Baby Lectures to Focus on Language and Learning

Center for Children and Families to Address 4 Key Topics in Spring Series

Jan. 28, 2010

“Raising Healthy Infants: Language and Learning” is this year’s theme for the Center for Children and Families’ annual lecture series, which begins in February.

The center sponsored a successful public forum in January and will continue its community outreach with the series of talks this spring. The forum and lecture series are intended to promote optimal child development by enhancing efforts related to research and practice.

“This spring’s lecture series presents the latest research and practical information for supporting healthy infant development,” said Dr. Margaret Owen, director of the center. “We are sharing important insights for raising healthy children from our noted faculty in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas.”

The center is eager to expand local awareness of its research and services. Center leaders offer opportunities for area families to participate in research projects and receive guidance on child and family development.

As part of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the Center for Children and Families organizes its activities around three initiatives: parenting healthy families, strengthening interpersonal relationships and enhancing children’s thinking and learning.

Ongoing community outreach efforts include:

  • Center for Children and Families Referral Program: The community liaison specialist offers help and advice for parents who are not sure where to turn for assistance for their children. Parents with concerns about a developing child or adolescent can contact the center’s community liaison specialist, who offers consultation and referrals for services at UT Dallas or agencies and organizations in the broader community. The community liaison specialist is Dr. Cynthia Frosch, who can be reached at 972-883-4827.
  • Infant Development Program: The program offers clinical screenings for infants and toddlers up to 30 months of age and consultations for their parents. Parents concerned about their young children’s development should contact the Infant Development Program for a low-cost professional developmental screening. Parents will receive educational information at the time of their visits, and if developmental screenings so indicate, families will be referred for services. For more information, contact Dr. Emily Touchstone at 972-883-4827.

The spring lecture series is free and open to the public. All lectures will take place at the UT Dallas School of Management, SOM 1.212, with on-campus parking available. The hour-long talks will begin at 9:30 a.m.


Media Contact: Emily Martinez, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4335, emily.martinez@utdallas.edu
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Margaret Owen   “We are sharing important insights for raising healthy children from our noted faculty,” said Dr. Margaret Owen, director of the Center for Children and Families.

 

 

Lecture Schedule

The Center for Children and Families Spring Lecture Series is free and open to the public. All lectures will take place at the UT Dallas School of Management, SOM 1.212, with on-campus parking available. The hourlong talks will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Following is a list of the dates, topics and speakers.

  • February 19
    “Words are not Enough: Social Communication and the Early Signs of Autism”
    Speaker: Dr. Pamela Rollins
  • March 26
    “Early Language Development in Infants and Toddlers”
    Speaker: Dr. Mandy Maguire
  • April 16
    “The Importance of Book Sharing in the First Two Years”
    Speaker: Dr. Anne van Kleeck
  • May 21
    “Learning about the World: An Infant’s Perspective”
    Speaker: Dr. Melanie Spence

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