A second-time mom, Erica knew her two-year-old son Ivan should be talking more. “He said a few words—like ‘mom’ and ‘dad’—but nothing substantial,” says Erica, a Stockton resident. “I just hoped he was a late bloomer.” At the time, Erica received weekly visits from a home visitor through CalWORKs’ Helping to Enhance Parents’ Potential (CalHEPP) program. The home visitor administered the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (a developmental tool for early detection and intervention), and “pointed out (the results) to me and said, you might want to look into this,” Erica says. “So I took my son to the pediatrician.”

Resource Type: Story

Priority Area: Strong Families - Home Visiting & Family Supports

County: San Joaquin

Source: First 5 San Joaquin

Attribution: Erica, Stockton, CA