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25 Years Pre-School Programs

Parent Education Opportunities

The following educational opportunities are available. If you know of other sessions that may be of interest to Capitol School families, please contact the office.

Improving Sleep in Kids and Adults with Autism
Speaker: Dianne Doggett, Forum Organizer
Thursday, October 2nd, Noon to 1:30 pm
Dianne Doggett, Forum Organizer, and mother of a teenage boy with autism, will talk about how to get our kids to go to sleep and stay asleep, including dietary, nutritional, and environmental factors. Please join us! Meetings are free and open to the public. No RSVP or reservation is ever necessary, but please leave your children at home if possible, as no child care is available. You are welcome to bring your lunch with you.

All Forum meetings are held at the Old Quarry Library , 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin, 78731, off Far West Blvd., between the Post Office and HEB. Visit, to see meeting topics and speakers, and to join the Forum. Forum members receive frequent emails about autism treatment and local autism resources and events. The Forum is sponsored by the Autism Society of Greater Austin. For more information, email

free Positive Discipline Parent Coaching Workshop
Austin Family Counseling - Saturday, Sept. 6th from 1:00p - 2:00p. This is a fun, engaging workshop ideal for parents who are interested in developing new tools and perspectives to use with children and teens. A brief introduction to the Positive Discipline philosophy will be given, we'll go through a few experiential activities, and everyone will leave with a tool to take home and use right away. All are welcome - partners, spouses, friends, relatives, colleagues, etc! Please contact if you have any questions or would like to attend.

Good Grief
What happens when you first hear that your child has a developmental disability? How do you respond? How do you manage after several or many years go by? Who can you talk to about your own emotional reactions? What do you do when you are feeling overwhelmed? These are all questions that confront a person who has a child with a difference-a challenge-a disability. As professionals how do we support family members who are struggling with the impact of disability?
This workshop will use a grieving model to explore the emotional aspects of parenting a child with a disability. It will enable participants to understand the ongoing emotional impact that raising a child with a disability can have on all family members, as well as how to make meaning out of these emotions. This workshop is geared for parents, family members and professionals who love and/or work with children with disabilities.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 20th from 9:30 AM -12:30 PM. Registration will begin at 9 AM.

WHERE: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Hatlen Conference Center, Building 605, 1100 W 45th St, Austin, TX 78756 (512) 206-9167

PRESENTER: Dale Rudin, Ph.D.
Dale has been providing support to family members and other professionals who work with developmental disabilities since 1975. She has the unique perspective of being both a psychologist, special educator, as well as a parent.

COST: $75.00 (If financial assistance is needed, please call Dr. Rudin at: 512-328-7388)

REGISTRATION: Please Register by September 10th, 2014. Send registration form and fee to: Dale Rudin, Ph.D.
4310 Medical Parkway, Suite 101
Austin, Texas 78756

Beyond Consequences LIVE

Author and Parenting Expert
Heather T. Forbes, LCSW
will be coming to Austin, TX to present her
FREE Beyond Consequences LIVE
parent training. You are invited by special
invitation to join Heather for this very
important and informative day!

Austin, TX
Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Register for FREE here
5 CEUs approved for this training.

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW will be delivering a
complimentary presentation for all parents and professionals seeking advice about raising and working with children with difficult and severe behaviors. Her presentation incorporates the
understanding that neuroscience gives us to
explain the thinking and perspective of children whose regulatory systems have been compromised through traumatic experiences.


MAY 2014
2014 Apraxia Awareness Day Webinar

Date and Time: May 14, 2014 @ 12:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

CASANA staff, including Executive Director, Sharon Gretz, Education Director, Kathy Hennessy, and Director of Professional Development and Speech Services, David Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP will be hosting an open “Questions and Answers” webinar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Regular Registration: $10
CASANA Webinar FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Camp Social Superheros!
This six- day overnight camp experience from The Parish School allows children from 8 - 12 years old to learn and practice Social Thinking skills in a fun camp atmosphere. Campers attend a daily social thinking group and learn lessons that help them to understand social thinking skills used in everyday life situations. Camp counselors and SLPs help them practice their social thinking skills during camp activities like swimming, eating meals together, “hanging out” in their cabins, canoeing, archery, camp fire activities and so much more.¬†This is an incredible opportunity for students to make friends and gain real life experience using age appropriate social thinking skills. For more information contact:
Renee Attaway, The Parish School
11001 Hammerly Dr., Houston Texas 77043, (713) 467-4696

Why Does Gender Matter? What Are The Effects Of Growing Up In A Virtual World?
Psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax is a leading expert on the role that gender plays in child development and education. He is the founder of the Montgomery Center for Research in Child and Adolescent development. Dr. Sax is also the best-selling author of Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, and Girls On The Edge. His work with parents focuses on how best to navigate the unique and ever changing challenges faced by today's children. Monday, February 17, 7-9 pm
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
9508 Great Hills Trail. Tickets are available through the Half Day Director’s Group website: $15 per person, $25 per couple.

Did you know that October is Learning Disabilities month? The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) has planned awareness activities each day in October: 31 Days of LD Calendar

Jumpathon benefiting Austin Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Alliance
Austin SPD Alliance is a parent-led non-profit organization meeting the needs of local families living with SPD and sensory issues by providing free services, programs, and resources. This Jumpathon is a fun way to support the alliance, and includes food, drinks, and photo booth. This event is going to take place from 2 - 7 p.m. at the Zilker Park Rock Garden, Barton Springs Rd., Austin. Sponsored Jumpathon at 3 p.m. Sign up at Admission $5.

