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Addressing Educational Barriers for Students with Autism Angelica N. Gray, MA, BCBA Clinical Director, TIIBA

Six years ago, during an IEP meeting, a school administrator declared that one of our clients was being placed on a certificate of completion track. We knew that with the appropriate interventions, this client could maintain diploma track. We advocated and worked collaboratively with the school to teach this client the behaviors they would need in order to remain in the general education classroom. With much perseverance, this client graduated last spring with a high school diploma! The student described in the above scenario is one of many TIIBA triumph stories of our work with students with Autism. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts tailor programming to work on various school related behaviors, for students in grades kindergarten through college. Educational programming goals aim to either assist clients with staying in or transitioning to general or special education settings. These school related behaviors may include things such as: walking in line in the hallway, participating appropriately during “brain breaks,” raising their hand to ask questions, organizing a binder/locker, taking notes in class, using a planner, joining peers at lunch and recess, engaging in conversation with peers, and even learning what their IEP accommodations are and when and how to request them. Additionally, TIIBA has a mock classroom within our center that allows for students to practice and learn behaviors within an environment that looks and operates like a traditional classroom. There can be many barriers that prevent a child from being educated within the traditional school environment. During our assessment process, we identify these barriers and address them in treatment. A significant barrier is problem behaviors. When problem behaviors are intensive in how often they occur and create an unsafe

environment for peers, TIIBA will aid schools by conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment and developing a Behavior Intervention Plan. We have the additional option of decreasing problem behaviors within our center, before transitioning and generalizing appropriate behavior to school. Barriers may include social and communication deficits. If a child lacks the ability to converse with peers, has unintelligible speech, or difficulty understanding sarcasm or jokes, this can create learning barriers. Sensory defensiveness is another barrier. Our team worked with a student who was shocked by the locker one winter and stopped using it– causing them to be unprepared for class daily. Additionally, barriers can involve difficulty transitioning between classes and not receiving the appropriate amount of reinforcement. TIIBA works hand-in-hand with parents, extended family members, teachers, and other school personnel to identify barriers that prevent a student from being educated in the least restrictive educational setting. Our clinical team attends IEP meetings and educates parents on education laws to help parents advocate for the needs of their children. We believe in empowering our parents and students to meet and exceed educational expectations. Targeting educational success for our clients is one of the many ways that we empower lives.

To find out more about our services, visit our website at www.tiiba.org or contact us at 317-388-8131. Please say “I found it in the IndyKids’Directory!” Thanks!




Lessons From the Old Lady We have all heard of the book The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly but did you know the authors have written an abundance of books related to holidays and seasons surrounding this particular Old Lady? These books are great to use with children to teach vocabulary, sequencing and retelling stories. With this month of Thanksgiving, and it being the season of the fall, The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie and The Old Lady Who Swallowed Leaves are fun books to read this time of year. Children find it funny that this old woman swallows odds things like pies, pots, bowls, shirts, leaves and more! At the end of each book, she makes something with all of the items she

swallows, which allows you to ask your child the hypothetical question “What do you think she made?” This is a great question to begin to introduce at a younger age. I like to make two sets of picture cards of each item. One set is used to line up as the story is read to work on sequencing and retelling while the other set is used to place into a paper bag designed to look like the Old Lady. This is where the fun begins, as you read the story, the child can tell you “The Old Lady ate a pie!” and then they get to place a pie in the old lady’s mouth. Making books interactive is fun and children will begin to use the props to retell the story to you on their own!

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Sam's Story This will be Sam’s third year at ABC. Sam was in home daycare until he reached age 2. We put him in a preschool at a church where our other children have attended and thrived in the past. His teacher loved him and could tell he needed some extra attention. We knew early on that Sam had some developmental delays and were utilizing First Steps therapies in our home for Occupational, Speech and Physical therapy. Sam was mostly non-verbal for the first year and didn’t even ask for mommy or daddy by name. He didn’t walk until he was almost 2, didn’t get any teeth until he was 14 months old, was and still is a very picky eater, and continues to be small on the growth chart. He used to have meltdowns frequently when presented with too much stimuli or in unfamiliar territory. In public, he used to insist on being carried everywhere until he was almost 5. He used to have to wear his “coat” anytime we traveled in the car, regardless of whether it was 90 degrees outside or not because he felt “safe” with it on. Trying anything new, I used to be very stressed and sometimes cry in private when I couldn’t get him to do a simple thing like wear a new pair of shoes or shirt because the others simply needed to be thrown in the trash. He would not get in the swimming pool, and the idea of potty training was out-of-the question for years. Also he would not walk in the grass, even with shoes on. The director at his preschool had worked with kids on the spectrum previously and suggested perhaps we have him tested. We did this through our local public school system and implemented an IEP for when Sam was to attend Pre-K there for one year. His teacher was amazing, but it still wasn’t enough. The ratio of provider to student was 1 to 14 in that class. He cried when I took him to school every morning. It broke my heart.

loves learning about nature, animals, plants and flowers. He also draws things and can free hand any map accurately just by looking at it.

