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i-Read is Coming! Is Your 3rd Grader Ready? At j&R Tutoring a few of our third graders have already shared with us that they fear the upcoming i-Read exam. Whenever I hear that, it makes me very sad. I wonder what children are hearing at school that would instill fear months before an event? Sadly, the children’s test results reflect on the teacher. Is that fair? I’m not so sure that it is. The never-ending tide of developmental standards has literally strangled the education process. Standards used to be a goal for which a student strived. Now it is a barometer that determines if the teacher is doing the job. How did we get so turned around? Not all third graders reach the same developmental level at the same time,

or more importantly, specifically in March! There are so many variables that determine a young child’s development!! One test – in my humble opinion – cannot and should not be the final word! Personally, I do not think this is fair to either the student or the teacher. At j&R we are trying to help. Beginning in January, we will offer a special course designed to prepare students for iRead. We will cover subject matter, but we also will address how to take a standardized test. I know this may sound a little silly, but this may be the first “real” test a student takes. They need to be comfortable not only with the subject matter, but also with the test taking process.

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Yes. When beginning to read, children first need to understand the sounds the letters make. In fact, many studies have shown that children who have difficulty saying speech sounds can later have difficulty reading. Multiple studies have concluded that as a group, preschoolers with speech sound disorders are at increased risk for later reading disability, or developmental dyslexia (Bird, Bishop, & Freeman, 1995; Larrivee & Catts, 1999; Lewis & Freebairn, 1992). Similarly, children with reading disability have higher rates of previous speech sound disorders (Pennington & Lefly, 2001; Scarborough, 1990). How do I know the difference between typical speech errors and speech difficulty that my child needs help with? There are many factors that can make your child’s speech development unique. A few examples include: Some children simply develop speech sounds in an atypical pattern, some have lost teeth a little earlier than most, and some have mouth muscle coordination difficulties. The following guideline for speech sound development is a starting point for checking how your child is doing: • AGE 1 ½ -3 children typically develop the sounds P,M,H,W, B and N. The B sound can be as late as age 4. • AGE 2-4 children typically develop the sounds K, G and D, T and NG. The T and NG sounds can be as late as age 6. • AGE 2 ½-4 children typically develop the sounds F and Y. • AGE 3-8 children typically develop the sounds R, L and S. This is a long range because these can be some of the most challenging sounds to say. • AGE 3 ½-7 children typically develop the sounds “sh”, “ch”and Z. Z can be as late as age 8. • AGE 4-8 children typically develop the sounds “j” as in “jump” and V. • AGE 4 ½-7 children typically develop “th” without the voice on , as in “think”. • AGE 5-8 children typically develop “th” with the voice on, as in “this”. • AGE 6-8 ½ children typically develop the sound ZH as in “treasure”. The above chart is a general guideline. Many factors can play a part in delayed speech development as well as difficulty reading. If your child is not able to say sounds in his or her age range, then a consult with a Speech-Language Pathologist is recommended. Marsha Boyer is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist located in Greenwood. She owns Speech Connections, a private practice where she treats children of all ages and difficulties.



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You Have Great Influence Kids are so impressionable but parents DO have great influence on their children. Researcher show that children hear many more negative comments then positive comments in their upbringing. Didn’t you chronically hear “don’t do that,” “watch out, “and “be careful.“ Understandably, this is about parents wanting to protect their children but it can create a sense of anxiety and insecurity. You want them to think before they act and as a result you may be instilling anxiety or fear in them without intending to do so. We know that children live in a society where they think they should have more control over what they do in their lives. Parenting is that delicate balance between working with your children to create safety and stabilization and allowing them some independence to find out for themselves. This builds confidence! I always encourage parents to give children choices so that they get to make some decisions within healthy boundaries. When you give them choices, you are telling them that you trust their decision-making and will allow them to experience the consequences of their actions. The process of brainstorming can also help them come up with possibilities for their own decision-making in their life. Because you are part of the process you can help to steer and guide them appropriately. Let’s look at a couple of situations where a child may want to make his/her own decisions. You may want to involve your younger children in what they wear to preschool or kindergarten. When you lay out three outfits for them and tell them to pick the best one for the weather you are teaching them to make decisions based on the temperature of the day. When you are helping children in peer related

situations, it may mean telling them that they can invite two people over to play and they need to decide which two people play the best together. Again, you’re inferring they should choose peers who do a good job of interacting together.

