UM's Rural Institute Reaches Out to Families in Southwest Montana
“500 ‘Milestones’ booklets and 500 ‘Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones’ brochures,” was the request from staff of Family Outreach Region IV, Inc., a private non-profit agency providing home-based education and support services to individuals throughout southwest Montana who have disabilities or developmental delays.
Family Outreach, Inc. staff teach families and friends how to teach skills to children and adults with special needs. Staff recognized immediately the benefit of the Learn the Signs. Act Early resources, Milestones Moments and Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones. “We put a copy of the booklet and brochure in every family orientation packet,” says Jackie Mohler, a program manager. “When our staff make home visits, they use the booklets as a starting place for discussion with parents and families. The milestones are a way for us to talk about their child’s development in a non-threatening way,” she adds.
Just over 8,000 of these resources have been disseminated across Montana to Part C early intervention providers, Head Start and Early Head Start providers, public libraries, county and tribal health departments and county extension offices. Additional copies are requested each week through the Montana Autism Center website, www.mtautism.org, a hub of current information resources for Montana families and health care providers.
WEBSITE: www.mtautism.org or www.ruralinstitute.org
PARTNER WEBSITE: www.familyoutreach.org