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Candid Conversations: Make the First Five Count - Ensure Your Child Stays on Track During COVID-19

On August 11th, we were pleased to host a virtual Candid Conversations event about how parents can Make the First Five Count and keep their children on-track during COVID-19.

“A lot of people have some preconceived notion of what Early Intervention is and what it’s not, so I’m really glad we’re having this conversation,” said Jill Chimka, Regional Director of Early Intervention at Easterseals DC MD VA.

Jill was joined by: Ellyn Dunford, Physical Therapist, Child and Military Family Advocate, & Easterseals DC MD VA Honorary Hoard Member; Dr. Toby Long, Director of Professional Development at the Center for Child and Human Development & Director of the Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention Program; and Dr. Abila Tazanu-Legall, Founder and Executive Director of The One World Center for Autism.

During the webinar our esteemed panel spoke about the stigma around having a child on the Autism spectrum, the challenges military families face because of frequent relocation, the difficulties connected to cultural upbringing, the limited access to resources based on race, and the significance of community and family for the success of early intervention. Easterseals proudly leads the nation in providing resources for parents and caregivers to perform online screenings, and early intervention services through our Child Development Centers, Head Start, and Early Head Start programs.

Please click the video below to watch and share it with your friends and family!

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