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As children get older, it can be more difficult because they want to make life decisions that conflict with your own values. In my practice, I am seeing teens who want to have coed sleepovers. And because so many families are allowing their children to do so, it can put extra pressure on you to say no. So, what can you do in the situation, to show the child that you’re giving them a choice? That may look like telling your child, “I will not be comfortable with us hosting coed sleepovers but I will assist you in setting up an event with 6 of your best friends and will even transport you all to and from the movie. This becomes an opportunity for you to allow your preteens or teens to explore other options All relationships are about compromise and negotiation. So, stand firm with supporting them in being social but don’t compromise your values despite the inherent power struggle that will ensue. Give your child some options, and then disengage from the verbal controversy and presuppose that they will pick the right choice. If they refuse to pick a better choice, then, that is on them. Power struggling is inherent in parenting but minimizing that to the best of your ability and still honoring your own values is essential in good healthy parenting. Look for chances to assist children in making good decisions. But honor your very important values because that is at the core of smart parenting!

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. Please say “I found it in the IndyKids’Directory!” Thanks!


Conner's Story I initially started looking for a martial arts program five years ago for my son Conner, who has always been small and shy for his age. I looked at several different programs around the area, and ultimately chose Jerry Hansman Karate for several reasons: Jerry Hansman’s Karate offered more classes per week than any other school in the area, so it fit better into our already busy schedule. As a former serviceman and police officer, Sensei Hansman can also teach students the physical and mental aspects of practical self-defense. Since Jerry and his staff have trained in Okinawa, I know we are getting the real thing. Eventually, both my daughter Kaitlyn and I also signed up for classes. What 10

we got was much more than just karate! We train as a family and the environment in the dojo creates another opportunity to connect with my children. Even though I have coached my kids in other sports, none of them have helped us bond the way karate has! The lessons Conner and Kaitlyn have learned in the dojo have helped them become better students and citizens as a whole. My son also found his confidence at Jerry Hansman’s Karate. Our once shy kid, who always avoided “the pile” in other sports, now jumps right in, whether it’s football, basketball, or anything else that requires contact. He has learned how to incorporate the fundamentals of karate into every day activities. Jerry Hansman’s Karate is a great place for kids and adults!


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What are mands and why do we need to teach them? As a parent, has your little bundle of joy ever screamed at the top of their lungs? Have you ever rushed around trying to give them different things, but had real no idea what they really wanted? Have you ever given your kid your phone because the second that you took it away to look up the next ingredient for dinner, your kid started screaming in the middle of the store? Have you ever just given your kid things to keep them happy instead of making them ask for them first? TEACH MANDS! Mands are just requests. It really is that simple. You request to leave uncomfortable situations, you request to have more time with something you are enjoying, you request your favorite type of coffee when you go to the coffee shop, you can request specific information, and so on. You do these things without any thought, but some of our kids have not made the connection that if they ask for things appropriately, then they can get access to them. Many kids throw tantrums instead of asking for more time to enjoy those activities, and many parents give back those items instead of using that moment to teach an appropriate response. Think about it…how frustrating would it be if you know what you want but can’t tell anyone? So, what do we do about it? TEACH MANDS! This is an example of how ABA can help with teaching important skills. It takes a lot of time and consistency, but teaching kids how to request things opens up a whole new world for them. Many behavioral episodes decrease when there is an appropriate mand that is taught in place of those behaviors. Kids on the autism spectrum often have not made the connection that simple words can get them what they desire. It is up to us to teach them those words. It’s important to note that mand training should be done

