Ramdin shrugs off talk of pressure

January 20, 2020

first_img Ramdin’s sacking as Test captain has sparked criticism, especially from some officials in Trinidad and Tobago, while Holder’s promotion to captain has been criticised in some quarters as premature. But Ramdin has expressed full support for Holder and says he remains committed to providing support to the young skipper. “Jason is a good guy. I advised him on many things during the World Cup, and I intend to do my part in this series,” said Ramdin. “He is a young captain and needs all the support he can get in order to make a difference”. Ramdin has appealed to senior players to step up their game and says he believes the team has the “all-round strength” to beat Sri Lanka. “The senior men on the team have to make their experience count for him and people like Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kraigg Brathwaite, and myself have to make sure we have good totals. Then the bowlers like Devendra Bishoo must lead the charge,” he said. “Bishoo is a key man in those conditions for us, and he has been bowling very well, so we need to back him up and look to take the fight to the home team. I think we have the all-round strength to beat this team, and we are going to give it our best effort.” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Former West Indies test captain Denesh Ramdin says he is under no pressure, particularly with the presence of two other wicketkeepers in the regional squad, which assembled in Barbados Monday for a training camp ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka. Ramdin, a wicketkeeper-batsman, is part of a regional outfit that also includes wicketkeeper-batsmen Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope preparing to play two Test matches, three ODIs and two T20s against Sri Lanka from October 14. “I am not feeling any pressure at all,” declared Ramdin. “They might be under more pressure than me because they have less experience, and they will be batting higher up the order.” The Trinidadian cricketer was removed as West Indies Test captain after 14 matches and 15 months in charge and has been replaced by Jason Holder, also the ODI captain. West Indies selectors have told the discarded Test captain that he should focus on his batting, and Ramdin has expressed confidence that he can deliver. “I feel good at the moment, looking to hit some balls and get my game going,” he said. “It will be important to spend time at the crease and forge partnerships with whoever is batting with me.” support for Holderlast_img read more

Liberian Model and Philanthropist Unites Sickle Cell Community Worldwide

January 14, 2020

first_imgJune 19th was World Sickle Cell Day. And since 2008, this day has been held annually in order to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and the struggles sufferers and their families go through. One of such persons affected by this life-threatening disease is Liberian model turned philanthropist, Mapillar Dahn, whose three daughters suffer from SCD.Since 2015, Mapillar has been on a mission to increase public awareness of sickle cell anemia as well as provide support to families, like hers, who are affected by this disease.And during the celebration of the World Sickle Cell Day, Daily Observer caught up with this busy mother of three for a quick interview.DO: Ms. Dahn, you’ve been very busy. But first, how are the girls?Mapillar: First of all, thank you for this interview and for using your platform to create much-needed awareness about sickle cell disease. The girls are doing great in spite of their sickle cell disease and are growing up way too fast.DO: We are so glad to hear that they are well. Let’s jump right into this because we are curious about the frames you had everyone using on Facebook. What is it for and can you tell us how they came about?Mapillar: Absolutely! The frames were designed as a way for the world to know that June 19th is World Sickle Cell Day. What ensued after that was just totally mind blowing. The response of the sickle cell community to the Facebook frames has been phenomenal and it is a testament to the fact that people have been beyond ready for something so simple yet very important.It has given patients, caregivers, advocates, and well-wishers a sense of identity. People are getting so many friend requests on Facebook just from the frames.It feels really good to see all of the statuses about the new relationships being cultivated due to the frames and I’m so honored to be a part of that.It took a while to get approved by Facebook and I wasn’t sure if they would approve it by June 19th, but as I speak with you, about 6,000 users have applied one of the frames since June 14th.And it’s crossing over to other social platforms. It was a little touch and goes there for a second, but I’m so glad everything worked out and now we are encouraging everyone to frame up for sickle cell in honor of World Sickle Cell Day.DO: That is truly amazing. Why was this so important for you to do?Mapillar: Well, for me it’s pretty simple. I tell people that sickle cell disease is my life. I do not have the disease, but rather the trait, however, all of my 3 children have the disease. In the United States, about 100,000 people suffer from this disease and millions more around the world.Our people are suffering every day and sadly, they are dying. For as long as the world has known about this disease, it is quite an injustice and disservice to the world that so many do not know much about it and very little is given to foster the spread of knowledge and or research.This frame was a way to not only unite the sickle cell community but to also show us that together we are unstoppable. Even though we may feel like the world is not listening to us or seems not to care, we know that awareness starts with us.Action starts with us. No one can tell our stories better than ourselves. And this frame proved that. I had a personal goal of 10 thousand users and we were able to surpass it! It wasn’t easy and by the last day I wasn’t sure that it was going to happen, but the community pulled together, kept sharing and encouraging family and friends to join us in our endeavor.Close to 2 million people saw those frames. And that’s only on Facebook. If we can do that, I feel like we can do bigger and better things for the sickle cell community throughout the world.Mapillar Dahn is definitely a woman on a mission and her actions speak louder. She visits community fairs with her girls to hand out educational material about sickle cell disease, she sponsors children battling sickle cell disease to go to a week-long summer camp, she provides parking passes and food vouchers to families at sickle cell clinics, and more. To learn more about the amazing work that she does through her foundation, MTS Sickle Cell Foundation, please visit www.mythreesicklers.org.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

