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Childhood Obesity Local initiatives on the growing epidemic

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After-School Activities

Choosing the right options for your child


in the classroom Finding clues starts at home


Getting back into the groove


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Conquering Childhood Obesity Local Initiatives on the Growing Epidemic

After-School Activities

Choosing the Right Options for Your Child

Back to School

Getting Back into the Groove

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Publisher’s Note Online Buzz



Community Spotlight

Local News, Events and More

Indy Parks

Splash Around at an Indy Parks Spray Ground

Mommy Magic

Unplugging Yourself From Reality


Dear Teacher

Your Questions of Teachers—Answered

ON THE COVER Cover Model: Nyla Rae Stanback Cover Location: The Orchard School Photographer: Hannah Hilliard Photography Cover Clothing Provided by: Gymboree



Pediatric Health

Understanding Autism Treatments for Children

Pediatric Health

Planning Healthy Meals Just Got Easy

Museum Note

A Day in the Life of a Preschooler

parenting 12

special needs 32

The Art of Advocacy

Learning How to Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs


Special Needs Calendar

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Finding Clues Starts at Home


ADHD in the Classroom Special Needs Guide

10 Ways to Help Improve Social Skills in Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Arts + Enrichment Guide Special Needs Guide Education + Childcare Guide Birthday Party Guide Marketplace

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Special Needs Daily Events Ongoing Events Fun + Wacky

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Teach Your Children the Love of Giving from their Hearts and Hands Homemade gifts make memorable treasures Piper Murphy, age 7, made my birthday truly special. I now have notepaper complete with her tennis art and a beautiful notation on the back. Although Piper is only 7-years-old, she is both compassionate and caring and I will love her original art forever. Making handmade gifts for loved ones makes them memorable. Piper loves tennis and I love being her teacher. I believe that a good teacher treasures giving away her knowledge and talents to others. I have truly enjoyed teaching children tennis for over 47 years and it is so rewarding when you feel the love and appreciation from those you are teaching. Piper, your handmade love-gifts of your original art and notepaper will always be among my favorite memories. Piper has art talent and is blessed to have a mother, Molly Murphy, to encourage her to use her creativity in such a wonderful way. Everyone appreciates a gift that is handmade and bundled with love. My new notepaper will no doubt need a reorder before long. I only know that each note I write will get a love stamp and I will always seal them with special love from Piper. Thank you Piper, I love my Birthday gift! I hope that all of our readers have a special year at school and enjoy our Back-to-School issue of Indy’s Child.

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[ community spotlight ]

Indiana Home to One of Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is receiving top honors for its pediatric care. U.S. News Media Group has again named Riley at IU Health one of the best children’s hospitals in the country. The distinction is based on Riley at IU Health ranking in 10 out of 10 categories in the 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals. The rankings are available online and will be featured in the Best Hospitals print edition of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands Aug. 30. The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are the most extensive listing of its kind and recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

Community Spotlight City’s RebuildIndy Initiative to Restore Infrastructure at 10 Indianapolis Parks Mayor Greg Ballard announced an unprecedented number of improvements to Indianapolis parks under the RebuildIndy program, the City’s initiative to repair and replace crumbling infrastructure throughout Marion County. The restoration work is expected to be complete by Labor Day and Eagle Creek Park south of 56th Street is expected to be completed by next summer. The restorations includes: • Brookside

Park: Resurfacing near family recreation center and entrances.

• Eagle

Creek Park north of 56th Street: Resurfacing park entrance and entrance to the rowing center.

Park: Resurfacing parking lot and entrances.

• Riverwood

Park: Resurfacing access road and parking lot.

• Sahm

Park: Resurfacing access road, north parking lot and main entrance from 91st Street to the fire station.

• Soap

Box Derby Hill: Resurfacing from 30th Street to Riverside Drive.

• Southeastway

Park: Resurfacing roads and installing paths to

picnic shelters. • Tarkington

Park: Resurfacing and repairing sidewalks.

• Wes

Montgomery Park: Resurfacing entrances, access road and parking lots.

• Eagle

Creek Park south of 56th Street: Adding an entrance off of 56th Street and making drainage improvements.

• Garfield

Park: Resurfacing several parking lots and Conservatory Drive.

AUGUST = National Sandwich Month, Chidren’s Eye Health Month, Golf Month, Get Ready for Kindergarten Month, Orange & Papaya Month, What Will Your Legacy Be Month...

New Sesame Street series to premiere on PBS Kids Season 42 of the award-winning preschool series, Sesame Street, will premiere on PBS Kids on Monday, September 26 (check your local listings). As recent studies show that U.S school children are falling behind in math and science scores, the educational TV show is putting a spotlight back on a STEM (science, technology and math) curriculum with “Let’s Find Out!” as the thread linking all of the segments. The new season also boasts an entirely new celebrity guest line-up including: Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg, actors Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis, Zac Efron, Seth Rogan, television host Conan O’Brien and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara, to name a few.


• Perry

Indy Parks’ Vintage Movie Nights Continues Indy Parks and Recreation’s Garfield Park Arts Center continues its Vintage Movie Night series this summer! On August 20 at 8 p.m., enjoy “The Hoosier Schoolmaster” (1935) with Norman Foster and Charlotte Henry. This rare film may be the only surviving projectable print. Tickets are available for $3 at the door at Garfield Park Arts Center, or in advance by calling (317) 327-PARK. For more information, visit

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Would you let your kids go over to their friend’s house if you knew their parents kept a gun in their home? Lock up the Gun Not unless I knew they kept the gun locked away in a gun safe. —Amy W.

Talk to the Parents It depends. No, unless I knew the parents well enough to ask how they stored the gun without feeling intrusive. If they told me that they kept the gun and the ammo locked in separate places, and I felt like I could trust them to do so, I would allow my child over there. —Ashley A.

