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Evan’s Story... In December 2009, our son Evan was diagnosed with Autism. After receiving the diagnosis we never cried or felt sorry for Evan, instead we were determined to get as much information and treatment for him as possible. Through our faith we knew Evan would be just fine. In 2010 we enrolled him in traditional school in a development preschool program. After a year we really didn’t see any significant progress in his development. My husband and I started looking into the ABA centers in the Indianapolis area and to our surprise they were not a good fit for us financially. In 2012, our niece applied for a therapist position at the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism (VBCA) and she encouraged us to check it out. We were reluctant at first because we didn’t want the disappointment of getting our hopes up. We also knew we couldn’t afford the cost but, the VBCA went a step further and helped us with our situation. Upon visiting the center and talking with the staff not only did they work with us financially but, we found the staff to be very warm and attentive to our needs and concerns. Once Evan entered the VBCA we saw a change in his development within a week. One change in particular, he would have a smile on his face every morning as we would exit the interstate toward the center. He would unbuckle his seat belt (which we had to fix immediately) because he would be overwhelmed with excitement! Also, Evan is potty trained, more independent and he is able to sit in church service as well as go out to dinner with family without disruption. One of his biggest accomplishments is his verbal skills. Evan

was non verbal upon entering the VBCA, but now he is making great progress. He is starting to imitate sounds and repeat words! It warms our hearts to know Evan loves going to a place that is good for him which gives us as parents a sense of comfort. We can not talk about our story without talking about the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism. They are a huge factor in Evan’s success. Although there are still some challenges he faces, we are so excited to watch his progress and to see what the future holds because we know it is a bright one. As we look back from where Evan started and where he is today, we are grateful for the VBCA and all they do. We thank God for those who have the love and patience to help our children have a positive and productive future. We give God the glory for creating such wonderful souls. It was a true blessing that we discovered this wonderful center.

God bless them! Jeffery & Nicole Jones

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Applied Behavior Center for Autism See pgs. 14, 15, 28 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. Brain Balance See pg. 7 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. Children’s Dentistry of Indianapolis See pg. 25 www.indychildrensdentist.com 317.580.9199 9240 N. Meridian St., Suite 120, Indianapolis Infants, Children, Teens, Special Needs Children.

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Kids Abilities See pg. 16 www.kidsabilities.com 317-851-8419 Kids Abilities is a pediatric therapy clinic that provides high quality services for kids. Medley Portraits Photographers See pg. 5 www.medleyportraits.com 317.509.3296 Certified Photographer of children with special needs. Mika L. Adams See pgs. 10, 11 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 pgs. 2, 3 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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Here’s my Mom... “Year after year our son, Jacob, struggled in school. He was tested by the school system every single year and they were just pushing him along with very little intervention or knowledge of why he was having such a hard time. Then we found Brain Balance and had Jacob tested by them. The results opened our eyes to the way that Jacob was experiencing the world around him. We now know exactly why he was struggling and it was such a relief as a parent to finally know what was going on and how we could help him. His processing deficiencies were holding him back. Now, we have a plan that we are following and we are seeing huge strides in Jacob both in school and everyday life. School is fun again. His self-confidence is up and he is willing to ask for help. His grades are showing how hard he is working and that the program is working for him. We have had such a positive experience with Brain Balance. It has been a savior for us.”

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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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EARLY DETECTION OF AUTISM A recent news story about early detection of autism indicated that children as young as two months could be identified as having a likelihood of the disability. The study found that babies who had reduced eye contact as infants tended to develop other autism characteristics as they got older. Of course early detection is a critical component of every therapeutic approach for children on the autism spectrum and this finding could allow for intervention to begin even earlier than before. Signs and symptoms of autism vary from child to child. Children may have mild to severe impairments. Monitoring your child’s development is important. Don’t rely on your pediatrician alone to find developmental delays. The Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) provides lists of developmental milestones arranged by age. Consulting the checklist for your child’s age can give you information about possible developmental delays. Early signs of autism in babies and toddlers include: • Doesn’t look at you when being fed, • Doesn’t smile back, • Doesn’t respond to name or familiar voice, • Doesn’t follow objects with eyes, • Doesn’t point or wave, • Doesn’t follow gestures when you point, • Doesn’t make noise to get your attention, • Doesn’t respond to cuddling, • Doesn’t imitate gestures or expressions, • Doesn’t reach out to be picked up, • Doesn’t play with others, or • Doesn’t ask for help or make requests. If you are concerned, don’t take a wait and see approach. Trust your instincts. Any loss of speech, babbling, gestures, or social skills should be taken very seriously. If your child is age zero to three years contact First Steps (www. infirststeps.com) to request a developmental assessment for your child. First Steps can

