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10 | DOWNTOWN INDY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

06 | PUBLISHER'S NOTE 08 | COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

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09 | ONLINE BUZZ

16 | BETTER BRACES

New approaches in orthodontics for kids and adults

commentary + parenting 24 | MUSEUM NOTE

19 | Q & A WITH PEDIATRIC DENTISTS Local dentists weigh in on the issues affecting your child's dental health

25 | CAMP: POSITIVE SOLUTIONS FOR TODAY'S CHALLENGES

Helping kids connect to each other and the natual world

50 | DEAR TEACHER 22 | MOMMY MAGIC Inviting positivity into your life 58 | TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A STAY-AT-HOME DAD Bedtime: not exactly routine

health

31 | DIFFERENT STUDENTS, DIFFERENT NEEDS

12 | HEALING HEARTS ON A GLOBAL SCALE

Finding the schooling option that best suits your child

14 | VISION SCREENINGS

44 | POST BABY BODY BLUES

special needs

Reclaiming your former physique

46 | INFANT CHILDCARE OPTIONS

Returning to work with your baby in good hands

49 | LAST ON THE LIST

36 | COMBAT CAVITIES WITH CALM KIDS

40 | SUPPORTING SIBS WITH TYPICAL NEEDS Making sure siblings of special needs kids aren't overlooked

56 | KEEPING THE ROMANCE ALIVE – WITH KIDS

resources

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How to make a trip to the dentist less stressful for kids with autism

Where do YOU rank on your list of priorities?

More sizzle, less fizzle

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26 | CAMP GUIDE 42 | Special Needs GUIDE 52 | education/childcare GUIDE

59 | BABY FUN GUIDE 65 | MARKETPLACE

calendars 38 | SPECIAL NEEDS EVENTS 60 | FEBRUARY EVENTS 64 | ONGOING EVENTS 67 | FUN + WACKY


on the cover boston baldwin AGE: 9 months

favs super hero: Dad color: Colts Blue toy: Anything he can chew on! sport: Football book: Down on the Farm food: Avocado family: 1 sibling animal: 1 dog

interesting fact... Boston has 9 teeth!

[ Photos by Hannah Hilliard Photography ]

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in every issue

Indy’s Child

[ publisher’s note ]

FOUNDING PUBLISHER Barbara Wynne | barbara@indyschild.com PUBLISHER Mary Wynne Cox | mary@indyschild.com EDITOR Susan Bryant | susan@indyschild.com SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Jennica Zalewski | jennica@indyschild.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Katie Pfierman | katie@indyschild.com

Be Creative This February When I was a young mom and had six children going in six different directions, February was my toughest month. It may be only 28 days long but because of extreme temperatures and the flu season, we all spent more time inside and had a tendency to get “cabin fever”. I know we have Valentine’s Day this month to make cards and cookies for special people, but what can we do that is different day-in and day-out for fun? Here are a few ideas: • Have a kids’ scavenger hunt. Give five clues and have rules that make the clues easy to find without turning the house upside down. Make sure that the “pot of gold” is worth looking for, like a favorite card game or board game. • Try a white elephant sale. Meet at a certain hour with something in your closet or drawers you’re willing to trade. Hide these prizes in a pillowcase and place them in the middle of the living room floor. Take turns choosing a pillowcase and laughing at your new possession—and arranging a trade for making beds or unloading the dishwasher. • Do a family project. Make a scrapbook about 2012 with family highlights from the year. • Have the kids knit squares and stitch them together for a throw. I have noted that both boys and girls are currently knitting. This project lets children appreciate the dexterity it takes to create a scarf or square. • Make dinners a time to express or recite something the kids have learned or memorized that day. I am amazed at how easily children memorize poems and Bible verses. Share their enthusiasm for learning by making them feel extra special at dinnertime. • Although kids text their friends constantly, try to teach your children the thoughtfulness of calling their grandparents on the phone to brighten their day. • Clean out closets and drawers and donate to Goodwill or Teachers’ Treasures by taking old backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks and clothes to the organizations that recycle items for kids in need. If possible, go as a family and experience the joy of giving and sharing with others. I would love to compile a list of the creative projects you do with your children to have fun and prevent cabin fever. Please send your ideas to me at Barbara Wynne: bb@thewynnes.com.!

Barbara Wynne Founding Publisher

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EVENTS COORDINATOR & PUBLIC RELATIONS Wendy Cox | wendy@indyschild.com BUSINESS MANAGER Roxanne Burns | roxanne@indyschild.com ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Karen Ring | karen@indyschild.com EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Wendy Schrepferman | s.wendy@indyschild.com INTERN Maria Tancredi | maria@indyschild.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Barbara Wynne, Carrie Bishop, Sarah McCosham, Nancy Edwards, Holly Kline, Mary Susan Buhner, Pete Gilbert, Susan Bryant, Melissa Trumpey of The Children’s Museum, Dr. Daniel Neely of IU School of Medicine/Riley Hospital, Taylor Newell of Indianapolis Downtown, Peg Smith of American Camp Association, Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts CONTACT US 921 E. 86th Street., Suite 130 | Indianapolis, IN 46240 PHONE: 317.722.8500 | FAX: 317.722.8510 EMAIL: info@indyschild.com

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in every issue

[ community spotlight ]

community S POT L IGH T

love your heart while you kick up your heels! Celebrate the 10th annual Day of Dance event hosted by St. Francis Health. Enjoy Zumba, Nia, Core Rhythms, Hip Hop, Piloxing and more!

riley cancer center's 2013 prom planned for may 3rd Children battling cancer do not have the opportunity to participate in some childhood activities. The Riley Cancer Center Prom will give patients a magical opportunity to forget challenges such as surgery and

Dancing is the perfect way to get your blood flowing and your pulse pumping. For women of all ages, dancing and other aerobic exercise also helps to prevent heart disease – a condition that strikes one in every two women.

chemotherapy and celebrate with friends and family! Saturday February 23, 2013 The event organizer, Women for Riley, is currently collecting new spring and summer party attire for girls in sizes toddler through 16, fancy shoes, jewelry and small evening bags. Boys attire such as tuxedos, blazers, slacks, dress shirts, dress shoes, belts and ties is also needed. The next time you are shopping, consider purchasing a donation item that will delight a child as they dance the night away!

Indiana State Fairgrounds Farm Bureau Building 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Admission: free, parking is available onsite for $5.00

New items are preferred, however, gently used clothing items will be accepted if they are freshly dry cleaned. Donations will be collected during the month of February. Please contact Jackie Barrett at jbarrett@glickco.com for donations instructions.

plan a summer of fun... all in one day!

celebrate president's day at the president's home! Visitors of the Benjamin Harrison Home will have the

Join Indy’s Child for the 24th Annual Camp Fair! Meet representatives from day camps, overnight camps

opportunity to interact with family members and

and a wide variety of summer programs. Bring the entire family to enjoy Radio Disney and participate in

household staff, whose roles are recreated by

child-friendly activities such as face painting and the famous Indy’s Child prize wheel!

exceptional actors. Hear the conversations and gossip of the day in 1898, and find out more about what life

When: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Where: The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing in the Nordstrom Pavilion

was like after President Harrison returned home from the White House.

Admission: free Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

come hear and see a symphony in color! The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Ronald McDonald House Charities have partnered to blend symphonic music with the visual arts. Over 30,000 school children from across Indiana recently participated in The Symphony In Color Young People’s Art Contest where they interpreted recorded selections of symphonic music and created personal artistic creations. The 36 Gold Ribbon Winners will be on display at The Hilbert Theatre on Monument Circle beginning on February 25th.

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Downtown Indy

Celebrates

BLACK HISTORY For more than 30 years, February has been recognized nationally as a time to remember and celebrate important figures and events in African-American history. This month, or more specifically the second week of the month, was originally selected to commemorate the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Although these two dates remain important parts of the celebration, the entire month of February has grown to become a unique, significant opportunity not only to celebrate African-American history, but also to educate our younger generations as to why we celebrate.

Central Indiana families will have some outstanding opportunities to take part in special Black History Month events downtown. Concerts, kids’ events and special exhibits are all on the calendar throughout February, and many are FREE to enjoy!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hosts three special educational events you won’t want to miss. Madame Walker Presents has three showings at the Lilly Theater: Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. This dynamic theatric performance tells the unique, inspirational stories of Madame C.J. Walker and Levi Coffin, taking visitors on a unique educational journey through Hoosier African-American history. Ruby Bridges in the Power of Children Exhibit, open throughout the month, walks kids through the day-to-day experience of Ruby, who was one of the first children to attend a desegregated school in the 1960s. Finally, don’t miss the special Target Family Free Night Feb. 7 from 4 – 8 p.m. for a special Black History Month celebration highlighting African-American achievements in history, science, art and music. You have a few ways to celebrate one of our favorite Hoosiers, Abe Lincoln, at the Indiana State Museum. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Feb. 9, mark Honest Abe’s 204th birthday at Happy Birthday Abe! with fun 10 INDYSCHILD.COM

activities related to the time period, and you may even get a chance to meet the former president! And, if you can’t make the celebration, you’ll at least get to experience The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family, a new exhibit that kicks off that day with the birthday celebration. Also Feb. 9, the FREE annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival brings live music and dance, games, arts activities, exhibits and films to the museum from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kick off Black History Month with a FREE event Feb. 1 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. At the Art & Soul Kick-off Celebration from noon – 1:30 p.m., you’ll have a chance to meet 2013 Art & Soul artists like Cynthia Layne, Blair Clark, Rusty Redenbacher and more. Ms. Layne will give a performance and special guest Amos Brown of Radio One will be in attendance. Plus, enjoy some light refreshments! Finally, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will host a FREE Black History Month concert on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Also, your kids can put their knowledge of black Hoosier athletes to the test with the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Black History Challenge through Feb. 28. Boost your knowledge with a sports-themed study guide before taking an online, ten question quiz. Kids who answer all ten questions correctly will be entered to win a Family Fun Pack provided by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. that includes an overnight stay at the J.W. Marriott, $50 to The Capital Grille, lower-level seats to a Pacers game, four passes to both the Indiana State Museum and The Children’s Museum, membership to the Indiana Historical Society and more! Complete information is at www. indianahistory.org/challenge. Make this year’s Black History Month especially meaningful by taking part in one or more of these

MONTH outstanding offerings. For more information on these or other events taking place downtown, please visit Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.’s website at www.indydt.com.


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health

[ pediatric health ]

Healing Hearts on a Global Scale Dr. Simon Abraham recently performed his 100th and 101st international heart surgeries at Peyton Manning Children Hospital at St.Vincent The Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent mission states: “We commit ourselves to all persons, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.” It’s a pledge the hospital takes seriously. Just ask Dr. Simon Abraham, who for the past 12 years has donated his services to a Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent program that provides life-saving heart surgery to children from places such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Mongolia, Honduras and Haiti. While all children served by the program are special, its two most recent patients— two 1-year-olds from Mongolia—enjoy the extra-special distinction of being the 100th and 101st children to receive surgery through the program.

Half a World Away When Altanshagai Namsrai, a boy, and Undarmaa Altangerel, a girl, arrived in Indianapolis last October, they were sick and scared. Both children suffered from ventricular septal defect, a congenital heart disease that results in a hole in the heart. Without surgery, the toddlers would be lucky to live into their late 20s. Ventricular septal defect is highly treatable in children lucky enough to be born in countries with modern healthcare systems. But that wasn’t the case for Altanshagai and Undarmaa. “If you live somewhere like Mongolia, Haiti or Kosovo, you are going to be hard-pressed to find a cardiac surgeon who can perform the operation,” said Sara Bodenmiller, NP, the program’s coordinator. “There are just no options for these families.” But by working in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse, who pairs top-quality hospitals with children in impoverished countries, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent has been able to give 101 children with congenital heart defects a chance at a healthy life. “Without this surgery, these children won’t only have shortened life spans, but they won’t be able to participate at school or keep up with their friends,” said Dr. Ginnie Abarbanell, a pediatric cardiologist who helps identify international candidates for the surgery. “They’ll have all kinds of limitations.” Thanks to people like Dr. Abarbanell, Nurse Practitioner Bodenmiller—and, of course, Dr. Abraham—little Altanshagai and Undarmaa will be normal, healthy children with as good a chance as anyone at a long life.

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A special achievement The families of the children must withstand a long flight and a much-longer stay away from home to get their children to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. But it’s a small price to pay for the well-being of their little ones. “I never imagined open heart surgery could be this easy,” Altantsetseg Lkhagvadorj, Undarmaa’s aunt, said through a translator. “I would like to tell Dr. Abraham and all of the other doctors and nurses who have given new life to my niece ‘thank you.’ I can’t express my thankfulness.” When Dr. Abraham was recognized for having completed his 101st surgery—which is more than any other surgeon in the U.S. who has participated in the Samaritan’s Purse program—he was quick to downplay his part in the process. “I am happy to play a small role to improve the quality of life for the children and peace of mind of their families,” he said. Dr. Abraham’s humility notwithstanding, the families of those he has helped will always regard him as a hero. “She will always remember him,” said Altantsetseg, the aunt of Undarmaa, who will celebrate her second birthday in April as a healthy child with a bright future ahead of her. “When she is older, I will be sure to tell her of how he saved her life.”