Educate Your Children I would, so long as the gun was stored properly and I could see that beforehand. I have three children under 5, and have guns. They are stored properly, out of reach of the children, and my children are educated on the dangers of guns. ­—Tory B.

Rising Statistics of Guns in the Home What is the latest statistic of families who keep guns as protection in the home? 75%? Usually the injuries and deaths are by siblings against other siblings and parents who irresponsibly leave guns totally out in the open. Very sad!

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Visit the Home I would need to go over and see where the gun is stored, how it is kept locked and why they own a gun. Then, maybe. —Bob S.

It’s no Different than Having a Swimming Pool If you know the people and trust their judgment, then there is no reason to be afraid for your child’s safety. Like everything else, it’s a matter of following the safety rules - no different than having a swimming pool or other potential dangers around the house. —Curt B.

Be Responsible with Your Equipment I always said NO too, until I married a sheriff. He isn’t irresponsible at all with his equipment. We have two little boys that don’t even know that their dad carries a gun. He is responsible and knows to put his equipment away in the gun safe. —Jezlia M.

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Splash Around at an Indy Parks Spray Ground Introducing three new spray parks in Indy 2011 is the “Year of Indy Parks” and what better way to celebrate than with the opening of three unique spray parks in Indianapolis. Spray Parks are a sustainable investment in our communities to provide the ultimate play experience and bring neighbors together for social engagement and physical activity. It is free to the public, open from dawn to dusk and does not require lifeguards.

Wes Montgomery Spray Park, 3400 North Hawthorne This $680,000 investment is designed in the shape of a guitar to honor renowned American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. The water-enhanced playground features brightly colored shaped instruments and musical notes

that spout water to the delight of those looking to get wet during the warm summer months. Recordings of Wes Montgomery’s music play when the water features are activated.

Grassy Creek Spray Ground, 10510 E. 30th Street Batter up, go long or shoot for 3 points! You can do it all at Grassy Creek Park’s newest sports-themed spray ground. The southside of the park has been transformed from a plot of grass to a popular gathering spot with the addition of the spray ground and new comfort station thanks to generous grants from United Water for $175,000 and a $200,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., all in partnership with the Indianapolis Parks Foundation.

The spray ground’s water features are in the shapes of basketballs, tennis rackets and soccer goals that squirt water in all directions.

Riverwood Park

Riverwood Park, 7201 Crittendon Ave. The improvements and amenities continue at Riverwood Park located on the northeast side with a new spray ground and comfort station. The funding for these additions also came from United Water and Lilly Endowment, Inc. The motion activated spray ground has rainbow colored spray features and squirts streams of water as families run past.

Wes Montgomery Spray Park

Go to for more information about Indy Parks spray grounds. Grassy Creek Park

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[ mommy magic ]

Mommy Magic As a mom, there are always 100 things to do and the list never gets shorter. There will always be laundry to do, errands to run, rooms to clean up, dinner to make. It is an important job we do to keep our families moving forward and on track. It can however, run you down.

Unplugging yourself from reality

Consider taking some time each week to “unplug” and make a deliberate attempt to: ...connect with your neighbors, friends, and family. ...sit and chat, have an ice cold lemonade and actually taste it when you drink it. with and talk to your kids. interested in those around you. ...enjoy a few moments of doing nothing. It is a foreign art for most moms, but I do believe it is an important one for us to sustain ourselves in today’s busy world.

Mary Susan Buhner

I recently returned home from my oldest daughter’s class trip to Williamsburg, Va. As I was packing for our trip, I realized that I had never been away with my oldest daughter by herself for five days. I was excited for that opportunity to enjoy her, her friends, and to get to know the other moms and dads on the trip. It was a 14 hour bus ride there and back to Virginia. We all met at the school parking lot at 5:30 a.m. ready to pull out on the open road. The kids were excited, the parents exhausted already, but nonetheless, we were on our way.

After the excitement simmered down on the bus, I realized that I felt weird. I was doing nothing. Just sitting there on a bus staring out the window. Nothing to do, but sit. As a mom, you know how rare it is to sit in silence and do nothing. I felt weird doing it. There was an unspoken courtesy that the adults did not talk on their cell phones Visit our Facebook page to discuss your (after all, we could hear favorite ways to “unplug” with your children. everything someone was saying) and we had all literally “unplugged” for the road trip.



I was surprised how fast time passed doing nothing. I also started to admit to myself that I liked it. For the first several hours I had an internal struggle with myself. I should be reading, I should be working, I should be doing something, but the subtle hum of the bus seemed to keep me in a relaxed catatonic state. It was peaceful, it was quiet, it was wonderful. Ahhhh, the art of doing nothing. I think I was starting to like it. By mid morning, parents started to chat and kids started to wiggle. We played games, talked, and I had the time to really be interested in those around me. I discovered I was not only more relaxed, but more curious about others. For several years I had passed these parents in the school hallways saying, “Hi” or “Nice to see you.” Now I was getting to actually know them, their families, their lives. By the afternoon, I felt liberated to be “unplugged” and was truly enjoying the opportunity to connect with others. Granted, being away from home and sitting on a bus gave me the chance to actually do nothing, but it

also made me realize how important it is to embrace it in my daily life as well. As I am writing my column, I am back to reality. My dogs are barking at the mailman pulling up, my youngest wants a popsicle and my older two are bickering over a hairbrush. As I sit here in the midst of the chaos, I recall the feeling of sitting on that bus looking out the window just doing nothing. As a mom, there are always 100 things to do and the list never gets shorter. There will always be laundry to do, errands to run, rooms to clean up, dinner to make. It is an important job we do to keep our families moving forward and on track. It can however, run you down. Consider taking some time each week to “unplug” and make a deliberate attempt to connect with your neighbors, friends, and family. Sit and chat, have an ice cold lemonade and actually taste it when you drink it. Enjoy a few moments of doing nothing. It is a foreign art for most moms, but I do believe it is an important one for us to sustain ourselves in today’s busy world.