BC Woos Energy Industry

January 12, 2020

first_imgBC’s deputy energy minister was in Calgary yesterday wooing oilpatch executives, and promising the Campbell government doesn’t intendto review its royalty regime, any time soon.Greg Reimer told an Oil and Gas Investment Symposium, BC’s Oil andgas sector is booming and, he urged industry leaders to include theprovince in their investment plans.Filling in at the last minute for Energy Minister Richard Neufeld,he used most of his speech to outline BC’s regulatory framework.- Advertisement -The regimes in BC and Saskatchewan are now generally perceived, asmore industry friendly than Alberta’s, thanks to last year’s royaltychanges, by Premier Ed Stelmach.Several Alberta based energy companies already own large tracts ofland in northeast BC and, could very well add to them today in anothermonthly sale of oil and gas rights.last_img read more

49ers pick up 12th Big West victory

January 11, 2020

first_imgLong Beach, which beat the Highlanders 99-65 when the teams met in the Walter Pyramid, forced four turnovers on UCR’s first six possessions after intermission and pushed its lead to 52-43 after a 3-pointer by Aaron Nixon, who finished with 18 points and five assists. The 49ers’ lead was at 14 points at 73-59 after a Nixon layup and free throw with 8:53 remaining. Consecutive layups by Downey High graduate Larry Cunningham cut Long Beach’s lead to 73-65 with 6:28 to go. But Houston knocked in a free throw after being fouled while converting a layup, and that triggered a 16-3 run that was capped emphatically on a fast-break slam by Mark Dawson, courtesy of a 30-foot lob pass by Byrd, with 1:32 to go. “We were playing our fourth game in eight nights and we were a little sloppy and lackadaisical in the first half, which was to be expected,” Reynolds said. “But we came out in the second half, built a cushion and were able to sustain it and close it (the regular season) on a confident note.” Now the fun begins. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re really happy to win 22 games and the (regular-season) championship,” forward Sterling Byrd said, after another all-conference caliber performance of 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the 49ers. “But we want to get to the NCAA Tournament. That’s always been the biggest goal.” Playing in front of 1,043 in the Student Recreation Center – a healthy portion of those Long Beach followers and friends and family members of 49ers’ assistant John Masi, who was fired as UCR’s head coach two years ago – Reynolds’ team seemed content to just exchange baskets with the Highlanders over the first 20 minutes. The 49ers led by as many as eight points before setting for a 44-40 advantage at intermission after Kevin Houston’s 5-footer with 25 seconds to go. The Highlanders final lead in the first half came at 33-32 after Chris Johnson’s drive with 4:29 remaining. RIVERSIDE – The Long Beach State men’s basketball team reeled off its 12th Big West Conference victory in 14 games Saturday evening by knocking off host UC Riverside in rather systematic fashion, 91-75. Next up on the 49ers’ agenda: beating two more Big West teams next Friday and Saturday nights in the Anaheim Convention Center. center_img A 22-7 regular-record and 12-2 conference mark got Coach Larry Reynolds’ team a regular-season championship plaque and t-shirts, as well as assorted slaps on the back. Two more wins next weekend will earn them something priceless – the program’s first spot in the NCAA Tournament since 1995. last_img read more

