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Autism Network Hosts Autism Expo

Posted March 6, 2014


Chaos to Calm Parenting Conference

The Autism Network of Parent Services Center, Inc. will present the Autism Expo on Saturday, April 26, from 8:00 am to 2:00 p.m. at The University Center Ballroom on the UT Tyler Campus. The Expo will provide parents of Autistic children, adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, educators, and professionals who provide services to these families with a forum to educate and share resources, treatment options, and services available to support these families.


Featured speakers for the event are Dr. Kristen Mainor and Dr. Tonya Davis from the Baylor University Center for Developmental Disabilities.


Dr. Mainor is the Coordinator of the Behavioral and Educational Services at the Baylor Center. She will speak on the "Center's Collaborative Support for Children with Autism."


Dr. Davis is an assistant professor at Baylor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned a doctorate in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Davis has published many peer-reviewed research papers regarding the education and treatment of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her primary research interests involve communication intervention and treatment of challenging behaviors in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her topics for the Expo are "What Is Applied Behavioral Analysis?" and "Practical Implementation of Behavior Strategies."


TherapyCenters with Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists; psychologists; Applied Behavior Analysis providers; hospitals and any profession or agency that provides services to families dealing with Autism are invited to exhibit at the Expo. There are also a limited number of slots available for caretakers to speak to the group.


Pre-registration is required to attend or to exhibit at the Expo. Call 903-595-2235 for more information or click the following link for a registration brochure:


Download the Registration Brochure.

Kelly Smith Returns to Speak at Parent Services Annual Conference

Posted January 30, 2014


Kelly Smith, Behavioral Specialist from Mesquite ISD, spoke to 340 participants at Parent ServicesCenter's Annual Parenting Conference on Saturday, January 25th at UT Tyler's Ornelas Activity Center. Her topic was "Chaos to Calm…Using Basic Behavior Management."


"Ms. Smith provided effective tips and tools for transforming the chaos in our homes and classrooms to calm," stated Conference Chairperson Suzanne Brians. "She received rave reviews," said Ms. Brians. "Participants gained a much greater understanding about how to create positive behaviors in children at home and school."


Ms. Smith encouraged the audience to use the basics of behavior intervention. "Explain in specific terms what behavior you expect," Ms. Smith said. "Model what you expect; have the child practice the desired behavior; give reminders and feed back; and reinforce the desired behavior."


"The keys to success are to stay calm, give choices, and be consistent," she concluded.


"Parent Services' mission is to provide parents and those who work with children the educational opportunities, resources and support necessary to raise children who can become healthy, contributing members of society," stated Shelley Judd, Parent Services' Executive Director. "We provide this conference each year featuring a nationally recognized speaker," she continues. "I think the conference furthers our mission and is a valuable resource for the parents, foster parents, childcare providers, and teachers of the East Texas area."


"Our programs are made possible through individual donations, grants, and the generosity of Corporate Sponsors Southside Bank and the University of Texas at Tyler," said Ms. Judd. "We are grateful to all those who support the belief that families matter.


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Monthly Donation Option Now Available


Many of those who utilize our free parenting classes have expressed an interest in making small donations. Many major sponsors prefer the ease of setting up a monthly donation. In response to this situation, Parent Services Center has just implemented a new monthly donation option.


To access from our website:

· just click the red "DONATE" button,

· choose the monthly option,

· complete the form and your monthly donations begin!


Just think: if 20 people donate $10 per month that is $2400 per year! During the past 25 years, we have helped someone dear to you. This is your chance to give back! Please sign up now for monthly donations and encourage others to do the same. Your donation allows us to continue free parenting classes and other services for parents.


Tyler Forensic Psychologist Dr. Wade French has said "If we are ever going to impact the most serious social problems of this country, it will be at the parenting level. Prevention begins with effective parenting."


Thank you for being part of the solution.

2013 Annual Dodgeball Tournament

Posted October 29, 2013

Parent Services Center's Annual Dodgeball Tournament - October 2013


Wham! Bam! Slam! Parent Services' Third Annual DodgeBall Tournament was filled with action!


Innovative Therapy's "Dub Boys" dipped and dodged their way to the Championship. The First Christian Church Youth took the 2nd Place Trophy and the Willow Bend "Benders" came in 3rd Place.


