When I heard about the Medcan Youth Health and Development Assessment program, I thought: this must be the future. The current mainstream model of pediatric medicine isn’t lacking, per se, but we could say it’s firmly entrenched in a tradition of focusing on illness. When you’re rushed out of a checkup at the doctor’s office with a sticker and a few kind words, it almost feels like you took the morning off for no reason. Of course, your doctor knows to look for red flags and signs that anything is wrong, but wouldn’t it be nice to know more, even when everything’s alright? Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to an additional, comprehensive medical program designed to provide an in-depth assessment of your children’s physical and mental well-being?
The future is here, and all that information you’re wondering about is available. Medcan is the first program in Canada for children and youth ages 5 to 17 that provides a thorough Health and Development Assessment at three key stages, Elementary (5-9 years), Middle School (10-13 years), and High School (14-17 years). Over the course of your two-and-a-half day long assessment, four areas of well-being are examined: Medical, Social, Nutrition and Fitness, and Cognitive Development. You and your child will meet with a physician, a registered psychologist, and a registered dietitian to evaluate and discuss your child’s progress and development in each area.
It’s a great way to find out things about your child that can otherwise be tough to put your finger on. You’ll receive results as you go along, and a comprehensive report of all the findings at the end. Best of all, the program is designed to be fun and enjoyable for the kids taking part! Parents who have experienced the program rave about the kid-friendly environment and the overwhelming peace of mind at having such detailed information that they couldn’t get anywhere else.
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