Blackwater bill passes House

December 30, 2019

first_imgAt the same time, all U.S. contractors are immune from prosecution by Iraqi courts. The bill’s passage came on the same day that a government minister told The Associated Press that the official Iraqi investigation said Blackwater security guards involved in the September incident face trial in Iraqi courts and the company should pay compensation to the victims. The White House and congressional Republicans said they support the intent of the bill, but thought it was drafted poorly. In a statement issued Wednesday, the White House said the bill would have “unintended and intolerable consequences for crucial and necessary national security activities and operations.” The statement did not explain further or give examples on how the bill would affect national security. The White House referred questions to the Justice Department, which declined to comment. Before passage, the House voted 342-75 to ensure the legislation would not affect intelligence operations. Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., accused Democrats of rushing the bill through Congress in a partisan bid to criticize the Bush administration’s handling of the war. “It is amazing to me the number of men in Blackwater that have lost their lives and we never hear it on the other side of the aisle,” Shays said. “Blackwater is evil. That’s the way it appears in all the dialogue.” Rep. David Price, who sponsored the bill, said the White House’s objections were unfounded and “should infuriate anyone who believes in the rule of law.” Blackwater founder Erik Prince told a House panel Tuesday that he supports expanding the law. “Beyond firing him for breaking the rules, withholding any funds we can, we can’t flog him,” Prince said of the intoxicated Blackwater guard. “We can’t incarcerate him. We can’t do anything beyond that.” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the FBI was assuming control of the Sept. 16 probe from the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The step was taken, in part, on the possibility that the investigation might lead to the case being referred to the Justice Department for prosecution.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityDemocrats called the 389-30 vote an indictment of the incident, which left at least 13 Iraqis dead. Senate Democratic leaders said they planned to follow suit with similar legislation and send a bill to President Bush as soon as possible. “There is simply no excuse for the de facto legal immunity for tens of thousands of individuals working in countries” on behalf of the United States, said Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas. The FBI arrived in Baghdad Thursday to investigate the Sept. 16 shooting. Bush administration officials acknowledge they are unsure whether U.S. courts would have jurisdiction in the case or others like it. In a separate incident, a drunken Blackwater employee left a Christmas Eve party in Baghdad and fatally shot the guard of one of Iraq’s vice presidents. That contractor was fired, fined and returned home to the United States; no charges have been filed. The current law, called the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, covers personnel supporting the mission of Defense Department operations overseas. But because Blackwater’s primary mission is to protect State Department officials, defense lawyers probably would argue the law does not apply. LEGISLATION: Senate will follow with a similar bill in response to Baghdad incident that left 13 Iraqis dead. By Anne Flaherty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The House passed a bill Thursday that would make all private contractors working in Iraq and other combat zones subject to prosecution by U.S. courts. It was the first major response by Congress to a deadly shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater USA security guards. last_img read more

Folúntas: Clár Reachtaire i nDoirí Beaga

December 29, 2019

first_imgTá post mar Chlár Reachtaire le RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta sna Doirí Beaga fógraithe ag RTÉ. Post lán-aimseartha ar chonradh seasta dhá bhliain atá i gceist. Tá iarrthóirí atá díograiseach, eagraithe agus a bhfuil tuiscint faoi shaol chultúrtha agus polaitíochta na tíre, ar phobal na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta acu á lorg.Ba cheart go mbeadh Gaeilge den scoth, idir scríobh agus labhairt ag iarrthóirí chomh maith. Oibríonn an Clár Reachtaire i bpáirt le meitheal léiriúcháin, teicneolaíochta agus bainistíochta le seirbhís raidió den chéad scoth a chur ar fáil don phobal éisteachta.I measc na ndualgas a bheidh ar an gClár Reachtaire, beidh:* Taighde, léiriú agus láithriú ar chláir agus feasacháin i réimsí éagsúla.* Cóip nuachta a scríobh, a aistriú agus eagarthóireacht a dhéanamh orthu. * Agallaimh agus píosaí fuaime a thaifead sa stiúideo agus ar láithreacha seachtracha eile.* Eagarthóireacht a dhéanamh ar phíosaí fuaime atá réamhthaifeadta.* Cabhair a thabhairt do sheirbhísí eile de chuid RTÉ de réir mar is gá.Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ag rté.ie/careersFolúntas: Clár Reachtaire i nDoirí Beaga was last modified: September 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Doirí BeagaRaidió na GaeltachtaRTEVacancylast_img read more