provide the assessments as well as any services that are needed for your child. This is a Federal program available throughout the United States. As your child gets older the signs and symptoms of autism can become more diverse. There are many warning signs, but symptoms typically revolve around impaired social skills, speech and language difficulties, non-verbal language difficulties or inflexible behavior. If your child is over three and not yet age eligible for kindergarten, you may contact your local school system. Early Childhood Special Education programs are available through all public schools. This program will provide developmental assessments along with services needed to help your child develop more age appropriate skills. Once a child is enrolled in the public schools, assessments and services will be provided until he/she graduates or reaches age twenty-two, whichever comes first. Before a student leaves the public school programs, the school staff along with the student and parents put adult services into place. These adult services include a wide variety of supports depending on the student’s needs. The causes of autism continue to be a subject of debate. Most scientists agree it is most likely a result of a genetic vulnerability to the syndrome along with environmental factors that cause the predisposition to trigger. Regardless of the cause of the disorder, it is critical that intervention begins as early as possible. Early intervention provides the most positive results possible for a child’s future development. Bibliography “Autistic Babies Reduce Eye Contact in Early Months”, Bloomberg Washington Newsletter, 11/07/13. “Autism Symptoms & Early Signs”, www.HELPGUIDE.com

Mika Adams

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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 Chick Fil A Carmel 14647 US 31 North Family Night each Tuesday from 5 till 8 Hellas Café 8501 Westfield Blvd Indy Champps Indy Northside 8711 N. River Crossing Blvd. 2 children eat free with 1 adult meal all day Tuesday Bob Evans’ Family Night Free kids meal with each adult entrée purchase. Every Tuesday from 4- 9 91 Byrd Way, Greenwood in 46143

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Requesting gives power to kids during the holidays by Janine Shapiro, SLP-CCC, BCBA

As the holiday season approaches, people look forward to large gatherings and celebrations. For families of children with autism, this time of year can be a source of great stress. Language and social Janine Shapiro, difficulties, the SLP-CCC, BCBA primary challenges of children with autism spectrum disorders, affect many of the aspects of the holidays that make this time enjoyable to so many. At The Applied Behavior Center for Autism, we work year-round to teach language and social skills to children who have little or no means of communication. When a child is able to use language to access preferred items, gain attention and excuse himself from undesired situations, problem behaviors, such as tantrums and darting, are often replaced with appropriate language. In fact, the first question we ask a parent when a new child walks through our doors is, “How does your child communicate his wants and needs to you?” We focus on teaching children with little or no language to request. While speaking serves many functions, requesting is the ONLY type of language that directly benefits the speaker. Learning to label items and follow directions may be helpful; however, these skills assist the listener. In order to teach a child the power of language- to motivate a child to use language and communicate with others, it makes sense to begin by teaching the individual to gain access to his wants and needs. Below are some specific requesting skills that may benefit children with autism during the holiday season: 1. Requesting favorite foods Most holiday celebrations feature food. Children with

autism may have special diets or limited food preferences. Teaching children how to request the foods and drinks they desire, even when those items are not present, is an important life skill. 2. Requesting to escape With all the hustle and bustle that accompanies the holidays, most people desire to escape the frenetic pace sometimes. Teach your child how to use language, rather than crying or physical behavior, to escape or avoid an activity. Phrases such as “all done,” “go away,” and “stop” are very powerful. If a child does not have vocal language, teach him to use sign language or pictures to communicate these requests. 3. Requesting for information Routines are difficult to maintain during the holiday season. Teaching children who already have some basic requesting skills how to request information can represent a valuable addition to their requesting abilities. For example, one can teach a child to ask, “Where are we going?” and “When are we going home?” 4. Requesting to peers Since holidays are a time for families to congregate, it’s likely that many children will be present at the festivities. Teaching a child to request to peers can build the foundation for sharing and reciprocal play. The holidays can be stressful for any family due to disrupted routines, noisy crowds, and social obligations. These times can be especially distressing for a child with autism. By teaching the child to request items and activities that he wants or needs, we give him a way to control his environment, which reduces problem behaviors and improves the holiday experience for the whole family.