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health

[ pediatric health ]

Vision Screenings Help ensure optimal eye health for your child Daniel Neely, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Ophthalmologist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Good vision is important to your child’s development and well-being—and good eye health begins in infancy.

Your child’s eye health now could impact his vision in the future. How can you ensure your child’s eyes are developing properly and are at their best? This is best accomplished through an eye screening.

Vision screenings for your child are important because the earlier eye issues are detected, the better the recovery and long-term prognosis. Untreated eye problems can lead to vision loss or worse—blindness.

Vision screenings should be conducted annually by your child’s pediatrician—beginning as a newborn through age five. After age five, your pediatrician should continue to give your child an eye screening every one to two years. Screenings for children are an efficient, proven and inexpensive way to identify children who may be at risk for developing serious visual impairments.

These regular, consistent screenings will help ensure your child optimal eye health. Your pediatrician is primarily checking for: Amblyopia: Often referred to as “lazy eye,” reduced vision in one or both eyes Strabismus: Misalignment of eyes, such as crossed eyes

change as your child gets older and is better able to communicate what he sees and understands. Doctors can use a variety of tests to best assess whether a child has or is developing an eye problem. It’s important to tell your pediatrician if there is a family history of vision issues.

Refraction issues: Nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia) Cataracts, glaucoma and other eye conditions that may require treatment

Bottom line: As a parent, make vision care part of your child’s routine medical care. Being proactive can help ensure optimal eye health for your child.

If you are not sure if your child’s eyes are being checked, ask your pediatrician. Vision problems are frequently not noticeable to parents so it’s important your child is screened by a pediatrician who is trained to test your child’s eye health. The way your pediatrician tests your child’s eye health will 14 INDYSCHILD.COM

For more information, visit www.iuhealth.org.


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BETTER BRACES New approaches in orthodontics for kids and adults

Nancy Edwards

Flashing a silver smile seems to be a rite of passage for many children—and an

says Dr. Wayne Kinney of Keystone Dentistry in Indianapolis. “We want to make it

increasing number of adults who didn’t have a “metal mouth” when they were

something that’s fun.”

young are choosing to straighten their smiles now. The latest advances in the field of orthodontia make the long process of achieving perfectly aligned teeth more tolerable than ever before.

Ceramic braces – for less flair Older teens may reach a point when colored bands are no longer cool. Ceramic braces may be an option for this situation since they are made of clear materials

Traditional braces – with flair

and therefore less visible. However, they do require more maintenance, says Dr.

If you had braces as a teen and ever took a class picture with an awkward smirk

Resmer. “While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to

trying to conceal your metal-covered teeth, you might have viewed the

oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal

experience differently if you could have “colorized” your smile.

counterparts.” For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

“You can add colored elastic bands now,” says Dr. Lindsay Resmer of Resmer Orthodontics in Noblesville. Got school spirit? Sport elastic bands to match your team colors. Is Christmas your favorite holiday? Wear red and green bands all

‘Invisible’ lingual braces – hidden, but still there

month. Creative rebels, take heart. “Kids have fun picking out outlandish colors,”

Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth, giving the impression that they are

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invisible. The braces are 100 percent customized to match the shape of your teeth. “Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/ actresses, musicians who play instruments and adult professionals,” says Resmer.

Invisalign – removable braces If you don’t like the feeling of braces because you can’t take them out to brush and floss or you don’t like the limitation on certain foods and drinks while wearing them, Invisalign may be the perfect choice for you. Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners—and no one can see that you’re wearing them.

“More than 70 percent of orthodontists in the U. S. and Canada are certified to treat with Invisalign,” says Resmer. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven as an effective method for straightening teeth.

Invisalign aligners are worn for two weeks, being removed only to eat, drink, brush and floss. For teens that are prone to losing retainers, an added bonus is that they can receive up to six free aligners. As aligners are replaced with the next in the series, teeth move little by little and week to week until they are completely straightened. Typical total treatment time is nine to thirteen months.

“We have a patient who’s in his 60s who just used Invisalign,” says Resmer. “He loves his smile now.”

Greater comfort, wider smiles with the Damon System The Damon System is a new orthodontic innovation that has greatly improved the quality of patient care as an alternative to traditional braces, according to Dr. Marisa Walker of Walker-Dixon Orthodontics in Fishers. As well, the system is appropriate for all ages.

Light forces along with reduced friction makes the brackets work more efficiently than traditional braces and have dramatically decreased the need for extractions or expanders, Walker says. “The Damon System of brackets offers greater comfort to the patient, less office visits and shorter treatment times.” WalkerDixon Orthodontics, which started using the Damon System in 2005, has “produced extraordinary results and given patients fuller, wider smiles.”

A grin from ear to ear The latest trends in orthodontics offer several ways for patients to achieve their perfect smile. “Everything is all about doing things more efficiently with less cost and better results,” says Dr. Kinney, who is excited about how far advancements in orthodontics have come and the continuous improvements being made.

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Q&A

with Pediatric Dentists Local dentists weigh in on the issues affecting your child’s dental health

Q: A:

What’s new in the field of pediatric dentistry? Most if not all contemporarily trained pediatric dentists now practice

what is referred to as “the patient and experience based approach”. It is no longer acceptable to simply get the work completed. We know that early dental experiences shape attitudes and willingness to seek dental care throughout adulthood. It is all about the pediatric patient. Pediatric dentists receive additional training to provide exceptional service and experiences to infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs. Some patients may benefit from laughing gas, oral sedation, or comprehensive care in the operating room under general anesthesia.

children to avoid potentially bigger problems with extraction or crowding in the future. The optimal time to remove wisdom teeth is roughly between the ages of 17 and 25, depending on the dental age of your child. During the late teens and early adult years, it is easier for dentists and more tolerable for patients in this age group because of root and bone development as well as healing potential. Wisdom teeth can be seen on panoramic radiographs to see the direction in which the teeth will erupt or possible impaction. Start talking to your dentist about the position and health of your child's wisdom teeth as early as age 13.

Submitted by Michelle H. Edwards, DDS, MSD from Children’s Dental Center in Fishers

Anticipatory guidance is another tool utilized by pediatric dentists. Simply stated it is an individualized comprehensive plan that looks at the parents’ experience with cavities (which can indicate the child’s susceptibility for developing cavities), diet analysis, adequate fluoride intake, application of sealants, how often x-rays should be taken and timing of orthodontic treatment, if necessary.

Q:

What misconceptions or misinformation do parents often

A:

Often parents are overwhelmed with information about how to best care

have when caring for their children’s teeth?

Dental materials continue to be improved. Many parents have expressed concern

for their children’s teeth. One area of common misconception and confusion is

over Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is an organic compound that is found in various

how fruit flavored drinks and snacks affect our children’s teeth and overall oral

plastic products and can cause endocrine and metabolism problems. Sealants

health.

and resins (white fillings) are now BPA free. It is a great time to be a kid!

Submitted by Kevin Beadle D.D.S. of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry

Some parents do not realize that most juice or fruit drinks are high in sugar content and are harmful to the health of their child’s teeth. Often, even juices

Q:

marketed as “100% real fruit” contain many grams of sugar and should be

Should wisdom teeth be removed in young children to

avoid potentially bigger problems with extraction in the future?

A:

It is my opinion that wisdom teeth should not be removed in young

avoided. As children get older, they are often interested in soda, sports and energy drinks. These also have high sugar content, often along with high acidity which is also harmful to the enamel of your child’s teeth. Search for sugar-free alternatives for your children to drink. And remember, the most tooth-friendly drink is water! FEBRUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 19


Fruit snacks, dried fruit and other “sticky” foods and candies are another area of

decay. It is most common to ‘seal’ the grooves of permanent molars as soon as

concern to the health of your child’s teeth. Parents often think of these foods as

they erupt, around the age of 6 and 12. Along with proper diet, good home care

good for their children because they state they are made with fruit. However, fruit

and regular dental visits, sealants are an effective measure to keeping your child

snacks and other “sticky” foods are often very high in sugar content and stick to

cavity free! This will help ensure more positive dental experiences long term. 

your child’s teeth for an extended period of time putting his or her teeth at a high risk for dental decay. If you have concerns or questions about which foods and drinks are the healthiest for your child’s teeth, visit your local dentist or www.aapd.org for guidance.

Submitted by Dr. Kira Stockton and Dr. Erin Phillips of Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry

Q:

A:

Q:

How do you help a young child who is really frightened to be at the dentist?

A:

At Children’s Dentistry of Indianapolis, we understand that it is quite

common for young children to be frightened about the dental environment. We encourage many proactive measures to assist with the building of our

What are the benefits of dental sealants and when should

children have them done?

Submitted by Dr. Ana Vazquez, DMD CEO of Fishers Pediatric Dentistry

relationships with patients. Often it is helpful for patients to have a tour of our office prior to their actual appointment. This allows them to experience some of the experience in a low stress manner. We encourage parents to set appointment

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, in school-

times when their child is likely to have their best experience. Traditionally, young

aged children 90% of tooth decay occurs in the pits and grooves, even with the

children are most alert and cooperative earlier in the morning. Parents are

best effort in brushing! To reduce this risk and avoid invasive dental treatment, we

encouraged to discuss the dental visit with their child prior to the actual

recommend sealants on healthy teeth that are most susceptible to dental decay.

appointment in an easy, simple manner; explaining we are helping to keep their

A sealant is a plastic resin applied to the chewing surface of back teeth to help

smiles healthy. It helps to avoid terms like “pain” and “shot”. We suggest parents

create a smooth surface. This prevents bacteria from harboring where your

accompany their child throughout the entire first visit, rather than remain in the

toothbrush can’t reach, making brushing easier and more effective against tooth

reception room.

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Also, it often helps a frightened child to bring a favorite small toy or personal article along for comfort and support. We have catered our entire office to infants, children, adolescents and those with special health care needs. Our office is bright and cheerful, includes televisions, video games and stuffed animals and is staffed with specially trained members to maximize comfort and minimize anxiety.

Submitted by Sam Bullard, DDS, MSD and Swati Singh, DDS of Children’s Dentistry of Indianapolis

Q: A:

What should you do if a child knocks out a tooth? Find the tooth! In many cases a permanent tooth that is knocked out

(avulsed) can be replanted back in the same space. In many cases where parents think a tooth has been knocked out, it was actually pushed up or intruded into gums. Ideally, gently rinse the debris off the tooth and try to put the tooth back in the space. Have your child gently bite down on a cloth to help it stay in place. If that is not an option, store the tooth in some type of solution. Milk is the best alternative, however if that is not available, saliva or water will also work. It is important to keep the tooth moist and tissue fibers in place, so no washing, scrubbing or drying the tooth. Call your dentist—this is a true dental emergency! Time is of the essence and the quicker the tooth can be replanted, the greater the chances are for success in maintaining the tooth. The best chance for success is if the tooth is replanted within 60 minutes. If the knocked-out tooth is a primary tooth DO NOT try to put the tooth back into the space. Call your dentist and take the tooth to the appointment. The actual tooth gives us good information about the injury. It can tell us if the entire tooth came out or if some of the root is still in the space. If bone fragments are attached to the tooth, there may be more fractured bone around the adjacent teeth. The permanent teeth are growing and developing right above the roots of the baby teeth. So trying to put the tooth back in the space can damage or move the permanent tooth bud. A “kiddy denture”, like the ones seen in child pageants on television, can be safely worn until the permanent tooth comes in.

Submitted by Dr. Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel of Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

For more answers regarding your child’s oral health and to find a pediatric dentist near you, visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry online at www.aapd.org. FEBRUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 21


commentary and parenting

[ mommy magic ]

Mommy Magic Inviting Positivity into Your Life: Good (and bad) attitudes rub off Mary Susan Buhner

My dad used to say life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent what

embrace challenges to grow and opportunities to better themselves. We all

you make of it. We all have challenges, some of us more than others, and will face some form of adversity during our lifetime. How you react to these obstacles tells a lot about how you view life in general. I find that if I surround myself with people who view life’s challenges as an opportunity to grow and evolve that helps hold me accountable to do the same. If I let those who are negative in nature and choose to dwell on not making the most of things, I can easily get stuck trying to motivate and encourage someone who has absolutely no intention of helping themselves.

These people are, in fact, happy complaining and thinking that everyone else has it better. We all know someone like this. Recently, we were surprised with an enormous amount of snow shortly after Christmas. What a perfect time to enjoy all the fun and excitement that snow brings for children. A person I know who

typically start our day with our “energy tank” on full. If you surround yourself with

always seems to find the negative in most things announced, “Great. Now we all

negative people you are more likely to hit “E” faster than you would if you

have to deal with the snow.” As if snow itself had done something personally to

surround yourself with people who are encouraging and upbeat. These people

offend this person. What an exhausting way to view life, I thought to myself. How

can, in fact, add fuel to your energy tank instead of depleting it.

sad to let 10 percent of life get you down when you can decide to embrace and find joy in the 90 percent that is up to you!

