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If you are a parent going through a divorce, you know how emotionally challenging and stressful it can be. You may be extremely worried about your child's emotional well-being, safety, and future, or you may be worried you are losing valuable time with your children. A separation or divorce is a stressful and emotional event for everyone involved, but children may often feel like everything has been turned upside down. No matter how old you are, it can be traumatic to witness your parents' marriage end and the family's breakup.  

However, by providing your child with patience, reassurance, and a listening ear, it is possible to reduce some of the stress your child may be going through while also teaching them healthy coping skills to manage change. Establishing routines will offer your child stability, structure, and care during this difficult time. If you can maintain a working relationship with your ex, it can help reduce the stress and upset that comes with watching parents in conflict. Your support will help your child navigate this difficult time while also empowering them with love, confidence, and strength to create an even stronger relationship with your child.

Attorney Kris Balekian Hayes has been through the divorce process herself as a parent and now helps other parents navigate the often difficult and overwhelming process. She understands that the most important priority during a divorce is to protect your family. Based on her life experience and expertise, she offers parents the following advice while going through a divorce. 

  • Begin your co-parenting relationship on the right foot. You will have a lifetime of dealing with your ex after a divorce if you have children, so try and start on the right foot with flexibility and generosity.
  • Keep your children out of the divorce at all costs. Healthy kids are those that know that mom and dad love them dearly but are just going to live apart from now on. This also means you should not talk bad about your ex in front of your children. Research has shown that the single most important factor in long-term adjustment for kids going through a divorce is the amount of parental conflict they witness. Kids are put in a tough spot if they have to take sides or listen to negative things about one of their parents.
  • Don't bring someone new too quickly around your child. It's tempting to be excited about your newfound happiness but know that your child is also trying to adjust to their new life. They may not be as excited as you are about your new partner. When it is time to introduce a new stepparent make sure all parties are aware of the agreed upon boundaries. This means don't allow stepparents to intervene unless agreed by all parties. A new set of opinions can make life more challenging for your child.
  • It may seem easier to use your kids as messengers, but there are many other appropriate ways to communicate with your ex. It's also important not to question your child about what's happening in the other household. Kids may become resentful if they're being asked to "spy" on your ex. As much as you can, communicate directly with the other parent about scheduling, visitation, health issues, or school problems.

The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with Balekian Hayes, PLLC visit: https://www.bhfamilylaw.com.

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FAN EXPO HQ and Hololive Production, Japan's premier VTuber (virtual YouTuber) agency, are proud to announce the  2021 FAN EXPO x Hololive EN North American Tour featuring Hololive’s top English speaking virtual streaming stars Watson Amelia, Gawr Gura, Mori Calliope, Ninomae Ina'nis, and Takanashi Kiara.

This exclusive virtual presentation will be the first of its kind in North America, and a celebration of thrilling innovation.  VTubers are some of the fastest-growing and most exciting entertainment celebrities in the digital age; think Youtuber meets cosplayer meets computer generation. Already a massive industry in Japan, this tour marks the first time VTubers have toured North America to connect virtually with in-person audiences. Calgary Expo attendees will have the opportunity to participate in fun games and interact with the VTubers through a live Q&A session. The VTuber, live from Japan, will be able to see the attendees and speak to the audience in real-time during the presentation.

“Our shows are always on the cutting edge of fan culture, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with Hololive EN to bring VTubers to North America, and celebrate this exciting new frontier of fandom innovation,” said Andrew Moyes, VP of FAN EXPO HQ. “We hope this announcement delights fans of VTuber culture, and we’re proud to provide a platform to spread the creativity of this world to a whole new audience. Fans of anime will admire the artistry of these virtual guests. Fans of internet culture and gaming will discover a whole new community. And of course, fans of VTubers will have unprecedented access to the industry’s top creators, like they never have before.”

This special FAN EXPO HQ x Hololive EN tour will include MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Boston, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Dallas, and FAN EXPO Canada.  This presentation is being made possible, in part, by NePt Japan and Wasabi Anime. The two fun-filled panel presentations are part of the Anime programming track and will take place on Saturday and Sunday at each show, free to all FAN EXPO DALLAS ticketholders.

