They grow up so fast! That's why this time on KTD! we're learning how to make the most of those crucial, first three years of baby's life. We'll ask: where should very young children be developmentally at one year, two years and three years? How can caregivers help children to learn and grow every day? And where can caregivers find help and support if their children aren't meeting the recommended milestones?
IN-STUDIO GUESTS: Joing host Shana Sheehy in the studio are two guests who both have a lot of experience with helping babies learn and grow in Alaska.
- Dr. Donna Galbreath has devoted her medical career to serving Alaska Native People. She worked in Fairbanks, Alaska for 15 years as a provider and medical director for a tribal organization; she currently works for Southcentral Foundation as the Medical Director of Quality Assurance. She serves as an elected member of her tribal board and also serves as the President of the Association of American Indian Physicians. Dr. Galbreath is also in the new film from Best Beginnings, Babies on Track.
- Erin Kinavey is the Program Manager for the Early Intervention Program at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. She currently serves on the national board for Infant & Toddlers Coordinators Association. She earned a Masters in Education in special ed from UAA and began her career in early intervention working with children diagnosed with autism.
EARLY DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES:
- Statewide Early Learning Programs - Educators and early learning organizations all over Alaska are working to help babies and toddlers do their very best. Contributor Jessica Cochran reports on resources like the Infant Learning Program's "Learn the Signs of Healthy Child Development" campaign, Best Beginning's new film Babies on Track, and the Association for Alaska School Boards' work in the Lower Kuskokwim area.
- Supporting Families with Special Needs Children - When babies or toddlers aren't meeting the developmental milestones they can find professional assistance and peer support at the Stone Soup Group. Producer Sarah Gonzales speaks with the Positive Behavioral Support Program manager, Wendy Barrett.