 A few years ago I was driving to Chicago from Indianapolis and pulled into a gas station to use the bathroom. While waiting in line I saw a small framed picture

I recently heard that research shows that if you surround yourself with healthy people that are making good choices regarding physical health, you have a better chance of making good choices and being a healthier person overall. Makes sense. If you hang around people who inspire and motivate you to do healthy things, then you are more likely to make similar choices.

hanging in the hall with a quote that changed my life. It was in the most unexpected place, but had the most powerful message that really spoke to me. So much so, in fact, that I wrote it down at the moment and now carry it in my wallet. The great American runner, Steve Prefontaine said, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift.” I love that he reminds us that we have the choice to do our best. It is, indeed, the 90 percent rule. We may have challenges, but if we apply ourselves and associate with positive thinking people, we are

It occurred to me after I heard this that the same probably goes for people who choose to view the glass “half full” and be positive versus those who view life as

more likely to do our best and reach our goals. This is a great lesson not only to learn ourselves as parents, but to teach our children as well.

“half empty” and choose to be negative. We do have a choice (most of the time) for who we spend our leisure time with and it can, in my opinion, impact your

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choice to be positive or negative in nature. Personally, I find that I have much

www.Mommy-Magic.com to be a part of the mom community that supports

more energy and clarity when I am around those who are upbeat, positive and

and encourages moms in Indy with helpful tips for motherhood!

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around town

[ museum note ]

Amazing Geckos Now you see them, now you don’t! Melissa Trumpey Public Events and Family Programs Manager for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Geckos are small lizards. They have stout bodies, short legs, a distinct head and a tail. They also have special toe pads which enable them to walk on walls! Geckos come in different colors—some are green and brown, some have bright colors, some are striped, some have spots. Why are they all different? Some of them are camouflage—that means they blend in with the place they live to protect them from bigger animals that might be looking for a snack! Check out the gecko to the right. Can you camouflage this gecko? Would it live around flowers and be red, yellow or orange? Or among the leaves and be green and brown? Create a place for this gecko to live and then camouflage your gecko! Learn more about geckos by visiting infoZone, a branch of The Indianapolis Public Library located inside The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Look for books

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about geckos like Go to Sleep, Gecko, a Balinese Folktale retold by Margaret Read MacDonald or My Pet Gecko by Rennay Craats. Come get up close and personal with geckos at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis February 2 – May 15, 2013! Go Beyond the Exhibit or attend the Spring Festival Family Late Night—visit www.childrensmuseum.org/programs for more information and to register for unique programs offered at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.


CAMP: Positive Solutions for Today’s Challenges

Helping kids connect to each other and the natural world

Peg L. Smith, CEO, American Camp Association

As I write this, recent world events and tragedies — some even right in our own

The camp experience embraces the natural environment. While

communities — weigh heavily on my heart and mind. It seems achingly clear to

children have fewer and fewer opportunities to be outdoors, the camp experience

me that our children today need strong, positive connections with others as well

advances the outdoor learning environment. As we become more concerned

as nature. Inherently, camp experiences have the power to provide these things to

about saving the planet, we run out and make DVDs and videos about it. But the

children — to transform their lives, ways of thinking and sense of self for the

environment needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Kids need to catch

better. These lessons make me believe that our children and youth need camp

tadpoles in the creek, wander among the trees and feel the sun on their faces to

experiences now more than ever.

understand the importance of those things. What happens to a generation that may grow up not seeing stars in the dark of the night?

Camp promotes community. Camp creates this great space that shows kids how to live together and care for one another. There are norms and negotiation of boundaries; there are rules. Kids are able to create positive human connections. Camp is a place where kids can "practice" growing up and stretching their social, emotional, physical and cognitive muscles outside the context of their immediate family. This is what childhood is supposed to provide.

Camp teaches critical thinking. We need to remember how important it is to be actively involved in the learning process, and camp affords that. We're going to need really strong problem solvers in the next century. We need the science, math, and biology, but without the ability to relate, connect, empathize, or inspire innovation, how will our kids be able to make a difference in the challenges now facing us?

A quality camp experience provides children the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development and healthy living — it is a meaningful, engaged and participatory environment. The camp experience translates back in real-world experience an "I can" attitude — which is something this generation of children and youth must have as they create positive solutions to today’s challenges.

With nearly three decades of experience as a change agent in youth development and transformation, Peg L. Smith is the chief executive officer of the American Camp Association® (ACA). ACA is the champion of better tomorrows — providing resources, research, and support for developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Learn more at www.CampParents.org or www.ACAcamps. org. © 2013 American Camping Association, Inc.

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resources

[ camp listings ]

camp

GUIDE

RESIDENTIAL Camp Carson YMCA 2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670, Contact: Mark Scoular, Phone: 812-385-3597, Email: campinfo@ymcacampcarson.org

www.campcarson.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: Offer Horseback and Motorized Dirtbikes Special Needs Camps Offered: Type 1 Diabetes, Children of Deployed Military Hours: Week long (Sun-Fri) Dates: June and July Ages/Grades: 7-16 years Cost: Core week - $625 programs range from $345 - $1075 Requirements of Campers: Plan on having a great week! Bring a big smile and a laugh! Activities Included: Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, fishing, blob, water zipline, waterslides, riflery, archery, mountain-biking, mountain-boarding,

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climbing, gaga, fitness, woodworking, photography, radio-station, volleyball, soccer, basketball, pottery, crafts, nature

Just 2.5 hours SW of Indianapolis Airport, join campers and staff from over 25 different states and 7 countries at southern Indiana’s premier summer resident camp. YMCA Camp Carson has it all! Truly “An Experience That Lasts a Lifetime!”

Camp Tecumseh YMCA 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Road, Brookston, IN 47923, Contact: Joel Sieplinga, Phone: 765-5642898, Email: joels@camptecumseh.org

www.camptecumseh.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Sports, Traditional Specific Categories: Equestrian and Traditional Day/ Resident Camps, Trip Program Hours: overnight camp Dates: June 9-Aug 10 Ages/Grades: 8-15 years old

Cost: $625/week Activities Included: Drama, Diving, Kayaking, Archery, Ceramics, Cricket, High Ropes, Swimming, Mountaineering, Basket Making, Skin Diving, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Guitar, Tennis, Volleyball, Canoeing, Riflery, Crafts, Soccer, Basketball

Camp Tecumseh YMCA is a wonderful experience for boys and girls 8 thru 15 years old. Our terrific counseling staff coupled with a huge variety of fun and educational activities, is why campers return each year. Campers live in modern facilities, while still being exposed to the great outdoors!

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa 2230 N. Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47448, Contact: Kevin Sullivan, Phone: 8129882839 X 24, Email: info@campranchoframsa.org

www.campranchoframasa.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Teen Tours/Travel, Traditional Specific Categories: Traditional, Inclusive, Trip and Teen programs offered Special Needs Camps Offered: Inclusive camp program, children of all abilities Hours: Office open from 8 AM - 5 PM Dates: June 9 - August 2, 2013 Ages/Grades: Ages 5 - 19 Cost: $145 - $445 Activities Included: Traditional recreational camp activities

ACA accredited. Operated by the Catholic Youth Organization. A United Way agency. Established


in 1946. Three day and 6 day overnight sessions available. Eight total weeks of residential camp in Nashville, IN and 2 one week sessions of day camp in Indianapolis.

iD Tech Camps & iD Teen Academies Held at Purdue, Northwestern, Stanford, and 60+ universities nationwide, Phone: 1-888-709-TECH (8324), Email: info@internalDrive.com

www.internaldrive.com Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Day AND Residential Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Specific Categories: Programming, Game Design, Web Design Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Hours: Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs. Dates/Cost: Please check website Ages/Grades: Ages 7-18 Activities Included: Create video games, C++/Java programs, robots, 3D models, movies, websites, and more.

Take interests further! Build iPhone/Android apps, video games, programs in C++/Java, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at 60 universities nationwide. Small classes for ages 7-17 in a fun, challenging, un-school environment. Also 2-week, teen-only Academies: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy.

DAY CAMPS Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Summer Camp 2013 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Email: jwaldman@bez613.org

www.bez613.org Hours: Flexible hours. Half Days/Full Days. Other Options available: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Dates: Summer Camp: Session 1: June 3 - June 28. Session 2: July 1 - July 26. Ages/Grades: 12 mos.+, 18 mos.+, 2 yrs.+, 3 yrs.+, 4/5 yrs+ Cost: Call or email for full brochure.

Our Summer Program a "Rock-n-Roll" Summer is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Weekly creative themes, arts and crafts, water fun at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Aquatic Complex for 3's, 4's and 5's. Water play for 12 months +, 18 months + and 2+. Music/Creative Movement, Entertainment, Field Trip Fridays for 4's and 5's. Our Program recognizes that children learn through play. Play fosters total development and should be interwoven in everything children do. During camp, children will experiment and explore by using all five senses. Our campers will thrive on creativity, exploration, discovery, spontaneity and lots of love.

Camp Delafield 10450 East 63rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46236, Contact: Kristin Baxter, Phone: 317-222-6635 x225, Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8a-4p Friday 8a-noon, Email: kbaxter@diin.org

www.diin.org/camp_delafield Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college, Special Needs Specific Categories: Dyslexia/Specific Learning Disabilities Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Financial Aid Offered: Yes, Limited scholarships are available Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am - 4 pm and Friday 8 am - 12 noon Dates: Session I: June 3-June 28, 2013, Session II: July 8-August 13, 2013 Ages/Grades: Ages 7-12 Cost: $2.400 Requirements of Campers: Specific Learning Disability/ Dyslexia Activities Included: One-on-one Orton-Gillingham Tutoring, Small Group work in Math, Art, Written Expression.. Field Trips, Swimming, Games, Mystery Guests, Activity Groups

Camp Delafield serves children ages 7-12 with specific learning disabilities/dyslexia. The mornings are academic and include 4 1-hour rotations. The afternoons are full of recreation and fun! It is a great opportunity for children to build language capacity and self-confidence in the summer!

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Camp Invention Contact: Michele Millikan, Phone: 800-968-4332, Email: campinvention@att.net

www.campinvention.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed Specific Categories: Science Enrichment Hours: 9:00 to 3:30 Times May Vary – Based on Location Dates: Visit www.campinvention.org Ages/Grades: Entering Grades 1-6 Cost: $180 to $220 Activities Included: The Camp Invention program immerses children in hands-on learning disguised as fun, summer activities. Children will spend their time designing inventions and exploring connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation.

Camp Invention inspires CREATIVITY and INVENTIVE thinking during a weeklong summer adventure of FUN and EXCITING real-world challenges led by qualified educators! Discounts are available to new and returning children. Locations nationwide. Visit www.campinvention.org or call 1-800-968-4332 for a location near you.

Camp JCC 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Aaron Atlas, Phone: 317-251-9467, Fax: 317-2519493, Email: aatlas@JCCindy.org

www.JCCindy.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Financial Aid Offered: Yes Hours: 9am - 4pm Dates: June 3-July 26 Ages/Grades: 3 yrs-10th grade Cost: $155-$400/week depending on the camp Requirements of Campers: Some camps require JCC membership Activities Included: Traditional camps include sports, art, music, nature, cookouts and more. Specialty camps: Glee, Art, Tennis, Lacrosse Soccer, Basketball, Equestrian, Golf and Baseball.

All campers swim in the JCC's water park! Camps available by the week. Before and after care available, 7-9 am and 4-6 pm. Camp is held outdoors on the JCC's 40 acres and indoors to make use of basketball courts, indoor pools, auditorium and classrooms. Convenient drop-off and pick-up.

Dates: July 8 - August 9 Ages/Grades: 5-13 or K-8 Cost: $150 per week Activities Included: Chinese Language, Calligraphy, Singing & Dancing, Martial Arts, Games & Crafts

For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn Chinese language, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Language and Culture summer day-camp for K-8 students. The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and lasts for five weeks. Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese language, Chinese games & crafts, singing & dancing, calligraphy, martial arts, and more.

CYT Indy Summer Camps 802 Mulberry Street, Noblesville, IN 46060, Contact: Lindy Siefker, Phone: 317-776-8604, Email: lsiefker@cytindy.org www.cytindy.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts & Musical Theater Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes Hours: 9-12 (age 4-7), 9-3 (age 7-18) Dates: 9-12 (age 4-7), 9-3 (age 7-18) Ages/Grades: 4-18 Cost: $100 or $160 Activities Included: drama, dance, voice, games, costumes, props, sets, improv, stunts

CYT Musical Theater Camp is one of the most affordable quality theatre camps in central Indiana. Campers are placed on a team (red, green, blue etc). In the am, they rotate with their team to a variety of classes including dance, drama & voice taught by qualified instructors. After lunch, campers play exciting outdoor games before they come together with all the teams for showcase rehearsal. Our Jr. campers enjoy a fast paced, condensed structure to keep them engaged while learning theater basics. Last year 650 campers attended CYT camp in over 8 Central Indiana locations.

English Language Summer Camp 4330 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Barbara Wood, Phone: 317-923-1951 www.isind.org

Chinese Culture Summer Camp at IUPUI 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Noah Buonanno, Phone: 317-278-7900, Fax: 317-278-7919, Email: ciindy@iupui.edu

www.iupui.edu/~china/ Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Study Abroad/International, Traditional Specific Categories: Chinese Language & Culture Hours: 7:30am - 6:00pm 28 INDYSCHILD.COM

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Academic/Pre-college Hours: M-F (9am-12pm) M-F (1pm-4pm) All Day (9am-4pm) Dates: June 17-21st, June 24th-28th Ages/Grades: Pre-K - 8th grade Cost: Please consult website for more information. Activities Included: Cultural Enrichment, Arts and Crafts, Sports

"Fun with languages outside of the classroom" - a language learning experience by way of fun activities and conversation.

