Children's charity Royal Far West and those behind a new community-led initiative in the Parkes Shire are on a mission to better support the development of our little people.
Royal Far West and PROJECT Sprouts - in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities and supported by Neighbourhood Central, ARTC Inland Rail, Northparkes Mines and Parkes Shire Council - would like to introduce the Parkes Shire PROJECT Sprouts developmental screening program.
And screenings are taking place across the shire within two weeks.
Program coordinators said identifying children's developmental issues before they start school can change their developmental path, improving outcomes for the children, their families and communities.
This is a free developmental screening program and it's for children aged three to five years old.
It aims to help to identify lifestyle, development or illness-related issues.
The program includes fine and gross motor skills assessment, speech and language assessment, hearing and a dental check.
A speech pathologist will check if the children have any difficulties with speech, language, swallowing, fluency or voice.
An occupational therapist will check if children have difficulties with their motor skills, sensory processing, behaviour or regulation.
Children requiring further assessment will be referred to appropriate local services, and those with complex needs may also be referred to Royal Far West's Paediatric Developmental Program.
Screenings will be held in Parkes, Peak Hill, Tullamore and Trundle between October 19 and October 23.
Go to https://www.royalfarwest.org.au/programs/clinicians-in-community/ to see times and locations, and to register.
Children must be registered to attend.
All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information, please call Grace on (02) 8966 8557.