Sam’s strengths that have blossomed as he began to use his words include a vast knowledge of geography. He knows all the states and capitals, countries and capitals, oceans, continents, planets, and even better is that he can recite them in alphabetical order if you request him too. With the use of his I-pad, he has self-taught the alphabet in Russian, as well as the names of many animals. He started reading at age 3 straight from his books. He

-Beth Ann Cook, Mother of Sam age 6

ABC and its fabulous staff members have become family to us. We have watched the progress he has made over time and we have all celebrated together in sharing his milestones! Over the past year, Sam doesn’t complain at the idea of new shoes, but embraces it. He doesn’t need the “coat” anymore when it’s not indicated. He’s learning to try new foods through the nutrition program at ABC. He’s potty trained with just a few accidents here and there, loves the swimming pool, doesn’t mind the grass, and uses his words to communicate interactively with people now, such as initiating a question and responding appropriately rather than just rote memorization and spewing of facts. He’s trying new things! Last summer, through the Easter Seals we learned about “Camp Ability” where he was able to attend with one of his therapists for 2 weeks of day camp. He rode a horse at Morning Dove stables in Zionsville for equine therapy among many other activities alongside other children with some special needs similar to his. He attended again this year and we couldn’t be happier that he had such a great time there. He’s been participating in weekly swim therapy/lessons through ABC all year. This month, he can get into the pool with his floaty on by himself, where last year he was still terrified. He’s a pretty special little guy that makes us smile every day with his determination. He’s also very affectionate and enjoys hi-fives and hugs. We are grateful that we are enrolled at ABC. And thanks to everyone and their support, Sam was promoted this week out of the Early Learning Center to the next level at the North Building. He is 6 years old and we are very proud of him!

Find us across social @ABCforAutism Interested in learning more about what we can do for your child? Contact Jane Grimes, Enrollment Director, at 317-849-KIDS, Ext. 104.

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November 2017 October 13 – November 11 Beef & Boards presents “Pinocchio” Come to Old Italy, where the kind-hearted puppet maker Gepetto dreams of having a son. To grant his wish, the Blue Fairy brings his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life, and the adventures begin. Like many boys, Pinocchio gets into all sorts of mischief, until he is lured to the Land of Toys by a villain Coachman. Time is running out for Pinocchio to escape before he is turned into a donkey! www.beefandboards.com Friday, November 3 – Saturday, November 4 St. Augustine Guild Christmas Bazaar at The St. Augustine Home. Incredible holiday shopping. All proceeds will benefit the Little Sister's and their work with the aged poor. Friday, November, 6:00pm Peppa Pig Live at Old National Centre. Enjoy fun, games, and of course, surprises in this charming, colorful new show with new songs and new life size puppets. Saturday, November 4, 8:00am CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Run Now one of the 20 largest marathons in the US, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is the ideal fall marathon for everyone from the first time marathon runner to elite athletes. Starting and finishing at the Indiana State Capitol, the course highlights landmarks and historical neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis. Nationally recognized as flat and fast, this event has hosted Olympians, PR seekers, and thousands of Boston Marathon qualifiers. November 8 – November 12 Christmas Gift & Hobby Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Indiana's Largest Holiday Shopping Event! This year's Christmas Gift


+ Hobby Show offers more unique exhibitors so you can find the perfect gift for that someone you're searching for. This year also brings more decorations and fresh, all-new storefronts for a total Christmas village makeover. Tuesday, November 14, 10:00am Jungle Tales at Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens. Bring your preschooler to this program with a focus on the natural world. Join us for a different naturerelated story, activity and craft each month. Registration required. Wednesday, November 15, 6:30pm Wild Kratts Live! at Old National Centre. WILD KRATTS – LIVE! is a theatrical stage show based on the #1 animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts step out LIVE ON STAGE to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. Experience, liveon-stage, the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families. November 15 – November 19 Junior League Holiday Mart at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Junior League of Indianapolis presents the annual Holiday Mart! A favorite tradition in the Indianapolis area, the Holiday Mart brings nearly 100 unique merchants from across the country to the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, allowing busy shoppers to start their holiday shopping through a truly amazing event. November 24 – December 23 A Beef & Boards Christmas: 25th Anniversary Production 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


