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Holiday Tips from Autism Learning Partners Check out community events There are so many fun activities to do during the holiday season. Indoor activities, outdoor activities, arts and crafts – there are so many options! Find something that appeals to your family. Many places offer sensory friendly hours where lights and music might be toned down. If they don’t, going at a less popular time might decrease crowds and noise.

doesn’t have to be elaborate, but trying something new can create wonderful memories for you and your family!

Take time for yourself

Try something new

The holidays can be a busy and stressful time for everyone. Make sure you take some time to do things that make you happy. Have a movie night, go to dinner with friends, get up early to savor a cup of coffee. Whatever it is, make sure you make time for yourself during this holiday season!

Whether it’s ice skating for the first time or using a new cookie recipe, the holidays are a great time to try something new! During holiday breaks, our schedules are a little more flexible. Build a gingerbread house, have a snowball fight in the backyard, make a pillow fort in the living room – it

Autism Learning Partners, wishes you the happiest of holidays and is here help make progress possible through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. Contact our team at 888-805-0759 or visit us at www.Autismlearningpartners. com. We accept most insurance plans including Medicaid.

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Having the Courage to be Imperfect. Are you one of those parents that typically feels insecure If your child misbehaves or makes irresponsible choices? One of the parenting techniques that I teach is having the courage to be imperfect, which really boils down to allowing your children to be imperfect. Although it is your responsibility to help them to learn the rules and the norms of society, it is also important to allow them to have difficulty in certain arenas, knowing that they will rebound and learn from their mistakes. Many parents feel pressure to be perfect. They are afraid that their children are a reflection of their ability to set good boundaries and consequences. There is no reason to put pressure on yourself if you tend to be that type of parent. As a matter of fact, you can be a good role model by demonstrating that you absolutely believe in your child, even when they bring home a D+ instead of their typical B. You may anguish and fear that accepting the D+ will give them permission to perform poorly again, when in reality you make statements that tell them that you are sure they have learned an important lesson and encourage them to do better next time. What happens when the misbehavior has greater ramifications? The behavior may involve stealing or cheating? This does require a strategy that involves self-talk: “Yes, my child definitely made a mistake when taking that game from a store, but it opened up a valuable conversation with him. I then set consequences that matched the crime, developed better boundaries that were instilled as a result of the bad behavior, and told them myself that this can lead to them learning a life lesson that they will not endure again.” You can’t control when your child makes a bad decision that was separate from the good teachings that you’ve instilled in

him or her. But you can use it to develop good dialogue, boundaries and consequences. Think back to when you were a child. What was the most common mistake that you made repeatedly until you learned to get it right? Carol Juergensen Sheets Maybe it was that you didn’t study long enough or hard enough for that exam. Maybe you chose to cheat on your math tests until you got caught. Perhaps you even shoplifted from that neighborhood store until the manager caught you and called your parents. This did not necessarily make you a bad person. It meant that you tested the limits and thought you would either be able to get away with it and avoid the consequences and punishments that occurred when you did something wrong. And look at you…you turned out well. Just know that if you allow your children to be imperfect, you then allow yourself to be imperfect as a parent. Having the courage to be imperfect means that you don’t carry the pressure of what other people must think about you. When you allow your child to make mistakes and experience either the natural or the logical consequences of their decisions, you will be recognizing that they’re learning from the school of hard knocks. When you have tried to instill something in them and they make poor choices, the school of hard knocks can be extremely reinforcing and helps them to learn what to do next time. Parenting is about allowing your children to be independent thinkers. As Maya Angelou says, “When you know better, you do better.” Have faith in their imperfections!

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!

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December November 17th - December 26 A Christmas Carol at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. 'As the weather turns cold, warm your heart with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and spirits of the past, present and future. Filled with laughter and tears, A Christmas Carol celebrates the power of kindness and love in this uplifting tale of one man’s journey to redemption. S largest synchronized light show. November 21 – December 31 “A Christmas Story” at Beef and Boards Based on the movie classic! Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts — an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie plots numerous schemes to receive the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here, together with a versatile score! synchronized through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of s and family to enjoy the show and begin a new largest November 23 – December 30 Christmas at the Zoo 5-9 PM. Dating back to 1967, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the nation to hold a holiday lights event. Year after year, Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union continues to grow. For our 51st year, we’re adding even more lights to fill the Zoo with a warm glow. And the best part is it’s all included with regular admission! November 8th – January 1, 2020 Christmas Night of Lights at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Come see over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Friday December 6th FAVOR DANCES 5:00 – 7:00 pm Enjoy an evening of fun, excitement and

