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You Can Do Anything with a Cardboard Box! In today’s world, we are inundated with ads for the latest, greatest toys for our children. One can go broke just looking through the paper or watching commercials on television. I have a better idea for you, one that will save you a whole lot of money AND give you a better bang for your buck with your child’s development - a cardboard box! Cardboard boxes can be found just about anywhere, and any size or shape will do. The most fun sizes are appliance boxes you can usually get at no cost from a home or hardware store, since these can be made into busses, houses, fire stations, and even pirate ships. But smaller boxes work, too—the idea is not the material…it’s what you do with it! Helping your child learn any new skill is easy if you think about the GOAL FIRST. “Goal Thinking” instead of “Activity Thinking” helps your child practice a single skill that they need without seeming overwhelming. It also helps you be more effective in teaching your child, since there is lots of repetition this way—repetition is key for brain development. So pick your goal, find a box, and get creative! You and your child’s world will be filled with language, social skills, imagination, movement, laughter, and FUN! Who needs expensive when you can do anything with a cardboard box. Carrie Tamminga, MA, LSLS Cert AVEd Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Please say “I found it in the IndyKids’Directory!” Thanks!


Is baby talk ok?

Countless parents of kids in my therapy office wonder about baby talking to their children and if it could be harming their speech development. New research has been completed which says it depends on how the baby talk, or simplified speech, is done. Telegraphic speech uses nouns and verbs but leaves out articles and endings such as “the” and “ing”. Grammatical simplified speech means shortened sentences that do not break grammar rules, such as “Put it in the box”. The same sentence in telegraphic speech might be “Put in box”.

Recent studies have shown that using telegraphic simplified speech may negatively impact language development in young children on the Autism spectrum or with language delays.( Venker et al, 2015). More research is still ongoing, however so far the results favor using grammatical simplified speech with young children who are developing language, rather than telegraphic speech.


Parents who are interested in learning more about helping their child with a speech-language delay are recommended to consult their pediatrician or a speech-language pathologist. In most cases, simplified speech is not the only recommendation for treating a child with a speech-language delay. A speech-language pathologist has the skills to check for other reasons behind the language delay, and if use of grammatical simplified speech is best for the child. Marsha Boyer is a licensed speechlanguage pathologist and owner of Speech Connections. Marsha treats children with speech and language delays of all kinds. To find out more about the services at her clinic visit her website at www.speechconnectionsindy.com or call 317-695-4368.

(JSLHR, December 2015, Vol.58, 1733-1746, Venker, Bolt, Meyer, Sindberg, Weismer, TagerFlusberg.)


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Monday Thru Sunday Multiple Days 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 Monday Thru Wednesday 4 to close 776-2800 Barley Island Brewing Co. 630 Conner St.Noblesville 770-5280 Tuesday and Wednesday Quizno’s 14300 Mundy Dr Noblesville 7 days a week 4 to close dine in only 773-7041 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 7 and younger eat free everyday. Chef Mikes Charcoal Grill 102 Woodland Dr Indy Kids 5 and Younger eat for 99 cents Wuzzlers Grill and Spoon Greenwood 884-9468 Kids eat free w. adult meal Monday-Friday Monday Chick Fil-A 3360 W. 86th St. The Pyramids, Indy 871-5330 Mexico City Grill Emerson Ave Indy and Fishers In. Free kids meal with adult meal. Roscoe’s Taco’s Greenwood Kids meal free with Minimum $6 adult meal. Mexico City Grill Fishers 11653 Fishers Station Rd 577-1900 Mexican City Grill Indy 8028 S. Emerson Ave 884-4901 Castlers Kitchen and Bar 11501 Geist Pavilion Dr. 596-9810 Fishers 5-9 Texas Road House Fishers 12950 Publishers Dr. 585-5020 Family Night 1.99 Kid’s Meal Culvers Kids NightFishers 96th St Every Monday, 5:30-8:30 pm and Indy 71st and Georgetown – Every Monday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm Face Painting Balloons and Clowns 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 Hellas Café 8501 Westfield Blvd 317 257-6211 Entertainment by Sunny From Clowns etc. Bob Evans’ Family Night from DJ 6-8pm One kid eats free with adult meal purchase. Greenwood In 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 6


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 to 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

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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 Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations 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 Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations 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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Parental Alienation I am seeing an increasing phenomenon called parental alienation. Whether I am working with seven-year-olds, 17-year-olds or 27-year-olds, I am noticing that children are choosing to divorce one of their parents. It's an interesting phenomenon because I do not necessarily believe that it's caused by the other parent. What I am noticing is that children are making decisions that are angry and avoidant. They believe that they can decide how they are going to spend their lives based on their feelings about their family circumstance. In many situations, a child is mad at his parent for having divorced his mother or father or for having cheated on his parent. This child is watching the other parent be devastated and severely impacted by these decisions and consequently he/she takes it upon himself to not want anything to do with the other parent.