The tour includes:

MEGACON Orlando – August 12-15, 2021

Watson Amelia, Takanashi Kiara

 

FAN EXPO Boston – September 3-5, 2021

Watson Amelia, Ninomae Ina'nis, Takanashi Kiara

 

Calgary Expo – September 10-12, 2021

Watson Amelia, Mori Calliope, Takanashi Kiara

 

FAN EXPO Dallas – September 17-19, 2021

 Watson Amelia, Gawr Gura, Mori Calliope

 

FAN EXPO Canada – October 22-24, 2021

Watson Amelia, Gawr Gura, Ninomae Ina'nis

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In recognition and to raise awareness of the importance of early intervention as the key to children’s future success, Texas Governor Abbott, Dallas Mayor Johnson, Carrollton Mayor Falconer, Garland Mayor LeMay and Richardson Mayor Voelker have all issued proclamations declaring July 29, 2021 as Early Intervention Day.  

Early Intervention Day educates local communities and raises public awareness of early intervention services for children. According to the CDC, acting early on developmental concerns can make a big difference in the lives of families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. As an early intervention service provider, The Warren Center is proud to pioneer this celebration in the state of Texas.

The Warren Center, the North Texas nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities, is helming the inaugural Early Intervention Day virtual conference, Strong Start, to provide support to parents and professionals who know that brain development from birth to age five determines how children grow, learn and interact with others for the rest of their lives. 

The Parent Track of Strong Start will take a focused look at common challenges faced by parents of children with special needs and gives practical steps to overcoming them. Industry experts will take a deep dive into a number of topics including brain development, enhancing language and motor skills, dealing with challenging behaviors, and successful potty training. 

The Professional Track of Strong Start will focus on the root of behavioral challenges in young clients and how to effectively coach caregivers as well as the discovery of bio-medical approaches to treating maladaptive behaviors.

Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center says, “We hope that Early Intervention Day will make more parents aware of the value of early intervention and the resources available. Acting early on developmental concerns can make a big difference in the lives of families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. We encourage parents to trust their gut and seek EI services if they suspect their child may not be meeting developmental milestones.”

The CDC estimates one in six children have intellectual or physical disabilities or delays. In Dallas County alone, over 102,000 children have a developmental disability. EI programs have proven to show academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, and labor market success. 

Spawn says, “In our world, every day is Early Intervention Day. We are so proud to be leading the charge on July 29th to help every child have a better chance of reaching their potential in daily living. Our summit is free, but space is limited so we encourage parents and professionals to register as soon as they can.”

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FAN EXPO DALLAS 2021 is gathering steam as the string of guest announcements continues through the summer.  This year’s mega-hit weekend will be September 17-19, 2021 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.  True to its history of providing hundreds of unique experiences, contests, family-friendly activities and on-site activations, the largest comic, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Texas is bringing the best and brightest stars and pop culture experiences for this can’t-miss three-day weekend.

FAN EXPO HQ Vice President, Andrew Moyes says, “Whether it’s getting an autograph or a photo with your favorite guest or getting the inside scoop about your favorite movies and TV shows at our celebrity panels, we are all things fandom. Our guests can watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our ‘How To’ workshops, take photos with their favorite costumed characters or buy a unique gift at FAN EXPO DALLAS’s huge show floor for shopping madness.”

Upcoming announcements will include a full programming schedule and other great experiences available at FAN EXPO DALLAS 2021. For hours and information visit, www.fanexpodallas.com.

Some of the 2021 Celebrity Guests Include:

  • Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan: the four hobbits from The Lord of The Rings
  • Zachary Quinto from Heroes and Star Trek
  • The Office’s Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, David Koechner and Oscar Nunez
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez from the 90’s favorite Saved by the Bell
  • William Shatner, George Takei and Walter Koenig, stars of Star Trek
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s James Marsters
  • Brendan Fraser from the Mummy, George of the Jungle, Encino Man and Airheads
  • AND MORE at www.fanexpodallas.com

The Ultimate Event to meet Voice Actors

Fan Expo Dallas 2021 is hosting the best in voice talent today from legendary voices like Kevin Conroy (Batman), Billy West (Futurama) and Charles Martinet (Super Mario) to the largest gathering of My Hero Academia voice actor stars to date.

