Referred for Developmental Delay, Family Stress Identified As Well
Carrie, aged nine months, was referred because of a gross-motor developmental delay. After speaking with the family, the 1st Five care coordinator also discovered family stress related to financial difficulties. The coordinator referred Carrie to Parents as Teachers, Early ACCESS for evaluation for occupational therapy, and the UIHC Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic. The 1st Five coordinator also referred Carrie's mother to the Maternal Health program for resources for her current pregnancy. The family was also referred to a social worker, heating assistance, food assistance, a local food pantry, and transportation assistance to Iowa City. Carrie's gross motor development has improved and the family's financial stress has decreased as a result of 1st Five's referrals. For this single medical referral, an additional nine referrals were identified to benefit this child and family.