A 1-year-old boy who faced significant difficulties when it came to bottle feeding can now successfully drink from a bottle without coughing, choking, or showing signs of discomfort. With the help of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and dedicated feeding therapy through The Warren Center, James not only overcame his feeding challenges but also achieved remarkable progress in just six months.
James's Struggle with Bottle Feeding
For James, bottle feeding was a hard task filled with coughing, choking,...
Baby can now drink from bottle without coughing, choking due to feeding therapy
May 23, 2023
Technology plays an essential role in our everyday lives. The smartphone, for instance, connects us with others and the world and can even help keep us and our loved ones safe by facilitating instant connectivity and providing immediate warning of potential dangers, such as severe weather events.
Social media is another example of how technology can benefit us. It can allow us to connect with people who share similar interests and goals and provide a platform...
No Phone Zone Parenting — Learning to Hang Up and Hang Out
May 16, 2023
A 7-year-old who has been attending The Warren Center since he was a small child is continuing to impress his family and his therapists with his ongoing development. Recently, Conner started walking across the room as his therapist held onto his shoulders, which brought tears to his mom's eyes.
Conner's early life
Conner was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, not making any sounds. The nurses worked to get him breathing and then rushed...
'I am so proud of him': Child brings tears to mom's eyes as he walks across room
April 3, 2023
A 2-year-old boy who has myofibromatosis has been reaching major milestones in the 24 months he's been receiving therapy services from The Warren Center.
Rush was born in June 2020. He was diagnosed with myofibromatosis at birth and has a tumor in his left leg and pelvis. He has gone through a variety of surgeries, chemotherapy, and bracing to treat the tumor.
Rush has been enrolled in The Warren Center's early childhood intervention program since he was...
2-year-old with myofibromatosis reaches major milestones
February 9, 2023
A mother's worries were eased when The Warren Center's autism assessment team was able to evaluate her son and provide her with much-needed resources.
When Bradley’s* mother first decided to seek a medical autism evaluation, Bradley had already been receiving speech therapy at The Warren Center.
Although he was showing progress towards his goals, his mother knew it was going to be a long road. She first reached out to several other providers seeking an autism evaluation...
Mother has brighter outlook after receiving help from autism assessment team
February 8, 2023
It's been six months since the story of a baby who has myotonic muscular dystrophy was featured at The Warren Center's 29th annual Fantasy Football Draft Night.
Baby Siena who is the youngest of five, was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy, which is a condition her parents, Meghan and Daniel, said they did not know she was going to have.
Siena was born with low muscle tone and had some breathing issues, so she went straight to the...
6 months later, baby with myotonic muscular dystrophy continues to reach major milestones
January 30, 2023
A toddler who's been working with an early intervention specialist at The Warren Center has recently started the agency's Bridge Group to work on her language and social skills.
Christian was born premature at 33 weeks gestation. She was diagnosed at birth with HIE (Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy) due to brain damage on the right side of her brain. She stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for around 25 days.
Christian has received private physical therapy and...
Toddler begins Bridge Group to work on language, social skills
January 18, 2023
It's a new year and many of you may be setting goals and resolutions you hope to achieve. If one of your goals is to speak more positively to your child, we've created a list of 20 positive phrases you can say to your child this year that will help you knock this off your resolution list.
It may be easy to default to "good job!" when wanting to praise your child but we encourage you...
20 positive phrases you can say to your child in the new year
January 16, 2023
A loving family has recently relocated from Mexico to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to provide their daughter, who has Angelman syndrome, with the best possible medical care.
Isabella is an energetic 3-year-old girl who loves movement. She was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome when she was around 2 years and 3 months old. Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes developmental and neurological disabilities. It causes delayed development, intellectual disability, problems with speech and balance, and...
Family relocates from Mexico to Texas to seek medical care for child with Angelman syndrome
January 9, 2023
A 2-year-old boy is having the time of his life playing outside with his older brother on his new adaptable toy car.
In December, a software development company named EPAM Systems donated ride-on cars to four children who receive services from The Warren Center, including 2-year-old Freddie. The cars were adapted specifically for each child to use as part of physical or occupational therapy. With the help of therapists at The Warren Center, each child’s design was customized.