across all environments (home, school, community, etc.). Mand training should also be done with all caregivers (mom, dad, grandparents, teachers, etc) and expectations should be consistent for the child. At the Applied Behavior Center for Autism, many times the first part of any child’s program is teaching those basic communication requests. When you come in for your initial interview, we can go over that programming and what it would look like. We can work with you to discuss certain things that your child needs help with to develop language. We can teach communication with American Sign Language, vocalizations, or even augmentative communication devices (i.e. using a tablet). It is our job as program coordinators to help program certain targets into your child’s treatment plan so that they learn those skills. The benefits of Mand Training for young children and their families can be life-changing. Once a child learns “I talk, I get,” it is likely their ability to communicate will increase. Communication will start to serve a function for the child. Jen DeRocher, M.A., BCBA Program Director

If your child isn’t currently a patient at the Applied Behavior Center for Autism and you’re interested in finding out more information, contact us today at 317-849-5437 or go to http://appliedbehaviorcenter. org/inquiry-form/.

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Monday Thru Sunday Multiple Days Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations Kid Eats Free with a 9.00 purchase Main Event Geist Location Monday through Thursday 5 to 8 Free kids meal with paid adult meal 317 336-3500 Jim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids’ 5 and under eat free 2301 Conner St.773-3288 Noblesville PaPa Roux 8950 E. 10th Indy 603-9861 Nightly after 4 Perkins 250 Noble Creek Dr. Noblesville Tuesday 4 to close 776-2800 Barley Island Brewing Co. 630 Conner St. Noblesville 770-5280 Wednesday/Thursday evenings The Original Pancake House 3 Free Pancakes for children 7 and under with adult entrée purchase Monday through Sunday at Noblesville, Fishers, and Indianaopolis locations Tucanos Brazilian Grill Noblesville Kids 6 and younger eat free everyday. 770-6988 Chef Mikes Charcoal Grill 102 Woodland Dr Indy Kids 5 and Younger eat for 99 cents All Indianapolis area MCL Cafeteria Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all day 2 kids meals free with adult entre Fresh to Order Saturday and Monday all day Hamilton Town Ct Noblesville and Castleton Indianapolis Free Kids Meal with Adult entre. Monday Chick Fil-A 3360 W. 86th St. The Pyramids, Indy 871-5330 Mexico City Grill Emerson Ave Indy . Free kids meal with adult meal. 884-4901 Roscoe’s Taco’s Greenwood Kids meal free with Minimum $6 adult meal. Castlers Kitchen and Bar 11501 Geist Pavilion Dr. 596-9810 Fishers 5-9 Culvers Kids Night Fishers 96th St Every Monday, 5:30-8:30 pm and Indy 71st and Georgetown – Every Monday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Tuesday All area Fazoli’s 99cent Kids meals Tuesday evenings 5-8 call for details. MacKenzie River Pizza Carmel and 82nd St Castleton 564-4211 and 288-0609 Scotty’s Brewhouse 3905 E. 96th Street Indianapolis, IN & 1 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 CR Heroes 10570 E. 96th St. Fishers 576-1070 5-p Face Painting & Balloon Animals Cancun 6714 E 82nd St, Indianapolis 578-7054 Culvers Kids Night Indy 96th Street – Every Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm and Greenfield – Every Tuesday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Face Painting Balloons and Clowns Chick Fil A Noblesville Family Night First Tuesday of each Month from 5-8pm 773-4100 Chick Fil A Carmel 14647 US 31 North Family Night each Tuesday from 5-8pm 815-9465 Hellas Café 8501 Westfield Blvd 317 257-6211 Entertainment by Sunny From Clowns etc. Joe’s Shelby St. Diner Indy 783-9590 10-01 Food & Drink Broadripple Kids Eat Free Tuesday with purcahse of adult meal. Call for Details Cheese Burger In Paradise South Indy 883-4386 Aspen Creek Grill 13489 Tegler Dr, Noblesville, IN 46060 Every Tuesday 4-8 Kids Meals 1.99 Balloons and Face Painting 317 559-330 (Please call ahead to verify details) 14