To learn more about how The Applied Behavior Center for Autism improves language and social skills and decreases problem behaviors, contact Jenny Lanham, Director of Business Development at 317-849-5437, ext. 112.

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preventive dental care for children, teens, and young adults in a caring, fun and gentle manner. Our office has a lovely fun-filled, beach theme atmosphere. At CaringSmiles 4u, Dr. Taylor and her staff are concerned about your child’s total health care. We seek to instill good oral hygiene in children as well as to teach them that the dentist is not just there for when you hurt. Establishing CaringSmiles 4u as your child’s “Dental Home,” provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children. This will enable your child to maintain a beautiful smile for a lifetime. Pleasant visits to the dental office promote trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and to teach them how to care for their teeth. From our

fun beach office design, to our happy communication style, our main concern is what is best for your child. They can come to the dentist for preventive care as well. Along with establishing a good oral hygiene routine, Dr. Taylor also understands the importance of a Juanita Taylor, DDS healthy smile in developing selfesteem. This is especially true in childhood and teenage years when children begin socialization and interacting with other children. “Your smile is one of the first things that is seen when you meet someone, and it is important to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile,” notes Dr. Taylor. At CaringSmiles 4u, Dr. Taylor and her well-equipped staff see children as young as one year old. Establishing a rapport with the parent and child is important to Dr. Taylor and is the key to successful treatment.

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December Calendar of Events Friday, November 29 Circle of Lights Tree Lighting - For 51

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November 30 – December 23 The Polar Bear Express Train - boards at

years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Generations of families are drawn to this beautiful centerpiece each year. Indy‛s most beloved holiday tradition features 4,784 lights and 52 garland strands which are used to create the 242-foot display. The magic continues with toy soldiers and peppermint sticks encircling the Monument and many more lights to enjoy. The actual light-up will occur at approximately 7:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29. Fireworks will follow. Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the 7-8 p.m. portion televised.www.indydt.com.

Fishers Station. Snowflake, the beloved polar bear, greets passengers at Fishers Station before your party boards the Polar Bear Express. Santa and Mrs. Claus lead an interactive experience on the train, and passengers are served a snack and beverage. Children receive the first gift of the season from Santa while riding the train. Visit the Museum Store at the station for gifts and stocking stuffers, and see the wintertime mural featuring the Museum‛s iconic steam locomotive. All passengers age 2 and over require a ticket. Children under age 2 are free. www.itm.org.

November 16 – December 24 A Christmas Carol at Indiana Repertory Theater. - Magic happens on a snow-covered

Sunday, December 1 – Sunday, December 15 Breakfast with Santa at The Children‛s Museum - Enjoy a light breakfast, visit Santa,

stage. The family‛s favorite holiday tradition comes gift-wrapped with fresh IRT surprises! The classic story of greed and redemption comes to life with Scrooge, Cratchit and, of course, Tiny Tim. Come and be visited by the spirits of holiday joy. www.irtlive.com.

participate in holiday crafts and make your very own slide bag to ride down the Yule Slide. Breakfast with Santa is a limited capacity event. Reserve your tickets early. www.childrensmuseum.org.

November 10 – January 6 Christmas at Lily House - 2013 is the

Ruby and enjoy a full breakfast along with games and other activities. Breakfast is at 10:30 am and you must have a ticket to the 12 pm show to purchase a breakfast ticket.

culmination of the year‛s observance of the 100th anniversary of Oldfields. Holiday decor for the house will take inspiration from ideas and trends current during the second decade of the 20th century, when the estate was constructed. Christmas at Lilly House 2013 will evoke these early 20th-century traditions, providing a glimpse at how holidays looked when Oldfields was new. www.imamuseum.org.

