Between the Babbles: Understanding the language of abused and neglected young children

Please join child advocate and author, Holly Schlaack in a videoconferenc presentation/ discussion:  Between the Babbles: Understanding the Language of Abused and Neglected Infants and Toddlers.

Sponsored by the Southeastern Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health Learning Group, the program will take place on January from 17 8:30-9:30.  There will be CEU’s for Counselors and Social Workers

Please e-mail Sherry Shamblin at to participate.

For over a decade, Holly has been a leader in advocacy on behalf of young foster children in her area, including serving as president of the Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health, Southwest Chapter. She has received recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives for her efforts.  In her work as a Program Manager for ProKids CASA, she combined effective social work, dedicated volunteers, and child development experts to create the Building Blocks Program. This Program provides specialized advocacy for foster children age birth to three and received a Promising Practice Award from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in 2004. Holly has presented at numerous state and national conferences on topics related to court advocacy for infants and toddlers and has been recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives for her work with young children.

Holly’s passion for foster children and her belief in the importance of community response led her to author Invisible Kids: Marcus Fiesel’s Legacy in 2009. Michael Piraino, Executive Director of National CASA, judges around the country and other prominent leaders such as Frances Strickland, Ohio’s former First Lady, have endorsed this powerfully moving book.

The Southeastern Ohio ECMH Learning Group sponsored through Tri-County Mental Health is open to anyone interested in learning more about early childhood mental health. Future meetings will occur from 8:30-10:00 on the 3rd Tuesdays in March and May. For additional questions or to become an ongoing participant of the learning group, contact Sherry Shamblin at