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Supporting Your Child’s Development: Knowing When to Reach Out

January 2, 2024
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Worrying about your child’s development is a natural part of parenting. We want to see our kids thrive, and thinking that they may not be developing at the “right pace” can cause a lot of parents to worry. While every child develops at a different pace, you know your child best and there may be a point where you feel the need to reach out to someone about your concerns.

Supporting your child’s development can be tough to navigate, so we worked with our EarlyON Resource Consultants from EveryMind to outline some situations where it might make sense to reach out for support.

When to Reach Out

1. If you have any questions and want more information about supporting your child’s development

Each parent has their own experiences and strengths. It is okay to ask questions when you’re feeling unprepared or overwhelmed.  All questions are good questions. 

2. If your concerns about your child’s development impact your family’s everyday life

If you feel overwhelmed or see your child struggling at home or in different settings, and this is happening most days, you may want to reach out for support.

3. You want to prepare your child for a transition or life change

Parents of young children are often in a busy stage of life that might include big transitions like welcoming new siblings, moving to a new home, starting school and childcare or parents returning to work. Transitions can be hard for children, and they may need more support during these times.

4. You want to promote their overall social and emotional well-being

You are the expert on your child and every child is unique. Building social and emotional well-being is a lifelong process, but one that’s important to focus on in early years. Explore ways to strengthen and build your child’s skills.

How to Reach Out

If you’re thinking about reaching out for support, you might be wondering how to get started. There are many resources for parents to consider when it comes to child development, and it can be difficult to know where to begin.

If you have a family doctor, you can always consult them about any concerns you might have. At BridgeWay we also have EarlyON Resource Consultants who visit our centres regularly to chat with parents about their concerns.

To connect with a resource consultant you can visit or call your nearest EarlyON centre to find out when they will be available. You can also call the Child Development Supports Booking Line, 905-795-3527, x 3550

What is an EarlyON Resource Consultant?

Child development professionals from EveryMind rotate across EarlyOn centres to work with families providing free support and connecting them with community resources. They are here to chat with you and answer any questions you might have about your child’s development. They can provide helpful information and strategies, and can refer you to specialized resources if needed. You can also book a time to talk with your Resource Consultant on your own, it is free and confidential.

Child Development Supports Booking Line: 905-795-3527 x 3550

Meet EarlyON Resource Consultant, Roberta!

Hello,

My name is Roberta Morris and I am an EarlyON Resource Consultant from EveryMind. My role is to work together with you, your family, and EarlyON staff to support with community resources, questions around child development, and more.

If you have questions about your child’s development, I can meet with you privately to discuss your child’s needs when you will be provided with information, strategies, and may be referred to specialized resources, if needed.

If you would like to learn more about my role, speak with the EarlyON staff or come by and say hello!

Looking forward to connecting with you,

Roberta

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