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Autism Consultation

Mika L. Adams, consultant

“Every child can learn.”

“I believe that our responsibility as adults, care givers, and educators is to provide the most effective methods of instruction and support that encourages each child to reach Mika Adams his/her full potential. Progress results from the consistant application of these individualized strategies. When this occurs a child can flourish.”

( Mika makes house calls. ) 29 Sorrell Court, Zionsville, IN 46077 office: 317.733.0593 • cell: 317.750.0343 • email: mikaadams@sbcglobal.net

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Long term planning As you begin to plan for your child with autism, think about what level of independence you expect your child to achieve as an adult. I know it is difficult to have a clear idea of what you can anticipate, but having a general idea regarding how much support you think your child will need can help you when planning for the goals and objectives that are established each year. Aim high! Your child has many surprises in store for you as he/she grows.

beyond academics, that your child will need to develop as they grow up.

Many children with autism will be able to be completely independent; some will need a moderate level of support while a few will need total supervision and support. While it is important that you set your goals for your child high, you also must take time to reevaluate and adjust them annually, if needed as your child goes through school.

Giving your child chores to complete at home are an important part of learning to be more independent. Find a way to acknowledge the completion of the jobs you have assigned. One mother I spoke with gives her son a marble for each chore done. The marbles collect in a jar and when the number reaches a certain level; he can pick a prize of his choice. This gives him a visual reminder of the progress he has made while working toward a selected reward.

As you begin to review the goals that the school staff members are recommending for the upcoming year, keep in mind your long term plans. Do the suggested goals move your child toward the desired outcomes? If not, why not? Consider additional skills, 6

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Think of things that you can do at home to help support your child’s skill development. Activities such as setting the table, helping with grocery shopping and food preparation are all skills an adult needs to be able to accomplish independently. Providing the opportunity to learn and practice these skills at home will support your child’s growth and development.

Remember, not all learning takes place in the school.

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April Calendar of Events

about it at The Children‛s Museum in The Power of Children exhibit, which explores Anne‛s life along with the lives of Ruby Bridges and Ryan White. The Children‛s Museum of Indianapolis.

Saturday, April 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Harvest Girls International presents “The Power to Dream” Self Esteem Program. Girls ages 9-17. Empowered with self esteem through workshops, facilitators, and activities. Children‛s Bureau in Indianapolis.

March 28 – April 28 The Sleeping Beauty at Peewinkle‛s Puppet Studio - This classic story is presented on a marionette

stage, complete with velvet curtain and vintage marionettes. Ideal for ages 2-10 yrs.Tickets: $10; free for children under two. Optional postshow workshop is $3. Available on Saturdays, Sundays and Noon time shows only. 25 Henry St, Indianapolis, IN.

March 14– May 14 Sallie Mae Fund Young People‛s Discovery Concert - More than 20,000 Central Indiana 3rd-6th grade

students will explore this year‛s theme, “Dance to the Music.” The concert program includes timeless works from West Side Story, The Firebird and more. We welcome Dance Kaleidoscope as a partner with us on performances this year. David Glover, Conductor. Nick Kendall, Violin. Hilbert Circle Theater.

April 2 – April 7 Pinewood Derby at the Indiana State Museum

The Pinewood Derby track will be rigged and ready for action as cars zip down the 125 feet of track headed for the finish line. Alumni derby racers can brush the dust off their own pinewood cars and new racers can fine tune their car creations or borrow one from the museum‛s line-up. Launch your car from the second story start line and experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in the quest to find car perfection. Racing is open to the public and is included in museum admission.

Friday, April 12, 7:00 – 10:00 pm Murat Shrine Circus - 68th Annual Murat Shrine

Circus featuring performances from The Flying Pages, The Dabelas, Neecha‛s Performing Dobermans, Our Lovable Genie, Shane Hansen, Our Baby Elephant, Ladies of the Lyra, Miss Mercedes Equestrian Exhibition, Murat Shrine Clowns, Jeurgen {e_description}amp; Judith Nerger, The Globe of Death, and Shrine Circus Elephants. Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Sunday, April 14 Anne Frank‛s Symbol of Peace and Inspiration

The Children‛s Museum was instrumental in the care and nurturing of the saplings from the 170-year-old horse chestnut tree that bloomed outside Anne Frank‛s window and the one to be planted here is one of just 11 derived. You can learn more

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Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 – 8:00 pm 2nd Annual Fertility and Family Building Fair

The Fertility and Family Building Fair is the concentrated effort to bring as many local resources together as possible for those working to build their families. The event will feature local REs and physicians, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, financial assistance resources, fostering and adoption resources, local organizations dedicated to assisting those on their journey, and several educational presentations (see below for more info). The event is free to the community and takes place during National Infertility Awareness Week. The Fountains in Carmel. www.myicfi.org.