2-year-old plays with brother outside on adaptable car
January 3, 2023
During this holiday season, four children will be able to ride around their backyards in style thanks to a new adaptable toy car. A software development company named EPAM Systems donated ride-on cars to four children who receive services from The Warren Center. The cars were adapted specifically for each child to use as part of physical or occupational therapy. With the help of therapists at The Warren Center, each child's design was customized.
EPAM Systems donates adaptable toy cars to 4 children at The Warren Center
December 21, 2022
A twin girl with partial hearing loss is excelling at learning sign language with an early intervention specialist at The Warren Center.
Emma and her twin sister were born prematurely at 29 weeks.
After birth, Emma was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, which means she has hearing loss in both ears. Emma has moderate to severe hearing loss in her right ear and moderate to mild hearing loss in her left ear.
Emma is now 2.5 years...
Twin born with partial hearing loss learns sign language
December 14, 2022
A baby ate her first ounce of food by mouth for the first time more than 600 days after birth, which was a heartwarming victory for both her parents and her therapists.
Remy is a 21-month-old girl who was born with a genetic condition called Cornelia De Lange Syndrome at 31 weeks. She was born small in stature with unique arms, having two fingers on her left and one on her right.
Remy receives occupational therapy, feeding...
Baby eats first ounce of food by mouth for first time more than 600 days after birth
December 13, 2022
Learning your child has a developmental disability or delay can come with a range of emotions. On top of your own emotions as a parent, talking with family members about your child's disability may be difficult due to their own concerns or lack of understanding.
Below are some tips on how to talk with family members about your child's disability that were presented at a parent discussion group with The Warren Center's Dr. Kelsey Klindt.
How to talk with family members about your child's disability
December 6, 2022
A toddler with Down syndrome was the recent recipient of a tricycle that was donated to The Warren Center.
Elshaddai has been receiving early childhood intervention services from The Warren Center since she was two months old. She turns three in February.
Elshaddai started receiving therapy over Zoom through the COVID-19 pandemic, but now receives services in person. Her therapist, Medina, says the toddler loves to play outside, so they've been spending a lot of time outdoors...
Toddler with Down syndrome receives tricycle that was donated to The Warren Center
November 30, 2022
A toddler is showing great progress in every aspect while receiving services from The Warren Center.
Bella is an 18-month-old girl who has Down syndrome. She was born with a heart defect and had an operation at 6 months old. She began receiving early childhood intervention services from The Warren Center when she was 3 months old.
Bella began feeding therapy with a speech therapist and can now feed herself. Her therapist said she loves food and...
Toddler with Down syndrome stands up on her own
November 22, 2022
We're entering the time of year where we reflect on what we're grateful for and spend time with people we love the most. This Thanksgiving season, many of you may be traveling to visit loved ones. Traveling may bring anxiety for some, especially for parents who have children with special needs.
Here's some tips for parents of children with special needs for car and air travel this holiday season.
1. HAVE YOUR CHILD CARRY A GO-BAG
Tips for traveling with a child with special needs this Thanksgiving
November 9, 2022
Adam, a child who has a feisty personality, was born with a rare genetic disorder, and the love his family surrounds him with has played an important part in his recent successes.
Adam is almost 2 years old and has been enrolled in The Warren Center's early childhood intervention program since he was 8 months old. He was born with Joubert's syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that affects the area of the brain that controls...
Family loves, supports toddler born with rare disorder
November 8, 2022
Little Delaney continues to grow with smile on her face
A toddler with Down syndrome is growing and reaching milestones each day while receiving services from The Warren Center — and she does so with the cutest smile on her face.
Delaney was born prematurely. Her mother did not know Delaney had Down syndrome while pregnant. Delaney now lives with adoptive parents. They brought her to The Warren Center when she was 16 months old.
When Delaney first...
Toddler with Down syndrome now crawls, walks on her own
November 3, 2022
Having a disability while also raising five children is no easy feat.
Julissa is a single mom who has Down syndrome. She has five children, including two twin babies who also have Down syndrome. She now relies on The Warren Center to help her provide the best lives possible for her twin babies.
An early intervention specialist visits twins Mael and Melixxy weekly to work on developmental exercises. The specialist also talks with Julissa to discuss what...
