The Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic believes very strongly in the importance of screening and preventative health for all of our patients. We are very excited to announce the launch of a new screening initiative for 3 year olds in our practice, in partnership with the Sundre Municipal Library and River Valley School - Sundre AB.

Our friends at RVS have noticed that more children are entering school struggling with things such as literacy, speech and social skills. We believe in the importance of education, and we know that children are more confident and excited about learning when they feel ready to start kindergarten. We want to do our part to ensure that every child entering school in Sundre has the tools and support they need to be strong, successful students.

As part of our new screening initiative, all parents of 3 year olds in our practice will be sent an "Ages and Stages Questionnaire" to assess communication, social-personal, fine motor, gross motor and problem-solving milestones. (Some parents received the ASQ earlier this year). Parents are invited to complete the ASQ and review it with their family doctor and nurse to identify any potential red flags, so that can we do our best to ensure that any child who might need help to be prepared to start kindergarten can get the help they need.

The MSMC also believes that literacy and love of reading is a huge part of academic success for children. As part of this new initiative we have partnered with the Sundre Library to ensure that every 3 year old who comes in for a check-up receives their very own Sundre Library card, and we set aside time to talk with parents about the importance of reading with their kids and the amazing programs on offer at the Library. River Valley School and the RVS Me to We Club has also generously provided a free book for every 3 year old to get them started and excited about reading. All wrapped up in a stunning limited edition Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic tote bag and accompanied by some MSMC temporary tattoos and other fun and interesting stuff for kids and parents!

We know it takes a community to raise a child, and we take our responsibilities to our youngest patients seriously. We are very proud to be a part of this important initiative for literacy and school readiness in Sundre. We would also like to give a shout-out to the leadership of Tanya Braybrook and Jamie Syer in particular, along with the staff at RVS and the Sundre Library, for their dedication to helping bring this project forward.