NAET’s Mission for ETX Families

Building up East Texas families through fun and community!
Published: Apr. 9, 2024 at 2:45 PM EDT
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What began as a simple playdate at a local children’s park soon blossomed into a full on non-profit with the aim of building community and knowledge between families of neurodivergent children. In 2022, the Neurodivergent Advocates of East Texas officially got its start. Since then, more than 700 East Texas families participate in their wide range of activities and workshops.


“We wanted to be kind of a Mecca for families to come connect, have resources, have playdates and fun activities…”

Casey McCoy, Co-founder, shared with us the clear goals of NAET. For the past couple of years, this local non-profit has gradually become an oasis for families with children who have different abilities, such as Autism, ADHD, Downs, and so on. From littles, teens, to young adults, NAET provides a number of means to help parents guide their children to growth and success.

Another great NAET APEC Movement class for Littles 10 and under today 11:30-12:30. See you next Saturday for 10 and up at APEC 11:30-12:30.

Posted by Neurodivergent Advocates of East Texas on Saturday, June 1, 2024


Neurodivergent Advocates of East Texas provide a large selection of monthly activities for families to enjoy.

  • Littles Playdate: Monthly gatherings for parents and kids to play, socialize, and build upon the strengths and needs of neurodivergent children.
  • Caregiver Resource Night: These informative events are perfect for those who are seeking to add new tools and practices in their personal care for neurodivergent individuals.
  • Sensory Friendly Haircuts: On the 2nd Saturday of each month, neurodivergent individuals can enjoy an accommodating haircut within a sensory-friendly environment.
  • Teen Night: These evenings aim to build the confidence of neurodivergent adolescents by creating a safe, social setting that is welcoming and fun!

Along with these fun-filled monthly events, NAET is also passionate about classes that boost the health and knowledge of East Texas children, as well as their parents.

  • APEC Adaptive Classes: These inclusive classes are a great way to get your neurodivergent child or teen moving! Classes are safe, trainer led, and a total blast!
  • Parenting Classes: NAET’s parenting classes take a more in depth look into how you can better support and guide your neurodivergent child.

“We want them all to feel welcome, to come and be a kid.”

Growing up with neurodivergent abilities is not always easy. However, it doesn’t mean it has to stop your children from simply just being a kid. Through safe environments and no judgments, NAET and their volunteers are helping local children, teens, and young adults achieve and enjoy life just like everyone else. Visit the NAET site to see how you and your family can get connected and join the fun!

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