On Saturday, Feb. 10, Baylor College of Medicine will bring a community conference and resource fair to the Laredo area to provide an educational seminar and support materials for parents of children with special needs.
Provided jointly by Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital, and in collaboration with the Mid Rio Grande Border Area Health Education Center and multiple community partners, the conference will address updates in genetics and care for children with developmental disorders and explain how a genetic evaluation can help children with various disabilities.
Dr. Daryl Scott, associate professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor, will lead the discussion. In addition, Laura Buckner, licensed professional counselor with the University of Texas, Texas Center for Disability Studies will speak about person-centered practices and Mary Chavez-Harrington, also a licensed professional counselor, about caring for the caregiver.
"Parents and family members of children with autism, developmental delays and intellectual disabilities often wonder why their loved one is affected by these and other medical issues. We will be discussing how genetic testing can help us find an answer to that question for many families,” Scott said. “Knowing the cause can help doctors take better care of these children and can help them provide accurate genetic counseling to family members."
The resource fair will offer current information on care, education and research as they relate to developmental disorders and encourages networking within the community by connecting patients and their families with resources and with one another.
The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The seminar will be held at the UT Health Regional Campus Laredo at 1937 E. Bustamante St. Register here. The resource fair begins at 8:30 a.m., and the conference will follow at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.
This conference is supported by the University of Texas, Texas Center for Disability Studies and the Texas Department of State Health Services.