Mom of 5 leans on The Warren Center for support
October 25, 2022
Cooler temperatures are arriving in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and Halloween is right around the corner. If you're looking to take some time the next few weeks to participate in fall activities with the whole family, we're providing a list of sensory-friendly fall activities for children.
1. Attend Boo Bash Trunk-or-Treat at It's a Sensory World
It's a Sensory World in Farmers Branch is hosting their eighth annual trunk or treat event on October 22 from 5:30...
7 sensory-friendly fall activities for children
October 18, 2022
Halloween will be here before we know it! If you're looking for the perfect Halloween costume for your child this year, we're breaking down some of the cutest adaptive Halloween costumes sold by Target. The costumes have detachable pieces to suit a child's comfort level, sensory-friendly designs that have built-in openings for easy access, and no tags. A majority of these costumes are only available online and are selling out quickly, so you may want...
Find an adorable adaptive Halloween costume for your child this year
September 29, 2022
Children who have difficulties with sensory processing can enjoy a morning at the fair
The State Fair of Texas is typically buzzing with sounds and lights, a familiar sight seen at the historic Fair Park each October. However, not all people, such as children that have difficulties with sensory processing, enjoy the bright lights and loud sounds of the fair. That's why for the fourth year in a row, the State Fair of Texas is hosting...
Enjoy a sensory-friendly morning at the State Fair of Texas
September 26, 2022
'She got stronger every single day': Siena inspires others with her determination
From one chapter of not knowing if their child would make it due to myotonic muscular dystrophy, to the next chapter of watching their precious baby grow and prevail, Baby Siena’s parents have a lot to be proud of.
Siena recently celebrated a big milestone – her first birthday. Siena, who is the youngest of five, was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy, which is a...
Myotonic muscular dystrophy doesn't stop baby Siena
September 1, 2022
Why Are Positive Words Important?
Words have an incredible amount of power. Even the smallest ones have the power to be just as harmful as they can be helpful. A child hearing consistent positive words of love and support does wonders for a child’s self-image, but more importantly, positive words can promote their cognitive functioning. For children, some of the first sources of confidence derive from reassurances from the important individuals in their lives.
How to Empower Your Child Through Positivity
February 15, 2022
Ask any group of children about one of their favorite nursery rhymes, and you are likely to hear the song “Apples and Bananas” among them. Most children enjoy reciting the words as well as eating apples and bananas as snacks. For the family of Juan Martinez, however, these lyrics roused anxiety since Juan struggled to say the words of the song or even consume these snacks. Despite his best attempts at communicating, Juan’s challenges left...
Juan M.'s Story: The Joy of Apples and Bananas
January 10, 2022
Some people have the fortune of being born into families with large support systems. Others discover the joy of family later through the generosity and goodwill of others. For Baby Jisselle and her family, the true extent of the impact of a strong support system came from an unexpected referral to The Warren Center.
Jisselle’s arrival began as a joyous surprise for her family. Her mother, Brenda, explains that while she already had two older children,...
November 29, 2021
What is Corrected or Adjusted Age?
For babies born before the expected due date, there is often an important distinction between chronological age and corrected age. It is important to know the difference between the two terms when discussing your child’s growth and development.
Refers to the number of days, weeks, months, or years from the date of the infant’s delivery. You calculate the chronological age the same way you would calculate your own birthday. Some...
Corrected (Adjusted) Age for Preemies
June 29, 2020
WHAT IS KANGAROO CARE?
Kangaroo care (KC) is a method of skin-to-skin contact that provides a nurturing and supportive experience for your premature infant. The practice is called “kangaroo care” since it simulates how marsupials hold their young in protective pouches as the babies continue to develop and grow.
To perform kangaroo care, the baby will be bare-skinned (except for a diaper) and lay against the parent's bare chest. The parent can then cover the baby with...
What is Kangaroo Care?
June 29, 2020
While most children find the winter holiday season to be exciting and joyful, many special needs kids struggle this time of year. The lights, sounds, and crowds can be overwhelming for kids with developmental delays and disabilities. The experts at The Warren Center have found ways to control the chaos to create an experience that is fun for the whole family at their annual Operation Santa event.
The experts at The Warren Center recommend the following...
Sensory-Friendly Tips for the Holiday Season
December 18, 2019