Free Health Screenings Offered for Young Children

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL - November 9, 2012 - Children from throughout the Big Bend underwent free screenings Friday checking for developmental problems.

Volunteers from the United Way, Whole Child Leon, Leon Public Schools, the Florida Department of Children and Families along with several others, conducted the program.

Screeners checked children for cognitive, behavioral, vision, hearing and language development.

The goal of the screenings was to identify any developmental issues and address them early.

"If you can identify a developmental issue early in a child's life and you can put some processes in place that will help to remedy that or minimize that or help the child accommodate to that, if you can do it in the first few years of life the outcome is so much better," says Mary Beth Seay, M.D.

Children from six months to 5 years-old participated in the screenings. Another screening day is set for April.

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