Tuesday Con't. Patriot Grill Restaurant 1265 N. Madison Greenwood 851-8252 Kid’s Eat Free and Magician Teddy’s Burger Joint 222W.Southport Rd Indy 893-2791 Thr3e Wise Men Brewery 1021 Broad Ripple Ave Indy 255-5151 Max and Erma’s Carmel and Greenwood 705-3988 and 882-4477 Max and Erma’s Carmel Free Kids Meal with adult meal. Panda Express 17055 Geist Pavilion Dr. Fishers 5-9, 770-9684 Bob Evans all area locations. Kid’s meal free with adult meal. Teddy’s Burger Joint Southport Rd. Free kids meal w/ adult meal 5 to 9 evening. Chili’s Grill and Bar Greenwood & E 82nd St. Two free kid’s meal with each adult meal. Joe’s Shelby St Diner 783-9590 One kids meal free with adult purchase 5 to close. Thr3e Wise Men Brewery Broad Ripple Kids eat free on Tuesday with VIP Club Membership. Detour American Grill Fishers In. Kids Eat Free with adult Meal Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday Michaelangelo’s 550 Westfield Rd. Noblesville Kids Eat Free 773-6066 Johnny Rockets Greenwood Mall and Castleton Mall 881-6240 and 578-8015 5-9 Barley Island Brewing Co. Noblesville In Free Kids Meal with Adult meal Wednesday and Thursday Johnny Rockets Castleton Mall Kids meal free with each adult meal 5 to 9 Books and Brews 9402 Upton Dr Suite 1400 Free Kids meal w/ Adult Purchase Thursday Johnny Carino’s Greenwood 885-5735 Barley Island Brewing Co. Noblesville Free Kids Meal with Adult meal Wednesday & Thursday Detour American Grill Fishers In Kids Eat Free with adult Meal Tuesday & Thursday. Johnny Carinos Greenwood Kids meal free with adult meal. Culvers Kids Night Noblesville – Every Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm Face Painting Balloons and Clowns Friday Illinois Street Food Emporium Indy Free kids meal with each adult meal 4 to close Skyline Chili Indy Locations Kids meal 99 cents 5 to close. Saturday Indianapolis Indianas Victory Field Kids Eat Free with at least an $8 purchase. Sunday Michaelangelo’s 550 Westfield Rd. Noblesville Kids Eat Free 773-6066 Scotty’s Brewhouse 3905 E. 96th Street Indianapolis, IN & 1 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Granite City Food and Brewery 150 W. 96th St Carmel 218-7185 5-9 Magician 5-8 Grindstone Charley’s Rockville Rd and Crawfordsville Rd’s Indy 243-8760 and 481-1870 Rock Star Pizza 922 E. Main St. Brownsburg 858-1188 all day dine in Only Indianapolis Indians Kids Eat Free Sundays: Children 14 & under receive a voucher good for a hot dog, bag of chips & bottle of water with price of admission. Books and Brews 9402 Upton Dr Suite 1400 Free Kids meal w/ Adult Purchase Grand Junction Brewing Westfield Free kids Meal with Adult Meal (Please call ahead to verify details)

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Februar December 11 – April 30 Dance! at The Children’s Museum.

DANCE! is the first temporary exhibit to be featured in The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture. Visitors to this exhibit should be ready to move their feet to the beat and join the fun. This multigenerational exhibit looks at dance styles through the ages and around the world. Families who feel daring may want to put on their dancing shoes and take the stage to showcase their best dance moves.

December 28 – January 28 A Beef & Boards: Greater Tuna

This sidesplitting comedy takes place in Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. Get ready to laugh as all 20 of its wacky residents are played by Eddie Curry & Jeff Stockberger! www.beefandboards.com

January 30 – February 4 Beautiful – The Carol King Musical at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.


