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1st Five - Healthy mental development in the first five years

Healthy mental development in the first five years

1st Five Success Stories

Newly Single Father Struggles

A physician in Lee County referred a three-year old whose father was struggling with multiple issues associated with raising a young child as a newly single parent. The child was assessed as speech and toilet training delayed, showing fearfulness and acting out behaviors during the office visit and inappropriate responses to touch. The child's immunizations were also out of date. The 1st Five coordinator referred the family to services at the AEA, an immunization clinic, lead screening, and the University of Iowa developmental disabilities clinic. The child is now in a high quality childcare setting, which has helped with toilet training progress and support. The father is described as increasingly involved in the welfare of the child and showing follow-through with the support and referrals made available through the 1st Five initiative.