As more families join The ORIGINS Project community and our first cohort of babies become toddlers, the project is entering a new phase.
Following the one-year appointments, which many ORIGINS families would have already attended, 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 a clinic visit with a paediatrician and ORIGINS team members at Joondalup Health Campus.
Watch the video (top right of this page) to see Lucas becoming an 'ORIGINS Explorer' at his three-year appointment.
The clinic visit/paediatric 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.
Following this appointment at Joondalup Health Campus, there will also be the opportunity to attend an appointment at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, where we will conduct 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 child would have had after birth. It is non-invasive, with the child sitting comfortably in a chamber, and a full test only takes around 10 minutes, though you will need to allow one hour for this appointment.