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[ pediatric health ]

Additional Tips for your Child with Autism • Be

an advocate for your child.

Understanding Autism Treatments for Children And determining the best treatment options

• Know

your rights and available government services.

• Create

a binder with information about your child’s disorder.

• Find

a local support group.

• Check • Spend

out Web sites.

time educating yourself on your child’s disorder.

• Prioritize

the medical, behavioral and educational interventions that may be needed.

• Try

only one new treatment at a time. • Use

a systematic approach to treatment.

• Learn

about the therapist’s training, the targeted behaviors as well as time, cost and possible side effects.

For more information, visit

Naomi Swiezy Program Director for the Riley Hospital for Children Christian Sarkine Autism Center at Indiana University Health and the HANDS in Autism Program

The news that your child is one of a growing number diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be overwhelming. Even though there is no cure, research shows that early intervention treatment services can greatly improve development. Here’s what you need to know about determining the best treatment options.

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The Importance of Evaluation Children with autism may have skills at varying levels, so it is

important to carefully assess general skills and very specific ones separately. The Riley Hospital for Children Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Indiana University Health is one of the largest autism treatment centers in the country and offers both evaluation and treatment to help children and adults achieve their potential.

Educating Yourself There are a wide variety of interventions, so using a systematic approach to treatment is critical. Spend time educating yourself on your child’s disorder. Check out Web sites for HANDS in Autism, part of the Riley Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at IU Health, the Autism

Society of America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Standards Report by the National Autism Center provides critical information on making treatment choices and which ones are most effective.

Treatment Options With your healthcare provider, prioritize the medical, behavioral and educational interventions that may be needed. The most effective plan may include both medicine and behavioral modification techniques. Try only one new treatment at a time. Measure before and after to see if there are changes. You should also learn about the therapist’s training, the targeted behaviors as well as time, cost and

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[ pediatric health ]

Other fruit and veggie tips: • A different take: Sometimes all that is needed is a different approach. Borcherding

recommends making things like salsa, fruit smoothies, grilled veggies and grilled fruit (grilled plums are one of her favorites!) to whet your children’s appetites.

Planning Healthy Meals Just Got Easy Creative ideas for those picky eaters

• Fresh and frozen: Fresh foods can be costly, but seasonable fruits and vegetables

are generally less expensive. And, while “fresh is best,” frozen is the next best thing and often more affordable for family food budgets. • Maturely creative: Adding thinly sliced vegetables to a sandwich or wrap, or chopped

vegetables to a pasta dinner, are good ways to appeal to older kids.

Other dairy tips: • A new twist on an old favorite: Instead of ice cream on a cone, Borcherding

recommends filling cones with yogurt, topped with berries and granola. • Milk substitutes: If your child doesn’t like plain white milk, try flavored milk, or drinks

made from water with a splash of cranberry, peach, grape, or other fruit juice.

Other protein tips: • Lean and mean: She suggests cutting back fat in your child’s diet by offering fish

as well as lean chicken and beef. • Getting antsy: One of her favorite ways to give her kids protein is through “ants on

a log,” celery sticks topped with peanut butter and raisins. • Lunch ideas: Cold strips of grilled chicken with honey mustard dip, edamanme,

nuts, beans and dairy items such as yogurt and string cheese.

Other grain tips: •

Wholly helpings: Buy whole grains – whole wheat breads, pasta, crackers, pita breads – that are marked 100 percent whole grain and contain at least three grams of fiber per slice.

Lunch ideas: Low fat cheese spread on whole wheat crackers; whole grain bagels topped with cream cheese-vegetable spread; wraps made with whole wheat tortillas, containing either lean cold cuts or lowfat cream cheese topped with veggie slices.

Project 18 Check out for helpful tools for eating right and getting physically active as a family. Then, visit Marsh Supermarkets and look for Project 18 and Down the Aisle tags that highlight more than 600-plus healthy food choices.


Kara Borcherding, RD Registered Pediatric Dietician at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent

Most parents care about healthy eating for their children, but it can be difficult to translate food guidelines about ounces, tablespoons and cups into an actual sack lunch for school or a family meal around the dinner table. Fortunately, that just got easier with the Center for Disease Control’s new “MyPlate,” which has replaced the government health organization’s “MyPyramid.” “The concepts between the MyPyramid and MyPlate are essentially the same,” explained Kara Borcherding, R.D., a pediatric dietitian at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent. “But MyPlate does a better job of helping parents – and kids – visualize what they need to

be eating at every meal. It’s much more user-friendly and easy to understand.” In fact, Borcherding uses MyPlate, along with Project 18, to help her young patients adopt healthier eating habits. And as a mom herself, Borcherding has a number of creative ideas for those picky eaters at your table.

Fruits and Vegetables Borcherding advises getting kids involved in the selection. “Take them to the grocery or farmer’s market with you and let them pick out what they want for the week.” She also suggests incorporating a “U-Pick Day,” where family members rotate selecting the fruit or vegetable selection for the day.

Dairy Getting dairy in your kids is easy—if they like milk. But if not, you need to get creative about

other ways to give your child the calcium intake they need. “Soy alternatives, low-fat cheeses and yogurts, cereals and calciumfortified orange juice are great ways to meet the daily dairy and calcium needs,” Borcherding said.

Proteins Borcherding said that while kids need daily servings of protein, it’s a lot less than most people think. She tells parents not to worry if their children don’t like meat. They end up getting protein from vegetables, dairy and even starchy foods, which help ensure they meet their daily requirements.

