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Family Focus: Infant Development

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Anyone can refer a child for services with the Minot Infant Development Program.

Program Director Dianne Bossert says children with certain medical conditions automatically qualify for services.

If you're not an automatic qualifier, you need a twenty-five percent delay in two areas, or a fifty percent delay in one developmental area.

Jessica Bice's son is one of 116 kids in the program.

“Eating was one of her biggest areas of concern,” says Kristie Lawson, and occupational therapist for the program.

Bice's son was born premature and had trouble gaining weight because he wasn't interested in food.

Lawson has shown the Bice family activities that they can do regularly, like cutting food into shapes to interest Camden.

Bice says in the two months her son has been in the program, she's noticed a big difference.

And, she says Lawson hasn't only helped her son.

“She's helping me build a better relationship with him. Me and my husband have each seen an amazing difference.”

A difference in their relationship with Camden, and a difference in Camden's health.

He's gained about two pounds in the past two months.

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