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ESCT Parent Support and Training Program (PST)

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.

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About Parent Support and Training
Meet Our Parent Support Team

Upcoming Events

 About Parent Support and Training

Please contact staff for more information:

Shalyn Bravens, LMSW
Parent Support and Training Program Manager
512-615-6833
parenting@eastersealstx.org 

Play Group

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

 Upcoming Events

Play Groups, ages 0-3
Fridays, 9:00am-10:30am

Play Groups are open to the public for children of all abilities. The Spring Schedule kicks off January 13 and Play Groups will meet every other week until May 19. RSVP to Play Groups.

Stepping Stones Positive Parenting Program
Beginning April 12, meets weekly from 6pm-8pm (English)

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. Agression. Triple P can help you deal with them all - and more!

Free childcare and a light dinner will be provided. RSVP is required! Please email: parenting@eastersealstx.org or call (512) 615-6871

See the flyer/Consulte el folleto.

Respite Events, Spring 2017
January 21, February 25, April 22, May 20 from 1pm-4pm

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 sbravens@eastersealstx.org

ABA Today

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. 

View the flyer/Consulte el folleto

Infant Massage Classes
Spring Dates Coming Soon!

Infant Massage is a great way for you to bond with your baby while learning the ways your baby communicates with you. Through this course, you will learn the sequence of strokes that can help your baby sleep better, improve their digestion, and develop a strong bond with you! Massage oil and materials will be provided. RSVP required, please email sbravens@eastersealstx.org or call 512-615-6833.

New Workshops

Money Management Workshop
April 6, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 

Easterseals and Foundation Communities invite you to join us for a discussion about managing your finances. We will cover:

  • Goal Setting
  • Credit
  • Budgeting
  • Saving
  • Child care will be provided with registraion only. 
Please reserve one ticket for each child needing child care. RSVP to our Money Management Workshop.

More workshops coming soon! Have an idea for a workshop? Email your ideas to parenting@eastersealstx.org.

Meet our Parent Support Team

Shalyn

Shalyn Bravens, LMSW
Manager, Parent Support and Training

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 Easter Seals? I manage the Parent Support and Training Program at Easter Seals 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 Easter Seals? 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.

Italia

Italia Moreno 
Bilingual Parent Educator

Background: I have experience working with the Easter Seals Central Texas Early Childhood Intervention program serving as a Service Coordinator and Early Intervention Specialist. 
What impact do you have at Easter Seals? 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 Easter Seals? 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!

Jennifer Maurer 
Parent Support and Training Program Assistant

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 Easter Seals? 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 Easter Seals? My favorite thing about working at Easter Seals 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!  

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