• Town Lake YMCA (map)
  • 1110 West Cesar Chavez Street
  • Austin, TX, 78703
  • United States

Are You Positive? 

With all its rewards and joys, parenting a child with Down syndrome -- or any disability -- comes with an extra share of stress and difficult emotions. If not addressed, sometimes these emotions build up and can lead to anxiety and depression. Not great for you, not great for your family. But there's good news! Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a training module for parents of children/adults with disabilities. DSACT is pleased to offer this training for parents on Monday nights, Oct 5- Nov 9, 7-8:30 at Town Lake YMCA; the training will be led by Mary Allen Smith, Ph.D., Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.  Data shows this training leads to significant reductions in stress, depression and anxiety among the participating parents; it will focus on positive parent development, using evidence-based interventions to temper emotions such as guilt, conflict, worry and pessimism.

We are not able to offer childcare during the training sessions. The room we'll be using at Town Lake YMCA has amax capacity of 15, so if you are interested and can commit to attending the sessions, please contact Rachel Walker at rachel.walker@dsact.org or 512-323-0808. Deadline to sign up is Monday, September 28.  A one-time charge of $25 will be collected by DSACT; this fee will be refunded in November after the training to each participant who has attended at least 5 of the 6 sessions. We believe this will be an exceptional value for our members.