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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

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 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
Wednesdays, 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. Summer dates are: June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, and August 21.

Mondays 9:30am to 12:30pm

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!

Summer respite dates are: June 3, June 17, July 15, August 5, and August 19. Respite is $20 per child, but discounts are available for multiple date purchases and sibling groups. Limited scholarships are available. RSVP on Eventbrite (search "Respite") or email parenting@eastersealstx.org.

Taller de Entrenamiento para Aprender a Ir al Baño

Toilet Training Workshop - Spanish

June 19, 2019 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Mondays 9:30am to 12:30pm

Acompañe a Easterseals y el Centro de Autismo en Texas Central en un taller para padres de entrenamiento para aprender a ir al baño. El taller es para todos padres incluyendo padres con niños con necesidades especiales. Cuidado de niños se proveraá! Regístrese en Eventbrite.com (busque “Aprender a ir al baño”) o email parenting@eastersealstx.org.

Join Easterseals and the Central Texas Autism Center for a parent workshop on toilet training. This workshop is for all parents, including those with special needs. Childcare is provided! Register on Eventbrite.com (search “Aprender a ir al baño”) or email parenting@eastersealstx.org.

Make a Toy Workshop

July 19, 2019 11:00am to 12:30pm

East Communities YMCA

Parents of children ages 0-5... Join us for a hands-on toy-making workshop! Learn how to make toys out of everyday household materials that are easy and cheap for you and fun and beneficial for your children. LEAVE WITH A READY-TO-PLAY TOY!

Childcare is available. Register on Eventbrite.com (search "Make a Toy") or email parenting@easterseals.org.

Sensory-Friendly Back to School Fair

August 10, 2019 12:00pm to 2:00pm

East Communities YMCA

Join Easterseals and the YMCA for a free event for families who have children with special needs. There will be backpacks filled with school supplies for students in PreK – 12, games and activities, snacks, information on local resources, and more!


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

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