December 29, 2019

first_imgFAILTE Ireland today gave its support to a unique link-up between three golf clubs aimed at bringing more tourists to Donegal and Sligo.The clubs – County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Nairn & Portnoo and Donegal Golf Club Murvagh – are coming together for the unique scheme which will allow golfers to play all three during breaks.These three great links courses have joined forces to produce a Golf Pass that allows golfers to play all three, at their leisure for only €149 a price that is right up there with the best value for money in the market place at the moment. Speaking at the launch, Martin Donnelly from Fáilte Ireland said: “The project is a partnership between the three courses and Fáilte Ireland’s North West office, aimed at improving not only the golf offering but also providing the local accommodation base, with the opportunity to build packages for sale around the three rounds of golf. We hope that this in turn will entice customers to stay longer and of course spend more, during those longer stays.”Terry Brady, 2013 Captain of Rosses Point Golf Club said: “We are delighted to get this product launched in conjunction with our clubs in Donegal. These are very competitive times in the golf industry and whatever we can do to compete more effectively in the market place, is very welcome. Well done to our General Manager David O’Donovan for his work on the project.”Peter Sweeney, 2013 Captain of Donegal Golf Club Murvagh said: “I’d like to thank our partner clubs, Co. Sligo and Nairn & Portnoo together with Fáilte Ireland for their support on the development of this important golf product and also say well done to Grainne Dorrian, our Manager who worked on the project.”Hugh Shovlin, 2013 Captain of Nairn & Portnoo Golf club went on to say, “Nairn & Portnoo Golf Club is always striving to improve our golf offering and by reaching out to our local clubs through the North West Links Golf Pass, we now have a great value, county wide product that we feel can compete in terms of quality and value for money, well done to Daragh Lyons our Club Professional and all the group working on the development”. The Golf Pass is support by 10,000 A5 flyers ready for distribution throughout accommodation premises in Sligo & Donegal and throughout Ireland and the Golf Pass itself can be purchased by contacting Donegal Golf Club, Nairn & Portnoo Golf Club or County Sligo Golf Club.Going forward, the North West Links Golf Pass will be promoted on the club web sites, www.discoverireland.ie and through Tourism Ireland’s web site for the overseas markets, together with upcoming golf, trade and general consumer shows in Ireland and overseas.  GOLF COURSES CLUB TOGETHER TO BRING MORE TOURISTS TO THE NORTH WEST was last modified: May 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOLF COURSES CLUB TOGETHER TO BRING MORE TOURISTS TO THE NORTH WESTlast_img read more

