BiographyDonna Ewing is a developmental specialist experienced in provided intervention services to children birth to age 5. Donna has spent the last decade working with infants and toddlers with special needs and their families., providing direct services and educating parents on evidenced based practices to improve skills in all areas of development. She also provides clinical supervision, consultation and mentorship to therapy professionals in the field.
In her role as Senior Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor, she works to prepare students academically and clinically, balancing classroom learning with hands on supervised field experience. The focus is to incorporate family dynamics and family empowerment into the assessment and intervention process. Course objectives guide students toward integrating the child’s strengths and needs across developmental domains into a comprehensive intervention approach.
Donna has been endorsed as an Infant and Family Specialist by the First3Years organization (formerly Texas Association for Infant Mental Health). The endorsement reflects compentencies in infant mental health training and supervision. She is a participant in the task force of specialists implementing a strategic plan for a programwide approach to infant mental health and mental health consultation. Within this approach program administrators will learn how to ensure more effective mental health consultation by facilitating staff-consultant relationships and providing support and oversight to infant mental health consultants.
Along with classroom, clinical and community involvement Donna continues to work to form additional university affiliations so that students have the opportunity to work within organizations whose mission is to serve children with special needs and empower those parents with tools and resources needed to advocate for their children. Recent acquired affiliations include Easter Seals North Texas, Carrollton/Farmers Branch Independent School District Preschool Program for Children with Special Needs, Tarrant County MHMR, and Bryan’s House a non-profit organization serving at-risk children and families.
Donna is a member of the World Infant Mental Health Association, Division for Early Childhood of the Department of Exceptional Children, the International Society of Early Intervention and an affiliate member of the Center for Children and Families here at UT Dallas.