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Tri-Unity Conference to be held at Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

The 2009 Tri-Unity Conference will focus on "A Relationship-Based Approach to Early Intervention" to build foundations for families, students and professionals to connect. The event will be presented by New Mexico State University's special education and communication disorders department, Aprendamos Intervention Team and Direct Therapy Services.

The conference will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The event is meant to inform families, professionals and students on a broad range of topics, including infant brain development, attachment and bonding, and typical and atypical social and emotional development.

"Everything is based on relationships," said Abel Covarrubias, program director for Aprendamos Intervention Team. "This year's theme will revolve around how families, doctors, school systems and early intervention agencies can work together with the children and how, as a family, to manage these different entities."

The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Marcia Moriarta, an assistant professor from the University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics, and Guillermina Gina Nunez-Mchiri, an assistant professor from the University of Texas Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

The early registration deadline for the conference is Feb. 13, after which registration fees will be increased. The conference is free for families with children under 3 years old or families whose children receive services from early intervention agencies. Daycare services will not be provided at the event.

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.

For more information contact Michelle Saenz at (575) 646-1348.