January Newsletter 2023

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A Note from Help Me Grow Skagit's Physician Champion

Dr. Francie Chalmers

Happy New Year and welcome to the Help Me Grow Skagit January Newsletter.

This issue’s resource list is focused on both the HOPE and Language Development Learning Sessions. 

Later this week, on Thursday January 19, 7-9 am, you are encouraged to attend a learning session presented by the HOPE National Resource Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. HOPE stands for Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences. You will learn about PCE’s or Positive Childhood Experiences and how they can combat the impact of ACEs and help all children thrive. 

In February we are continuing our Winter/Spring educational series with a learning session on Screening and Early Intervention for Pediatric Language & Development. The team of presenters will guide you regarding screening, intervention, and resources for children and families with atypical language and communication development.  

As HMG Skagit’s “Physician Champion” please remember that I am available to help facilitate connections between your practice and community support services. I can be reached anytime with questions and feedback at fchalmers.md@gmail.com.

January 19th: Social Emotional Development

Spreading HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) in the Pediatric Health Care Setting, Presented by Tufts Medical Center

7am - 9am Register HERE

February 16th: Language & Communication Development

Screening and Early Intervention for Pediatric Language Development, Presented by Ashleigh Adkins, DNP, ARNP, Autism Center of Excellence Certification, Erin Kaui, MA, CCC-SLP, Skagit Valley Hospital Children's Therapy Program, and Jenna Lisenby, DPT, Valley Kids Therapy

7am - 8am Register HERE

March 16th: Cognitive Development

Prescription to Play, Presented by the Weitzman Institute

7am - 8am Register HERE

April 20th: Cognitive Development

Impact of Technology on Child Development, Presented by Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, Director of the Child for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children's Research Institute

7am - 8am Register HERE

May 18th: Movement & Physical Development

Pediatric Gait, Presented by Jenna Lisenby, DPT, Valley Kids Therapy

7am - 8am Register HERE

June 8th: Evening Reception and Culminating Event

Save the Date! Registration coming soon

To learn more, visit the Help Me Grow Healthcare Provider page

Helpful Resources


The ACEs Aware Clinical Team Toolkit: Preventing, Screening, and Responding to the Impact of ACEs and Toxic Stress offers clinicians and practices comprehensive information and resources. This Toolkit is composed of a series of fact sheets that are designed to be read individually.


Assessment and screening of positive childhood experiences along with childhood adversity in research, practice, and policy Jillian S. Merrick & Angela J. Narayan https://doi.org/10.1080/10796126.2020.1799338


Balancing ACEs with HOPE 2017 This report presents evidence for Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences based on data reinforcing the need to promote positive experiences for children and families in order to foster healthy development. https://cssp.org/resource/balancing-aces-with-hope-final/



Pediatric Language Development: American Speech Hearing Association Early Intervention + resources https://www.asha.org/public/speech/early-intervention/

AAFP 2015 Statement on Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Aged 5 Years or younger https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2015/0815/od1.html#:~:text=Summary%20of%20Recommendation%20and%20Evidence,I%20statement

Online Resource: The Early Hearing-loss Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention (EHDDI) Program offers resources for families and providers. https://doh.wa.gov/you-and-your-family/infants-and-children/health-and-safety/early-hearing-loss

Online Resource: Early Hearing Detection & Intervention - Pediatric Audiology Links to Services - EHDI-PALS is a web-based searchable national directory. It helps families, healthcare professionals, and state public health organizations to find pediatric audiology expertise for children ages birth to five. The website provides information about childhood hearing to support families and professionals through the process of screening, diagnosis, and intervention. https://www.ehdi-pals.org/default.aspx#gsc.tab=0

Parent Resource: Language Delays in Toddlers https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/Pages/language-delay.aspx

Parent Resource: Washington State Hands and Voices: We are a parent driven organization dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) regardless of language or communication mode. https://wahandsandvoices.org/early-hearing-detection-diagnosis-and-intervention/

Parent Resource: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: Speech and Language Developmental Milestones https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/speech-and-language

The Help Me Grow Skagit website is a great place to find support for Skagit families.  Now, we have a page just for you!  On the Healthcare Providers page, you can learn about the Help Me Grow Skagit Family Resource Navigator, how to make a referral, connect with our Physician Champion, and read past newsletters. Check back as we expand this page to include more resources. If you have an idea of content to add to the page, we'd love to hear from you!

Did your practice receive the Help Me Grow Skagit gift box? They included our flyers (EnglishandSpanish),rack cards,referral forms, prescription pads, and more! If you would like one, or more copies of any of the materials in the bin, please contact Francie Chalmers.

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