February 1 – April 8 A Beef & Boards: Mama Mia! The enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. ABBA’s greatest hits tell the hilarious story of a bride’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. www.beefandboards.com

February 1 – February 13 Valentine’s Cabaret at Peewinkle’s

Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum. Attention parents and grandparents... bring your little sweethearts to this delightful marionette and hand puppet show.

February 9 – February 14 American Heritage Chocolate Making at Conner Prairie. Enjoy

time with your loved one with some traditional chocolate treats and drinks. You’ll learn about the history of chocolate and take part in its preparation from bean to cup. Grind on a traditional metate, grate brick chocolate and spices. Warm yourself by the fire as you help to prepare delicacies such as chocolate puffs and cracknels.

Saturday, February 10, 7:00pm Monster Jam at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The world’s premier monster truck series, Monster Jam, is revving into Indianapolis! Monster Jam® events have a wide-variety of ticket prices with affordable family deals. Monster Jam®, the most popular monster truck tour, performs to over 4 million fans annually at the most prestigious arenas and stadiums throughout the world. Monster Jam® shows consist of three main fan-favorite elements -- the pit party, racing and freestyle.

Saturday, February 10 Museum by Moonlight at The

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Museum by Moonlight is exclusively for adults of all ages (21 and older). Explore five floors of new and classic


ry 2018 exhibits, enjoy a cash-bar, and refuel with free food samples from local restaurants.

Sunday, Fbruary 11 Valentine’s Love Jam at Indiana

Farmers Coliseum. Valentine's Love Jam Starring Tyrese, Joe, Avant, Dave Hollister, Next, & Silk.

Wednesday, February 14, 7:30pm Valentine’s Day with Michael Cavanaugh at Hiblert Circle Theatre.

Made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway musical Movin' Out, Michael Cavanaugh returns to Hilbert Circle Theatre for a special onenight-only Valentine's Day concert performing romantic ballads and classic love songs.

February 17 – March 17 A Beef & Boards: Cinderella

The Prince Street Players Version of CINDERELLA is a magical retelling of this beloved story and a tuneful, fast-paced show, specifically created for young audiences. A godmother, of the fairy tale variety, and her two helpers set out to help Ella, who, after being orphaned, was left in the care of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Forced to use the kitchen as a bedroom, Ella can often be found daydreaming among the cinders from the fireplace, inspiring her stepfamily to rename her "Cinderella." Wand in hand, Godmother sets about to change the girl's life. With a dash of belief, a sprinkle of magic and a pinch of true love, Cinderella finds her Prince and has her life changed for good. www.beefandboards.com

Sunday, February 18, 3:00pm Hot Jazz for Cool Kids at the

Indianapolis Public Library – Central Library. Families with children of all ages are invited to this series of fun and educational performances by Indy's leading jazz musicians

held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium. The free programs are presented in association with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest and are made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. This program will feature a performance by Clifford Ratliff and the Indy Jazz Company. Attendees will learn about the jazz heritage of Indiana Avenue in downtown Indianapolis.

Monday, February 19, 10:00am Presidents Day Celebration

at Conner Prairie. It's George Washington's birthday and his fellow presidents and first ladies have gathered to throw him a surprise party! All day long we’ll have history’s greatest POTUS’s and FLOTUS’s giving presentations and mingling with partygoers. Come play games, sing songs, and hear stories that celebrate the presidency.

Wednesday, February 28, 1:00pm Crazy Quilt Workshop at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio at the Indiana State Museum. Do you love to sew? Have you ever wondered how to preserve your keepsake lace, neckties, hankies, buttons, badges and special fabric scraps? Learn to make a base on which to embroider, bead and embellish your cherished mementos. Be inspired by beautiful examples. Basic sewing skills required. Bring your sewing machine or borrow one of ours, scissors and embellishments. We will teach you the basics and some new techniques as well.

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