervention Access: How Are We Doing? Growing Together has provided intervention to 147 children. 51 more children are currently awaiting start dates for treatment groups.The parents of 47 children have declined treatment intervention.Growing Together has completed re-assessments for 87 children. Almost 80% of those children showed significant improvement in skill levels by their re-assessment date (enough to move from a severe area of need to a moderate or mild one etc.).Almost 50% of the re-assessments completed have resulted in age appropriate outcomes for children in previous areas of need.
19Intervention Access: How Are We Doing? 81% of children fully achieved their treatment goals by their re-assessment date. Of those that did not, 8% were greater than 50% achieved and 10% less than.Wait time reduced.Data from Phone Surveys completed Post-Intervention100% of parents completing a phone survey stated that they were satisfied with the treatment their child received from Growing Together. (78% stating “very satisfied”)100 % of parents stated that they would recommend the Growing Together Project to other families.
20Intervention Access: How Are We Doing? Parent Coach data from completed phone surveys100% of parents accessing Parent Coach support identified increased confidence in handling parenting issues.90% of parents stated that their knowledge about parenting resources increased as a result of Parent Coach involvement
21The Growing Together Partnership The Growing Together Project is a partnership between Alberta Health Services (formerly the David Thompson Health Region) and the Parent Link Centres in Red Deer (Family Services of Central Alberta), Rocky Mountain House (Evergreen Parent Link) and Olds (Mountainview Parent Link).Our Steering Committee has representation from each of these partners as well as from the local Child and Family Services Authority.
22The Partnership What’s Working? The Common Beliefs of All PartnersNeed for improved access to services for childrenFamily centred careCommitment of Front Line StaffEnthusiasm from Community PartnersCreativity: different backgrounds, multi-disciplinary team
23The Partnership What’s Working? Elimination of barriers due to RelationshipsSharing work and problem solving (discharge surveys)Childcare ( FSCA and Collicutt)Workload (PHN completing check-ups)RSWs on the teamFree ASQ training to partners in communityPromoting Parent Link programs and ongoing developmental check-ups through Growing Together12 Month Immunization Magnet (dual purpose)Reaching hard to engage familiesPRP Tummy Time promotionGrowing Together Gazette
24The Partnership What Are The Challenges? Difficulties that arise from two different systems coming together (Nonprofit and Larger Systems)Additional workload for already busy individualsAvailability of partners
25The Partnership How Are We Doing? The Partnership Survey addresses factors related to:PurposeResourcesCommunicationStructure/ProcedureMembershipEnvironment