Freetown Village Summer Day Camp 4601 N. Emerson Avenue @ St. Alban's Church, Indianapolis, IN 46226, Contact: Marriam A. Umar, Phone: 317-631-1870, Fax: 317-631-0224, Email: marriam@freetownvillage.org www.freetownvillage.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed

Specific Categories: Enrichment Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dates: June 10 - July 26, 2013 Ages/Grades: 5 - 14 / (K - 8th) Cost: $70.00/week + registration Requirements of Campers: Must bring own sack lunch every day Activities Included: Academic enrichment (language arts/social skills/math), theatre, art & crafts, team building, manners & etiquette, weekly field trips.

Seven weekly sessions of learning and fun! Our camp fosters discovery, appreciation of the arts, and personal growth. Highlighting history and culture, campers will develop a stronger sense of purpose, while learning about themselves and their community. Each week ends with a performance showcase of the activities.

Indianapolis Children's Choir Choral Festival 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Leeann Ashby, Phone: 317-940-9640, Fax: 317-940-6129, Email: lashby@icchoir.org www.icchoir.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts & Singing Hours: Full & Half-day sessions available Dates: June 10 - 15 & July 15 - 19, 2013 Ages/Grades: Grades 3 - 8 (2013-2014 school year) Cost: $75 - $185 Requirements of Campers: Loves to sing! Activities Included: Group rehearsals, music-oriented games, ticketed public performance

For 28 years, the Choral Festival has introduced singers to the Indianapolis Children's Choir. If your child loves to sing, this is the place for them!

Indianapolis Zoo Summer Camps 1200 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, In 46222, Phone: 317-630-2180, Fax: 317-630-5114, Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm with extended care offered, Email: edustaff@indyzoo.com www.indianapoliszoo.com Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Animals Special Needs Camps Offered: Yes (During everyday camps) Hours: 8:00am -3:00pm with extended care offered Dates: June 3-July 31 Ages/Grades: 5 yrs – 14 yrs Cost: $150-$255 Requirements of Campers: Need to bring lunch, snacks, and drinks.


Activities Included: Zoo and garden walks, animal shows and demonstrations, crafts, games, stories, behind the scenes tours, science and nature activities, rides and more.

Camps are designed with age appropriate activities to encourage the discovery and appreciation of wildlife and wild places. Campers will have the opportunity to make new friends and explore the Zoo while participating in a range of activities. We have a variety of themes ranging from Art to Zoology.

IUPUI Sport Complex Summer Day Camp and Sport Camps 901 W New York St., Indianapolis, NE 46202, Contact: Pam Ross, Phone: 317-274-6787, Email: pschaech@iupui.edu Basic Category: Sports Hours: 7am - 5:30pm Dates: June - July Ages/Grades: 5-12

With 27 summers of experience, the Summer Day Camp offers children ages 5-12 an opportunity to explore different sports and activities in a safe, non-competitive environment.

Munce Art Center Summer Camps 225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Cynthia Young, Phone: 317-873-6862, Email: cynthia@sullivanmunce.org www.sullivanmunce.org

Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts Hours: 9 am - 5 pm each day M-F Dates: June, July , August Ages/Grades: Ages 4-17 Cost: Varies Requirements of Campers: Bring sack lunch & sunscreen Activities Included: Art, drama, games, outside activities included

Learn about famous artists while creating art of all kinds! We will be drawing, painting and creating 3D sculpture. Learn to use pastels, ink, and acrylic as well as how to print your own masterpieces and build/design your own creations! Half day pottery classes are offered too!

Park Tudor Summer Programs 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Kim Allen, Phone: 317.415.2708, Email: kallen@parktudor.org Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Arts, Sports, Traditional Hours: 7:30 am -6:00 pm before and aftercare available Dates: June 3- August 2, 2013 Ages/Grades: 3years-Grade 12 Cost: varies Requirements of Campers: potty trained

Park Tudor School offers a variety of summer programs for all students ages 3 to grade 12.

Offerings include art, sports, curricular enrichment, technology, world languages and high school courses for credit.

Rustic Pathways 15345 Chardon Windsor Road, Willoughby, OH 44096, Contact: Evan Morgan, Phone: (800) 321-4353, Email: rustic@rusticpathways.com www.rusticpathways.com Gender of Campers: Co-ed Type of Camp: Travel Basic Category: Adventure/Tripping, Study Abroad/ International, Teen Tours/Travel Specific Categories: Summer Enrichment/Program Travel/Teen Opportunities Dates: June 1-August 15 Ages/Grades: 14-18 Activities Included: Varies per program

Rustic Pathways is a pioneer in providing superior quality travel and community service programs for students in some of the world's most welcoming and beautiful countries. Rustic Pathways demands professionalism and integrity across all of its operations, insists on quality in all aspects of its programs, and places the safety of its students above all other considerations. We enrich the lives of our students and our staff, benefit the parts of the world we serve, and build cultural bridges that lead to greater global understanding and cooperation.

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The Children's House Summer Camp 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email: childrenshouse08@gmail.com www.thechildrenshouseindianapolis.com Gender of Campers: Co-ed Basic Category: Traditional Hours: 7 am to 5:45 pm Dates: June 10 to August 16, 2013 Ages/Grades: 3-12 Cost: $160/week Requirements of Campers: lunch and snacks; swimwear, towel; sunscreen Activities Included: Included: Arts and Crafts; Writing Workshop; Nature; Birding; Theater

The Children's House day camp provides themed activities in a relaxing environment free of competition. Camp activities may include arts and crafts, drama, ceramics, recreational swimming, field trips, reading, and outdoor games. Enrollment for day camp is limited to 25 children.

want your camp listing included? CONTACT Jennica@IndysChild.com for more information!

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DIFFERENT STUDENTS, DIFFERENT NEEDS Finding the schooling option that best suits your child

Nancy Edwards

The right academic fit for a child can make all the difference in how he or she feels about learning. Those students who may have struggled in a traditional public school setting may thrive in a different environment better suited to their individual needs. The Indianapolis area has a variety of schools that offer alternative educational choices – with a few of these options described here. FEBRUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 31


The Montessori method

Virtual learning

Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator who began her

In 2005, Indiana Virtual Academy opened its “virtual doors” to all Indiana high

teaching methods in 1897. Montessori’s mission was to help children achieve

schools and students. Director Allynn Swensen says, “For students who are

academic success at a natural pace, while possessing positive work habits and

looking to catch up or get ahead, Indiana Virtual Academy is the answer. Any

solving problems themselves. Her philosophy encouraged children to be

student in the state of Indiana can take a course with Indiana Virtual Academy

confident and joyful, work well independently as well as collaboratively, and

with the approval from the student’s home school.”

respect and appreciate the community. The virtual school works well for a variety of students, including those who are Geist Montessori Academy follows the innovative philosophy of Dr. Montessori.

behind in earning credits to get an Indiana high school diploma, those wanting to

The school has received a four-star community rating, which, according to

take courses that aren’t offered through their local high school or students who

Director Sue Fries, is the highest distinction for academic achievement. “We

have not been able to attend classes due to an extended illness, an injury or work

believe in an education for the whole child,” she says. Fries attributes the success

demands.

of Geist Montessori to its independent and cultural learning philosophy, as well as the students’ participation with a large number of community and service

In addition, the online school is beneficial for college-bound students who need

activities through the school.

specialized or advanced online coursework, for athletes who need NCAAapproved online courses and for students planning to take summer school.

Students are placed with the same teacher for three years at a time, which allows for a closer, more comfortable relationship. Students learn at their own pace; an advantage for those who have the option to advance a grade level. “Each student

Students interested in a virtual learning option should speak with their guidance counselor for further information.

has a personal work plan that allows them to move forward in each subject area as they are ready; there is no need to wait for peers to ‘catch up’ or to be forced to

College prep school

move forward unprepared,” says Andrea Preston, parent to fourth-grade twins

A university-preparatory is a private, independent secondary school created to

who attend the school.

prepare students for a college or university education. These schools are funded

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by tuition fees and philanthropic donations and governed by an independent board of trustees. University High School, located in Carmel, emphasizes community diversity and excellence, personal responsibility, stewardship, creativity and personal trust. Every student is known by name by the staff.

“Each student has a mentor that meets one-on-one for 30 to 40 minutes every ten days,” says Director of Admissions, Nancy Webster. “Last year 60 graduates were awarded 7.6 million dollars in merit scholarships.”

“The individual attention these students received was amazing—whether from coaches, teachers, mentors, faculty or staff,” says parent Joan Scherer of her daughter’s experience while attending University High School. “This was one of the best decisions we ever made.”

Right fit + right student = success Children don’t come with cookie cutter personalities and abilities—which means their education should ideally be suited to their unique needs. Different learning styles, special circumstances and individual preferences all play a role in determining which educational option is the right one for your student. With the best match between student and school, parents can provide their child with a springboard of success for their future.

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combat cavities with calm kids How to make a trip to the dentist less stressful for kids with autism

Carrie Bishop Face it. You are no more excited about taking your child with autism to the dentist than he or she is

Schedule the appointment during your child’s happy hour. You know your child’s most

about going. There are uncomfortable noises, sterile

cooperative times of day. Schedule the dentist then.

surroundings and weird instruments all around. It’s a lot for your child to absorb. Fortunately there are dentists who get it and get kids with autism. They offer a few tips on how to make a trip to the dentist less stressful.

Take a favorite thing. Holding onto a beloved blanket or stuffed toy can help soothe an anxious mind during dental visits.

Bring the dentist into the fold. Provide your

Check up on the dentist’s knowledge of autism. Kids will respond better to dentists who are

dentist with background information on your child in

comfortable working with them. Pediatric dentists

advance so he or she can best prepare for your

receive at least two additional years of specialty

child’s exam. For instance, Dr. Bullard’s practice has

training on how to provide oral health care to

a specially designed bean bag chair that patients with

children and individuals with special needs, so these

sensory issues sometimes find more comfortable

professionals are a good bet for kids with autism.

than the dental chair. Dentists can also help reinforce

“Routine preventative care is so very important. Do

Also, make sure the staff has been trained to interact

the importance of other therapies like speech or

not avoid doing it because of worries or concerns

with and treat children on the spectrum. It’s not

occupational therapy as they may relate to oral health.

with how the dentist will handle your child’s behavior. If you are working with a pediatric dentist, they are

unheard of to expect your child to be seen by the each time. Dr. Erin Phillips, board certified pediatric dentist with Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry and president of the Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry, says her team is even prepared to incorporate visual social stories into the visit to help the child know what to expect during the appointment. A good pediatric dentist will get to know and be able to accommodate your child.

going to be able to deal with behaviors and

Maintain a healthy at-home dental routine.

challenges. Delaying or avoiding dental exams puts

Good at-home oral health care makes for a healthier

the child in harm’s way for more significant dental

mouth and easier dental visits. Your child’s dentist

issues,” said Dr. Phillips.

will be able to offer specific tips for daily teeth cleaning. Some kids may like the vibration of sonic toothbrushes, but of course others will not. Some may be fine with regular toothpaste, while others may do better with special no-foam toothpaste. The main thing is to be persistent in establishing a routine, even if you don’t feel like your child’s teeth

Tour the office. Dr. Sam Bullard, board certified pediatric dentist with Children’s Dentistry of

are getting clean. “A little is better than nothing,” said Dr. Phillips.

Indianapolis, encourages a brief tour of the dental office before attempting any treatment. Familiarizing

Despite beloved blankets, good intentions and

you and your child with the facility and dental team

no-foam toothpaste, kids with autism can still feel

can be helpful so everyone knows what to expect

real anxiety about the dentist. Dr. Phillips urges

during the examination.

parents to visit the dentist anyway.

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You heard the dentist. Have you scheduled your child’s next dental appointment?

