Parent’s Toolbox Seminars

Stationary babies welcome

Seminars are free to attend but space is limited! Please reserve your space below.

June 2nd 9:30am

Playing With Purpose

Parents and caregivers are the most important people in their child's life. One of the greatest gifts you can give to your child is the help he or she needs to communicate and connect with the world. 

In this workshop we will discuss:

Developmental milestones for speech and language skills

Tips for connecting with your child during play to stimulate their language

How to create opportunities for your child to communicate

Why a back-and-forth communication exchange with your child is so important

How to choose toys with language development and learning in mind

Emily Cohen

Emily is the founder of the Tandem Speech Therapy, a pediatric speech therapy practice serving Austin, TX. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Indiana University-Bloomington. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University.  Emily spent three years working in special education classrooms and the last 8+ years working in a variety of pediatric therapy settings with children ~18 months to 12 years. Emily provides play-based and family centered pediatric speech therapy for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as services for school-aged children.

June 9th 9:30am

Healthy Sleep Habits


Parent Heroes strives to help you end bedtime battles and conquer naps.  We provide kick ass solutions for your toughest toddler or sweetest baby.  We all know that sleep is NOT a luxury item.  It is a biologic necessity. 

Our philosophy is:  one part sleep science + one part love = one happy healthy sleeping family.   Let Parent Heroes bring ease and wonder back into your parenting!

​Please join Vanessa Vance as she leads the workshop about Healthy Sleep Habits.  This course will focus on the 4 steps to reach independent sleep for your little one.   The workshop will address sleep needs of preschoolers and babies.  

Vanessa Vance


Vanessa is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant and a Certified Oh Crap! Potty Training Consultant.  She has 18+ years experience as a Pediatric Nurse & Newborn ICU Nurse. 

June 16th 9:30am

Potty Trained Before Two – Baby Signs® Can Help!

 Find out why the disposable diaper industry wants you to wait until later to potty train and how you can start much earlier with a few ASL signs to help. Before disposables, the average age of a completely potty trained baby (not child) was 18 months. Potty training isn’t always easy and parents are happy to put it off as long as possible. The problem with waiting until later is that it’s much more difficult (especially after two), more expensive and not great for the environment. This presentation is for parents of young babies (eight months and up) who want to get started earlier and forego a battle of wills with a three-year-old with a strongly engrained habit of using diapers. Myths promoted by the diaper industry will be debunked one by one and you’ll go home more informed and possibly with a kit to help you get started. Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn (founders of the Baby Signs® Program) created the Potty Training Made Easy™ Kit to help parents start earlier with five simple signs to take you and your child through the potty training process. A drawing for the kit will be held at the end of the presentation so come find out why “earlier is better” in a fun, informative presentation by Tina Cavanaugh. 

Tina Cavanaugh


Tina has been teaching Baby Signs classes to babies and toddlers (8 months – 24+ months) since 2009 in Austin and the surrounding areas. Prior to finding the Baby Signs® Program, she took classes at Austin Sign Language School over a 10 year period while working in I.T. positions at U.T. and Motorola. In working with babies and young children she’s found her calling and continues to take classes and workshops to further her early childhood education. In addition to the Baby Signs play classes, she also teaches tummy time classes, a sibling class and ASL to children in childcare centers (ages 18 months to five years).