Fun Events tradition. Bring a group, bring the family, just don't miss it! www.beefandboards.com Friday, November 24, 6:00pm Circle of Lights Tree Lighting at Soldiers & Sailors Monument Circle. For 55 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Central Indiana’s most beloved tradition is here again. Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving. New this year: The decorations on the Soldiers & Sailors Monument will look familiar – 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights, strung from the top of the Monument to its base. However, all of the strands are new this year including the use of LED bulbs for the first time ever. These improvements are the first phase of the Keeping Spirits Bright capital campaign with a goal to raise $2 million to further enhance and keep this beloved tradition alive. The Monument will continue to be surrounded with 26 larger-thanlife toy soldiers and sailors and 26 peppermint sticks. November 25 – November 26, 10:00am Breakfast with Santa at Conner Prairie. Have breakfast, share some laughs, and visit Santa. Sit in awe and wonder as Santa recites his beloved rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Join Santa in song, and after filling your bellies with a scrumptious breakfast, sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for Christmas. After your meal, get creative and decorate your own Christmas cookie! Sunday, November 26, 10:00am Russian Grand Ballet – The Nutcracker at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts. Before there was Toy Story, there was The Nutcracker. Masha, one of ballet's pluckiest heroines,

journeys to a land where toys come to life. The Nutcracker, based on a fairy tale by Hoffman isn't just for Christmas. Tchaikovsky's lustrous music and the magnificent choreography of Marius Petipa have made this beloved story a must-see for children of all ages. Russian Grand Ballet's full-length classical production features Russia's brightest ballet stars. November 28 – December 3 A Christmas Story – The Musical at Old National Centre. Before there was Toy Story, Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle! A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. November 30 – December 3 Marvel Universe LIVE! at Old National Centre. Marvel fans, assemble for this live, actionpacked, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and many more join forces in a race against time to defeat Loki in his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of Asgard and Earth. This all new show unites some of Marvel's greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threatening villains that the universe has to offer.

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The Parent-Child Attachment Kids are aware of everything even if they don't understand what is going on around them. It is such an awesome responsibility to take care of your child and be such a good influence. Attachment is at the heart of your relationship with your child so it is especially important to set special times for rituals and to bond with your child. Have you ever noticed how your child watches you and your every move and then models everything you do? Even when your child is in the terrible two’s or the defiant four’s, your child will still emulate your very existence. As a result, it is imperative that you protect them from your own insecurities. As a parent you can be your own worst enemy because it is such a big job and there is no handbook on how to do it properly. When you face stress as a parent your child intuitively knows that and is watching for information so that he can make sense of it. Children are so egocentric that they often feel responsible for any situation that causes you fear, anxiety, or anger. It's important to modify your feelings around small children. I'm not asking you to be disingenuous, however children under the age of six need to feel safe and stable. They need to know that they are in a safe environment and that you are in control. This means that you really should watch your conversations, your nonverbal cues, and your reactions to things that are causing stress at home. If you're having money troubles, marital issues, or workrelated stress it's important for you to convey a sense of calm and confidence. That strong attachment that you and your child have give you the groundwork for safety, security, and confidence within your child.

There is an amazing video called “The Still Face Experiment” that shows how much attachment occurs in the early stage of infancy and how much social cognition a child has even as a small infant. In the video, this infant Carol Juergensen Sheets demonstrates how important attachment is with her mother. The video is only two minutes long but it will make you tear up as you watch the relationship between this mother and child. Mother and child engage for approximately a minute and then mother is instructed to look away and ignore the child. The small infant reaches out her hands and searches for a way to connect with her mother. She begins to cry, scream, and flail her hands to get her mother’s attention. As a child therapist, I cannot underscore the importance of having attachment time with your child. It will reinforce a sense of importance in your child and help to build confidence and a sense of security. Good eye contact, lots of smiles, and lots of physical attention are the necessary ingredients for a child to build a self-assured, happy, socially responsible child who will relate well to others and seek healthy relationships. This will offset the many stresses that you may feel that your family faces in a day. Make sure to have plenty of support as you take on this challenging opportunity because you too, deserve the smiles, the praise and the connection with others. Asking for support can replenish you and increase your emotional quotient for parenting. Your love, attention and encouragement will forever impact the development of your child. Enjoy it and know that you make the difference in the heart of your child. (Now Google The Still Face Experiment)

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