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PACT Webinars in Spanish / Seminarios web de PACT en español

Youth Hangout
March 24th, 2022
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Our youth hangouts were created to provide a monitored social interaction for youth and young adults ages 14-26+ who have a diagnosis, disability, and/or learning challenges.

We make a point to focus on a specific learning topic every month.  This month we will be talking about friendships and differences.

There are two coordinators on each hang out to help with social skills and monitor activities for safety.  We encourage participation and try to keep everyone engaged.

Once we finish with our learning topic, we usually play a few interactive games. The youth seem to really like the ones where they can beat the adults. Some games we have played are "name the movie by the theme song", "use emojis to name the fast food restaurant", and "name the logo".  All of our games are screened for content. 

Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship

Do you know someone who might benefit from a Ruby's Rainbow scholarship!?

Here are our eligibility requirements:

Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship Applicants must:

✅ Have Down syndrome
✅ Be 18 years old (or turning 18 by August 1 of this year)
✅ Be enrolled in a post-secondary education program, or planning to enroll by this fall
Deadline is Monday, April 18!!!

Visit Scholarship Application page 👇 to learn more and apply!

2022 Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship
The U.S. Department of Education released its series of Return to School Roadmaps in the summer and fall of 2021. Now it has posted Spanish versions of each roadmap in the series--which we are pleased to list below.
  • Letter to Special Education and Early Intervention Partners [ English | Español ]
  • Child Find, Referral, and Eligibility Under Part C [ English | Español ]
  • Provision of Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families [ English | Español ]
  • Child Find Under Part B of IDEA [ English | Español ]
  • Development and Implementation of IEPs in the LRE [EnglishEspañol]


An IEP Clinic is a designated 1 HOUR appointment time to meet with your PEN Project Regional Coordinator. There are different ways your Regional Coordinator may assist you at an IEP Clinic. Some ways are: 

  • To learn what the ARD process is like, 
  • To review your child’s IEP, 
  • Help you determine what you want for your child and how to achieve it, 
  • Help you understand what your rights are under IDEA.

Call, text or email your Regional Coordinator to schedule your appointment!

Region 7
Dee Lower

Region 8
Patricia Reedy

Region 10 
Jim Wright

Region 10 Habla español
Andrea Amosson,

Region 11 
Christy Balraj

Pamela Householder

Linda Westrick
Amarilys Ferrer 
Habla español

Are you starting to plan activities for Spring and Summer?  Here are a few helpful list of North Texas activities.

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New Morgan’s Wonderland Camp Offers Year-Round Fun for All Abilities


Make a difference in your community: Leave a meaningful legacy

Did you know there are interactive guides that provide useful information about behavioral health issues in the military community? These guides give an overview, understanding, key points, and resources for parents facing ADHD, depression and other issues with their military-connected child.

 CDC’s free developmental milestones and resources have updated content and a new look! Early childhood experts revised the milestones and expanded tips for families to help support children’s development and identify children who may need additional developmental screening and support. 

 ¡Los indicadores del desarrollo de los CDC y los materiales de apoyo se han renovado! En colaboración con la AAP, expertos en el desarrollo en la primera infancia trabajaron juntos en la actualización del contenido para que los recursos sean aún más útiles y relevantes.
Help!  Make the movie scripts and singing all day long stop…
Did you know there are two ways your child can learn language?   Normal language learning begins with units of language that are captured from the ongoing speech stream.  Analytic language processors process units that are small, they begin with words.  Gestalt language processors process in larger units, intonationally defined strings, or gestalts (scripts).   “Gestalts” are whole sentences, repeated verbatim by the child.  Some call this echolalia or “delayed echolalia” as the children “echo” what they hear either immediately or after some time has passed. 
Gestalt Language Development
Children process larger, intonationally defined strings of language (GESTALTS or SCRIPTS) first.  They learn in a “whole” to “part” format.
Analytic Language Development
Children process small units (WORDS) first.
1.  Echolalia   “Let’s get out of here!” OR “Want some more?”
Single Words
  1. Mitigated/Combined echolalia  “Let’s get” + “some more” = “Let’s get some more!” OR “want” + “out of here” = “Want out of here!”
Two Words
“More milk.”
  1. Single words: "get, “more”
“Mama more milk.”
  1. Beginning grammar, more complex sentences  “I wanna get some more toys”, “Him got toys”, “He’s got lots of toys and books”
“Mama, I want some more milk.”
Both pathways have the same destination, but different ways of getting there.  The destination is the same: Original, self-generated language.   Gestalt language processors are not limited to children on the autism spectrum.  Many neurotypical children begin acquiring language as gestalts.  Natural language acquisition (NLA) acknowledges the communicative intent underlying echolalia and helps the child break apart their scripts and recombine them into new phrases and sentences.
How do you know if your child is a gestalt language processor? Their speech is made up of long scripts, single words, rich intonation and/or unintelligible strings of language.  These children often appear to be “stuck” using single words.
Tips for Caregivers:
  1. Don’t try to eliminate or extinguish the script (gestalt). Echolalia communicates! 
  2. Acknowledge their script and accept it as communication.  Give a smile, a head nod, repeat it back.  Do this even if you do not understand it.
  3. Be a detective.  It is important to try and figure out what the script means.  You cannot take the script literally.  Model the language you think the child may want to say. (ex. Child says, “hot soup”.  Adult says, “I’m hungry mom.”)
  4. Don’t be afraid to be quiet and just listen.  It is important to hear a child’s true spontaneous language.
Blanc, M (2012). Natural language acquisition on the autism spectrum: The journey from echolalia to self-generated language. Madison, WI: Communication Development Center 
Meaningful Speech course on Gestalt Language Processing, Echolalia and Natural Language Acquisition (  

For more information about speech therapy or to schedule an evaluation please visit our website here or call (817) 479-7019.  

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