Comic Creators Galore

Greg Capullo, Donny Cates, Jason Fabok and David Finch will headline an impressive list of artists, illustrators and writers at the show offering special experience packages, art commissions, signing sessions and workshops. Even the most hardcore fan is bound to find an abundance of creators and art-based activities to satisfy their pop-culture fixation.

FAN EXPO Puts Fans First

“We have the most dedicated and passionate fans in the convention world, and we will continue to bring the best of pop culture to them,” says Moyes. “The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is a wonderful partner and host venue and we’re collaborating to ensure a safe experience for all attendees,” Moyes explains.  “This means our exhibitors, guests, sponsors and fans can safely enjoy the full FAN EXPO Dallas experience with confidence.”

 

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ

FAN EXPO HQ is the largest comic con producer in North America and one of the largest in the world. Collectively it hosts over 500,000 fans annually at FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Denver, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.

 

 

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Soulman’s opened its doors in Pleasant Grove, a suburb of Dallas, on October 19, 1974. Using timeless BBQ techniques and old family recipes (which they still use today), Soulman’s quickly became a popular destination for local residents and a welcomed departure from “run of the mill” Bar-B-Que.

Fast forward to 2021, and Soulman’s Bar-B-Que remains firmly rooted in the statement of purpose that the family-owned North Texas mainstay was founded on and continues to hang in each of their 18 locations:

SOULMAN’S WINNING RECIPE

Great Bar-B-Que

Great Service

Great GOD! (Romans 7:25)

 

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has a long history of supporting the communities that they serve throughout North Texas.  "We believe our faith in Jesus compels us to get involved in our communities. Soulman's is a faith-friendly environment where we do not compartmentalize our faith at any level. As a result, Soulman's has become a trusted gathering place for great BBQ and fellowship, as well as a safe, fulfilling place to work." says Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que.

Four years ago, Soulman’s employed the company’s first-ever chaplain, available to provide spiritual guidance and compassionate pastoral care to employees. Chaplain Doug Barker has provided a source, for those who choose, to explore faith in the everyday challenges and triumphs in business and life. What began as internal weekly messages with topics such as: ‘What we can learn about the beauty of God from the daily shift changes into night?’ and ‘How we can fulfill everything that God has in mind for us?’ and ‘How can we be great?’ transitioned into uplifting Facebook videos available weekly on the Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Facebook page once the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“We found that the engagement we had from sharing the videos online gave not only our employees but our customers a trusted voice to look toward while navigating 2020 with some uncertainty,” says Randle. “We at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que strive to be ‘servant leaders’ who care about others above all. Whether it is through the support of a local booster club, a venue for much-needed blood drives or distributors of drinking water to those in critical need, our community citizens and customers come first.”

“It is that tradition that has kept Soulman’s strong for more than 45 years, and we are committed to it, pandemic or not,” concludes Randle.

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Early intervention (EI) is the process of delivering services and support to children from birth to three years old and their families who may have or be at risk for a developmental delay, disability, or health condition that may affect development. The purpose of EI is to reduce the impact of a disability or delay by addressing identified needs of young children across five developmental areas: cognitive development, communication development, physical development, including vision and hearing; social or emotional development and adaptive development. These services are focused on being family-centered and usually take place in the home setting. Even so, fathers, both custodial and noncustodial, are often left behind.

"Father's roles in EI can vary just as much as they generally do across families and amongst different cultures. Some dads are more hands-on than others; others see themselves in support roles with the mother serving as the primary caregiver. The father's role may be affected by his parenting beliefs, cultural values, understanding of the child's delay or disability, concerns for the child's future, or his thoughts on how to support his family," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. "All of these issues and more impact the role of fathers in early intervention. Dads interact with their children differently than moms, but both parents are essential in making early intervention work."

