Health and Development
Knowledge and Information
What is "normal" anyway?
All children develop at their own pace so it's sometimes hard to determine whether your child is reaching all the developmental milestones that are appropriate for his or her age.
Click on the ages listed below to learn about age appropriate
Center for Disease Control Born Learning
Infants (0-1 year old) Birth 2 months 4-6 months 6-12 months Toddlers (1-2 years old) 12-18 months 18-24 months
Toddlers (2-3 years old) 24 to 36 months
Preschoolers (3-5 years old) 3 years 4 years 5 years
Middle Childhood (6-8 years old)
I have concerns about my child's development. Where can I go for help?
There are several programs available in the community that can help you determine whether your child is meeting his or her developmental milestones. These programs are provided to families free of charge.
Right Track offers developmental screenings for children ages birth to three. They can also provide information and referrals to local, state, and national organizations. For more information or to schedule a screening, call 701-690-7065.
The K.I.D.S. (Key Infant Development Services) program provides assessment and home-based early intervention services for children between the ages of birth and 36 months who experience delays in development. Contact the K.I.D.S. program at 701-483-4394 or toll free at 1-866-483-4394.
Dickinson Public Schools offers screenings, developmental assessments, and special educational services for preschool children ages three to five. Some of the areas of development that can be screened or assessed include a child's speech and language skills, gross and fine motor skills, social-emotional skills and cognitive development. Call 227-3010 to schedule a screening for your child.
|Seeing bright futures for our kids!
1 in 10 children are at risk for eye and vision problems, yet the public is often unaware of how early intervention can prevent children struggling in school or permanent vision loss.
InfantSEE is a program sponsored by the American Optometric Association in which local optomotrists donate their time to provide one time eye assessments at no cost to children ages 6-12 months.
Several optometrists in Southwestern North Dakota participate in this program:
Dr. Mark Emmerich Dr. Brian Beattie
Emmerich Eye Center Dakota Eye Institute
Dr. Alan King Dr. Thomas Deis
King Family Eye Clinic
Dr. Melanie Oltmanns Dr. Thomas Samson
Eyewear Concepts Dakota Eye Institute
Dr. Nathaniel Shilman Dr. Shanon Bencker
Eyewear Concepts Midwest Vision Centers
Dr. Nichol Dillavou Dr. Danielle Moch
Dr. John Kludt
West River Eye Center
Dr. Amy Fleck
To learn more about InfantSEE, or to find a doctor in your area, go to www.infantsee.org.
Southwest District Health Unit
Provides the following Maternal and Child Services: newborn postpartum home visits, Optimal Pregnancy Outcome Program, school health services, care seat rental, SIDS information, ND Health Tracks, and WIC. Address: 1173 3 Ave W, Dickinson, ND 58601. Call 1.701.483.0171.
Low-Cost or Free Health Coverage Information
In North Dakota, there are three low-cost or free health coverage programs: Caring In North Dakota, SCHOP/Healthy Steps, and Medicaid. For confidential information, screening, applications, and resources, call 1.877.KIDS.NOW.
"Promoting Health" section of this website which provides information about this public campaign to help parents and caregivers turn everyday occurrences into learning opportunties for young children.
Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Provides information about early childhood development, health, Head Start, and family and comunity partnerships. This site is adminsitered by the Office of Head Start.
In Dickinson, ND. ADDRESS: 30 West 7th St. PHONE: 1.701.456.4000
Key Infant Development Services (K.I.D.S.)
Provides assessment and home-based early intervention services for children between the ages of birth and 36 months who experience delays in development.
Offers developmental screenings for children ages birth to three in North Dakota. Right Track can also provide information and referrals to local, state, and national organizations.
Children's Special Health Services
Provides services for children who have special health care needs and their families and promotes family centered coordinated services and systems of health care.
North Dakota Early Intervention
Program aims at identifying and helping children at risk early. PHONE: 1.701.328.836
Tufts University Child & Family Webguide
Evaluates, describes and provides links to web sites containing child development research for ages birth through adolescence. Sites included in the list are those determined to have the highest quality child development research and to be the most parent friendly.
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