Kids will respond better to dentists who are comfortable working with them. Pediatric dentists receive at least two additional years of specialty training.

same staff each visit or sit in the same chair or room


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special needs calendar Your Dependent with Special Needs. Making Their Future More Secure These Workshops address Legal Issues. Common planning misconceptions and mistakes are also reviewed. Q and A will follow. All sessions are free. Call 317-567-2005 for more information. Schedule is as follows: Saturday, February 2 Times: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Location: New Palestine High School Thursday, February 7 Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Location: Storer Elementary, Muncie Saturday, February 16 Times: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Location: Plainfield - Guilford Township Public Library, Plainfield Monday, February 18 Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Location: The Wabash Center, Lafayette Tuesday, February 26 Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Location: Area 30- Career Center, Greencastle

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tues | 05

Location: Firefighter's Union Hall, Indianapolis

Times: 6:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-843-9200 Location: Brain Balance Center, Indianapolis www.BrainBalanceIndy.com

Valentine's Day Dance

Brain Balance Parent Presentation

thurs | 07

Brain Balance Open House Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-843-9200 Location: Brain Balance Center, Indianapolis www.BrainBalanceIndy.com

sat | 09 Sensory Storytime Times: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Price: Free Phone: Brooke Taflinger, Inclusion Supervisor 317-573-5245, btaflinger@ Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 3-12

Project Lifesaver Fundraiser: Chili Dinner and Reverse Raffle Times: 6:00 PM Price: $25

Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Price: $15 Phone: Brooke Taflinger, Inclusion Supervisor 317-573-5245, btaflinger@ Location: Monon Community Center, Carmel Ages 13+

Epilepsy Foundation Support Group Price: Free Phone: 317-272-0552 Location: Avon-Washington Township Library, Avon

02.13

Phone: 317-466-2013 Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis This FREE assistive technology training program is for anyone interested in learning how to use the BridgingApps.org website, become knowledgeable about accessibility features on the iPad and attain skills on how to find appropriate apps for people with special needs.

parents night out

CALENDAR

weds | 20

Autism Family Resource Center Parents’ Support Group Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Price: Free Phone: Amy Miller at 317466-1000 ext.2488 Location: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

Easter Seals Crossroads Parent Night Out Easter Seals Crossroads- 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205. 1st and 2nd Friday of every month Indian Creek Christian Church- 6430 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46259. 1st Friday of every month

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Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle)11552 Fishers Landing Drive, Fishers, IN, 46038 3rd Friday of every month

Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: Free

Speedway United Methodist- 5065 West 16th Street, Speedway , IN 46224 4th Friday of every month

indata Full Day Training: Apps Apps Apps


Supporting Sibs with Typical Needs Making sure siblings of special needs kids aren’t overlooked Carrie Bishop

Growing up the typical sibling to a child with special

the only kid in the world with a brother or sister with

sib...There’s a strength in empathy. When another

needs is anything but typical.

autism or Cerebral palsy until they are around kids like

person understands you, you have a closer bond with

them who have the same kind of emotions or struggles

them and you don’t feel alone,” said Molly Lang, autism

of being a brother or sister and not getting time to

coordinator with Noble of Indiana.

These kids live with their sibling’s diagnosis day in and day out. They tag along to countless doctor appointments and therapy sessions. Family time and money can be tight for their own extracurricular interests. They worry about their sibling’s safety, quality

themselves. It’s cool to figure out they are not the only kid in the world with a sibling who has special needs,” said Katy Messuri, behavioral counselor with Easter Seals Crossroads.

of life and eventually their long-term care. They endure

Parents are even invited to eat lunch with the child so they can enjoy a little one-on-one time together in a fun setting. “It’s all about the kid. The kids get to participate in fun games that keep them busy the entire day, from

stares and darting eyes of curious strangers and hurtful

Andrea Vrobel, a Sibshops facilitator with Easter Seals

crafts to balloons. We do a little bit of therapeutic

remarks of peers who don’t understand. While each

Crossroads, believes the majority of activities in these

processing, but not to the point where kids catch on

sibling’s experience is different—some good, some less

families’ households revolve around the child with

because we want them to find camaraderie with others

so—none can truly be called typical.

special needs. “It’s important for these kids to have a

and see they are not alone,” Lang said.

day celebrating them. A day for them and about them. They can share their feelings or not. It’s not a therapy There is, however, a place they can go to feel a little

group, it’s a peer support group,” said Vrobel.

more understood. It’s called Sibshops. Developed by the Sibling Support Project, Sibshops is designed specifically for school-age brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Its curriculum is used around the world. Locally Easter Seals Crossroads, Noble of Indiana and Damar Services make up the Central Indiana Sibshop Network and take turns hosting the program once per quarter. Northview Church in Carmel

Noble of Indiana and Damar currently offer Sibshops for ages 8 - 13. Easter Seals offers the program for ages 4 - 7 and 8 - 13 and hosts Sibshops during the

The program itself is a good mix of low- and high-

organization’s Parents Day Out program for kids with

energy activities for the kids. They do crafts, participate

special needs. Likewise Northview Church hosts its

in lively recreational activities, and get involved in

Sibshops at the same time as its Afternoon Away

lighthearted discussions that aren’t overtly therapeutic

program for kids with special needs. In both instances,

yet allow kids to share their perspective on being the

parents have purposeful and simultaneous care for all

typical sibling in their family.

their kids and can get a little time to themselves.

also hosts Sibshops throughout the year, including one on Feb. 17, 2 - 5 p.m.“It’s a great opportunity for

“When kids come they have a great time. They get to

children with siblings who have special needs to be

laugh together without feeling they are being laughed

around other kids like them. Sibs often think they are

at. They all have stories of being embarrassed by the

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For more information, visit the Sibling Support Project at www.siblingsupport.org.


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special needs resources

[ special needs listings ]

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

To provide the highest quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome. We do this by providing proven researched based ABA methodologies delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals. Our programs focus on increasing language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reducing problematic behavior. 450 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317889-KIDS, Email: jane@appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email: jane@appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org

Applied Behavior Center for Autism

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-8495437, ext 112, Email: jane@appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Transition to L.I.F.E House

Recognizing the importance of developing real-world life skills in children and teens with autism, the Applied Behavior Center for Autism has launched a new program called Transition to Learning in Functional Environments (L.I.F.E.). The initiative aims to promote independence, quality of life and happiness through an intensive full-day program that takes place in an actual home, complete with kitchen, gym, pool and garden. The Transition to L.I.F.E. program is open to children ages 10-18, and uses the scientific principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). It will emphasize community involvement through volunteer opportunities tailored to the clients’ interests and healthy living through nutritional meal preparation and daily exercise regimens. 7901 E. 88th St., Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jane Grimes, Enrollment Director, 317-849-5437, ext. 112, jane@ appliedbehaviorcenter.org, www.appliedbehaviorcenter.org

Autism Consultation

Individually designed behavior and academic support and intervention strategies for families and children dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With 35+ years experience in special education in public schools I am comfortable attending IEP meetings to advocate for the family and child. Introductory meeting at no charge. Providing service to central Indiana, Contact: Mika Adams, Phone: 866-968-3698, Email: mikaadams@sbcglobal. net, www.autismconsultation.net

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Autism Society of Indiana We strive to improve the lives of everyone affected by autism in Indiana. We provide information and support, referral to resources, policy and educational advocacy, training, awareness, family programs, Spanish-speaking support group, summer camp programs, and oversight on the Indiana Comprehensive Plan of Lifetime Supports for Individuals with Autism. 13295 Illinois Street, Suite 110, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Dana Renay, Phone: 800-609-8449, Email: info@inautism.org, www.inautism.org

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA 1 The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email: dsundberg@ thebaca.com, www.thebaca.com

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA Prep BACA Prep is a facility that utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach essential living skills to young adults with autism ages 8-20. BACA Prep helps strengthen each individual's life by addressing the areas of employment, leisure and living skills, hygiene, self-help and sexuality while decreasing and replacing maladaptive behavior. BACA Prep is under the direction of Dr. Carl Sundberg, Dr. John Esch, Dr. Pat McGreevy and Dr. Peter Gerhardt. 9929 E. 126th St., Fishers, IN 46038. Contact: Devon Sundberg. Phone: 317-436-8961. Email: dsundberg@thebaca.com. www.thebaca.com

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA-Z The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly-trained Behavior Analysts who have worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic and life skills to children with autism and other related disabilities. 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077. Contact: Sheila Habarad. Phone: 317-769-4335. Email: shabarad@thebaca.com. www.thebaca.com

Brain Balance Achievement Center Indianapolis

Brain Balance Achievement Centers work with children who suffer from Developmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum , Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s and other neurological disorders. The Brain Balance Program is unique in that it utilizes a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach designed specifically to address the various difficulties exhibited or experienced by each child. 9510 N. Meridian St. Suite D, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Julie Peterson, Phone: 317-8439200, Email: jpeterson@brainbalancecenters.com, www. BrainBalanceIndy.com

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis

Pediatric dentistry for children and special needs patients of all ages. Our main priority is to make every patient & parent/ guardian feel comfortable and deliver the highest quality of care

GUIDE GUIDE based on individual needs. We treat you like family! 9240 N. Meridian ste 120, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Tina, Practice Manager, Phone: 317-580-9199, Email: childrensdentistrystaff@yahoo.com, www.indychildrensdentist.com

Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation

The Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarship funding to individuals in efforts to help offset costs for employment or college assistance for those affected with autism. 7987 Oakbay Dr., Noblesvillle, IN 46062, Contact: Jane Grimes, 317-403-6705, jane.grimes@iasfoundation.org, www.iasfoundation.org

Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry

Our goal at Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry is to have a lasting, positive impact on our young patients. We pay special attention to each patient’s needs and we take the time to make sure they’re comfortable. We go to great lengths to make sure that both the patient and parents understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and the long-term benefits. 8433 Harcourt Road, Suite 307, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Erin Phillips and Dr. Kira Stockton, Phone: 317-872-7272, Email: info@IndyKidsDentist.com, www.IndyKidsDentist.com

Little Star Center

Little Star provides intensive applied behavior analytic services to maximize each child’s potential and empower their family. Children in the 5 to 10 age range present with a unique set of needs. These learners often come from other settings in which they were not successful. After careful assessment, individualized programs are developed to ensure progress and growth. 100% not-for-profit, 10 years of service. Serving children 5 – 10 years old. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Executive Director, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@ littlestarcenter.org, www.littlestarcenter.org

Little Star Center-Early Learner Program (ELP)

The Early Learner Program focuses on intensive intervention for very young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The ELP applies the principles of behavior analysis in a warm, nurturing environment. The focus of the ELP is to develop a foundation of skills for the best possible outcome. Individualized programming is geared toward developing language, social, and pre-academic skills for learners as they prepare for the classroom. 100% not-for-profit. Serving children 5 and younger. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@littlestarscenter. org, www.littlestarcenter.org

Middle Star Center

Indiana’s original applied behavior analytic center based program that focuses on the distinctive needs of tweens, teens and young adults affected by autism spectrum disorder. Started in 2008, Middle Star is an age appropriate environment that allows each learner to practice and learn the skills essential to be as successful and independent as possible at home, in the community, at school and at work. 100% not-for-profit. Serving learners 10 and up. 12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email: maryr@littlestarscenter.org, www.littlestarcenter.org


Noble Autism & Therapy Services

Noble Autism & Therapy Services features ABA therapy as part of a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique needs of your child and your family. Other services include speech and occupational therapies, support groups, summer camps, a resource library and life skills classes. 6060 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Tami Wanninger, Director of Children and Therapy Services, tami.wanninger@nobleofindiana.org, phone 317-254-3300, www.nobleofindiana.org

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Satterfield-Siegel is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist specializing in providing dental care for infants, children and patients that have special needs. We provide routine dental care, fillings, in office sedations and hospital dentistry for all of our patients. We build long-lasting relationships with our families through active listening and understanding. New patients are welcomed! 10801 N Michigan Rd Suite 210, Carmel, IN 46077, Contact: Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel, D.D.S., Phone: (317) 873 3448, Email: info@specialsmilesdentistry.com, www.specialsmilesdentistry.com

Unlocking the Spectrum

Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making ABA Therapy accessible to ALL children with autism by providing high quality ABA Therapy services throughout Indiana. Unlocking The Spectrum specializes in bringing the therapy to the client--in their home and in their community. Client's receive services in a wide variety of settings including their home, school, Unlocking The Spectrum's clinic, and the community to ensure that skills are generalized across all environments. Intensive parent training and collaboration with all members of a client's team are an essential part of every individualized program developed. Contact us for a free initial consultation. 3901 W. 86th St. Suite 397, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Ilana Hernandez, Director. Phone: 317-334-7331. Email: info@unlockingthespectrum.com. www.unlockingthespectrum.com

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Post-Baby Body

blues Reclaiming your former physique Holly Kline

Any mom who is guilty of still wearing maternity clothes when her “baby” is already walking and talking knows how hard it is to lose that last baby weight. Squeezing in time for a workout and planning healthy meals can become low priorities when the needs of your family, work and other obligations demand your attention. Take heart however—with baby steps in the right direction, you can lose that baby body.

THE HARD TRUTH Although celebrities seem to leave the hospital with their bikini bodies immediately, the fact is even after your uterus begins to shrink, you may still look somewhat pregnant after giving birth for several weeks or longer. This “fun fact” from babycenter. com is not the only tough news to hear. Other common complaints new moms have include incontinence, swollen feet, hemorrhoids, hair loss, back and hip pain and a belly “paunch”. (It’s a good thing babies can redeem themselves by being so cute.)

Find exercise any way you can When choosing a physical activity, it’s important to find something you like to do says Susan Leytze, ACE Certified Trainer. “Walking and swimming are great starting points. Gradually add alternate modes of aerobic activity like cross trainers, bikes and group classes.” If you are interested in a gym, find one that includes childcare. Consider paying extra for a personal trainer; he or she can teach you how to use the equipment properly and design a custom workout so you get the most out of your time there. It’s still possible to work in fitness throughout the day at home or work. “I’m not a gym person,” says Keely M., mom to two babies. “I walk with both kiddos in a stroller and the dog when it’s nice outside. We go to the pool whenever possible. I walk in a lot of airports for work. We also play chase in the house and have dance parties.” 44 INDYSCHILD.COM


Any routine that is low to

moderate and gradually increases in intensity, and combines strength

training will give you results. New moms can also increase their odds by napping more.

hummus make a great quick snack as there is no preparation,” she says. “Other great go-to foods are walnuts and almonds.” “Use a slow cooker to easily prepare healthy soups and other meals,” suggests Small. “Cook chicken in the slow cooker and then make a large batch of chicken salad that will last a few days. You can make chicken salad healthy by adding vegetables and dried fruit.”

