Families of children with special needs experience unique challenges and unexpected obstacles along their journey. To make sure that Moms and Dads receive the resources they need to meet these challenges, the Parent Support and Training program at Easterseals Central Texas provides free programming for parents of children ages 0-8 in Travis and Williamson Counties.
Please contact staff for more information:
Shalyn Bravens, LMSW
Parent Support and Training Program Manager
The Parent Support and Training program strives to implement evidence-based practices in areas where parents have identified a need exists, and consists of:
Have more questions? Please contact staff for more information:
Shalyn Bravens, LMSW Parent Support and Training Program Manager 512-615-6833
Play Groups are open to the public for children of all abilities. RSVP to Play Groups on Eventbrite. Summer dates are: June 23, July 7, July 21 and August 4. We will partner with Bliss Kid Yoga and Armstrong Community Music School for fun, interactive, and brain-building activities!
The Stepping Stones Positive Parenting Program gives parents of children with disabilities ages 0-5 simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life. Problems like toddler tantrums or self-esteem issues. Bedtime battles. Disobedience. Aggression. Triple P can help you deal with them all - and more!
Easterseals Central Texas has partnered with ABA Today for our monthly Respite afternoons. Respite is available for parents of children ages 0-8 with an identified need. To register, please complete this form for each child attending Respite and return them to Shalyn Bravens via fax at 512-615-7121 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is ABA?
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is the science of behavior. ABA programs are led by BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) who have graduate level training in behavioral principles. It is also widely known as the most evidenced based treatment for individuals with autism.
We understand the struggles of toilet training children with special needs. Independence in toileting is one of the most important life skills we can give our children. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to help train 100's of children and young adults with disabilities both directly and through our workshop series. We will teach you how to emphasize learning through motivation, reinforcement, and correction procedures in order to see the most efficient results. Our objective, as dictated by Azrin and Foxx, is to “teach your child to toilet himself or herself with the same independence as an adult and without the need for reminders, continued praise, or assistance.”
Join us for a free workshop open to the public.
More workshops coming soon! Have an idea for a workshop? Email your ideas to email@example.com.
Background: I’ve been working with children and families most of my life, and have over four years of direct experience with families of children with special needs.
What impact do you have at Easterseals? I manage the Parent Support and Training Program at Easterseals Central Texas which strives to bring relevant information and support to parents of children with special needs individually and in group classes utilizing evidence-based curricula.
What’s your favorite part about working at Easterseals? My favorite part of my job is the families we serve. Nothing beats seeing the smiling faces of the kids and parents at our fun events we host for families such as our Back to School Fair, Photos with Santa event, and Angel Tree gift project!
What’s a fun fact about you? I love to garden! It’s my version of meditation when I go home and care for my plants.
Background: I have experience working with the Easterseals Central Texas Early Childhood Intervention program serving as a Service Coordinator and Early Intervention Specialist.
What impact do you have at Easterseals? As a Parent Educator for the PST program, I help identify and strengthen the qualities that make a family resilient, assist parents in creating realistic expectations by providing information on child development, model and practice positive parenting strategies, and build relationships with families and the community at large.
What’s your favorite part about working at Easterseals? What I love most about ESCT is the amount of support that we offer not only for our families but for the public as well. From fun and educational experiences to understanding support groups, if we do not have the resource, we will connect you to it.
What’s a fun fact about you? A day without singing and dancing is a day I have not lived!
Background: I have worked with children and families in a variety of roles over the past 15 years as a babysitter, camp counselor, tutor, therapist and group leader.
What impact do you have at Easterseals? I support the Parent Support and Training Program by coordinating programs and events, doing community outreach to inform local families about our services, and educating families about positive parenting.
What’s your favorite part about working at Easterseals? My favorite thing about working at Easterseals is being able to provide services to all parents regardless of background. All families struggle at some point and we are there to support them when they do.
What’s a fun fact about you? I can frequently be found pestering my family and friends to play board games with me!