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..Farmers Branch Clinic hosts Back to School Parent Training Event


August 5, 2017 - FARMERS BRANCH, TX - Farmers Branch Region Hosts Its 2nd Back to School Edition Parent Training Event at It’s A Sensory World.

Jumping into the school year with educational resources and fun-filled activities. Our Skill Sprout Texas’ location hosted its 2nd Parent Training event: Back to School Edition on Friday, August 5th at It’s a Sensory World. The event was very successful with over 15 parents and children in attendance, highlighting some of ABA’s (Applied Behavior Analysis) most-asked topics: Establishing Effective Routines, Navigating Behavior Intervention Plans, Increasing Requesting Skills, Community Outings, and Setting Priorities and Expectations.

The purpose of these parent trainings are to provide those helpful resources & tips to our Autism families so they are able to effectively and proactively give their children the best support as possible.

"Our team had a great time spending the afternoon with current client families and meeting new families too! I’ve already received positive feedback from several families wanting more information about Skill Sprout’s services and expressing interest in attending the next event. This event really showed how talented our team is and how valuable the services we provide are to families in our community!" said Carly Grimes, Social Skills Coordinator/Counselor.

While our parents were participating during the parent training, the children were supervised by our licensed therapists, having fun in the gymnasium, interacting with superheroes (thanks to our Lead Line Therapist, Michael Finn & Heroic Inner Kids) and enjoying healthy snacks. In addition to the food and entertainment, we provided each of the children with back to school Skill Sprout themed bags filled with custom fidget spinners, coloring books & crayons, squishy balls, cups and much more.

“I am super excited about the engagement from our families and cannot wait until we plan for another successful event in Texas, and throughout the other Illinois regions. So definitely be on the lookout!,” said Taylor Valentine, Lead Marketing Assistant- Texas.

Skill Sprout will soon host parent training events in Illinois and will have another event in Texas during the winter season.

.Champaign Region Skill Sprout Grows It’s Partnership with Choices CCS


August 4, 2017 - CHAMPAIGN, IL - End of Summer Event brings Interest and Fun for Skill Sprout. Our Partnership with Choices CCS is expanding! The Champaign Leadership Team attended the Choices CCS ( ‘End of Summer Family Fun’ event on Friday, August 4th at the Urbana Civic Center. The event was well attended by other Choices Partners with the theme of providing a fun activity for the Choices Client families who attended. Our table featured balloons and the very popular squishy balls and fidget spinners. There were lots of smiles, and we made many new friends. Additionally, we gave out 50 Skill Sprout Services catalogs to other Choices Partners. This has already netted a phone call for request for a closer Partnership with providing ABA Therapy Services to another Partner in Champaign County! As we gear up for the opening of our new Clinic in Champaign, we will continue to attend and have fun at these events in the future.

.Video Games & Autistic Children-The Role of Social Communication


June 28, 2017 - DALLAS, TX - Skill Sprout, LLC is proud to announce their collaboration Dr. Diana Sarko, Assistant Professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to conduct a research study to help understand how typically developing children, and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), process visual and auditory stimuli (sights and sounds) together.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Skill Sprout in their continued mission to support children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We hope that these research studies will help us to better understand the social and sensory worlds of these children so that we can work towards improving therapeutic outreach,” said Dr. Sarko, Assistant Professor of SIU.

The study is targeted towards children ages 12-17. It takes 2 hours or less, during which the participant will be asked to answer some questions and complete a series of computer “games” involving videos of people and robots. Skill Sprout will host the research study at their Farmers Branch location, in which Dr. Sarko will perform her research with participants recruited through Skill Sprout. There will also be a Skill Sprout staff member present during the scheduled appointment.

"We appreciate being able to support Dr. Sarko's research in this area as social skills is a key area of deficits for children on the autism spectrum," said Amy Shymansky, CEO of Skill Sprout.

There will also be a Skill Sprout staff member present during the scheduled appointment. All participants will receive $30 gift cards for their time and participation. For more information, please contact Taylor Valentine, Lead Marketing Assistant at 214-455-2368 or email

About Skill Sprout:
Skill Sprout provides premier educational, behavioral, and rehabilitation services and supports to children and young adults from birth to 25 years of age with a wide range of abilities and needs. We strive to provide an exceptional experience that centers on progressive best practices and an individualized, family-centered plan of care with the aim to improve the quality of life for every family we serve. We will be a beacon of progress, independence, and hope in the communities we serve.

About Southern Illinois University:
Southern Illinois University was founded in 1869 as the state’s second teachers college – with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 – SIU Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System. It is a strong, diverse, student-centered research-intensive and comprehensive university that recently earned the prestigious 2015 community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Autism help sprouting up in Washington, Peoria


April 22, 2012 - WASHINGTON, IL - Skill Sprout LLC, a new and expanding Washington-based business that offers hope and a plan for families that deal daily with the challenges of autism, couldn't have existed five years ago. It's winning the fight to exist today.
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