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March Calendar of Events Friday, March 15, 10 am – 3:00 pm St. Patrick‛s Day Parade - The festivities

Saturday, February 16 – Saturday, March 16 Pinkalicious, the Musical at Beef & Boards - The

Pyramid Players are tickled pink to announce Pinkalicious, the Musical will make its debut at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre during its 40th Anniversary Season. Pinkalicious loves pink and wants everything in her life to be pink. Her dream is to radiate pink. After over indulging in pink cupcakes, she wakes up pink. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays. www.beefandboards. com.

Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm Punch and Judy - Coming to Peewinkle‛s Puppet

Studio for the first time is our puppeteer friend Guy Thompson. He is an expert Punch and Judy man and will delight your youngsters with his child friendly slapstick, roaringly funny hand puppet show. This vintage style show is presented in a classic booth style stage. Peewinkle‛s Puppet Studio, Indianapolis, IN.

Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Brickworld Indy - 30,000 square feet of amazing

LEGO creations, interactive activities, and vendors await you at the greatest LEGO show ever. Fun for kids of all ages!! Brickworld Indy at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. www.brickworld. us/indy.

Monday, March 11, 7:30 pm WWE Raw - Come and see WWE Superstars

including: John Cena, CM Punk, Ryback, Cody Rhodes, Rey Mysterio, and many more! Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16 Whale of a Sale - Consignment sales aren‛t

just for baby clothes. Seriously! This sale has 25,000 square feet of clothing for kids that are newborn through size 12! In addition to clothing, you‛ll find amazing deals on toys, equipment, bedding, furniture, boutique, maternity! The Whale of a Sale will take place at the Meridian Village Plaza 13672 North Meridian St., Carmel, IN 46032.


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kick off early with the Greening of the Canal, presented by the Hoosier Lottery, at 6 a.m. There will be live entertainment, food and beverages, and prizes handed out by the Hoosier Lottery. More than 100 parade units will take part in the 33rd annual parade, which steps off at 11:30 am. See bands and drill teams, floats, Irish organizations and family clans, schools, local dignitaries and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy a parade tent party with food, a beer garden and live Irish entertainment on Vermont Street.

Saturday, March 16, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Spa for Mind, Body, and Spirit - Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music. “Elmo Makes Music” features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as “C Is for Cookie” and “The Alphabet Song.” www.

Friday, March 22- Sunday, March 24 Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music -

A host from PBS program Design Squad Nation will help kids put their engineering and design skills to the test. Indianapolis Children‛s Museum.

Saturday, March 23, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Central Indiana Autism Expo - You are

invited to experience the 2013 Central Indiana Autism Expo! Visit with dozens of different Exhibitors that have information, resources, and other items. There will be a wide variety of things to see, do and buy. Register now at www., The Fountains in Carmel, IN.

Saturday, March 23, 5:00 pm Family Overnight at the Indianapolis Zoo -

Looking for something new to do with the family? Why not come and experience a family overnight at the Indianapolis Zoo. With our family overnight, you will get to spend the night at the Zoo and participate in a variety of different activities specifically designed for families, including: a craft, games, animal stories, a special after-hours tour and a morning breakfast. To reserve your spot, call 317-630-2000.

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Parenting Takes Time Parenting is the toughest job in the world and it may seem like many of your efforts do not make a difference, but after 30 years of working with families, there is one thing that I know for sure. When you set a good example for your kids and you teach them right from wrong, and you set up the right consequences for misbehavior, you plant the seed for them to return home to your values once they figure it out for themselves. Often times this takes a lot of conviction and faith that they will “eventually” live the family values that you have spent so much time trying to instill in them. Parents who feel discouraged because their kids are talking back or taking things that do not belong to them or are lying about doing their homework will believe that they have not found an effective means to teach them right from wrong. They will chronically report that “no matter what they do, it seems to have no effect on their child. This is so frustrating but as a parent your job is to teach them the natural or logical consequences of things. It is not your job to find out what you can do to get them to conform...unfortunately they have to figure this part out for themselves. I coach parents that they need to consistently teach a child that when A happens, this results in b happening. If a child goes outside without their mittens (A) their hands get cold (B).That example is a natural consequence that will occur spontaneously and most parents will remind their children to wear their mittens and their hats for that reason. A tougher situation is a child who refuses to brush his teeth because the natural consequence is tooth decay but most parents don’t want to suffer the consequences with the child. Parents don’t want to pay the dental bills or take time off from work to get their child to the dentist if they don’t have to. Therefore a parent needs to find a consequence that fits the misbehavior which is a logical consequence to the misbehavior. Maybe that looks like “Son since you are not brushing your teeth

