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For parents and caregivers of young children with developmental delays and disabilities, they may be concerned about their child's progress during this interruption caused by COVID-19. However, The Warren Center – a nonprofit organization that provides professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities — quickly pivoted their offerings to give clients HIPAA compliant virtual therapy sessions. Virtual appointments ensure children do not miss therapy sessions, their progress is not hindered, and parents still receive the help and support they need.  

Unfortunately, for some families served by The Warren Center, they were unable to access teletherapy services because they did not have the technological support required to get online. Thanks to the generous support of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, 15 families will receive tablets and internet access to continue teletherapy services online. 

"Many of the young children served by The Warren Center face chronic health conditions – and as a precaution, their parents and caregivers have decided to quarantine their families. Without internet access or a computer, these children were no longer able to receive the critical therapy services they greatly need," said Associate Pastor Kim Meyers, of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. "Our Helping Hands Ministry knew we needed to take immediate action to support these families during this unprecedented time. Our congregation is grateful for the opportunity to sponsor 15 families with internet and tablet access."

With teletherapy, children can receive convenient, quality therapy services that they need from the comfort of their own homes. Virtual therapy sessions take place through a tablet, computer or smartphone. The Warren Center is using the WebEx platform to ensure security and privacy for each session. For more information about The Warren Center's resources available to assist families with developmental delays and disabilities, visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org

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