There are many ways that dads parent differently from moms, including being more physically active with their children. This presents therapists with opportunities to develop activities that help dads, and their children practice gross motor skills, regulate their sensory and nervous systems and practice healthy risk-taking. Dads also discipline differently, which presents experts' opportunities to develop treatments that help their children manage frustration. Dads are more likely to use humor and teasing to redirect behavior. Research also found that fathers' playfulness with their toddlers boosts their children's vocabulary skills in prekindergarten compared to mothers' playfulness related to children's emotion regulation. Dads are more likely to use more varied language and emphasize different vocabulary and ideas when reading aloud.

The amount and quality of father interactions with young children matter. More frequent and positive father involvement impacts children's social and emotional development and cognitive skills. Nonresident father involvement in child-related activities and positive father-child relationships are associated with children's social and emotional well-being, academic achievement, and behavioral adjustment. Studies also showed that increased father caregiving during infancy improves attachment between fathers and their babies, leading to higher IQ, a better sense of humor, and increased attention spans. Kids with engaged dads have better social, emotional skills and, as a result, fewer challenging behaviors.

Fathers can become more involved in the early intervention process by being included in all correspondence regarding therapy, finding appointment times that fit within their schedules, and being invited to participate in treatment. It's also helpful to provide dads with written resources and clear explanations of the activity they are being asked to do and how it relates to their children's goals. Early intervention experts must ask dads how they like to play with their kids to incorporate therapeutic tasks in that activity.

The Warren Center Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program serves children, ages birth to three years old, with developmental delays or disabilities. The Warren Center's team of early childhood specialists, therapists, social workers, and other professionals conduct evaluations and provide services to children and their families at home where they live, learn and play. The Warren Center's team of highly skilled therapists is ready to help children with developmental delays and disabilities reach their full potential with early childhood intervention. To request services, parents are encouraged to fill out a form on the nonprofit's website or call 972-490-9055 to learn more about Early Childhood Intervention services.

 

About the Warren Center

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marked The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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This year, schools across the nation battled against learning loss caused by the pandemic. School closures have been a common tool to minimize the spread of COVID-19, but emerging data shows that this safety measure has caused real and measurable learning loss among K-12 students. A Voice of the Educator study polled nearly 1,000 educators, including public school K-12 teachers, administrators and support staff in February and March 2021. Nearly all — more than 97% — of educators reported seeing some learning loss in their students over the past year when compared with children in previous years.  Across the State of Texas, beginning-of-year assessments showed that only 29% of 3rd graders achieved “meets grade level” scores in reading, only 15% of 4th graders achieved “meets grade level” scores in math, and only 12% of 5th graders achieved “meets grade level” scores in science.

Uplift Education, the largest charter school network in North Texas, is tackling this head on through a proactive approach to summer learning. The network is implementing a summer school program that is designed to address COVID-19 learning loss and prepare students for the rigor of the 2021-2022 school year.  Uplift’s Summer Institute will focus on the whole student’s needs, recognizing that the last 15 months have left students needing both academic and social-emotional learning to feel prepared for the coming school year. 

Video here: https://youtu.be/mxd4IlNjcSo

Through Uplift’s K-8th Grade Summer Institute, available both virtually and in-person, students in need of extra recovery help will receive Math and English/Language Arts instruction as well as social and emotional learning support through parent community groups and Social and Emotional Learning sessions. The Summer Institute will also offer programming for rising kindergarten and rising 1st grade English learners that will allow them to focus on language development and building routines in a small, in-person school setting.                                                               

To support the academic success of high school students, Uplift Education is running an aggressive High School credit recovery program that will allow students in grades 9-12 to recover up to 8 credits this summer, putting them back on track for on-time graduation.  

All students in the network will be required to complete summer learning assignments in reading, Language Arts, Math, and other subjects to help reenforce the lessons learned throughout the previous school year.  Uplift is also partnering with community organizations to offer its students virtual camps and activities focused on science, nature, reading, the arts, and more.