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 15 A Beef & Boards Christmas - It‛s the most

wonderful time of the year! Beef & Boards celebrates in style with its annual crowd pleaser. A glittering array of music and dance numbers, presented in a variety show format, create the perfect holiday tradition. Bring a group, bring the family, just don‛t miss it!

Friday, November 29 – Monday, December 30 Christmas at the Zoo - As the temperatures

drop, let holiday traditions at the Zoo warm your heart! Christmas at the Zoo is a truly magical time as we cover the Zoo in twinkling lights! Sip a hot beverage, visit the animals, and enjoy exhibits and special activities throughout the Zoo. As with any Zoo event, the animals play a special role for the holidays. Special dolphin shows and keepers chats help put a wild spin on this most wonderful time of the year. You can also decorate cookies, write letters to Santa, listen to carolers and warm up at

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Saturday, December 14 – Sunday, December 15 Bob Evan‛s Christmas Bash - Santa will be making a special stop at the 91 Byrd Way Bob Evans from 11:00am to 1:00pm and from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. You will be able to meet Santa and his dogs, Biscuit and Gravy. You can tell them all your Christmas wishes and get your picture with all of them. Santa will have free cookies for decorating and ornaments for decorating. You can also mail your Santa letters to the North Pole all December long at the 91 Byrd Way Bob Evans. If you have any questions feel free to call us at (317)859-1932.

Tuesday, December 31, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Family News Year‛s Eve - The holiday season

concludes with a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration in the Governor Frank O‛Bannon Great Hall. Children and adults will enjoy live music, games, crafts, magicians and clowns. The party even includes a balloon drop for the little ones at 8 p.m. www.indianamuseum.org.

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Detach From the Outcome Are you an exhausted parent? Do you look at your life whether you are a single parent or are a part of a team and ask yourself “Am I really doing a good job?” Do you question whether you are getting it right because you are not seeing the outcomes you would like as you attempt to teach your child good study habits, or family cooperation, or the art of making friends? Well the key to healthy parenting is building in a daily routine for you to instill those values and monitor his progress. That means that in this hectic, busy, world there needs to be enough down time to “just be with your child.” Now...you may be saying “Well I want to be with her but she is too busy on her phone or I can’t tear him away from his Game Boy and get him to want to spend time with me!” As a parent you have to build in some non-negotiable, one on one time whether that be dinners at home, sitting on the bed talking to your child as you tuck him in or “couch time” with the television, computer and gaming devises are off. Yes your child is likely to rebuke this interruption in his busy day but that is where you get to exert your authority and insist on it. You will be much more successful if you create your ritual and make it happen every day so the child begins to expect it. Kids need to be detached from their electronic devises and so just remember that you are doing them a favor even if they complain every step of the way. The next key is likely going to be difficult for you because it requires detaching from the outcome of your parenting. As a parent all you really have control of is your own consistency and good role modeling. There is a parenting motto that states...”Have

the courage to be imperfect” which means that as long as you are working on setting up a structure that teaches a child important values, you must detach from the outcome and believe that Carol Juergensen Sheets your child’s behavior will catch up with the values that you are implementing at home. The hard part is that your child’s performance or behavior is not necessarily a reflection of you or your parenting. So it matters not if your child got a C- on his test or forgot to hand in an assignment because your child is a work in progress and if your values incorporate the structure to get your child there...it will happen...eventually. This can be terribly difficult if your child does not hand in 3 assignments in a row, or leaves for dad’s house without making his bed, or sneaks the cell phone into her room at night. You can absolutely feel like you are a failure as a parent because it does not seem as if your child is “getting it.” Oftentimes in this situation, you should decide what consequences fit the misbehavior and then “believe” that eventually your child will understand and follow your rules. This society has programmed your child to seek immediate gratification and so oftentimes your child is trying to reprogram you into allowing him to get his way. This is where you can stand strong, not back down and stay true to the consequences! And then tell yourself that your job is to teach them the values. Stay positive and believe in your abilities...that’s all you can do...nothing more and nothing less.

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