Claire Flynn, M.Ed., is the Founder of For Kids’ Sake, and is a nationally recognized author of three books for parents. Claire trained and taught as a parent educator at Stanford University’s Children’s Health Council. She has taught infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children, as well as administered schools, in early childhood and elementary school programs. She has also trained early childhood and elementary teachers at the college and graduate level for years. She has been an innovator in the field of education for the over 40 years. She is a parent of two grown children and has four grandchildren.
She is a parent educator in private practice, and founder of For Kids’ Sake. She offers consultations to parents and teachers, and also works with kids in the Kids’ Coaching service. One of her specialities is helping parents choose a school best suited to their child’s learning styles. She also supports families and kids with learning differences and ADD spectrum behaviors. She enjoys presenting workshops for parents and teachers on topics such as: The Spirited Child, The Sensitive Child, No More Threats and Bribes, Helping Kids Handle Change Successfully, Helping Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence, and Raising an Optimistic Child.
Claire consults with schools and their staff on developmentally appropriate practices, and specializes in positive discipline techniques, classroom management, curriculum development, and accreditation practices.
Her books are recognized nationally and are available for sale. She also presents workshops on her book titles Your Are NOT the Boss of Me, Misbehavior is Important Work for Children, and Sleep Success form A to Zzzzzzz. She has a new book, The Dino Brain WILL Get You If You Don’t Watch Out! in the production stage, and will be available for sale by the end of the year.
As a parent educator in private practice, Jennie specializes in consultations to parents and teachers, and also works with kids directly in the Coaching service. Jennie’s goal with all families is offer the lens of developmental ages and stages and also growth spurts to help parents and kids better understand and normalize behaviors. Through the Coaching service she coaches parents and teens/tweens/kids in the skills of: building independence, social/emotional learning, friendship skills, self-esteem, anger management, problem solving, conflict resolution, positive communication, self-control, sibling rivalry, handling fears & worries, and planning for school transitions.
Jennie also offers teacher and parent workshops on a variety of topics, including Helping Kids Manage Media, How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, Helping Kids Tame their Dragons, Independence Skills, and Positive Discipline Techniques.
Outside of the office, Jennie enjoys spending time with her husband, her 2 very curious and outgoing little boys and her two crazy dogs!
She specializes in present and future focused coaching for both children and parents. She takes a solutions-focused approach to help families and kids navigate through many of life’s common challenges. With an emphasis on social-emotional learning, she can help children enhance their “toolbox” of coping skills. Dana is able to work with children to establish action plans that are created in collaboration with parents and the child. She likes to explore a growth mindset with kids so that they don’t feel limited by their circumstances or negative self-beliefs.
Dana brings a wealth of experience to our practice. Prior to moving to Texas, Dana was a counselor at YouthBuild, a school for disadvantaged teens in Los Angeles. As a volunteer, Dana led parent workshops at the local elementary school to teach parents how to incorporate social emotional learning skills at home. While interning at Open Path, a community mental health clinic in Los Angeles, Dana led group counseling for a court-mandated parenting group for over a year. She also co-led a men’s group focused on recovery from domestic violence issues.
Beyond her professional life, Dana enjoys being a wife and a mom to two elementary school-aged kids and her dog, “Bacon”.
Kristen Brewer, M.Ed. is an associate at For Kids Sake. With 20 years of education experience in Austin, Kristen brings a heartfelt devotion to supporting preschool and elementary school aged children.
As an education specialist in private practice, Kristen is skilled at working with children that have learning differences and ADHD spectrum behaviors. Kristen brings her experience to the Kids’ Coaching service where she specializes in helping children that have school place anxiety develop practical strategies and tools for improving their school place experience.
Outside of her work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their two adolescent children, and her retired racing greyhound, Joey.
Heather Patterson, is Office Manager at For Kids’ Sake. She would love to help you set up a By Request Workshop for your group, or schedule an appointment for a private consultation. All of the instructors at For Kids’ Sake are parent educators in private practice.