Lazio ace on Liverpool’s radar, Sarri wants FOUR Napoli stars at Chelsea

December 26, 2019

first_img on his way 2 Latest Transfer News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Lucas Torreira is to leave Sampdoria for a fee of around £26million, the Serie A side’s president Massimo Ferrero has said, as reports continue to link Arsenal with a move for the 22-year-old Uruguayan midfielder. (Daily Mail)Aston Villa have yet to receive any formal bids for prized asset Jack Grealish. The 22-year-old’s future has been the subject of intense speculation since Villa failed to win promotion to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Tottenham tipped to make moves. (Birmingham Mail)Stoke have made a £5million bid for Sunderland’s Paddy McNair. Gary Rowett has identified the 23-year-old as a target and Stoke have now matched Middlesbrough’s offer, which was accepted earlier this week. (Daily Mail)Leicester City are preparing to replace wantaway winger Riyad Mahrez with Basel star Mohamed Elyounoussi. With Mahrez continually linked with a move to Manchester City, Claude Puel’s Foxes are looking at their options, with Elyounoussi seemingly top of the list. (The Sun)Southampton have discussed a potential bid for Red Bull Salzburg’s 20-year-old Mali international midfielder Amadou Haidara.  Haidara played 55 games last season in all competitions for Salzburg, including 14 in the Europa League as they made a surprise run to the semi-finals. (Daily Mail) Liverpool have moved closer to signing Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. Klopp is looking to sign a keeper after Loris Karius’ nightmare Champions League final in Kiev. Strakosha is believed to be available for £30million, considerably less than Liverpool’s other targets. (Daily Mirror)Maurizio Sarri is plotting a four-man raid on former club Napoli when he is made the new Chelsea boss. Striker Dries Mertens, winger Jose Maria Callejon, full-back Elseid Hysaj and defender Raul Albiol have been linked as transfer targets if Sarri ends up in Antonio Conte’s office. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are considering a summer move for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. Lyon are reportedly reluctant to sell the youngster, having only confirmed his signature earlier this summer following a successful loan-spell from Amiens but would be open to a deal if United would pay €50m. (Le Sport, via Manchester Evening News) Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Here’s a round-up of all the top football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Friday’s newspapers and online… Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele (left) in action for the French club Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino GOSSIP 2 fear LIVING THE DREAM RANKED Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father heading off IN DEMAND Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out three-way race ‘perfect fit” Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move last_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with the Sunday Times Gen Next in redefining the coolest brands

December 18, 2019

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 11 June 2019 – Ahead of youth day, Brand South Africa, through its Play Your Part programme, has partnered with the Sunday Times’ Gen Next to redefine how youth choices influence and drive growth in local brands. Gen Next now in its 15th year looks at youth brand preference and their consumer behaviour.This year’s theme is “Redefine, Reimagine and Reward” and will be hosted on Thursday, 13th June 2019 at the Sandton Convention Centre.The event is structured in phases, kicking off with a  panel discussion which will include Play Your Part Ambassador Farah Fortune who will unpack “the future of influencer marketing”, followed by an interactive showcase where brands represented at Sunday Times’ Gen Next will interact with young people through various displays, activations and competitions. A Play Your Part activation stand will also be there to engage in how #KidsInspireSA. Concluding the event will be the award ceremony which rewards those brand preferred by the youth as voted by the youth.“We are truly excited for this long-standing partnership with Sunday Times’ Gen Next as it not only speaks to the Brand South Africa’s domestic objective but hear the voices of young people when they reward local brands that are successfully strengthening the Nation Brand Image” said; Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela.Join the conversation #KidsInspireSA #STGenNext2019 click here to see  the list of finalists For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 (0) 11 712-5000 C: +27 (0) 64-890-6819Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

