Gainesville Daily Register

June 13, 2013

Event benefits early childhood program

Staff report

The fifth annual Kids Entertaining Kids events is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Sherman Municipal Ballroom, 405 N. Rusk St. in Sherman. 

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) will receive the funds raised from the event.

ECI provides services each year to almost 650 infants and children who reside in Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Delta, Lamar and Hopkins counties; and are in age from birth to 3 years old.  Texoma Community Center, which has an office based in Gainesville, is the host agency for the program and the ECI division of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) provides its funding.

The event is being planned for the enjoyment of the whole family.  It will give kids the opportunity to see other kids giving of their talents to improve the lives of other kids who have developmental delays.  Area business will have the opportunity to become sponsors and donors to the event. The funds raised from this event will help provide services and help families.

The family is the first source of strength and help for their child with developmental delays and ECI partners with the entire family through providing information, services, support, and hope. These children have varied problems and needs.  The program is designed to encourage and assist parents with an infant or a child who appears to be slow in development or has medical conditions that usually result in developmental delay.  The program provides developmental therapy and support services for infants, children, and their families.

Services include screening, assessment and referral; providing developmental services in home and community-based settings; related services such as occupational, speech, and/or physical therapy; family support and training; special equipment, toy, book, and video lending library; service coordination for the child and family; referral and transition services; and other services specific to child and family needs.

The developmental therapy segment is a homebound and/or community-based training program.  It is designed to help children who have poor learning skills, poor cognitive skills, delays in gross and/or fine motor abilities, delays in speech and language, hearing or sight impairment, poor social and emotional development, and certain medical conditions that are likely to result in developmental delay. Related services include, but not limited to: physical therapy, speech therapy, developmental services, nutritional services, behavioral intervention, guidance from the staff nurse, and development and use of adaptive equipment and clothing.    Parents are provided with education and guidance that helps them develop and maintain a positive attitude and learn coping skills.  Basic parenting skills are taught as well as information on the special needs of their child.

Underwriting for the event has been funded through the Clara B. and W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation. Also, the Trinity River Chapter of Thrivent Financial Services for Lutherans is providing a $1,600 matching grant.

For more information about sponsorship or donating to the silent auction, call (903) 957-4865.