(A), I will be taking away your after school snacks (B), because I need to reduce the chances of tooth decay. I Carol Juergensen Sheets know, you may be thinking that won’t stop my 7 year old from helping himself to the cookies while I am not looking. In this case you may need to increase the consequences and only buy healthy snacks like apples and teach the child that sweet treats are a privilege and require responsible behavior. More than likely you are saying...” Well then our whole family is going to be punished because of John’s poor choices. And that is exactly what may need to happen so that he learns that his actions impact everyone. He will be much more likely to make healthier choices if his friends or family are affected. Homework: Think about a misbehavior that you would like to focus on extinguishing. Is there a natural or logical consequence that you could enforce that might be helpful in teaching your child healthy choices? Figure out if the consequence fits the misbehavior. Practice the consequence for 90 days and relish in the fact that you are teaching your child a valuable lesson that may or may not extinguish the behavior. Have faith that your child will eventually come around! 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 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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Summer Learning for Kids with Autism

by Janine Shapiro, SLP-CCC, BCBA When you were a kid, did you go to summer behavior has been camp or summer school? Summer breaks give remarkable. When kids the opportunity to learn in a new setting. the Summer Therapy A break from the same learning environment Program was over, can be good, especially when parents are Cassidy continued concerned their child has hit a plateau or is at the center with showing problem behaviors. her therapist for a couple of At The Applied Behavior Center for Autism, months, and then we offer a Summer Therapy Program where she transitioned back to school children with autism come every day during with her therapist working beside her full-time. June and July to learn new language, social and Gradually, the therapist reduced her time with daily living skills and reduce problem behavior. Cassidy until late January, when Cassidy was in The program uses one-to-one applied behavior school full-time with no therapist. analysis (ABA) therapy with each child and can also include small- and large-group settings. Cassidy is currently in a regular special education program in middle school where she Who are good candidates for this program? is learning new skills instead of being managed. Children diagnosed with autism that are Cassidy now understands how to interact having problems or not showing progress in with other children, including attending gym their current learning and therapy settings. class and interacting with her brother. Cassidy For instance, you may have a child currently in previously had no relationship with her brother, kindergarten, and you are considering holding but now they are friends, and she is able to your child back from entering first grade due to understand his jokes and his teasing. poor social interactions and/or poor learning. We will work with that child to target skills Cassidy still acts out at times, but not as often necessary to be successful in a classroom. Or and far less severely. Recently, Cassidy even your child may be 2 or 3 years old, and you’re stopped herself in the middle of an outburst concerned he is behind his peers socially and apologized to her mother, telling Kim she and will struggle when he’s in kindergarten. loved her. Cassidy now realizes the implications Our ABA therapy programs target the skills of her actions, and she has worked very hard necessary for transition to kindergarten. to become successful. Her success has given Cassidy confidence. Or you may be like Cassidy’s mom, Kim. Cassidy, who is now 12 years old, has an autism Kim is proud of her daughter, and now she can spectrum disorder and has had behavioral see a whole different future for Cassidy. The issues throughout her school experience. In experience with ABA therapy has changed not the last few years, the behavioral issues had only Cassidy’s life, but also the whole family’s gotten worse and grown violent. Although future. her outbursts were directed at adults, they ABA therapy increases language, social and were sparked by her misunderstanding other learning skills and helps reduce problem children and their interaction with her. She was behavior. Some of our kids transition back into moved into a special program for children with group learning situations quickly after the serious behavioral issues. In this environment, Summer Therapy Program, and some choose Cassidy was physically aggressive on a regular stay longer to continue building skills. No basis – hitting, kicking, spitting, pulling out hair, to how long they stay with us, the result we biting others and herself, breaking property and matter see are children – and families – changed throwing objects. She was learning nothing at school, because they were constantly managing for the better. her behavior, which was escalating. To learn more about how The Applied Behavior Kim turned to the Summer Therapy Program Center for Autism improves language and social and ABA therapy hoping to change Cassidy’s skills and decreases problem behaviors, contact behavior before she got older, bigger and Jane Grimes, Enrollment Specialist, at physically stronger. The transition in Cassidy’s 317-849-5437, ext. 112.