Be smart about the smartphone

Realistic expectations

Use technology to your advantage and find an app designed to help you get fit

“It took nine months to gain weight,” says Leytze, “and it can take the same

“Lose It!” can walk you through designing a daily calorie goal. Enter the food you

amount of time to get the weight off. Any routine that is low to moderate and

eat throughout the day and it will keep a running total of actual calories against

gradually increases in intensity, and combines strength training will give you

the goal. You will quickly be able to see how to eat lower-calorie foods in order to

results. New moms can also increase their odds by napping more. The more

stay within your limit.

like “Lose It!” This free app enables users to track daily calories and exercise.

rested Mom is, the less cravings of high calorie, high sugar foods she will have.”

The skinny on eating

Appreciate your amazing body Although it may take some time to regain your former physique, it’s important to

Staci Small, registered dietician and owner of Wellness Philosophy Inc. in

remember what your body was able to accomplish. Leytze reminds us that the

Greenwood, says “I have found with my practice that the nutrition factor plays a

number on the scale is not the most important thing, but how happy and healthy

slightly heavier role than exercise when trying to lose weight. Baby carrots and

you are. “You have a beautiful magnificent body that gave you the best gift ever!”

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Infant Childcare OPTIONS Returning to work with your baby in good hands 46 INDYSCHILD.COM

Holly Kline


As a new mother, or expectant mom, the safety and security of your infant is your utmost priority. With newborns so vulnerable, leaving them in the care of another person when you must go back to work can be an enormous source of concern. How can you find a childcare situation that allows you to return to your job knowing your baby is getting the same loving attention you would provide?

The infant room When visiting daycare centers, pay particular attention to the ratio of caregivers to infants. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies from birth to age one should be cared for with a ratio of three babies to one caregiver, with a maximum of six total babies. A baby’s first experiences can have a very important effect on their future. Carolyn Dederer, CEO of Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis, says that at Day Nurseries caregivers regard each infant as a person. “We talk to them about what is going on,” says Dederer. “We pick up books and read to them and sing to

Choosing a professional caregiver

them and it creates the start of an intellectual bank of words.”

For those parents who do not have the option of a family member taking care of their infant, daycares and nannies are often the path they choose.

Home daycares

“We started searching (for a daycare) when I was maybe five or six months

Private, licensed daycares that are located in a caregiver’s home can also be an

pregnant with our first. Safety was our biggest concern,” says one local mom.

option. “Home daycare can provide more of a family feel,” says Cathy Cucuz,

“We chose our center by calling four to six places and visiting three. We loved the

owner of Cathy’s Cottage Daycare in Fishers. “Most moms cry the first few times

center that we chose. When we found out about the pregnancy of our second, we

they drop off their infant. I tell them to drop in to visit and they can call or text

immediately reserved her spot at the same center.”

several times a day if they want.”

If you’re considering a commercial daycare center, the National Association for

“My husband and I visited in-home centers together,” says Angie McCarty

the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conducts a rigorous accreditation

Hampton, mother of two. “I asked questions like ‘What is a typical day like?’ My

program. To find local NAEYC accredited centers, visit www.naeyc.org.

husband watched how the babies reacted to the situation and to the caregiver.”

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Listening to your instincts regarding a daycare center is good advice. “Always ask a lot of questions,” advises Cucuz. “If a caregiver is uncomfortable answering them then you should probably reconsider (that center).”

Considering a nanny If a daycare center is not ideal, an in-home nanny may be the best option. The obvious benefit to hiring a nanny is that babies stay home. Non-traditional working hours can often be accommodated which may be an attractive advantage to parents. Susan Cornish, President of Indianapolis College Nannies + Tutors, says, “Our families value education. We provide good role models for their children.” Like other agencies, College Nannies + Tutors legally employ their nannies and the company is responsible for the employee’s payroll and benefits. Typically nannies will work full-time or part-time, and even when parents are home if requested.

Listening to your instincts regarding a daycare center is good advice. “Always ask a lot of questions... If a caregiver is uncomfortable answering them then you should probably reconsider (that center).

Why didn’t we think of that? “The best thing I did with my babies was to send them to daycare the week before I went back to work,” says one mom. “It gave me time for trial runs without the worry of being late.” Once a family has secured a safe and loving childcare situation, there may be a surprising benefit: off-hours babysitting. Who better to watch your baby than the same person who cares for him or her during regular hours? For example, College Nannies + Tutors offers an on-call service which can be used for date nights or even a baby who is too sick for daycare, but not seriously ill.

Back in the groove After a thorough search for the right childcare option for your situation, you can feel relaxed and confident about going back to work knowing that your infant is well-cared for. With a loving caregiver in place, your baby will enjoy his day – so you can too.

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LAST on the LIST Where do YOU rank on your list of priorities?

Susan Bryant

Juggling the demands of work and family life can leave the average parent feeling weary and frazzled. With so many responsibilities vying for your attention, finding time for yourself can seem an impossible task. Although “downtime” may seem like a luxury you can’t afford, this investment in yourself is essential to replenish the reserves you need to fulfill your obligations to everyone else. How can you know when your commitments to others should take a back seat in order to redirect the focus back on you? Take our quiz to find out. I can’t remember what I used to do for fun. YES

NO

I make sure my kids have “enriching” activities, but have nothing similar in place for myself. YES

NO

I’ve lost a sense of who I am outside of my relationships to family or work. YES

NO

If I have unexpected free time, I fill it with more tasks to complete. YES

NO

I feel guilty spending any time or money on myself. YES

NO

If I’m not accomplishing some sort of task, I think I’ve wasted my time. YES

NO

I can’t remember what it feels like to be completely rested, calm and reenergized. YES

NO

I feel like I’m on a treadmill of kid/work/family activities that never stops. YES

YES

NO

It’s hard for me to feel gratitude or joy for my life because I’m so exhausted most of the time. YES

NO

NO

I am perpetually run-down and seem susceptible to illnesses. YES

Sometimes I resent my spouse, children or employer because their needs always seem to come first.

NO

Each “YES” response is a red flag that making time for yourself should probably be a bigger priority in your life. Try a radical move and put your interests at the top of your “to do” list – or better yet, pitch the “to do” list entirely for little awhile. Spend some time thinking about what you need to recharge your battery – from connecting with friends who make you laugh to a quiet cup of tea by yourself. You may be surprised how fulfilling your own needs will benefit those around you as well. FEBRUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 49


commentary and parenting

[ dear teacher ]

Dear Teacher Reading expectations, “troublemakers” and organizational skills Marge Eberts & Peggy Gisler

Expected Reading Accomplishments from Pre-primer to 11th Grade

Child Is Labeled a Trouble Maker

Q:

How do I know if my young children in kindergarten and third

Q:

A:

Report cards and teacher conferences should already have told

grade are reading on grade level? Also, can you give me a list of books for these grades? — Want to Know

Since third grade my child has been labeled as a trouble maker. He is currently in fifth grade and everything he does no matter what he gets a detention. We have a meeting

scheduled with his teacher because I have heard that this information is

you about your children's reading level in both grades. If not, ask their teachers for this information. Be aware that reading on grade level can mean different accomplishments at different

schools. Plus, you should expect bright children to be reading one or more years above their grade level.

being sent over to his middle school – labeling him even before he arrives? — Concerned

A:

You have been hearing about your son’s behavior for several years now. Why did he start acting this way in third grade? What happened in third grade to make the year different from first and

second grade before he had a label? And the big question: Why hasn’t On our website, www.dearteacher.com, you will find the San Diego Quick

something been done to change his behavior by you or the school?

Assessment that will let you quickly gauge your children’s reading ability. It is the first item under “Checklists.” All you have to do is have your children

As far as his records go, you will not be able to take out any information

read lists of words. This is a first-step screening procedure. However,

that teachers have put into them. However, you can look at the records and

research has confirmed that it is a fairly accurate estimate of children’s

put in information expressing your take on his behavior for the middle

ability to read. Not only will it tell you the grade level where your child is

school teachers to see.

actually reading. It will also tell you the grade levels where they can read independently and those where they will struggle.

Realistically it is past time for your son to change his image. When you meet with his teacher, ask what can be done right now to help your son

The best way to get a list of suggested books for your children to read is to

eliminate the troublemaker label. Suggest that a behavior modification plan

request one from your child's teacher or the school librarian. It also can be

be developed immediately so some improvement in his behavior can begin

helpful to ask friends about books their children are enjoying.

to take place at once.

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Helping a Child Who Is a “Disorganized Mess” My daughter is in the second grade, and the teacher says that she is a disorganized mess in class. The child often can't find missing books and is not willing to look for them. — Needs Organization

Q:

Organization is a skill that young children usually learn at home. Is she organized at home? We are guessing the answer is "no." Getting your child to be more organized needs to be a two-

pronged attack by you and the teacher.

A:

Let's first focus on the classroom and the missing book situation. If the child does not have a desk to keep her things in, books not being used always must be placed in a basket or

cubby. At the start of the day, all books are to be taken from her backpack and stored appropriately. Your daughter needs to have a chart that she can check when this is done. She must also check the chart that a book has been put away when another is opened. The teacher should check the chart frequently and insist on this organization before other activities can be started. The chart can be taped to the top of the child’s desk or table where she sits.

At home, choose just one aspect of your daughter's life that ties in with school – possibly getting her backpack organized before 8 o'clock each evening. You can use an alarm clock to remind her about this. You also will need to supervise this activity for some time. Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher. com or ask them on the columnists’ website at www.dearteacher.com.

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education +childcare GUIDE schools & education carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc.

Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 13 years head-teaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, 317-580-0699, info@carmelmontessori.com, www.carmelmontessori.com

Clay Montessori

A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

one-on-one instruction, in practical life skills, manners, grace & courtesy, sensorial exercises, reading, math, music, French, cultural studies. Contact us to schedule a tour of our new facility. 3965 West 106th Street, Suite 140, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Sharon Emanuel Ip, Phone: 317-697-8460, Email: admin@westclaymontessori. com, www.westclaymontessori.com

fishers Fall Creek Montessori Academy

Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, academically and emotionally. Conveniently located one mile east of I-69 on 96th St. FCMA serves children at all levels. Programs are available two to five days per week. 8888 Fitness Ln, Fishers, IN 46037, Contact: Diana Brugh, (317) 436-8606, diana@ fallcreekmontessori.com, www.fallcreekmontessori.com

Fishers Montessori Starting Line Preschool

The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academic-based curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discoving learning is fun! * Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Diane Atkins. Phone: 317-753-9397. Email: dkatkins22@ msn.com. www.startinglinepreschool.com

The Montessori Learning Center

The Montessori Learning Center offers a Montessori elementary program for grades 1-5. We focus on developing the whole child through interaction with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Elizabeth Williams, 317-846-8182, elizabeth@themontessorilearningcenter.com, www.themontessorilearningcenter.com

West Clay Children's Montessori

West Clay Children's Montessori preschool & kindergarten offers a small, structured, nurturing learning environment for children ages 3-6 to explore, learn, and grow at their own pace. Guided by a certified Montessori directress, each child receives hands-on,

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A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

indianapolis - downtown Todd Academy, Inc.

A fun, creative, challenging environment for highly intelligent students age 8 or grade 3 thru grade 12. High-ability, gifted and talented education with early-college options and rolling enrollment offers mid-year transfers. Extracurricular activities, community service involvement, financial aid and vouchers are all offered. State accredited. 855 N. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Sharon Todd, 317-636-3100, Fax: 317-636-3103, Email: admissions@toddacademy.com, www.toddacademy.com

indianapolis - north A Children's Habitat Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten For over 40 years, A Children's Habitat Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. We offer a traditional Montessori preschool experience for

families seeking a half-day preschool and kindergarten program. Habitat is a not-for-profit school based on the principles of Maria Montessori. We have earned and maintained Full Membership in the American Montessori Society (AMS).801 W. 73 STREET, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Carmen Nieves, Phone: (317)7265584, Email: info@childrens-habitat.org, www. childrens-habitat.org

Arthur M. Glick JCC

Our loving caregivers and teachers demonstrate by example and encourage children to behave according to these values as the children are learning, playing and socializing with one another. The JCC embraces a learning-throughplay teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, 317-251-9467, emills@ JCCindy.org, www.JCCindy.org

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center 2013-2014 School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email: jwaldman@bez613.org, www.bez613.org in.us

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email: admissions@brebeuf.org. www.brebeuf.org. Ages/Grades: All ages and grades welcome.

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool

The Children’s Day In traditional preschool and nursery school program provides a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values in a play based setting. It is designed to offer children ages 9


months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced teachers and caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Children attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472, cwhaley@meridianstreet.org, www.meridianstreet.org

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole childphysically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517, cpaul@secondchurch.org, www.childrenscircle.org

Heritage Christian School

Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today!

