What We Do
Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow is a program for Franklin Country’s pregnant parents, newborns, infants, and toddlers that provides health and developmental services so that children start school healthy and ready to learn. Services are designed with the family’s concerns and goals in mind. This program helps families decide what would be most helpful to their child and gives them someone who will listen and care. There are two programs:
Home Visitation Program:
Help Me Grow’s – Home Visiting program provides first time expectant or new parents with health and child development information. The goal of the program is to give expectant parents the information and support they need to be prepared for the birth of their child and provide ongoing support for families to understand and maximize this period of development to age 3. Ultimately, we want to see Ohio’s children healthy, happy and ready to succeed in school.
Early Intervention Program:
Young Children (0-3) sometimes need help early in life because of premature birth, health problems, or a diagnosed delay. They may have trouble seeing, hearing, talking, thinking, playing, or moving. Parents are entitled to an evaluation at no cost to see if their child is eligible for Early Intervention Services. If a family needs a Service Coordinator, they will help find the services that the child needs and connect them to resources, therapies, and family support.
Parenting for LEP Families
The main purpose of this program is to prevent child abuse and neglect through parenting instruction, and to assist families to successfully raise children in United States. Services are provided home and center based.
To be eligible for the Help Me Grow program, the child has to be evaluated through Help Me Grow and found to have a delay in at least one of five areas of development (adaptive, social emotional, cognitive, gross and fine motor, or receptive and expressive communication),or have a medical diagnosis that can lead to a delay in development. Once eligible, the child will be linked to a Service Coordinator that will guide the family through the process of receiving services and map out the family’s goals through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The Service Coordinator will help the family access a variety of services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and an early intervention specialist, which will address the developmental needs of the child. The therapy services are also developed to coach family members in working with their children to address their developmental needs because parents and caregivers have the most opportunities to provide learning activities to their children.
Our staff is dedicated to providing services to English and Limited English Speaking families. For more information on child development please visit http://www.ohiohelpmegrow.org/. If you have concerns about your child’s development and would like to have an evaluation, please contact our Help Me Grow main office at 614-227-9860 to make a referral for your child and schedule a developmental evaluation.