As your ORIGINS child gets a little older and more aware, they may become less enthusiastic about attending their ORIGINS appointments.
Below we outline what will take place at your three-year appointment and provide a video to watch with your child to get them excited about the experience instead of feeling apprehensive.
MAY 2022: Update ORIGINS' three-year appointments have changed a little and the appointment with the paediatrician will only take place if an issue is identified within your child's online questionnaires. A paediatrician will independently review your child's questionnaire information prior to your 'Kids Check' appointment and will advise our team if an appointment is required.
Following the one-year appointments, the next face-to-face touchpoint is when your ORIGINS child turns three-years-old.
At the commencement of the project, these appointments were originally scheduled to take place at two and a half years old, which may still appear on some of the printed information you have.
The ORIGINS team made the decision to wait until your child is closer to three years old to hold this important appointment. This is because the visit will include a number of measures of health and development that the researchers believe will be more reliably assessed if your child is a little older.
It is also important to ensure that all clinical feedback provided to parents is as useful to them as possible and once again, this information is more accurately reflective of development when the child is slightly older.
In addition to completing our online questionnaires prior, participants will be invited to bring their three-year-old child for an ORIGINS Kids Check assessment with the ORIGINS team.
Watch the video (click here or top right of this page) to see Lucas becoming an 'ORIGINS Explorer' at his three-year appointment. The appointment has changed a little from when this video was created, but it is still a great way of understanding what will be involved.
The ORIGINS Kids Check includes a number of measures of health and development of the child and the parents (all of which are optional), including;
electronic screen use
connectedness to nature
measurement of hope and stress factors
early childhood behaviour
access to community health services
physical activity levels
respiratory outcomes, including asthma
blood and hair samples
growth and development assessment.
Parents will receive feedback and the results from all of the assessments that are conducted. If there are any measurements or procedures that you or your child are not comfortable with, there is no obligation to complete them.
This appointment also involves your child participating in a BOD POD assessment. The BOD POD is a piece of equipment that measures body composition. It is a larger version of the PEA POD that was used as part of the assessment your ORIGINS newborn would have had after birth. It is non-invasive, with the child sitting comfortably in a rocket-like chamber, and a full test only takes around 10 minutes.