6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Rhyan Smith, Director of Admissions, 317-849-3441, Admissions@heritagechristian.net, www.heritagechristian.net

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School

Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring, experienced staff. Adult/child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See �Admissions/ Tours� Info Online, Phone: 317-255-0831, www.meridianhillscoop.org

Montessori Centres

Stressing peace and respect for all, we’ve worked with children to develop criticalthinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 3-3rd grade. Our classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, and computer labs. 563 Westfield Blvd. W. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Director, Phone: 317-257-2224, Fax: 317-254-3034, Email: montessoricentres@sbcglobal.net

The Orchard School

The Orchard School, an independent, nonsectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop

academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-2548454, Email: khein@orchard.org, www.orchard.org

Park Tudor School

Park Tudor School’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners. The school community creates an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment for highly motivated young people. Two-year Global Scholars program for juniors and seniors; 19 AP classes; full-day kindergarten; Spanish beginning at age 3. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Shants Hart, 317-415-2777, info@parktudor.org, www.parktudor.org

St. Richard’s Episcopal School

Independent Episcopal day school offering a diverse community filled with academic rigor, faith based ecumenism and long-standing traditions. Its mission is to instill knowledge and values for a lifetime through the implementation of five Pillars for Success: Faith, Classic Curriculum, Leadership, Civic Responsibility, and Global Readiness. Pre-Kindergarten (3) through Grade 8. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Melinda W. Fisher, 317-9260425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, mfisher@ strichardsschool.org, www.strichardsschool.org

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Sycamore School At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501,. skarpicke@ sycamoreschool.org, www.sycamoreschool.org

indianapolis - northeast Compassionate Angels Child Care Ministry We are a Christian ministry, using the Bible to teach values. We have over 30 years of experience and are accepting children ages 6 weeks to 12 years; we provide before and after school care. We have a very strong educational program that prepares your little one for first grade and beyond. From infancy through kindergarten we have proper age curriculum and teaching. We teach through play and creativity so the children learn and have fun doing it. We are dedicated to the love, education and safety of your child. Learning Starts At Birth! * Now enrolling infants and toddlers. * Free Piano Lessons. * Free Violin Lessons. * Free Dance Lessons. 2626 Ruth Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Jody TeipenHolbrook, Phone: 317-205-9264, Fax: 317-205-9263, Email: admin@ compassionateangels.net, www.compassionate-angels.com.

Polly Panda Preschool and Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our theme-based hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our well-qualified and loving staff. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email: pollypandaindy@sbcglobal.net, www.pollypanda.com

indianapolis - northwest International School of Indiana

At the International School of Indiana, we share your wish to prepare your children for the future we cannot imagine, and to give them the foundation and attitude to thrive in a changing world. An education that combines internationally respected academic standards with a truly international outlook. 4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Sarah Harrison or Kate Lock, 923-1951 Ext. 369, admissions@isind.org, www.isind.org

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome. 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Bobbi Main-Jackson, Dir., 317-844-3399, mainb@stlukesumc.com, www.stlukesumc.com

Traders Point Christian Academy

Fully accredited by ACSI and AdvancEd, Traders Point is a nondenominational Christian college prep school serving 600 students age 18 months to 12th grade. Offering Fine Arts, Spanish, Technology, Honors, AP and dual-credit options within a Biblical viewpoint. Interscholastic athletics in grade 2 - HS varsity. Preparing students for high school and college, for a world without borders, and for a life of significance. Located at I-65 North/SR 334, Zionsville exit. Visit us - for more information contact Mrs. Toni Kanzler, tkanzler@tpcs.org, at 317-769-2450. www.tpcs.org

multiple locations Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC

Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

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westfield

Montessori School of Westfield, Inc.

Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email: montessoriwestfield@gmail.com, www. montessorischoolofwestfield.com

zionsville

Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool Universal Preschool at Boone Meadow provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning. We will provide a quality program through:  Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, providing specific directions and instructions, acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. 5555 S. 650 E., Zionsville, IN 46075, Contact: Donna Hudson, Phone: 317-873-2226, Email: dhudson@zcs.k12.in.us, http://cms.zcs.k12.in.us/?q=node/123

childcare Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcare

PB&J is a childcare that is a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street #7B, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Contact: Anita Beck. Phone: 317-205-9211. Email: peanutbutter_jelly18@yahoo. com. www.peanutbutterjelly.info.


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Keeping the Romance Alive… WITH KIDS More sizzle, less fizzle Sarah McCosham

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like many parents, you’ll be hiring a sitter and going out on a special date. Sounds great, but what about the other 364 days of the year?

Don’t blame yourself if you’ve cancelled a date night or two as a result of being “too tired” or “too busy”. Romance takes effort and energy – two things often in short supply for busy parents. However, it’s crucial that you take time to nurture your romantic relationship, both for your sake and your kids’. Below

going. “Carving out time to be a couple is essential

In fact, Ray explains that the little, everyday gestures

to the health of a relationship. Regular time away

are actually what feed a relationship. She suggests

from your children gives you the opportunity to

making a “connection list” of simple things you’d like

connect with your partner.”

your partner to do. “Your list should have the things you desire from your partner. It might include a

are some simple tips on how to keep the spark alive.

loving glance in the midst of a tantrum, a squeeze in

Everyday Gestures

just the right spot, taking over a chore for the other

Make Time for Romance

For some parents – especially those who work outside

person or marking hellos and goodbyes with a kiss

Every parent knows it’s important to go on regular

the home – date nights are a complicated trade off.

or a hug prior to greeting your child.”

dates, but by the time the weekend arrives, it’s easy

Explains Lara, mom to 17 month-old Charlotte in

to blow off a date in favor of sleep! Here’s where a

Indianapolis, “I hate getting babysitters because we

little creativity can come into play.

don't want to spend the money—and I feel guilty about leaving Charlotte more than I have to.”

Happier Parents, Happier Kids By taking time for your relationship, you’ll be a happier spouse and parent, says Ray. “Daily intimate connection makes co-parenting possible. When you

For instance, couples can arrange lunches or even Happy Hour dates. You and your partner don’t have

As a result, Lara focuses more on everyday ways of

feel like you are in it together, it makes everything

to plan extravagant date nights; just taking time out

showing her husband affection. “I cook him dinner,

more tolerable.” So, as you’re scheduling the

together is enough, says marriage and family

wash his laundry, watch movies/TV with him that he

upcoming week, pencil in some time for your spouse

therapist TeNnile Ray. She emphasizes that planning

enjoys, listen to him about his day and support him,”

– you and your kids will be glad you did!

is important when it comes to keeping the spark

she says.

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[ pete gilbert...stay-at-home dad ]

Bedtime: Not exactly routine True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert I dread bedtime. When our oldest made the transition from a crib to a bed it was really tough, but only for a week or so, then everything was great. My wife and I would put her to bed and she would stay there. End of story. We never could understand parents that complained about their kids not staying in bed. Until about a month ago our two littlest both slept in cribs. We could get home late from dinner out or a night at a friend’s house and my wife and I could get all three kids in their jammies in bed in seven minutes flat. It was awesome! We always had time to ourselves at the end of each night. A couple hours of kid-free time, where we could watch non-animated television, carry on an uninterrupted conversation or just sit in sweet, sweet silence.

My son is out of a crib and in a toddler bed. We tried the same methods (starting a bedtime routine, not engaging in his negative behavior) we used with our daughter, but not much seemed to work. During the day my son is the sweetest little guy, but whenever bedtime rolls around he turns into a little demon toddler. Since the switch to a toddler bed, I’ve been bitten, spit at, scratched, had wooden Thomas trains thrown at me and once I was almost peed on. Seriously. This battle happens most nights of the week. It usually lasts a couple of hours and finally ends when he’s too exhausted to continue, or my wife and I finally go to bed. I’m not sure where to go from here, but I’m certain of one thing. I now cherish those rare kid-free nights more than ever. Happy Parenting!

Those days are over.

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BABY FUN

GUIDE

Baby Sign Language Address: Various private instructors throughout greater Indianapolis www.babysigns.com, www.sign2me.com Date/Time: Classes now forming By the time babies are 9-10 months old, they are quite capable of knowing what it is they need or want. By learning signs such as "eat," "drink," "hot" and "cold," babies can make their needs known quickly and quietly without becoming frustrated.

"Bring Your Baby" Matinee Movies Address: AMC Castleton Square, 6020 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis, 317-5779538; AMC Indianapolis, 4325 South Meridian, Indianapolis, 317-784-0989; AMC Trader’s Point, 5920 West 86th Street Indianapolis, 317-415-0270

Parent and Tot Swimming Classes

Address: Butler University Health and Recreation Complex, 530 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, 317-940-4472 http://www.butler.edu/hrc/aquatics/swim-lessons/ Date/Time: Weekday classes:4:30pm-5:10pm session 4 2/18-3/21 session 5 3/25-4/18; Saturday classes:10:30 am-11:15 am session 3 3/23-4/27 Ages 1-3. Caregivers and children enjoy the pool together while learning techniques to familiarize young children with the water. The program uses a gentle, fun approach.

Mommy Fit Address: The Fieldhouse, 11825 Technology Dr., Fishers, 317-490-1974

www.thefieldhouse-indy.com

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Date/Time: Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Date/Time: First Tuesday of every month, 12:00 noon Crying babies? Breastfeeding? Stroller parking? All of the above is allowed at these special showings for parents like you. See the movies you want to see in a baby-friendly zone. That means the lights are brighter, and the volume is lowered.

Mommy Fit is a boot camp style workout for all levels. Meet other moms, spend time with your kids and get fit all at the same time! You will also provide your child an excellent example on how to live a healthy lifestyle!

Gymboree Play and Music

Music Classes

Address: 12524 North Gray Road, Carmel, 317-574-9626, carmelin@ gymboreeclasses.com; 1001 North State Road 135, Greenwood, 317-8859154, greenwoodin@gymboreeclasses.com www.gymboreeclasses.com Date/Time: Play and Learn, Music, and Art classes now forming Each birth - age 5 class curriculum incorporates a balanced whole-child approach with activities to support what your child is mastering right now and what he or she will aspire to later.

Address: Kindermusik of Indianapolis: Friedens United Church of Christ, 8300 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, (317) 786-5941; Music Together Program: South Indy, Greenwood, 317-885-2647; Preschool Music Plus: Carmel, 317-946-2056; Little Nightingales: Carmel, 917-334-7131 www.kindermusik.com Date/Time: Visit website for full listing of classes Infant music classes encourage early exposure to music, bonding time with your child, and other proven developmental benefits.

Parent and Baby Yoga

Address: City Yoga: 2442 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, 317-920-9642; IU Health North Hospital/Childbirth Education, 11700 North Meridian Street Room 130, Carmel, 317-688-2465

SPONSORED BY:

www.cityoga.biz, www.iuhealth.org/northmaternity Date/Time: 4 week Sunday session begins 4/21, Classes now forming Babies and caregivers bond through loving touch, sight, sound, and movement. Special attention is placed on posture, strengthening and tension release.

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calendar fri | 01

Fishers Parks and Recreation: Two Times the Fun Sealed with a Kiss Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Price: R: $4/NR $6 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Billericay Park Building, Fishers www.fishers.in.us/parks In this class we will make heart inspired crafts, sings songs, read stories and play with all things to celebrate the upcoming holiday. For 2 year olds and their parents only. Pre-registration is required.

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Groundhog Day Program Times: 11:00 AM Phone: 317-774-2500 Location: Cool Creek Park, Carmel www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov Why does this rodent deserve its own holiday? Come find out as we celebrate Groundhog Day! Learn cultural history and folklore as well as the natural history about this local “furry friend.” Due to hibernation, no actual groundhogs will be in attendance.

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Holliday Park Meet the Nature Center Animals Times: 1:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis www.hollidaypark.org Get up close and personal with the animals who call the nature center home. We'll learn about what makes each animal uniqe as well as how our naturalists keep them happy and healthy. All ages, no registration required.

Family Fun! at the Palladium Times: 2:00 PM Price: See website for ticket pricing. Phone: (317) 843-3800 60 INDYSCHILD.COM

Location: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel thecenterfortheperformingarts.org Watch your young children’s and grandchildren’s amazement and delight as they are invited to sit among the orchestra and hear excerpts of the world’s great classics. Following this interactive concert, participate in our instrument petting zoo!

mon | 04

The Little Boy Who Shook Up the World: The Emmett Till Story Times: 6:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4310 Location: Brightwood Library, Indianapolis www.imcpl.org/about/locations/ westindianapolis.html Individuals of all ages, especially young ones in grades 3-12, are invited for a dramatic reading by Nicole Kearney Productions of a play that reveals how young people impacted the Civil Rights Movement.

tues | 05

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks Times: 7:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/ Come cheer on your Pacers as they take on the Hawks!

weds | 06 Edible Cars

Times: 4:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-878-9560 Location: JCPL Trafalgar Branch, Trafalger www.jcplin.org Celebrate the Winter Reading theme “Feed Your Mind: Read!” by joining us as we share automobile stories and make cars you can eat. Grades K-5.

thurs | 07

Black History Month Celebration Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis www.childrensmuseum.org Free museum admission 4-8 p.m. Celebrate black heritage and achievements in history, science, art, and music.

fri | 08

Glass Heart Pop-Up Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $50.00 Phone: 317-255-2464 Location: Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis indplsartcenter.org/popups/ Ages 10 and Up. Fire up your love of glassblowing in this unique, heart-shaped glass Pop-Up Instructor will demonstrate how to gather glass, form solid glass objects and show project examples. Artwork will need to be picked up at a later date. For a complete list of Pop-Ups, please visit www.IndplsArtCenter.org/PopUps.

sat | 09

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis www.indianamuseum.org/ This one-day annual event will take place during Black History Month and celebrate the history and heritage of people of African descent. The day will include an educational component focused on Akan culture, live music and dance cultural performances, games, arts & craft activities, cultural exhibits and Black history films.