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dancing every FIRST FRIDAY of the month, 5pm-7pm at 5$ locations alternating monthly to cater to all areas of Indy. Please call or text for locations. Catered for all intellectually challenged youth and Adults (All Guardians, Caretakers and staff admission free) Contact Favor N U @ 317-978-0565 or 317-400-7734 orFavornu@yahoo.com Saturday December 7th 1011:15am Holiday Gingerbread Houses in Broad Ripple Park. Ages 2-11 Cost $11 per child. Saturday December 7th 14th, 21st, 9-11 am Cookies for Santa – Kids cooking class at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Ho! Ho! Ho! Let the fun begin! Come make cookies for Santa at this interactive kid's cooking class! Your little chefs will decorate Christmas cookies and make other yummy treats to put by the chimney or tree for Santa & his reindeer! Little chefs will also make cookie dough to take home and bake with the family. Sunday December 8th, 2019 5-8 Polar Express PJ Party at Eiteljorg Museumh Put on your family’s most festive PJs and join us for a night at the Museum! You will have the chance to travel through fun and festive "stations" throughout the evening with us. From Indy's largest synchronized light show. Thursday December 12th 8am -5pm Children’s Bureau Donation Room Assistants. Children’s Bureau’s mission is to preserve families and protect the future of Indiana’s children. We accomplish our mission through an array of prevention and intervention programs. Children’s Bureau serves more than 43,000 children each year across Central Indiana and beyond. The donation room located at the Gene Glick Family Support Center in Indianapolis is a critical asset to the families we serve. Community members donate

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2019 gently used clothing, toys, and household necessities. Volunteers are needed to maintain this room on an ongoing basis. December 15th 2:45 – 6:30 pm Holiday Dinner Theater at the Children’s Museum. Experience the holiday theater show, The Magic Snowman, from the best seats in the house reserved—just for you! Check in is at 2:30 p.m. December 15th 9-12 Santa Hustle Indy Half Marathon, 5K It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! So, find that Christmas spirit and join us on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at American Legion Mall for the Santa Hustle® Indy 5k, Half Marathon, and Kids Dash. Tuesday December 17th, A very electric Christmas at Clowes Memorial Hall Celebrate the captivating and magical sights and sounds of the holidays with your students and Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Featuring familiar and favorite holiday music, join in a tale of adventure, friendship, and love that centers around a young bird named Max, a special and familiar character to Lightwire Theater audiences, who brings a whole new meaning to “coming home for the holidays.”

Saturday December 21st. Free Saturday at the Muncie Children’s Museum Join the Muncie Children’s Museum in 2019 for Free Saturday, sponsored by Care Institute Group! On the third Saturday of every month, visit the museum with your family and enjoy FREE admission for all! Tuesday December 31, 2019 10 am – 3 pm Countdown to Noon at the Children’s Museum. Five, four, three, two...NOON! Tucker out the kids way before the last few minutes of 2019—at Countdown to Noon! Join in a grand countdown at noon OR one o’clock! Both countdowns will have a confetti grand finale. Christmas Nights of Lights is coming to Indianapolis for the 2019 season! Come see over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends

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Monday Thru Sunday Multiple Days Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations Kids 12 and under Eat Free Saturday and Sunday for dine-in customers with every $9 purchase. 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. 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. CR Heroes 10570 E. 96th St. Fishers 576-1070 5-p Face Painting & Balloon Animals 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

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Tuesday Con't. 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 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 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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& Access Behavioral Solutions Clinic www.accessbehavioralsolutions.com Info@accessbehavioralsolutions.com 317.802.7447

Access Behavioral Solutions is making ABA services available by bringing the therapy to you- in your home, in your community, or in the clinic.

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Pgs 10, 11 & 20

7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256 The Applied Behavior Center for Autism is Indiana's longest running ABA provider. With over 20 years of service, ABC is building brighter futures every day. Each of our center offers unique attributes that allows us to provide high quality treatment to children and teens with autism spectrum disorder. With locations in Greenwood, Carmel, Castleton, Terre Haute, Richmond, and West Indianapolis we offer ABA therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, diagnostic testing, special needs swim lessons, and so much more! We are now enrolling for part-time and full-time schedules. Find us on social @ABCforAutism to learn more.

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Proud Sponsors of Resources for Special Needs Natural Valley Ranch www.NaturalValleyRanch.com www.NaturalValleyTherapeuticRiding.org Marie@NaturalValleyRanch.com 317-509-3577 Birthday Parties, Trail Rides, Lessons, Petting Zoo Hayride/Bonfire, Therapeutic Riding

Phoenix Karate www.phoenixrisingkarate.com 317-228-1872

Martial arts are great for children! A psychological study found that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks, and a higher sense of self-esteem.

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf Pg 3 www.sjid.org 317.471.8560 Leaders in Listening and Spoken Language.

Supervision Infrared Sauna SupervisionWeightLoss.com 317-849-8446 For treatment of autism.

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