Grains Of all the MyPlate portions, Borcherding said grains can be the most difficult for parents. But, they play an important role: supplying the body with the daily fiber it needs to aid the digestive process.

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[ museum note ]

A Day in the Life of a Preschooler At The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Maggie Johnson Public Relations Intern at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is gearing up to start its second year hosting preschool! Look through the eyes of a student and feel the excitement of going to school in the world’s largest and best Children’s Museum.

dinosaurs because they are extinct, but we get to see real dinosaur bones today!

9:20 a.m. My group went to the exhibit first. I noticed the smells, and then I heard the roars! We all talked about what we could discover using our senses. There were dinosaurs everywhere! 9:40 a.m. When we got back to the classroom, we danced to the Dinosaur Stomp. Ms. Kelly

8:45 a.m. Walked into my classroom. The then read us “Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones.”

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books on the table today had pictures of dinosaurs and lots of trees and plants. I was excited to look at it with my friends. During circle time, I found out that we are going to Dinosphere today! Everyone shared what they knew about dinosaurs. I said that I think a zoo in Alaska might have one. My teacher said no zoos have

11:00 a.m. Center time. Today there were centers where I worked on our class book about dinosaurs, did math patterning of dinosaurs, pretended to be a dad in a dinosaur family, and talked about how dinosaur bones are dug up and cleaned. It’s called a really long word: archaeology. Noon Mom picked me up. Today went too fast, but I can’t wait to come back to school tomorrow.

The preschool at The Children’s Museum is an exciting opportunity for kids to enjoy shared what we learned. Someone asked about learning in a unique environment. the trees; we learned that they are real trees, Two-day-a-week classes are offered as well but the material has been preserved so they as 4-day-a-week classes. For more will last a really long time. information on registration, visit 10:30 a.m. Snack time!!

10:00 a.m. When the other group got back, we

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here’s a killer stalking our children, and its name is obesity. Unfortunately, this killer strikes slowly over time. It’s a problem that has become out of hand, nearly tripling in occurrence over the last 30 years, growing to epidemic proportions and affecting a third of America’s population. Luckily for those in the Indianapolis area, people at all levels of government and communities are stepping up to battle childhood obesity. In 2008, Indiana was ranked the 10th most obese state in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. These children may be facing serious health problems not just later in life but in their immediate future. According to Dr. Andrew C. Riggs, director of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, there has been a dramatic increase of children being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes over the past 15 years. In addition, children are at risk for other obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, early sexual maturation, respiratory disorders and skin infections, not to mention the psychological effects of obesity such as low self-esteem and depression.

Written by Rebecca Todd

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In Indianapolis, both Mayor Greg Ballard and Gov. Mitchell Daniels are highly active in the fight against obesity. The INShape Indiana initiative,, created by Daniels, encourages Hoosiers to live a healthier lifestyle by eating better, moving more and avoiding tobacco. In an effort to combat the problem on the school level, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent has developed the Project 18 Statewide School Health and Wellness Challenge. Designed in partnership with Marsh Supermarkets and Ball State University, the program is designed to “help kids and their families set goals, eat smarter and get active” by involving parents and educators. The project, which is named after Manning’s football jersey number, provides Indiana elementary schools with an 18-week health and wellness curriculum designed to address the major risk behaviors in 3rd grade to 5th grade students. Approximately 250 registered schools within 60 Indiana counties participated in the project in 2010 and applications are now being taken to participate in

obesity in Indiana and across the U.S. Last year the AHA announced an aggressive 10-year impact goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital percent while reducing deaths from L.I.F.E for Kids is a holistic healthy cardiovascular disease and stroke lifestyle program for children and by 20 percent. “To accomplish this adolescents. Integrating counseling goal, much of our work will be The POWER program not only and education from a multipreventative, including with our offers tertiary care based weight disciplinary team does not just youngest generation, helping and management for youth, but physician encouraging them to develop promote weight loss, but rather education and empowerment and healthy habits for life. healthy eating, activity and other community initiatives as well. lifestyle habits that will help them Lori Walton, pediatric weight Beginning August 25, hour-long avoid obesity and the many management coordinator for the POWER Up classes will take place long-term health risks associated program, recommends getting kids every Thursday for 6 weeks in which with it,” said AHA to eat healthier by making healthier communications versions of foods they director, Tim already like. All levels of society need to work together to combat Harms. The AHA is fighting this battle “Using reduced fat the growing childhood obesity problem; from on many fronts ingredients, adding government and healthcare agencies to schools and including diced vegetables, and encouraging kids to minimizing oil and religious organizations. Families also need to do get at least 60 butter in recipes can their part. Keeping healthy foods on hand and minutes of moderate produce healthy to vigorous exercise burgers and fries, choosing activity over sitting idle are simple per day, and pizza, Chinese, beginnings. Together, we can work to conquer the encouraging healthy Mexican and Italian eating habits. “93% restaurant favorites,” epidemic and keep childhood obesity at bay. of our kids have a said Walton, who has poor diet, 7% have been hard at work on an intermediate diet the cookbook children learn both nutrition and and none of our children eat an “Project 18 Menu Makeovers” due physical fitness. ideal diet,” said Harms. “This is out this month. She also finds that very concerning to us and will be More information on the POWER presentation is important and recommends serving healthy foods in program can be found at www.iuhealth. one of our main priorities for the foreseeable future.” The AHA is org/riley. fun ways such as arranging bite size also in the process of unveiling a pieces on party platters. new My Heart, My Life platform In addition, Riley and Keep that will feature several programs Indianapolis Beautiful helped 10 IPS “Kids will choose chips and cookies to combat childhood obesity. More schools plant “Riley School over fruits and vegetables most every information is available at Gardens” last spring. The produce time,” she said. “Keeping fresh fruits will go to the community, teachers, and vegetables already washed, cut students and their families. Indiana up and ready to grab for snacking All levels of society need to work University Health also launched greatly increases the likelihood that together to combat the growing “Garden on the Go,” a mobile they will be eaten.” More childhood obesity problem; from produce truck that visits inner-city information on the L.I.F.E. program government and healthcare agencies neighborhoods to promote healthy is available at to schools and religious eating. This fall, IU Health will also organizations. Families also need to unveil an 8-acre organic urban farm Riley Hospital for Children POWER that will supply fresh (Pediatric Overweight Education and produce to local food Research) program at Indiana banks. University Health strives to take a Visit our Facebook page to share your healthy The American Heart proactive role in the prevention and recipes and how you stay active with your kids. treatment of youth obesity. “POWER Association (AHA) is also very involved in is well-rounded and includes an fighting childhood on-staff psychologist, physical this year’s challenge. For more information, visit the project Web site at or call 317-338-KIDS (5437).