Saturday, April 27, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Earth Day Indiana Festival - A free outdoor,

family-oriented festival promoting environmental awareness, conservation of natural resources and sustainable living, with more than 130 exhibits, live music, children‛s crafts and entertainment, a display of alternative fuel vehicles, food vendors and more. White River State Park.

Saturday, April 27 Naturally Inspired Paint Out at the Zoo

- This multi-part event features selected artists painting on Zoo grounds “en plain air” on April 27--and the public is invited to observe art that is naturally inspired! The works of art will then be on display at the Gardens all summer, and then sold at a special auction and artist‛s reception on August 23, with all proceeds benefiting the Zoo. The Indianapolis Zoo.

Saturday, April 27, 3:30 pm Super WHY Live: You‛ve Got the Power!

Based on the top-rated, Emmy-nominated preschool TV series that airs on PBS KIDS everyday across the U.S., Super WHY Live brings entertainment and education together in an interactive live experience. Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

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Applied Behavior Center for Autism See pgs. 3, 12, 13 www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org Locations in Greenwood, Indy West, and Fishers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focuses on using proven procedures to increase desired behaviors and decrease unwanted behaviors.

Jameson Camp See pg. 19 www.jamesoncamp.org 317-241-2661 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis Especially Equipped to serve social and emotional challenges.

Brain Balance See pg. 17 www.brainbalanceindy.com 317.843.9200 9510 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis Brain Balance’s Program has changed the lives of kids suffering with ADHD, learning disorders and behavioral issues. Our Program provides lasting results because we don’t just work with your child’s strengths or compensate for a weakness, we tackle the issue head on, by addressing the root cause at the most fundamental level. We integrate cognitive, sensory-motor and nutritional training into a highly effective, drug-free program that targets your child’s specific challenges.

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Mika L. Adams See pg. 6 Autism Consultation, LLC 866.968.3698 I develop strategies to help families with children on the autism spectrum. The strategies address the following areas of concern; academic, behavioral, social, and sensory problems. The Verbal Behavior Center for Autism See pg. 24 www.vbca.org 317- 848- 4774 9830 Bauer Drive Indpls., IN 46280 The Verbal Behavior Center for Autism provides year- round services offering one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to children with autism ages 2 - 12. All programs are overseen by Board Certified Behavioral Consultants who together have a combined 45 years of experience. Tour our center, call us or view our website today!

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SPOTLIGHT Early Childhood Center: Starting Early for a Brighter Future At The Applied Behavior Center for Autism, we know the earlier we can get children diagnosed with autism into treatment, the more successful they will become in the future. This is the reason we created the Early Childhood Center. It is a new building that will exclusively house some of our clients ages 2 to 6. Who might be an appropriate candidate for our Early Childhood Center? Children 2 to 6 years old who have a diagnosis of autism. If you have a child at home who is not talking by 2 years old, or you have a feeling something isn’t right with your child’s development, call us. We can help with diagnosis, and if that diagnosis is autism, then we can find the right therapy for your child. Children with autism don’t develop or behave the same as their typical peers. Many of the children we see do not have a way to communicate, which is at the heart of most behavior issues. We start by teaching each child to communicate. At the Early Childhood Center, we will also teach “learning to learn” skills. Some children will transition into a classroom setting and go on to school settings, while other children will be on a more intensive therapy track. At the Early Childhood Center, typical peers will also be present, and therapeutic opportunities for interaction will be incorporated into many children’s individualized treatment plans. A new program designed to facilitate transition into an on-site behavior analytic preschool program with typical peers will be offered to appropriate candidates. For example, one of our children, Kennedy, is learning age-appropriate play behavior by modeling the behavior

she sees in a typical peer. Susie, the typical peer, will play with PlayDoh, sculpting shapes and animals. The therapist will cue Kennedy to mimic or imitate Susie’s play with the Play-Doh. Gradually, the therapist will fade out any instruction so the child begins to learn from her peers. Interactions between a child with autism and a typical peer often require less prompting and are very rewarding. For instance, a therapist might say to Kennedy, “Ask Susie for a cookie.” Susie will give Kennedy the cookie when asked, and the desired peer social interaction is immediately rewarded by the peer and not the therapist, promoting more peer interaction. These are just some examples where early intervention and therapy for children with autism can give these children the skills to interact socially and within groups. For a child with autism who learns language and how to communicate at 2 or 3 years old, he or she will have fewer behavioral problems and begin to build the skills needed in individual or group learning situations. This opens a whole new world for the child and gives the family more hope for the future.

To learn more about how The Applied Behavior Center for Autism improves language and social skills and decreases problem behaviors, contact Jane Grimes, Enrollment Specialist, at 317-849-5437, ext. 112.

