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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 with special needs in the Austin area.

About Parent Support and Training

Please contact staff for more information:

Jennifer Ells, LMSW
Parent Support & Training Program Manager
512-615-6871
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:

  • Nurturing Parenting groups provide parents with a supportive place to learn and build nurturing parenting skills to use with their little ones. Groups follow the evidence-based Nurturing Parenting curriculum. See information about current groups below.

Have more questions? Please contact us for more information:

Jennifer Ells, LMSW Parent Support and Training Program Manager 512-615-6871 or parenting@eastersealstx.org.

Upcoming Events


Play Groups, ages 0 to 3
Fridays, 9:30am to 11:00am

Play Groups are open to the public for children of all abilities. RSVP to Play Groups on Eventbrite (search "Play Group for All Abilities") or email parenting@eastersealstx.org.

Spring 2020 dates:
January 31
February 28
March 27
April 24
May 29

*Play Groups are cancelled in light of COVID-19, and will be resumed as soon as it is safe to gather again.


Respite
Wednesdays 9:00am to 12:00pm 

Parents of children with special needs are invited to take the morning off! Drop your child off for a fun, social experience facilitated by Easterseals staff and volunteers while you go to appointments, run errands, or get some much-needed self care!

Fall Respite dates are FREE!

RSVP on Eventbrite (search "Respite") or email parenting@eastersealstx.org.

Spring 2020 dates:
January 8
February 5
March 4
April 1
May 5

*Respite is cancelled in light of COVID-19, and will be resumed as soon as it is safe to gather again.


Parent & Caregiver Support Group

Last Wednesday of the Month from 12:00 to 1:00pm

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child with special needs? Join us for our first Parent & Caregiver Support Group where you can form supportive relationships with others and learn about resources and topics relevant to you.

Refreshments and childcare will be provided! No RSVP required.

Spring 2020 dates:
January 15
February 19
March 18
April 15
May 20

*Parent & Caregiver Support will continue to meet as scheduled, but we will be meeting virtually. Please contact Jennifer Ells at parenting@eastersealstx.org if you would like to participate!


Nurturing Parenting Group

Dates TBD

Thursdays 10:00-11:30am from April 2 to May 21 

We are excited to announce that we will be starting a Nurturing Parenting group for parents in the Austin community! The group will meet for eight sessions. Together we will learn and support each other in building nurturing parenting skills to support your child’s and family’s healthy development.

*The Nurturing Parenting Group will continue as planned, but we will be meeting virtually! Please contact Jennifer Ells at parenting@eastersealstx.org for more information or to sign up for the group.


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



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