therapist, physician, nurse practitioner and dietician,” said Amanda Garant, coordinator, Riley Hospital for Children POWER program at Indiana University Health. “We are there to offer support, education and treatment on many levels.”


Protect your Child from Type 2 Diabetes Do you have type 2 diabetes in your family? If so, your child may be at risk, too. One in three children born in 2000 or later will develop diabetes in his or her lifetime (one in two among minorities). Obesity, including childhood obesity, is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. By helping your child maintain a healthy weight, you can do a lot to reduce his or her risk for type 2. When you’re shopping at the grocery, make healthy choices by buying produce, lean meats and dairy, and choose snacks that are low in carbohydrates, sugar and salt. You can also get active with your kids: ride bikes, go roller skating, play at the pool or go for a walk together. At least 30 minutes of daily physical activity can go a long way towards preventing type 2 diabetes. One simple way to get started is by registering to walk in the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes this fall at Most of all, if you think your child is at risk for type 2 diabetes, talk with your doctor. By making healthy choices, you can help your child avoid type 2 diabetes. For more information, visit or contact the American Diabetes Association at 317-352-9226 or

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chool days are rapidly approaching and it’s time to start planning your child’s after-school activities. These programs are more than just time fillers. Research shows that after-school activities keep kids out of trouble, improve their social skills and even boost their academic skills. We talked to grown-ups and kids alike to get the inside scoop on some of the best activities around town. Written by Amy Seng Holtzman

ballet * tae kwon do * soccer * football * cheerleading * baseball * hockey * volleyball * music * drama * tap * zumba * drawing * photography * glass blowing * fencing * foreign language

ballet * tae kwon do * soccer * football * cheerleading * baseball * hockey * volleyball * music * drama * tap * zumba * drawing * photography * glass blowing * fencing * foreign language

After School Activities

Now that you know some of the options, how do you narrow down the choices? Dr. David Lowenstein is a psychologist and writer specializing in family issues. He said think about your child’s personality when choosing. It might be tempting to sign a sedentary child up for soccer, but Lowenstein said it might be counterintuitive.

For the Ingram family in Fishers, dance and sports are the top activities. Silah, age 5, loves ballet. She said she likes it because, “I like to be a princess.” Her 7-year-old brother, Micah, prefers Tae Kwon Do and soccer because, “I like winning trophies…and because I get to play on a team.” The U’Ren family in Brownsburg keeps extra busy. Brooke, Kierstyn, Amber and Kennedy all participate in activities through the Upwards Sports Program, a Christian sports league. The kids play soccer, football, basketball and cheerleading. Kierstyn, age 11, loves the program because she gets to play football on a co-ed team. She said, “We can all have fun with it and we get to play as a team.” Kennedy, age 6, agreed. “My favorite sport is football because there is lots of throwing and I don’t have to kick anyone like in soccer.” At the Mpistolarides’ home in Geist, after-school activities consist of baseball, hockey, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse. Paul, Nick and Victoria have always been encouraged to try a lot of different activities. Dad, Paul, said, “I let them do however much they wanted as long as their grades are good. I’m a firm believer that sports helps institute a lot of important values such as teamwork. I feel that sports actually help a student stay focused and organized.” The arts are also popular among the school-aged set. From music to drama, there are plenty of

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) may also be a fit for your child. The ICC is a non-profit organization that has provided quality music education to nearly 2500 children in central Indiana. Children in 4th – 9th grades are invited to audition for the choir. For more information, go to Dancers will find many options, too. Imagine the thrill of dancing at Indianapolis School of Ballet with its huge studios overlooking the Indiana Capitol. There are classes for ages 4 and up. To learn more, go to Dance Connection in Franklin Township is another popular studio with ballet, tap, jazz and Zumba for teens. Dance Connection has open enrollment so new students are welcome at any time. If you have a drama king or queen in your house, check out the Young Actors Theatre. The classes are for kindergarteners up through 12th grade. Registration opens in August and does fill up. Go to for more information. For artists, the Indianapolis Art Center offers a variety of classes including drawing, sculpture, photography and glass blowing. Brooke Klejnot, guest services manager at the center, said “The arts promote creativity and help to develop a sense of self-confidence.” The center’s schedule is listed at Fencing is another option at the Indianapolis

Choosing the right options for your child programs to challenge your child. At Meridian Music, children ages 7 and up can take private lessons on various instruments. Hillary Blake is the education director at Meridian Music. She said the program includes monthly recitals that allow students to showcase their skills on a regular basis. Another option is the IUPUI Music Academy. There are group keyboard classes for 1st and 2nd graders. For older students, there are private lessons in everything from voice to viola.

