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"Early Intervention" will be the focus of the third Tri-Unity Conference, presented by New Mexico State University's Special Education/Communication Disorders Department, Aprendamos Intervention Team and Direct Therapy Services.
The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 and 15 throughout Corbett Center Student Union and will inform families, professionals and students on a broad-based range of topics, including brain development in young children, parents impacting academic success and adaptive physical education.
Robert Rhodes, department head of special education/communication disorders, said this year NMSU and Direct Therapy Services have formed an endowment with the Aprendamos Intervention Team so that all three can combine their resources to perform this service.
"These three entities working together to present the conference is a great model for the community, and it gives professional service providers throughout the region an opportunity to work with NMSU," Rhodes said.
Rhodes said last year's conferences were well attended, about 250-300 was the average for each one, and even more are expected this year.
Abel Covarrubias, the program director for Aprendamos, said it is rare to have all three of these service providers working together, but when combined, they serve about 1,300 infants and toddlers in the area.
Covarrubias said attending families will have a lot to gain from the conference.
"They can learn new strategies to implement for the care of their children at home, interact and network with other families as well as meeting with different service providers from the region," Covarrubias said.
The conference also will be free to attending families.
Rhodes said NMSU personnel will benefit from the conference because it will keep them connected with those outside of their field.
"They will be more in tune with the community and the needs of families," Rhodes said.
Direct Therapy Services offers community-based therapies and specializes in serving individuals with disabilities from the age of 5 and above.
Aprendamos Intervention Team, a sister company of Direct Therapy Services, provides early intervention services for the birth to age 3 population and contracts with area schools to provide school-based therapy services for grades K-12.
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