"Dislecksia: The Movie" Event
This event celebrates Austin's participation in "Dislecksia: The Movie's" national event, a united campaign led by Captured Time Productions and Area23a. Capitol School is one of over 50 groups across the country that has participated in the campaign, using "Dislecksia: The Movie" to promote a more innovative approach to dyslexia, as well as to generate interest and knowledge about the subject of learning differences. In "Dislecksia: The Movie", filmmaker and fellow dyslexic Harvey Hubbell offers a first-hand approach to the complex, and often misunderstood nature of dyslexia, highlighting some of the condition's most pressing issues in a manner that is just as inspiring as it is informative. This event is going to take place on Oct. 17th at 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Village.

10/9/13, 7 p.m.
Why is My Child Struggling in School - The Basics of a Learning Disability
Is it normal for a child to struggle so much with school work? Is this a motivational issue or something more? As parents and teachers, we become detectives in attempting to figure out why a student is having difficulties. Get the facts. Join us as our presenter, Cheri Crow, helps us understand the basics of learning disabilities, how to recognize the warning signs, and steps you can take now to get the assistance your child needs. Follow the link to attend this Free Webinar.


8/29/13 - Double Header:
"Mistakes are Important Work for Children"(9:30-11:30 a.m.) and

"Change Your Child's Behavior by Changing Yours" (Noon - 2 p.m.)

Presented by Claire Flynn. Thursday, August 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal School. Cost is $25 per workshop. 512-327-0591 for more information or to register for one or both of these workshops.


Learning Disabilities Association (LDAO Annual Conference

LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations. LDA believes everyone can succeed at school, at work, in relationships, and in the community —given the right opportunities and supports as needed. Please bring your family, friends and co-workers to the 2013 LDA Conference in San Antonio for a time of learning and discovering how we can advocate and work together to create new opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities. Visit for more information or to register.

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Rawson Saunders Institute presents A screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia showing at the Stateside at the Paramount February 28, 2013. Directed by James Redford, this inspiring and informative documentary provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts in the field, and iconic leaders such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. The film addresses misconceptions about dyslexia and paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it. The event is open to the public but will also offer 2 continuing education hours for educators interested in attending. CEU certificates will be available. See the flyer for more information or to register.


"Change Your Child's Behavior by Changing Yours"

Parents often think that children somehow know what makes them happy, and when their child misbehaves it is then meant as a personal affront. In truth, children reinvent themselves daily, if not hourly, based on developmental evolution of ages and stages. What unnerves parents is actually appropriate to the various stages of child development. They also reinvent themselves based on the reactions and reinforcements of the adult in their lives. So, the good news is that you can change your child’s behavior by the way you react to theirs! Understanding and applying the science of brain-based ages and stages can help in daily tug-of-wars, including bedtime, eating and getting out the door (on time)! Presented by Claire Flynn. Tuesday, January 29 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Capitol School of Austin. Cost is $20. Call 467-7006 to register.


Webinar: “Time Management & Organization for the Special Needs

Do you always make a New Year's resolution to organize your life? Are calendars, supplement charts, therapy schedules, data sheets, and IEP documents taking over your house? If you were to fall ill or were needed elsewhere could someone else step in and appropriately cover your child's needs? Join us for an online discussion on how to conquer the paper and get some peace of mind about your child's needs and family schedule. Presented by Anissa Ryland, Director, The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development.
Tuesday, November 27th, 12:00-1:00pm CST. Reserve your spot for this free Webinar.


“Walk in the Shoes of a Child with Dyslexia"

Participate in a Dyslexia Simulation to experience the challenges a child with dyslexia faces every day. All adults and students 4th grade and above are welcome.
$5.00 per person at the door. Due to limited seating, please RSVP to reserve your space.
Phone: (512) 476-8382; Email: cbroadway@rawsonsaunders.orgWednesday, October 10
Beverly Hall, Rawson-Saunders School
2614 A Exposition Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703


“Parenting the Child You Didn't Expect"

Six part Tele-Class taught by Margaret Webb -  Parenting Coach, former teacher, and parent to 9 year old son with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia of Speech and ADHD. This class is for you if…

  • you are parenting a child with special needs;
  • you are frustrated, annoyed and feel totally out of control because parenting is nothing like you expected;
  • you don’t do anything for yourself because all resources (money, energy, time, etc.) are focused on helping your child;
  • you desire parenting to be more peaceful and joyful.

Thursdays from 11:00 – 12:00 from October 18th – November 29th (note: no class the week of Thanksgiving). For more information, visit the webste or contact Margaret Webb (512) 686 6194 or by email at

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Hot Lunch Program

Capitol School offers a hot lunch option provided by L&L Catering for students and staff. You can order by the quarter, choosing to order only the days you desire, for $5.50 per meal. Or if you are too busy to pack a lunch or just want what’s being served on a particular day, you can actually contact L & L Catering at 512-554-6323 by 9:00 a.m. that morning and they can add a meal to our delivery for $6.50. See the menus here.

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