Fencing Club at the Boys and Girls Club in Whitestown, Ind. Bill Winget is president of the fencing club. He said, “Fencing is a lifetime sport. It provides great exercise and requires outthinking your opponent.” For more information, go to Your child can even learn a new language after school. The Indy Foreign Language Academy in Carmel has classes featuring Spanish conversation, games and multimedia activities. For parents who have difficulty making the dash from work to extracurriculars, you’ll find oneAUGUST 2011 [ indy’s child ] 25

This just scratches the surface of what’s available around town. To find more options, check out the activities listed in our Arts & Enrichment Guide.

stop shopping at the Arthur M. Glick JCC. The center will pick-up students in Washington Township and take them to an after-care program that includes playing, studying and swimming. While the kids are there, they can also sign up for sports, dance and other classes. After-school care is open to members and non-members. AYS, Inc. also offers after-school care at four IPS schools and several schools in Hamilton and Hendricks counties. These programs provide childcare and includes enrichment activities from art to health to multicultural studies. Now that you know some of the options, how do you narrow down the choices? Dr. David Lowenstein is a psychologist and writer specializing in family issues. He said think about your child’s personality when choosing. It might be tempting to sign a sedentary child up for soccer, but Lowenstein said it might be counterintuitive. Your child might feel more


comfortable in a club. If you do go the sports route, Lowenstein recommended finding a league that stresses learning the skills rather than just winning the game. Lowenstein cautioned against booking too many activities. “If the evening dinner hour is pulling up to the drive-through window a few nights a week, your family is overscheduled.” He recommends one or two activities per season, and whatever you choose, make sure it’s fun. This just scratches the surface of what’s available around town. To find more options, check out the activities listed in our Arts & Enrichment Guide.

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Bongo Boy Music School Kids and �Big� Kids (Parents)! Come Jam with us and experience what RHYTHM is all about in our Saturday morning Kids Rhythm Club and Free Community Drum Circles on Thursday Nights. We provide all drum and percussion instruments. We strive to provide the best music instruction in the city of Indianapolis on most instruments including voice and songwriting lessons. All Ages, All Styles, All Levels are welcome. Helping to make your musical experience a fun and memorable one. It�s all about the groove! 8481 Bash St. Suite 1100, Indianapolis, IN 46250, Contact: Ana Dougherty, office manager, Phone: 317-595-9065, Fax: 317-595-9067, Email: info@,

Fairview Music Studios Private music lessons in piano, violin, flute, guitar, and voice for children from first grade and for adults. Monthly tuition for 30-minute weekly lessons $90-$110. Occasional special programs for younger children. All instructors have university degrees in music; most have advanced degrees.4609 N. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: John Schmid, Director, Phone: (317) 253-5982, Fax: 317-251-2246, Email:, www.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir The Indianapolis Children’s Choir provides music education, choral instruction and performance opportunities. Programs are geared for pre-school age children through high school. Choirs rehearse on the campus of Butler University, and several regional choirs operate throughout central Indiana. For the auditioned choirs, a simple assessment of the child’s voice is required - no preparation needed! Ask about our Preparatory Program for grades 1 – 4; no audition required. 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Laura Neidig, Phone: 317-940-9640, Email:, www.

IUPUI Music Academy

The IUPUI Music Academy is a non-profit, educational organization whose mission, purpose, and primary activity pertain to arts education. The Academy is committed to providing high quality, professional music instruction to area residents of all ages and levels of ability. 535 W. Michigan Street, IT 378, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Phone: 317-278-4139, Fax: 317-278-2590, Email:,

Kindermusik by Musical Beginnings Kindermusik is a music and movement program for children, ages 0-7. You’ll play, listen and dance to music that will impact your child in profound ways. That’s because every song, story and two-step has a carefully chosen purpose in this creative curriculum - one that’s designed to stimulate and strengthen the vital neural wiring taking place in your child’s mind right now. A Kindermusik educator will guide you every step of the way so you know how each activity contributes to your child’s overall growth and development. 606 S. Union Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Kim Bemis, Phone: 317-867-3077, Email:,

Meridian Music Meridian Music offers private lessons on almost every intrument. Harmony Road courses are also offered for children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years.12725 Old Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Hillary Blake, Director of Education, Phone: 317-575-9588, Fax: 317-5759727, Email:, www.

St. Paul’s Choir School Students receive weekly instruction and sing with a nationally renowned intergenerational choir. Additional opportunities include performing choral masterworks alongside professional

orchestras and touring in the U.S. and England. This free program is open to youth in grades 3-8. Participants do not have to be members of St. Paul’s. 6050 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Robert Richter, Assistant Organist & Choir Master, Phone: 317-253-1277 x29, Email:,

Teresa Siegrist Piano Studio Piano teacher with years of experience offering morning, afternoon, and weekend lessons for ages 4 to adult. Home schoolers welcome. Private piano lessons also offered for students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Students learn in a very positive, nurturing atmosphere as they progress at their own pace. References available. 11653 Bradford Place (Near 116th and Keystone), Carmel, IN 46033, Contact: Teresa Siegrist, Phone: 317-8441583, Email:


Dance Class Studio Is your child ready to become a beautiful ballerina or dance like a video star? Dance Class Studio has classes for ages 3 through adult, where students learn in a fun, supportive, and positive environment. Dance Class Studio offers tap, ballet, jazz, pop hip hop, and a SPECIAL PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM. Check our website or call for more information. 154 Medical Drive, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Rhonda Kaspar, Phone: 317-566-9960, Fax: 317-733-9641, Email:,

Fox Hill Dance Academy, Inc. Choose Your Activity Category: Dance & Cheer, Ballet,tap,jazz/ hiphop, and liturgical dance for ages 3-99 yrs. 2255 Fox Hill Drive, Indianapolis, In 46228, Contact: Betty Wright, President, Phone: (317)251-3007, Fax: 317-731-4093, Email:,

