PRAXES (Parents Reach Achieve and eXcel through Empowerment Strategies) is a company which designs training programs for behavioral health agencies, medical care organizations, and parents which are focused on the caregivers of children.
PRAXES is designed to help parents of special needs children (mental health, intellectual, or physical) reduce their stress and improve their child’s behavior. Its intensive model practice has been in existence since 2012 and has been offered to over 250 parents in the Los Angeles County area. During the next five years, this practice, its prevention model, and its Working with Parents series of trainings will be taught throughout the United States.
What makes PRAXES unique is its approach with the parent. While other programs focus only on parenting skills, PRAXES concentrates on the parent’s well-being. Parents of special needs children are survivors and have had to overcome obstacles with their children that would make others admire them. But it creates havoc on the parent, causing them to have more physical and emotional illnesses along with more difficulties with their children. Instead of trying to change the parenting, PRAXES is about working with the parent. If they can be healthy, then they will pass on their skills to their child. Parents have been profoundly affected so that they feel empowered, more in touch with their child, and ready to advocate for themselves and their child.