The Oklahoma State Division of Well being, this November, will commemorate the 65th anniversary of Youngster Steering, a statewide program that promotes and helps wholesome household relationships and baby growth by means of prevention, schooling, screenings, therapy, and session providers for households and caregivers of youngsters from delivery to age 13 in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s first Youngster Steering clinics opened in Muskogee and Pittsburg Counties in 1956. At present, Youngster Steering providers can be found by means of native county well being departments positioned in regional hubs statewide, and thru contracts with the Youngster Research Middle in Oklahoma County and the Tulsa Well being Division.
Youngster Steering employees – together with behavioral well being clinicians, baby growth specialists, speech language pathologists and social staff – provide emotional assist and sensible options to deal with household life by means of prevention, intervention and schooling.
“Youngster Steering providers are relationship-based, family-centric, trauma-informed, developmentally applicable and culturally delicate,” mentioned Beth Martin, Household Help & Prevention Service director. “Our objective is to encourage wholesome behaviors that strengthen household bonds, and to assist households cope with life challenges that will appear daunting or inconceivable to beat.”
Program providers embrace parent-child relationships; difficult behaviors; optimistic self-discipline; baby growth; growing communication abilities; youngsters and divorce; toddler/toddler psychological well being; foster care and adoption; youngsters with particular wants; sleep and bedtime routines; grandparenting; teen parenting; and serving to youngsters address trauma, grief and loss.
Youngster Steering providers are supplied on a sliding price scale, based mostly on earnings and variety of individuals within the household. Companies are coated below SoonerCare. Free telephone session is obtainable for childcare suppliers and fogeys by way of the Oklahoma Warmline at 1-888-574-5437. The Warmline is answered Monday-Friday from eight a.m. to five p.m. You can too attain the Warmline at [email protected] being.okay.gov.
For extra details about the Youngster Steering program, go to oklahoma.gov/well being/family-health/child-guidance-program, e-mail [email protected] being.okay.gov, or name your native county well being division.
The Oklahoma State Division of Well being (OSDH) protects and improves public well being by means of its system of native well being providers and techniques centered on stopping illness. OSDH offers technical assist and steerage to 68 county well being departments in Oklahoma, in addition to steerage and session to the 2 impartial city-county well being departments in Oklahoma Metropolis and Tulsa. Study extra at Oklahoma.gov/well being.