“At Uplift Education this summer, we will ensure that we act with compassion in understanding the needs of our families, students, and community, while also ensuring that we do not lower our bar of expectations,” said Uplift CEO, Yasmin Bhatia. “We are working hard to understand our students’ needs and respond so that we prepare our students for success in college and life beyond this pandemic. “

“We know that all students were not able to engage in learning at high levels, if at all this past school year. Not all of our virtual students have had the same opportunities to develop pro-social skills, nor have they regularly received both learning and social-emotional supports at the same rate as if we were in-school, said Bhatia. “We are ready to empower our students with that this summer and equip them to be ready for fall.”

Uplift Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of teachers, families, and, most importantly, students. With a network of 46 college preparatory, public charter schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Uplift offers students of any background the powerful chance to study within a multidisciplinary curriculum and prepare for the college career they deserve. Uplift is the largest International Baccalaureate district in Texas and the #2 IB district in the nation because of the number of holistic extracurricular and educational programs. The incredible educators in the Uplift network guide and teach over 21,000 students in Pre-K- 12th?grades, with the majority being low-income and minority students who will be the first in their family to attend college. For more information Uplift’s mission and their blind lottery selection system, visit?uplifteducation.org?or?facebook.com/uplifteducation

 

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The Barber Shop Marketing, named by Dallas Business Journal as one of the Top Marketing and Advertising Agencies in Dallas/Fort Worth in 2020, has won four Telly Awards for Television Excellence, including the coveted Gold Telly. Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by the Telly Award Judging Council, a group of leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising, and emerging technology.

David Adkins, Creative Director of The Barber Shop Marketing and Taylor Loyd, Producer, helmed the award-winning works:

  • Free Range, for client Crazy AC, awarded the Gold Telly for Professional Services (LINK)
  • Addison Kaboom Town, for client Town of Addison, won the Bronze Telly award for Events (LINK)
  • Raise your Hand, for client Uplift Education, awarded Bronze Tellys in two categories including Not-for-Profit and the use of stock footage (LINK)

Upon news of the awards, Adkins said, "In our industry especially, the recognition of creativity and messaging, while very competitive, is proof that our reach is limitless and successful when we are telling stories across all video formats.”

“We have one of the hardest-working teams in the advertising business. Each and everyone here are dedicated to producing high-quality and engaging commercials and content for our clients. Recognition from prestigious awards like the Tellys motivate us to not only continue to turn out the best we can but keep reaching for new levels of excellence in the work and service we provide to the business and non-profit communities we serve,” said Amy Hall Phyfer, President of The Barber Shop Marketing.

About The Telly Awards:

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include NAB, Stash Media, Production Hub, and Independent Filmmaker Project.

 

About The Barber Shop Marketing
The Barber Shop Marketing is a full-service marketing and advertising agency in Dallas with category-leading clients including Baker Brothers Plumbing, Air & Electric, DFW Airport, City of Richardson, Smith Thompson Home Security, Southwest Kia, Town of Addison and Garages of Texas. Their specialization includes advertising, creative, media, digital, social media, public relations and search optimization. For more information about The Barber Shop Marketing, visit www.thebarbershopmarketing.com or phone 214-217-7177. Follow The Barber Shop Marketing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebarbershopmarketing or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-barber-shop-marketing.

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Many divorcing couples may be worried that ending their marriage is going to break the bank. No divorce case is exactly the same, but there are many common reasons why cases can become drawn out and more costly. Divorces that are high conflict, filled with disputes, and have spouses unable to work with one another will result in higher legal fees and more time spent going through the divorce process. However, with the guidance of an experienced legal team and a little preparation, it is possible to avoid a high-cost divorce.

According to Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner at Balekian Hayes, PLLC, the following five simple steps can help couples save money during a divorce.

1. Talk to your lawyer about your budget. At Balekian Hayes, PLLC, when we are aware of the financial constraints of our clients, we often offer them the chance to review records and highlight certain topics, create outlines and timelines and draft the factual sections of pleadings instead of charging them for us to do this for them. 

2. Keep all documents organized. If you don't keep your documents organized, you are paying your lawyer to organize things for court. Ask your attorney if there is a way that you can organize important files that would assist in the litigation and save you money overall.