It is therapeutic for the child to feel heard and understood and see that conflict can breed a sense of intimacy when two people are willing to work on things. If a parent cannot empathize with the child and Carol Juergensen Sheets cannot make the proper amends it may not be safe for that child to have additional contact with that parent. Regardless, it's always helpful to work on making a relationship healthier as opposed to avoiding it altogether.

Parental alienation gives a child too much power and control and teaches the child that they can dictate a relationship instead of working through it.

If you have a situation where your child is devastated by the unhealthy decision of a parent, it would be extremely helpful to get that child in therapy to externalize those feelings and to teach that child how to assert his or herself with the parent that the child is excluding. When this hard work occurs the parent and the child can work on rebuilding a relationship. It can be a real opportunity for the child to learn relationship skills that the likely need to use in the future. And it is always healthy to find ways to vent anger and to give it a voice in a situation where a child feels abandoned.

Sometimes parental alienation occurs because children have been verbally abused by their parent and they have chosen to withdraw from them. When this has occurred, I set up a session so that the parent can hear what the child has to say and then make an amends for being too harsh or cruel. My experience is that most parents don’t want to verbally abuse their children but that they may lack the skills to relate differently. In these cases, I encourage the parent to seek professional guidance to work on anger management.

If you have a family member who has written off another person, it might be helpful for you to encourage them to work with a professional to see if there is an alternative to an already very dysfunctional situation. Being the other parent means that you have the power to encourage your child to work things out and you have the opportunity to practice healthy role modeling. Your message as a parent, is to encourage kids to know that there are usually ways to improve a relationship or to improve one’s coping in a tough situation.

Now I know that it's normal to be angry, hurt, and to feel abandoned when a parent makes such a selfish choice but it is not healthy for a child to alienate and divorce his parent. This decision will have many emotional consequences.

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. 10


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ABC is More Than Just ABA & Autism! Get to Know our Services

The Applied Behavior Center has grown to be the largest and longest ABA provider in the state of Indiana. With 20 years under our belt, we are building brighter futures every day. In addition to Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy and Behavior Consulting we offer the following services to ALL children with Special Needs: Diagnostic Testing, Indoor Swim Lessons, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. The best part is we are enrolling now at select locations!

Diagnostic Testing At The Applied Behavior Center, we provide specialists who offer diagnostic services for any suspected condition whether it be mental health, special needs or other circumstances. Unlike many of our competitors, our current wait time is less than two weeks and you receive written assessment results within 7-10 days of your appointment!

Speech Therapy At ABC, we use Verbal Behavior style ABA which promotes the development of language with children on a functional level. Speech therapy is often used in the treatment of speech, which differs from language. As such, speech therapy services are often delivered to work on speech issues. Now enrolling with minimal wait time!

Indoor Swim Lessons

Occupational Therapy

Open to all disabilities, ABC is thrilled to offer special needs swim lessons for ages 3 and up of all abilities through our Carmel Facility. Private and semi-private lessons are done in our indoor, heated, therapeutic pool and taught by our experienced staff with years of aquatic training. Did you know? The CDC has reported “Drowning is the leading cause of death for individuals with Autism.”

t the Applied Behavior Center for Autism we seamlessly blend the sciences of ABA and occupational therapy to provide the maximum benefit. Our occupational therapist have previous and ongoing experience and training in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. Now enrolling with minimal wait time!

Find us across social @ABCforAutism To learn more about our services for children with or without autism visit us at www.AppliedBehaviorCenter.org or give us a call at 317-849-KIDS! Please say “I found it in the IndyKids’Directory!” Thanks!