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Parenting Skills 101 Your life as a parent is often so busy that you spend the majority of the day reacting to life circumstances as opposed to proactively making decisions that will reinforce positive self esteem and healthy interactions. Parenting is the hardest job in the world and yet there are some simple actions that make a huge difference in the lives of your children. Well I say they are simple but in this harried world it can be tough to remember so if you would jot them down and put them on your computer or on post it notes on the inside of the medicine cabinet you will likely be reminded to practice these life changing skills. Since most of you are masters at multitasking, it can be tough to slow down and be present. When you spend a few minutes per day focusing on your interaction with your child it can be an investment that pays huge dividends. How often do you afford yourself the opportunity to really notice, interact and comment on what your child is doing right in front of you in a positive way? Imagine if you will that your child is in the great room and he is pulling out his iPod and you comment on that interaction. You might find yourself saying, “You really love that thing... don’t you.” Your son may say yes or dismiss your comment or even start to walk away. This is a great time to say “show me what you have on that thing.” or “let me listen to your favorite song” or “can you teach me how to play the game you like the most?” This simple interaction validates your child’s world and unconsciously connects you both together. Being present for a few short minutes a day with your child improves self esteemand helps him to feel valued by you. Now another intervention that is very empowering is smiling at your child. When she walks into the room it can be extremely powerful to smile and hold your gaze. Your child

might feel uncomfortable or ask you what you are looking at almost in a defensive way but it then provides you with an opportunity to say “I am just so glad that you are MY daughter.” Don’t feel rejected if she shrugs your complement off because most people, let alone children, Carol Juergensen Sheets are not comfortable with complements. I promise you though, it is a powerful thing to smile at your children for no reason. It produces dopamine in their brains and boosts self esteem. Let’s face it, your role as a parent can often times entail monitoring and diverting your child from making poor choices and unfortunately this can result in interactions that can be perceived as “critical.” When kids are reminded too often they unconsciously begin to feel that they are not worthy. When you smile at them for no apparent reason it reinforces that they are special regardless of the circumstances. The last skill that you can utilize which is transformational is to remind them of their uniqueness. You do this by coming up with some positive words that describe their personality and then you comment on these adjectives routinely. Perhaps your child is generous, kind, loving, compassionate, friendly, intelligent, funny, organized, dedicated, or thoughtful. Make sure to tell them that you appreciate these things about them when you see them occurring as it reinforces their self worth. Appreciating a child’s personality strengths builds confidence. Children need the positive reinforcement that you as a parent can provide!

Carol Juergensen Sheets LCSW PCC is a psychotherapist and personal life coach. She does motivational speaking and empowerment trainings locally and nationally. To find out more about her services--contact her at www.carolthecoach.com or call her at 317 218-3479. You can watch Carol the Coach segments on WTHR’s Channel 13 Wednesdays @ 12:50PM.

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Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free from the kids menu - 2301 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060 CC Pizza all Indy locations 3 and under eat free Chick Fil-A 3360 W. 86th St. The Pyramids Indy

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Scotty’s Brewhouse 3905 E. 96th Street Indianapolis, IN & 1 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 CR Heroes 10570 E. 96th St. Fishers, IN 46037 - Cancun - 6714 E 82nd St, Indianapolis, IN Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free from the kids menu - 2301 Conner St. Noblesville, IN 46060 Massey’s Pizza Kids’ eat free w/ adult from pizza buffet - 172 Melody Ave Greenwood In CC Pizza all Indy locations 3 and under eat free Chick-fil-A Southport Rd. Indy Kids eat free Tuesday Evenings Chick-fil-A 6020 E. 82nd Castleton Mall Kids’ Eat Free Tuesday’s 4 to 8 Chick-fil-A Noblesville Buy one Get one Free Tuesday 5-9 Hellas Café 8501 Westfield Blvd Indy

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CC Pizza all Indy locations 3 and under eat free Michaelangelo’s 550 Westfield Rd, Noblesville, IN Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free from the kids menu 2301 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060 Chick-fil-A 3802 E. 82nd Indy at the Crossing Indy Kids’ Eat Free Wednesday’s 4 to 8 Cooking Greek 12955 Old Meridian Rd Carmel free childs meal 6 and under with an adult meal purchase

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Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free from the kids menu 2301 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060 CC Pizza all Indy locations 3 and under eat free

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Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free from the kids menu 2301 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060 Cooking Greek 12955 Old Meridian Rd Carmel free childs meal 6 and under with an adult meal purchase CC Pizza all Indy locations 3 and under eat free Family Night is “Super Hero Fun Night” at Chick-fil-A Avon 10791 East US Highway 36

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Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free from the kids menu 2301 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060 Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations CC Pizza all Indy locations 3 and under eat free

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Scotty’s Brewhouse 3905 E. 96th Street Indianapolis, IN & 1 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free from the kids menu 2301 Conner St, Noblesville, IN 46060 Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations CC Pizza all Indy locations 3 and under eat free (Please call ahead to verify details)

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