"The Dodge-Fathers" from Henry & Peters were looking good and won the Best Costume Award. USA Planet Kids was awarded the Spirit Award. Other teams participating were "The Bombers" from ET Roller Derby and "The Homies" from At Home Healthcare.


Thanks to all of our teams who entertained us and made the day a success!


The tournament would not have been possible without those who volunteered their time to help throughout the tournament: Larry Gilliam, who organized the teams and refereed; Dave Hill who gave the play by play; Anthony Austin and Melissa Williamson who signed up teams at the registration table; Brian Merritt and Jeanie Winebarger who worked concessions; The Boy Scouts who assisted in any way possible during the tournament, and TJC photography student, Lauren Withrow, for some amazing photography.

First Christian Church
Southside Bank
Will J. Parks, DDS, MD
Mary and Bob Irwin

5th & Broadway Tiny Town
Louis H. Ornelas
Innovative Therapy Group
Henry & Peters PC
Fenton Motors of Tyler, LLC
Stepping Stone School

Chick-fil-a ● The Diner ● Jalapeno Tree ● Fresh ● Traditions Dr. Pepper ● Domino's Pizza ● Braum's Starbuck's ● Cheddar's ● Panera Bread ● Clear Springs Restaurant Chuy's ● On the Border Times Square Cinema ● CBS19 ● Fenton Motors of Tyler, LLC


All proceeds from the tournament will support the ongoing programs of Parent Services Center, including the Autism Network. Parent Services relies on this fundraiser, individual donations, grants, and the generosity of Corporate Sponsors Southside Bank, At Home Healthcare, and The University of Texas at Tyler to carry out our programs. We are grateful to all those who support the belief that families matter.

2013 Annual Fall Symposium

Posted July 20, 2013
Parent Services Center's Annual Symposium - September 2013

For more information, visit our Fall Symposiums page or call Parent Services Center, 903-595-2235. To register, download the registration brochure here.

Parent Services Center

2012 Annual Report

Posted June 13, 2013


In 2012 Parent Services Center, Inc., provided over 100 classes free to Smith County participants and a parenting conference and symposium serving almost 1,900.

Read more in our 2012 Annual Report.

rePRN Te Invita! En Español

Posted May 8, 2013


Academia de Formación de Padres en Español!! Un evento de capacitación y recursospara el español habla de las familias de niños con necesidades especiales.


(Parent Training Academy in Spanish!! A training and resource event for Spanish-Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs.)


June 13th, 2013
St. Paul's Children's Foundation
1358 E. Richards     Tyler, Texas 75702
9am - 3pm
Featured Presenter: Patricia Alvarez

Es obligatorio el registro. Contactar Ms. Alvarez al 512-944-2104 o

New Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities Established

Posted April 23, 2013


In response to requests from parents of children with learning disabilities, Parent Services Center, Inc. announces the formation of a new support group. The support group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Parent Services Center office, 4411 Old Bullard Road, Suite 602. Kimberly and Monty Montgomery founded the group and invite parents of children with learning disabilities to participate.


Pictured: Left to Right - Monty, Caleb, Kimberly and Ethan-Cole Montgomery.

Parent Services CenterAs parents of eleven-year-old Caleb, who struggles with several learning disabilities, the Montgomerys understand the isolation that many parents feel and the need to share experiences with people in the same situation. "We are delighted that Speech Therapist Karen A. Miller, MA, CCC/SLP is part of our group," Kimberly noted.


"Since Caleb was three, we felt lost. There was no one close to us who was facing the same challenges and we desperately needed support from parents who struggle with similar issues," explained Kimberly. "Sometimes parents of children with learning disabilities don't feel like we fit in with other parents" she continued.


She explained that even though Caleb is athletic, he still has obstacles to over come. "Success in sports has really boosted his self-confidence," she explained. "Now when people make fun of him, he just tells them that God made everybody different and walks off!" She emphasized the importance of parents helping their children find and develop their own special interests and talents to improve self-esteem. The Montgomerys have identified famous athletes who have struggled with learning disabilities to give Caleb role models and hope. She believes that other parents can follow their example once they find the talents, skills and interests of their children.


Kimberly explained that they are also setting up a Blog for parents of children with learning disabilities. Information about the blog will be available on Parent Services Center's website.