3. Reach as many agreements with your spouse as possible. All litigation is expensive so try to litigate the fewest number of issues possible. If you can, attempt to have those difficult conversations with your spouse because that may lead to an agreement and save you both attorney's fees.

4. Be reasonable. Although you may love that coffee table, it may cost you $500 to replace and $1,000 to fight your spouse for it. Throwing good money after bad isn't hard to do when you let emotions take over, so try your best to handle property decisions as reasonably as possible because most things can be replaced.

5. Don't send your attorney an email for each idea you have. Make a list and send one email a day in a concise fashion about all of your thoughts. Attorneys bill by the hour and various time increments. It's possible that your attorney is charging you for the lowest time increment for each email read even though it doesn't use the complete allotted time (up to 6 minutes per email). You can send one email with all of your thoughts and not use more than that one increment.

The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with Balekian Hayes, PLLC visit: https://www.bhfamilylaw.com

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The team of speech language pathologists (SLPs) at The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities –are an essential part of any early intervention treatment plan.

Early intervention (EI) is the process of delivering services and support to children from birth to three years old and their families who may have or be at risk for a developmental delay, disability, or health condition that may affect development. The purpose of EI is to reduce the impact of a disability or delay by addressing identified needs of young children across five developmental areas: cognitive development, communication development, physical development, including vision and hearing; social or emotional development and adaptive development.

"The earlier that services are delivered, the more likely children are to develop effective communication, language, and swallowing skills and achieve successful learning outcomes," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. "Early intervention services are critical because young children grow and develop so quickly. If they do not receive services before they are five years old, it can have lasting effects."

As a part of early intervention services, families may work with a team of childhood intervention professionals, including speech-language pathologists (SLPs). SLPs play a vital role in EI – they are trained to provide services to families and their young children who demonstrate or are at risk of developing delays or disabilities in communication, speech, language, cognition, emergent literacy, feeding and swallowing. These services may include the following:

  • Address typical developmental norms from birth to age five years across domains
  • Engage in prevention and early identification activities to promote healthy development and reduce risk factors that can impact a child's development
  • Conduct screening, evaluation, and assessment to identify young children with, or at risk for, a delay or disorder
  • Establish eligibility for services and guiding the development of an intervention program
  • Make referrals to other professionals and inform the referral source of the outcome of the eligibility process, with the family's consent
  • Develop a plan for implementing services and supports (i.e., the IFSP or an equivalent) that includes speech-language pathology intervention approaches, methods, and settings. An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a written document and a process that parents and a group of professionals create to ensure favored outcomes for their child's early intervention program. It outlines the recommended ECI services for their child and details when, where, and how the SLP will deliver these services. Think of the IFSP as a map or guidebook that helps keep early childhood specialists on track.
  • Collaborate with families, caregivers, agencies, and other professionals involved in the IFSP team to help them implement intervention strategies in everyday routines
  • Support family interactions that reflect cultural beliefs, values, and priorities
  • Coordinate services (including evaluation and assessment, development of an IFSP, and access to resources) and ensuring they are implemented as agreed upon by the team.
  • Participate in transition planning to ensure a seamless transition and timely access to services for families moving from one program to another (e.g., from hospital to community-based intervention; from IDEA Part C EI services to Part B school-based services)

The CDC estimates one in six children have intellectual or physical disabilities or delays. In Dallas County alone, over 102,000 children have a developmental disability. The period between birth to five years is a time of rapid development. The earliest possible intervention is critical due to the accelerated brain development during these first years of life. Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, and labor market success.

The Warren Center Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program serves children, ages birth to three years old, with developmental delays or disabilities. The Warren Center's team of early childhood specialists, therapists, social workers, and other professionals conduct evaluations and provide services to children and their families at home where they live, learn and play. The Warren Center's team of highly skilled therapists is ready to help children with developmental delays and disabilities reach their full potential with early childhood intervention. To request services, parents are encouraged to fill out a form on the nonprofit's website or call 972-490-9055 to learn more about Early Childhood Intervention services.