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March 2017 February 2 – March 26 Beef & Boards presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Beef & Boards presents Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice take the famous Old Testament story of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, from the Bible to Broadway in their first staged collaboration. It features a rainbow of musical styles with songs including “Close Every Door,” “One More Angel In Heaven,” and “Any Dream Will Do.” www.beefandboards.com

February 18 – March 18 Beef & Boards presents “The Musical: Pinkalicious” She 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. She is thrilled to be pink and have her dream come true. Her parents take her to the doctor, and she is diagnosed with pinkititis. On the way home, Pinkalicious plays at the playground but is attacked by birds and bees when she is mistaken for a pink flower. Her best friend doesn't even recognize her as she is camouflaged in the garden. At home, she eats another cupcake, and the next morning she wakes up red and develops pink eye pinkititis whereby she can only see the color pink. Now she must do something to fix her predicament. She bravely follows the doctor's order to eat green food. Due to her new resolve, Pinkalicious is transformed back to normal. Pinkalicious has learned selfcontrol and to be careful for what you wish for. Her brother, on the other hand, has eaten the last cupcake, turns pink, and shouts with glee: Pink-A-Boo! www.beefandboards.com


Thursday, March 2 – Sunday, March 5 NFL Combine Experience at Lucas Oil Stadium. For the first time, the

NFL will bring free and interactive fan experiences, including access to Combine drills and press conferences, autographs from NFL Legends, and virtual reality attractions, to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. The NFL Combine Experience will bring fans up close to the action like never before. Fans will have the opportunity to watch the Bench Press; access the Media Center to view press conferences and interviews with Combine prospects; and enjoy a free festival with interactive games, youth football clinics, player autograph sessions with NFL Legends, virtual reality sessions, and more.

Saturday, March 4, 11:00am – 4:00pm Remarkable Women of Indiana: Women in Science at the Indiana State

Museum. Join the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites for the 3rd Annual Remarkable Women in Indiana as they celebrate women in science. Remember the women who shaped the state of Indiana, and be inspired as we celebrate Women’s History Month.

Saturday, March 4, 6:00pm 13th Annual Indianapolis Masquerade Ball at Sahara Grotto Inc. This is the

13th Annual Indianapolis Masquerade Ball to raise money for Coburn Place–(www. coburnplace.org) a domestic violence center for women and children. There will be dinner and ball, raffles and a silent auction. Please join for a fun filled night for a good cause. Once again dance the night away to the most awesome band around - Lemon Wheel.


Fun Events Wednesday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 22 Salsa & Latin Dance Sampler at Tina

Mangos Dance-Arts in Washington Township. Try Salsa and other Latin dances in a 3-week sampler at 7:30 pm at the Westfield Township Building. Tina brings her 30+ years of teaching experience in Chicago to the Indy area. Register with: Westfieldwashingtontwp.us

Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26 Midwest Outdoor Expo Lucas Oil Stadium. If you boat, ride, travel or just

simply enjoy the outdoors, you'll want to attend the Midwest Outdoor Expo. This exciting expo will feature hundreds of exhibitors from all over the Midwest including those from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio showcasing RV’s, boats, bicycles, power sports, outdoor living, accessories, and much more!

Tuesday, March 28 – Sunday, April 2 Pinewood Derby at Eiteljorg Museum

of American Indians & Western Art. On your mark, get set… for the second greatest spectacle in racing! The Indiana State Museum and Crossroads of America Council, BSA invites everyone to race Pinewood Derby® cars down the twostory, 125-foot race track and watch them speed across the finish line! The track will be open to the public all week with the official race on Saturday, April 2. All participating cars must be registered by 1 p.m. on race day. Enter a derby car by 2 p.m. for the ‘Best of Show’ competition. Cars will be awarded based on visual design. The track will continue to be open for Fun Runs on Sunday. Visit indianamuseum.org to view the Saturday competition rules and ‘Best of Show’ categories.

March 30 – May 14 Beef & Boards presents “My Fair Lady”

Beef & Boards presents the show based on the famous play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, watch the transformation of Eliza Doolittle, a scruffy, cockney flower seller, into a respectable lady in both manner and speech. Songs include “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” www.beefandboards.com

Now – November 26 The Children’s Museum: Circus – Starring YOU! Exhibit Ladies and

gentlemen, kids and families! Direct your attention to the newest exhibit at The Children’s Museum: Circus—Starring YOU! Enter the Big Top, meet performers, “walk” a virtual reality tightrope, and step through time to learn the history of the circus. Then get into the act and become a performer yourself! www. childrensmuseum.org

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