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Indiana Ballet Conservatory Join IBC for Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Yoga/Pilates, Hip-Hop, and Tap. Preparatory and Pre-Professional Classes for Ages 3 to 18 and Adults. IBC is YAGP’s Winner of the Regional “Outstanding School” award. Our world-class faculty fuses the finest classical ballet instruction with the very best of modern and contemporary training. 575 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032, Phone: 317-379-1188, Email: missy@, ,

Indianapolis School of Ballet A premier dance institution, the Indianapolis School of Ballet offers professional, year-round instruction for ages 4 to adult, great performances, legendary guest master teachers, and diverse repertoire in state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Experience the joy and artistry of dance, health and fitness benefits, and a nurturing atmosphere at ISB! 502 N. Capitol #B, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Contact: Cathy Strauss, Phone: 317-955-7525, Email: school@indyballet. org,


Indianapolis Art Center Creativity enriches every aspect of life and is integral to cognitive growth. The Art Center offers quality art classes for toddlers through teens in a variety of art mediums, including glass blowing (ages 10 and up), ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making, fiber arts, painting and drawing. Or take a class with your kids! 820 E. 67th St., Indianapolis, IN


46220, Phone: 317-255-2464, Email:,

Monart School of the Arts Art & drawing classes and camps for students ages 4 and up. Students learn how to draw and create amazing artwork in a variety of mediums, including markers, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, colored pencils and acrylics. 3 Locations: 60 N 9th St., Noblesville, 1366 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel, 90 N. Main St., Zionsville, Contact: Barb Hegeman, owner, Phone: 317-774-3729(DRAW), Email:, www.

Rocky Ripple Clayworks Traveling pottery classes, workshops and presentations for all ages and every budget. Great for Birthday parties, Girls Scout meetings, 4-H.....Will come to you. Great prices and lots of fun.5125 Crown Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Jeremy South, Phone: 317-514-8469, Email:,

FITNESS & SPORT Crouching Tigers

Crouching Tigers is a mobile fitness and martial arts program that travels to childcare centers and after school programs in the Indianapolis area. Paired with awareness such as stranger danger and life skills such as respect, lessons are designed to improve student’s overall behavior and confidence. 123 E Main St, Brownsburg, IN 46112,

Contact: Olivia Roney, President, Phone: 317-341-3528, Email: admin@,

JCC The JCC welcomes families and individuals of all faiths and backgrounds. More than three generations have grown up in the JCC’s early childhood education and camp programs. Thousands walk through the JCC’s doors each week to work out in the modern fitness center, participate in leagues and exercise classes, swim, enjoy family programs and so much more. The JCC – Good for life! 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Phone: 317-251-9467, Fax: 251-9493, Email:,

Stony Creek Swim & Fitness Center 15550 Stony Creek Way, Noblesville, IN 46060, Contact: Shari Gipson, Phone: 317-773-7399 Email: info@stonycreekswimcenter. com ,

Team Witsken Tennis Team Witsken Tennis teaches classes and private lessons and offers tournament play to kids and adults of all ages. Players of all skill levels are welcome! No experience necessary to start developing the skills necessary for this life-long sport! Contact us for more information! 1130 Racquet Club North Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Rick Witsken/Director, Phone: 317-848-2023, Email:,

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The Art of Advocacy

Learning how to advocate for your child with special needs

A first step for parents is accepting that their child is having difficulty adjusting socially and educationally at school.

Written by Jennifer Pace


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Steps to Help Parents Get Started Dr. Luis Escobar, medical director of medical genetics at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent Health, offered steps to parents on getting started:

1. Start with a good diagnosis from a medical doctor.

2. Ask the doctor to outline

recommendations for a documented care plan to share with insurance companies for coverage and school officials for IEP planning.

3. Find insurance companies

providing autism or ADHD related coverage. Ask about gaining coverage approval for Applied Behavior Therapy. Give the insurance company the physician’s care plan to review for further guideline requests.

4. Take insurance guideline

requests back to physicians to be adjusted with additional information to meet coverage approval.

5. Decide what school is best for

the child by reviewing the services schools offer that will meet your child’s needs.

6. Provide the school and principal with a copy of the diagnosis so that they are aware. Children will then receive help and understanding on all fronts.


The Art of Advocacy Seeking out an advocate for advice and guidance before beginning this process is a good idea and some organizations offer free advocate services.

first step for parents is accepting that their child is having difficulty adjusting socially and educationally at school. According to Noha F. Minshawi, clinical director, Riley Hospital for Children Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Indiana University Health, a child with special needs who is not relating well to the teacher or classmates can become frustrated resulting in the child’s behavior growing aggressive and irritable. Such a situation can lead to tantrums and even self injury. It is important that parents recognize these signs and take action with advocacy to address the situation properly. Parents who accept that they need to help their child into a better learning environment where the child can flourish, are far better off than leaving a child struggling in a situation that is stressful for child, parent and teacher.

Angels Among Advocates “It was like an angel appeared and cleared away a fog of confusion.” That’s how parent, Kim Garvey, described advocate, Jane Grimes, founder & president of the Hamilton County Autism Support Group of Noblesville, Ind. Grimes became Garvey’s sound voice of reason as she made great strides for her daughter while accompanying Garvey during case conferences with school officials

to formulate and modify Garvey’s daughter’s Individual Education Plan, (IEP). A child’s IEP is a legally binding document between the school and family that states that the school recognizes a child’s special needs per a doctor’s diagnosis and will uphold teaching methods unique to that child’s needs.

“Jane was amazing. I put my trust in her to represent our ideas and plans in case conferences. She remained calm, emotionally detached and focused only on getting results for doing what was best for my daughters schooling. There were times she even redirected the plan to better meet my daughters needs,” Garvey said.