North Central High School Orchestras Annual Tootsie Pops Concert Times: 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Price: $5/person Phone: 317-570-1653

02.13 Location: North Central High School, Indianapolis www.northcentralorchestras.org Introduce your preschooler and elementary student to the joys of music. Fun filled event with a concert performance by the award winning North Central Orchestra, musical themed crafts and an instrument petting zoo.

Fun Family Fitness

Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: included with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis www.childrensmuseum.org Celebrate fitness the whole family can enjoy and learn about how to stay healthy and active together.

Valentine's Cabaret

Sat., February 9 through Sun., February 10 Times: Sat., 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM; Sun., 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM Price: Tickets $10, under 2 free. Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio, Indianapolis www.peewinklespuppets.com A sweet cabaret of puppets designed especially for grandparents and parents who want to bring their little sweethearts to a Valentine's event. All receive a drink and sweet treat with their ticket. Reservations recommended.

sun | 10

Children's Mardi Gras Festival - German Style

Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Price: $5 for children ages 2 and older. Adults free. Location: The Athenaeum, Indianapolis www.athenaeumfoundation.org Dress up in your favorite costume and come to the Athenaeum to enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, games and a special magic show performance by Abracadabra. This party is most suitable for preschool and elementary age children.

mon | 11

Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets Times: 7:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing


Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/ Come cheer on your Pacers as they take on the Nets!

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Earthly Adventures, Where Are They Now? Times: 9:30 AM Price: R$6/NR$9 Location: Ambassador House Fishers Heritage Park, Fishers www.fishers.in.us/parks Where have all the animals gone? This program will investigate what happens to animals during the long, cold winter months. Preschoolers will explore the basic concepts of hibernation and migration during this program. For parents and their children, ages 3-5. Registration required by 2/5.

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Fishers Parks and Recreation: Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Price: R $8/NR $16 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: The Mansion at Oak Hill, Carmel www.fishers.in.us/parks Fathers and daughters are invited to join us for a special evening of fun and dancing. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures for an additional cost. Prizes and refreshments will round out the evening. Semi-formal dress. Tickets go fast so don’t delay. Register by 2/6.

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Maynard Moose Tales told by Willy Claflin Times: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Price: $5 for children ages 5 - 12 and $10 for adults Phone: 317-576-9848 Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis www.storytellingarts.org Maynard Moose, Willy's already famous comic sidekick, is touring to promote his awardwinning books, The Uglified Ducky and Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves. Maynard is the last known teller of ancient Mother Moose Tales.

10th Annual Indiana Art Fair Fri., February 15 and Sat., February 16 Times: Fri., 5:30 – 8:00PM; Sat., 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Price: See website for pricing Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis www.indianamuseum.org/ Browse among beautiful pieces in a variety of mediums, each available for purchase. This juried show is a great place to see art by more than 70 Indiana artists and to find the perfect piece for your jewelry box, mantel, or wall.

Indiana Wind Symphony presents: Mahler and Mozart Times: 7:30 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317.843.3800 Location: The Palladium, Carmel www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/ The wide range of moods expressed in Mozart’s “Gran Partita,” with its elegant harmonic structures and flowing melodic lines, were used to illustrate Mozart’s genius in the 1984 film Amadeus.

Presidents' Day: LIVE! from Delaware Street Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: $10 member adults; $12 adults; $5 students (ages 5 to 17) Phone: 317-631-1888 Location: President Benjamin Harrison Home, Indianapolis www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org/ Celebrate Presidents' Day at the president's home! Your special tour, featuring the year 1898, includes the opportunity to interact with family members and household staff, whose roles are recreated by exceptional actors.

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Indiana Ice vs. Team USA U17 Times: 3:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-917-2500 Location: Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis www. bankerslifefieldhouse. com/ The Indiana Ice continue through the nine-game home stretch with a matinee contest against Team USA U17 at 3:05 pm from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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Times: 4:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-885-1330 Location: JCPL White River Branch, Greenwood www.jcplin.org Come boogie with us at the library! We will dance to a variety of songs and read a few books with a beat, too! Ages 4-7.

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Public Tour of Lucas Oil Stadium

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Presidents Day - Free Day at Conner Prairie

Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers connerprairie.org/

The Romantic Violinist: Daniel Hope Thurs., February 14 through Sat., February 16 Times: Thurs., 11:00 AM; Fri and Sat, 8:00 PM Price: see website for ticket pricing Location: Hilbert Circle Theater, Indianapolis www.indianapolissymphony.org/ With his CD The Romantic Violinist dubbed “essential listening” by Gramophone magazine, Daniel Hope performs Max Bruch’s greatest creation, the First Violin Concerto. Music Director Krzysztof Urbański leads Brahms’ lyrical First Symphony in this spotlight of Romantic era hallmarks.

This year's Indy Talks theme, Indy’s Kids, hopes to bring attention to the things our community is doing to support and enrich youth, as well as explore the things we can and should be doing better. Whether you have children or not, celebrating the accomplishments of young people and acknowledging where adults can do more is an important act of civic participation that strengthens us all. IHS invites families to a free admission day at the History Center for Love your Heart.

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IndyTalks: Love Your Heart Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis www.indianahistory.org

In celebration of President's Day, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will be open to the public free of charge. Come for a day full of excitement and fun as we celebrate our founding fathers. Enjoy historic games, toys and crafts. Express your creativity on the Imagination Playground. Join Dr. Campbell's party at the Featherston Barn in honor of George Washington's birthday, or celebrate with a bang by firing a blank round from a Civil War-era rifle (extra fee applies).

Times: 11:00 AM, 1:00 and 3:00 PM Price: $7 Phone: 317-262-8600 Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis www.lucasoilstadium.com One-hour tours are scheduled every Tue/ Wed. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Tours may be preempted by special events at the stadium, so verify with the venue. Info: See Web site below or call 317-262-8600.

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James Dean Film Screening at IMAX Thurs., February 21 through Sat., February 23 Times: 7:00 PM Price: $9.50 per adult; $6 per child Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis www.indianamuseum.org/ FEBRUARY 2013 [ indy’s child ] 61


Feb. 21: East of Eden Feb. 22: Rebel Without a Cause Feb. 23: Giant

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Trailblazing Twos, Little Chompers Times: 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Price: R$6/NR$9 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Cumberland Park Building, Fishers www.fishers.in.us/parks Pointy, flat, big or small, in this program we will cover them all! Some animals have orangeish teeth and some are white; but no matter the color, they can bite! Come and join us, but there is no rush. Make sure you take the time to brush. Registration required by 2/15.

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24th Annual Camp & Summer Program Fair Times: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: Free Location: Fashion Mall, Indianapolis www.indyschild.com/SitePage18776.114134-Camp-Fair.html Families from all over Central Indiana will have the opportunity to explore over 70 overnight camps, day camps and summer programs at the 24th Annual Camp Fair, hosted by Indy's Child. If you are looking for a camp or summer program for your child, exhibitors will be on- hand to answer your many questions face-to-face. To top it off, we will provide lots of fun entertainment from Radio Disney, face painters, our prize wheel, and much more!

Day of Dance Times: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Price: Free (parking $5) Phone: 317-782-4422 Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds Farm Bureau Bldg., Indianapolis www.in.gov/statefair

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Bring your friends and family to dance! Enjoy Zumba, Nia,Core Rhythms, Hip Hop, Piloxing and more! Join the Indiana Pacemates as they lead a dance session. Free health screenings provided by Franciscan St. Francis Health. Call 317-782-4422 to register.

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Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle Times: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library, Indianapolis www.imcpl.org Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join. Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more. More dates/times are available for this event - visit website for complete schedule.

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Zumba for Teens Times: 6:30 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-770-3242 Location: Hamilton County East Library, Noblesville www.hepl.lib.in.us/ Join us for snacks and warm beverages while we discuss some of the great teen books! This month, we will focus on science fiction and fantasy by reading Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith. For ages 12 - 19 only. Registration is required and space is limited.

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Introduction to Cloth Diapering Times: 7:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-579-0300 Location: Hamilton East Public Library, Fishers www.hepl.lib.in.us/ Carrie Basso, mother of four, used disposable diapers for her first three children, but when baby #4 came around she took the plunge into cloth and hasn’t looked back. Carrie would like to share with new and expectant mothers who are curious about cloth diapering, but do not know how to begin.

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Thursday Night at the Movies for Teens Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Free Phone: 317-579-0300 Location: Hamilton East Public Library, Fishers www.hepl.lib.in.us/

Join us for movies on the BIG SCREEN!! Snacks will be provided. Registration is requested.

NOTE: At Indy's Child, we work hard to ensure our calendar and guide information is accurate. Occasionally event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.


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02.13

Jackie & Me

Nikon Small World

Through Sat., February 16 Times: see website for schedule Price: see website for ticket pricing Phone: 317-635-5252 Location: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis www.indianarep.com A young boy’s school report on Jackie Robinson finds him traveling back in time to meet one of the most influential baseball players in history. But a strange twist gives him a unique understanding of the struggles faced by the first black man to play in the major leagues. This tale of an American icon leaves the history books and lands on stage in this brilliantly adapted play based on the young adult novel by Dan Gutman.

Daily through Sun., February 17 Price: Included with museum admission Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis www.indianamuseum.org/ Discover the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light of a microscope. The world's best photomicrographers have captured dynamic images that showcase a wide variety of advanced scientific disciplines. In its 37th year, the Nikon Small World contest is traveling its best photos Location: Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis to museums around the country. Hold It! Family Activity www.indianamuseum.org/ The legend of Abraham Lincoln reflects the fascinating reality of his life through the sum of human Hold It! Family Activity accomplishments and failures as well as the family Second and fourth Saturday of each month bonds that impacted how these events unfold. We Times: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM explore the lives of Abraham Lincoln’s kin from his Price: Free mother and father’s struggle in early 19th century Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art Kentucky through the death of his last direct descendent. www.imamuseum.org/ Hold it! is a hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. Discover carts filled with objects everyone Pinkalicious can hold and see up close. Currently, there are three Fridays and Saturdays through March 16, 2013 cart experiences. The African and Asian carts Times: Fri., 10 AM and Sat., 10 AM and 1 PM both contain objects representative of those found in Price: $15.50 the IMA's permanent collection. The Art Basics Phone: 317-872-9664 cart explores the fundamentals of art, artists’ Location: Beef & Boards, Indianapolis materials, and various art samples. www.beefandboards.com "Can't I have just one more?" When Pinkalicious eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a case of Geckos Pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe! It'll take the Sat., February 2 through Weds. May 15 wisdom of her broccoli-eating little brother to help her Price: Included with museum admission get out of this predicament. Don't miss this charming Phone: (317) 334-3322 production of this smash hit musical based on the Location: The Children's Museum, Indianapolis popular book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. www.childrensmuseum.org/ Come see the museum's latest exhibit, which will be crawling with over 15 different species of exotic geckos!

Hearthside Suppers Through Sun., March 24 Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: $60/person ($55/member) Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie, Fishers connerprairie.org/ Ever wondered what people ate for dinner in the early 1800s? And how it was prepared? Discover those answers firsthand when you and your family join in the preparation of a candlelight feast served inside the historic Conner House. Recipes are straight from the pages of a 19thcentury cookbook. January: Friday-Sunday; February: Thursday-Sunday. Reservations required. Recommended for ages 10 & older.

ComedySportz 4 Kids First Sat. of each Month Times: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Price: $8.00 Phone: 317-951-8499 Location: ComedySportz Theatre, Indianapolis www.indycomedysportz.com ComedySportz 4 Kidz is fast-paced, hilarious, interactive improv comedy just for kids. Think "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with a competitive edge. You give the suggestions; we make up the rest. 64 INDYSCHILD.COM

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bubble gum day

sat groundhog day

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how to celebrate: Watch the weather to see if he sees his shadow or not!

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carrot day how to celebrate: Have some for a healthy snack!

umbrella day

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how to celebrate: Open the door or compliment a stranger today!

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trading card day

how to celebrate: Rearrange your card collection and see if any of your friends want to trade!

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on this day world nutella

the Monopoly board game goes on sale in stores in 1935

born in 1913

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clean out your computer day

president's day

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how to celebrate: See if you can name the first 10 presidents of the U.S.!

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mardi gras!

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on this day send a card to a

Rosa Parks was day

how to celebrate: Spend an hour deleting all those old files and start fresh!

random acts of kindness day

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how to celebrate: Make some home-made masks to wear to school

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on this day hoodie hoo day Mr. Roger's Neighborhood debuted in 1968

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quiet pistachio day day

friend day

how to celebrate: Write a nice letter to your best friend just because!

VALENTINE'S DAY!

how to celebrate: Go outside to shout "Hoodie-hoo!" to scare away Winter and make way for Spring!

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Join the fun at Playfit!

Celebrate heart-healthy choices and active play at The Children's Museum from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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world thinking day

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on this day

nylon was patented in 1937

banana bread day

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how to celebrate: Find some use for those really ripe bananas and make some fresh bread!

public polar bear day sleeping day how to celebrate: Bundle up and head to the Zoo to see the polar bears!

the Boy Scouts were founded in 1910

gumdrop day

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how to celebrate: Make sure to send a valentine to your family and friends!

love your pet day

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how to celebrate: Sleep in a few extra minutes or take a quick nap on the bus ride home

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