Family Programs

Parent Support Group

When: 3rd Tuesday of every month (9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/6)
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM

Join this support group as we meet to discuss the struggles and celebrate the victories of our special needs children! The children will engage in activities with our ABA staff.

The mission of this group is to provide an educational and social support group for families that have children with special needs. Meetings will be held the third Tuesday of every month from 5:30-6:30 PM to allow parents of children with special needs to discuss struggles and celebrate victories. This group will also allow for caregivers to communicate openly with other parents of children with special needs. Childcare will be available at our center as well for the duration of the meeting. If you are interested in joining this group, email

Museum Night

Parent Presentations / Child Explorations: Shorkey, in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of SETX, will be hosting a family event. Children will explore the museum while parents have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about their child’s development and ways to foster growth. Do you have concerns or questions about if your child is delayed or would they benefit from therapy, ask the professionals.

October 13th Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy) – Ever think to yourself – this behavior came out of nowhere? During this workshop, we will investigate the four reasons behind behavior and brainstorm solutions for each reason. We will also answer any questions you may have regarding ABA Therapy as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

November 10th Speech Therapy – Children with communication challenges such as difficulty understanding and putting words together, children who are hard to understand, and children who need help to communicate their basic wants and needs may benefit from speech therapy. We will talk about language development and how to encourage communication skills, expand to sentences, with toys and play.

December 8th Occupational Therapy – The OT will present information about child sensory systems including vestibular (balance and movement) and proprioceptive (stimulus, pressure, and movement). They will answer questions about children seeking sensory input: extremely picky eating, struggles to tolerate light, sound, and transitions in their daily schedule.

This is a FREE Event.

Pathways for Challenging Behavior

Pathways – This program is designed to empower parents by providing current research and evidence-based intervention strategies in order to address the unique needs of their child with autism. Pathways is based on Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBI), a combination of ABA techniques and developmental science. Pathways is a 12 chapter program that allows parents and their children (aged 0-5) to work at their own pace to improve overall social engagement and communication.

The program also benefits children that struggle with behavior, social development, and/or self-regulation.

Requirements: Your child does not need a diagnosis of autism to receive intervention.

Does your child struggle with their emotions, anger, frustration, tantrums, transitions from one activity to another, social interaction, self-regulation, eye contact, or playing appropriately with toys? 

Pathways Early Intervention 

Parenting does not come with a manual, you say.  

Well, Pathways Early Intervention provides a manual. 

The Pathways Early Intervention Program is a research-based Parent & Child Interactive Program lead by a trained interventionist. This program is designed for 1.5 hour sessions. However, this can be too long for some children and two 45-minute sessions may be more feasible. The program is designed for 12 weeks but could take a little longer depending on child’s progress. The program fosters language development, regulating behavior, and parent -child connection.  

Financial Assistance

Shorkey has secured funding to support the program; without the funding support the program would be $150 a session. Financial assistance can be considered with application and proof of income. PATHWAYS is not supported by insurance at this time.

Ages 0-3

Spindletop MHMR Services

Ages 3-5

Clarissa Hernandez

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