The support group meets the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 at the Parent Services Center office, 4411 Old Bullard Road, Suite 602.

For information, call Kimberly at 903-283-7572 or Parent Services Center at 903-595-2235.

What a Birthday!
Parent Services Center Celebrates 25 Years

Posted February 27, 2013


Parent Services Center had a blast at its 25th anniversary celebration, Friday, February 22, at The Cascades. Delicious food, great entertainment, and good friends! The essentials for a great party were all there.


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Past presidents - Susan Donaldson, Verna Hall, Camille Brown - and Executive Director Shelley Judd blew out the birthday candles and the fun began. After a delicious fiesta buffet, the crowd was wowed by the perfect harmony of the Tyler quartet "Noteworthy" led by Dr. Wilson Renfroe, faithful PSC instructor and husband of Parent Services' Autism Network Coordinator Julee Renfroe.


Honoree of the evening was Susan Donaldson, who with her late friend Judy Grindstaff, founded Parent Services Center in 1988. Susan said, "With Judy's knack for moving ideas forward and my knowledge of the people of the community, the partnership worked."


Judy's vision of providing proactive parenting programs for the people of the community has been realized. Executive Director Shelley Judd said, "Parent Services has an attendance for these programs of over 30,000 in the 25 years of the Center's existence."


Others honored during the evening were as follows:

Original Steering Committee - Susan Donaldson and Verna Hall
First Policy Board - Carol Langston
Past Presidents - Susan Donaldson, Verna Hall, Roger Chesley, Merle Mabry, Camille Brown and Jeanie Winebarger
Long Term Volunteer Instructors (10 years or more) - Wilson Renfroe, Suzanne Brians, Sheila Matson and Suzanne Krause


Faithful Donors and 2012 Donors:

Corporate Sponsors - Southside Bank and At Home Healthcare

Suzanne and Robin Brians

Camille and Dick Brown

Cindy Rudd and Tiny Town

Susan and Dr. Ron Donaldson

Melissa Williamson

First Christian Church and Carolyn Wallace

Verna and George Hall

Shirley and Warren McLeod

Suzanne and Frank Krause

Jeanie and Don Winebarger

President Rod and Merle Mabry of UT Tyler

Shelley Judd


Special Awards were presented to Suzanne Brians as the 2012 Program Volunteer of the Year; Becky Bonilla as 2012 Event Support Volunteer; and Larry Gilliam as DodgeBall Tournament Director for the past two years.

NEW Blog for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Posted February 11, 2013


Today millions of grandparents in the US are raising their grandchildren. If you are one of these grandparents, you have made numerous sacrifices, possibly your own retirement plans. You may be looking for support and resources, but can't fit Support Group attendance into your busy schedule of diapers, daycare, teacher conferences, etc. Join Parent Services Center and friends on our newly formed Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Blog Spot. We want to share information, resources and support one another.


Besides the link above, the blog can be accessed from the main menu Support tab.

NEW Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

Posted January 23, 2013


What: FREE Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

When: First Thursday every month from 6:00 - 7:30pm, beginning February 7th

Where: Parent Services Center Office, 4411 Old Bullard Road, Suite 602

How to Register: Call Parent Services Center at 903-595-2235 or send an e-mail.


Karen Miller, Speech pathologist, will facilitate meetings.


Fox 51 Interviews PSC about the Dodgeball Tournament

Posted October 2, 2012
Fox51 interviews Shelley Judd and Monica Orchard

Fox51 interviewed Shelley Judd, Executive Director of Parent Services Center and Monica Orchard about the 2nd Annual Dodge Ball Tournament that will be held October 6th at the First Christian Church Gym. Admission is free and there are great prizes for those who purchase a $10 raffle ticket.


Click here to view the interview on


For more information about the Dodgeball Tournament, visit our Dodgeball Tournament page.

Bank of America awards $3,000 grant to Parent Services Center

Posted August 30, 2012
1st Place Winners - Allstars World Series Runner-Up Team

Bank of America awarded a $3,000 grant to Parent Services Center. Pictured above are: l to r: Sueanne Trombley and Brent Mills, Bank of America; Melissa Charba, PSC Board President-Elect, Camille Brown, PSC Board Past President, Anthony Gooden, Chris Maloney and Kristy Johnson, Bank of America.

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