December 12, 2019

first_imgDiPietro-Wells, R. (2015). Field Talk: A Q&AField Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we spoke with Jeff Mullins, MS.  Jeff is an Early Childhood Special Educator working with the overseas Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) Early Intervention program as an Early Childhood Special Educator at Naval Station Rota, Spain.  Jeff has provided special instruction services to babies and toddlers (birth through age 2) with developmental delays and their families for twelve years with nearly half that time being with military families.What’s your favorite part of your current job? I love seeing a parent evolve over time as they learn to support their child. They often come to me overwhelmed when they first learn about their child’s developmental delay. I really enjoy watching them grow to become empowered and confident in supporting their child’s development. I get excited when I can see parents making connections, understanding their child in a new light, and taking an active role in supporting their growth. When I see them take ownership of their child’s goals and feel confident in how to help them, then I know I have done my job right.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.Over the last 6 years, I have worked with families in the Army, Air Force, and now the Navy through the EDIS Early Intervention program.How did you come to work with military families?I think it was my desire to live overseas that ultimately brought me in touch with military families. After an intensive search for work abroad, I was hired by my current contracting company to work in Germany with families serving in the Army. I later transitioned to work at an Air Force base in England with the EDIS program there and now find myself with the Navy. I am so glad that I have been able to meet and work with so many people across all three branches of the military. The military community faces unique challenges and it feels so good to be able to support these babies and toddlers and their families at such a critical time in their lives.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.I remember having the opportunity to support a family who came into our clinic for a routine newborn hearing screen for their baby and discovered that he had degenerative hearing loss. They later learned that he had autism spectrum disorder. I watched them come to early intervention scared and uncertain of the future. Even as ‘seasoned parents’ they felt insecure in their ability to raise their son. Initially, they deferred to us as providers to tell them what they needed. However, as we worked together, they began to take ownership of the process and developed great ideas to support their son. They also began to clarify what they wanted, got connected to a local parents’ support group for children with hearing impairments and became strong advocates for their son’s needs. It was evident that they had both a vision and a plan for him and I really enjoyed supporting them through this process.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.My most challenging experiences have involved working with parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. When a family first learns about their child’s special need, they go through the same stages of grief as those who have experienced the death of a loved one. All families that I have worked with go through some form of denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance as they process this new information. They often cycle back and repeat the same stages over again. Supporting them through this process can be quite challenging as denial, depression, anger, etc. are difficult feeling. A diagnosis alone can be incredibly life-altering for a family, but with military families, a diagnosis of ASD can often mean a compassionate reassignment to the states to pursue therapy resulting in yet another move overseas. Also, the parent may receive the diagnosis alone while their spouse is deployed and they are left to deal with this news away from their family or support system. So, handling the feelings and responses of these families can be quite challenging. But, by staying warm, compassionate, and empathetic during this time, we as early interventionists can help families move on to become strong advocates for their children.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families? How do you change your practice between families?The complexity of the needs of families is greater within the military than outside. The layers of need can be pretty complicated when supporting a family with a child with special needs overseas. They are living in a foreign country, away from their support system, and often parenting without the physical support of their spouse. Military families endure hardships beyond what other families often face. They deal with ever-changing and demanding work schedules, are sometimes asked to cancel family vacations to respond to the call of duty, and usually have to uproot their family every 3-4 years. Supporting families in the military requires much more of an early intervention provider than it would with other types of families.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school?  Involve the deployed parent in whatever capacity they are willing to participate. Even though military parents are away, they still desire to be involved in what is going on for their child, so enabling them to participate via phone, Skype, or e-mail can be very empowering for them. This is also a very positive, connective force for the family at home as they can feel more united working together with their spouse, even from a distance. I remember holding visits with a father and his kids while the mother was using FaceTime to participate from her deployment location.   She still felt like an integral part of the team despite being so far away. Remember to always assume that family members want to participate and enable them to do so however they can.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.The most common stressor I have observed is transitioning early intervention services from the family’s current location to the next. Finding the appropriate contacts, ensuring that they have all the required paperwork, navigating Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) clearance, and the anxiety associated with getting acquainted with an entirely new early intervention team has always proved very challenging for the families I have supported.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Be humble and approach the family with fresh eyes every time. Do not assume that you understand the child and family and what is best for them. Allow them to teach you what is best for their unique family and you will gain their trust and have a greater impact on the child as well.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?I would like to change the perception of the Exceptional Family Member Program as a “career killer” and a negative byproduct of participation in early intervention. Beyond the paperwork, EFMP can be a great and supportive resource for families as they locate assistance for their child with special needs. One of the military bases that I worked on had a full-time EFMP Family Support Coordinator who organized events, provided families with resources and information, and more. I would like to see every military base have a coordinator that would bring a supportive face to EFMP so that parents could look to them for the help they need as opposed to seeing EFMP as a source of endless paperwork and limiting them from their desired duty station.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I utilize the military family resources from Zero to Three which include a number of excellent children’s books that prepare children for the deployment and return of their parent. I always appreciate the helpful trainings and resources on the Military OneSource website. I have attended professional development activities with Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). I have found a number of resources and educational opportunities through the Penn State University Clearinghouse for Military Readiness as well.  And, of course, the Military Families Learning Network website and webinars have been an excellent support in my learning about military families as well.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more