Health Department offers in-home training for new parents

Health Department offers in-home training for new parents

LAWTON, Okla._The Comanche County Health Department is spearheading their new Parent Connections program that offers in-home training and tools for young parents and pregnant mothers.

The program is called 'Parent Pro,' and after just six months, they already have 30 families involved. The goal is to prevent child neglect and abuse by providing education. Families are able to work with a health worker from pregnancy until the child turns six years old.

Wanda Smith is part of the health department staff who goes to the homes and identifies the causes of stress in the families, as well as the needs of the child, by using games.

"If I have a child that I suspect may have a gross motor development issue, I may participate in a game of hopscotch with them to see can they hop on one foot, can they skip," Smith explained.

Parent Connections also holds monthly meetings on different topics, which helps get parents talking. This month, the focus was on holiday safety. Daniel Farrell of the Lawton chapter of the Red Cross focused his presentation on how to prepare for the change of season.

"This time of year is one of the most common times when a house fire can happen. Some of the things we are definitely going to talk about is carbon monoxide poisoning from warming devices, the danger of fire from these warming devices and the possibility of a power outage during cold weather," Farrell said.

Parent Connections still has 10 slots available. To sign up, you can walk in or call the Comanche County Health Department at 580-248-5890.