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Time – Make Every Minute Count It’s often said that what most people want more of, is time and money. So this month let’s talk about how to get more time. One of my favorite songs, Seasons of Love, from the musical Rent has these lyrics: “525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? 525,600 minutes! 525,600 journeys to plan. 525,600 minutes - how can you measure the life of a woman or man? In truths that she learned, or in times that he cried. In bridges he burned, or the way that she died”.... So is it that we really need more time or that we just need to pay better attention to how we are spending those 525,600 minutes every year? Maybe we just need to make better choices with the time that we have? If you really want more time, the first thing I suggest is being real with how you are currently spending the time you have. Keep a log for an entire week or for a real eye opener, for an entire month. Each day, write down how you are spending every minute of your day. You will probably find that out of the 168 hours in a week, on average, you may work 46 hours, sleep 56 hours, eat 14 hours 16

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“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.”

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PLANNING YOUR VACATION Spring break is coming! Spring break is coming! If you are like most parents, you are looking forward to getting away while your child is out of school for spring break. How do you make this a fun trip for the whole family, especially your child with autism? As you begin the planning process, include your child in the conversation. Where are some places that your child might be interested in? Think about using those interests when planning your spring trip. Find pictures of your planned destination that your child can post in his/her room. Talk about the activities that you will be able to participate in while on vacation. Does your child like to swim? Emphasize the pool that will be available at the hotel where you will be staying. Create a checklist of things that your child will want to take on the trip. Obviously he/she will need appropriate clothing, but also consider favorite toys or games that will help him/her calm. Don’t forget to include any medications that your child needs, and be sure to include gum, snacks, water, and any sensory supports that your child typically uses. Keep those items handy during travel so you have easy access. Do a little research before you head for your destination. Many hotel, motels, and resorts are happy to accommodate special needs. You might be able to limit your wait time by making arrangements at a theme park such as Disney, Six Flags, or Busch Gardens to be given a special pass to move to the front of the line. If you can, booking your vacation during a slower time of year can help slow down the pace. This will reduce the crowds and confusion that you have to deal with once you get to your destination.

You might want to bring items from home that will make your child more comfortable. A familiar blanket can help make a child feel more at home when sleeping in an unfamiliar bed. Since children with autism are much more comfortable with a planned routine, try to put some of your normal routines into your vacation days. Review the day’s plans the night before and again in the morning so he/she knows what is going to be happening. If possible, provide this schedule in a visual format that your child can easily refer to throughout the day. Make sure you are aware of your child’s feelings and when you sense that he/she is getting frustrated or anxious, find a quiet place to help him/her calm. It may mean leaving an activity sooner than you would like, but accommodating your child’s feelings will make for an easier time for everyone in the long run. As you travel to and from your destination give your child a map to track the progress. Have a list or set of pictures of the sites that you will see along the way. Have the child check off the different areas you pass through. Take lots of pictures. Having photos of your child having fun on a vacation can help make them more willing to travel again. Review those old photographs to help remind him/her of the fun that they can have when they leave home.

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