Creating Learning Environments

Gathering Information

Formulating an IEP document requires patience and understanding from everyone involved as parents meet with school board members to discuss implementing teaching methods, techniques and a curriculum that all create a positive, productive and beneficial learning environment that enables the child to excel and succeed regardless of disability. Garvey expressed that IEP meetings are much like a court trial. An advocate steps in and represents the family before a panel of school officials much like an attorney representing someone in court. She offered that parents need to be prepared to ask questions, take notes, present topics for discussion and make suggestions as to what works best when teaching and relating to their child. “This can be an emotional time for parents,” Garvey added. She described Grimes as just the person she needed to represent her for a smooth and effective outcome.

Begin gathering information from doctors, advocates, schools and insurance companies and make separate lists of available services from each one. Listing options helps parents see what’s available so that they can make intelligent and informed decisions concerning their child’s IEP. Seeking out an advocate for advice and guidance before beginning this process is a good idea and some organizations offer free advocate services. There are also disability and family law attorney’s who specialize in these areas. Contacting organizations like the Hamilton County Autism Support Group, Autism Society of Indiana and Autism Resource Network of Indiana, will open a network of families, professionals, services and organizations for gathering information about available options and services, as well as individual disability rights and laws.

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CALENDAR august special needs resources

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Check out what’s happening in Indianapolis this month for families with special needs...

Your Dependent with Special Needs: Making their Future More Secure lecture by Gordon F. Homes, Jr., CFP When: Mon., Aug. 1, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Autism Family Resource Center’s Grandparents’ Support Group

Where: The Monon Community Center, Carmel

When: Wed., Aug. 10

Cost: Free

Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

Contact: Joelle at 317-466-1000 x2420

Cost: Free Contact: Diane Quillico at 317-882-1914 or Linda Knoderer at 317-816-1381

Where: Wabash Center, Lafayette Cost: Free

Autism Family Resource Centers’ Parents’ Support Group

Contact: Cindy Robinson of About Special Kids, 800-964-4746

When: Wed., Aug. 10 Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis

Get Fit

Cost: Free

When: Mondays, Aug. 1 - 29, 7-8 p.m.

Contact: Erica O’Neil or Katy Messuri at 317-466-1000

Where: The Monon Community Center, Carmel Cost: $20 Contact: Brooke Taflinger at 317-573-5245 or

Puberty: Let’s Talk About It presented by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism When: Mon., Aug. 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Easter Seals ARC, Fort Wayne

Game Night

Cost: Free

When: Tuesdays, Aug. 2 - 30, 6-7 p.m.

Contact: Susan Crowell at or 260-637-4409, Lee Ann Synder

Where: The Monon Community Center, Carmel Cost: $20 Contact: Brooke Taflinger at 317-573-5245 or

Karaoke Night When: Fri., Aug. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: The Monon Community Center, Carmel

Free Parent Lecture at Brain Balance Indianapolis

Cost: $6

When: Tues., August 2, 7 p.m.

Contact: Brooke Taflinger at 317-573-5245 or

Where: Brain Balance Achievement Center Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Julie Peterson, 317-843-9200,

Open House at Brain Balance Indianapolis When: Sat., August 20, 12 - 2 p.m. Where: Brain Balance Achievement Center Indianapolis

Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process When: Wed., Aug. 31, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Speedway United Methodist Church Cost: $40 family members, $75 professionals Contact: Register at or email

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out, East When: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Fridays of every month, 6-10 p.m. Where: Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out, South When: 1st Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Where: Indian Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis Cost: Free Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out, North When: 3rd Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Where: Trinity Wesleyan Church (Kids Kastle), Fishers Cost: Free Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

Easter Seals Crossroads Parents’ Night Out, West When: 4th Friday of every month

Public Health Insurance: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You

Cost: Free

Where: Speedway United Methodist Church, Speedway

When: Fri., Aug. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Contact: Julie Peterson, 317-843-9200, indy@

Cost: Free Contact: Anna Marie House at 317-466-2006

Autism Family Resource Centers’ Teen Night Out

Know of an upcoming event benefitting those with special needs? Email Carrie Bishop at

Where: Wabash Center, Lafayette Cost: $40 family members, $75 professionals Contact: Register at or email

When: Fri., Aug. 26

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ADHD in the Classroom Finding clues starts at home Written by Jennifer Pace

arents officially become seasoned after learning plan A, Let the kids play longer at the park so they fall asleep early. But sometimes plan A backfires and parents fall asleep on the couch first. “Hyperactivity is a natural growth pattern. Normal hyperactive kids can seem like a lot to keep up with,” said Dr. David Dunn, co-director, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Clinic, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. With preschoolers having naturally short attention spans as they curiously shift focus from one thing to the next, it can be hard to identify if your child has Attention Deficit & Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), said Dunn.

Addressing ADHD at Home At home, kitchen rules teach safety around sharp objects, glass, and burners, while other rules prevent kids from falling out of windows, jumping from high places or running in front of cars. Dunn explained that while kids with ADHD understand warnings, cautions and rules, they don’t always adhere to them. Kids with ADHD become distracted taking mental detours away from rules and completing tasks. While all kids need safety, etiquette and behavior reminders, addressing ADHD is very different. Dunn expressed that even though parents instill safety rules, children with attention deficits show signs of being accident prone due to being distracted by impulsive behaviors that cloud judgment. Dunn and his Riley staff look for repeated distracting and disruptive impulsive behaviors showing impaired judgment and learning disabilities that may be signs of ADHD, such as difficulty staying on task and achieving goals.

Recognizing Signs and Finding Solutions Dunn offered head injuries to be a cause of ADHD but also said that familial genetics and multiple genetic combination conflicts are the main contributors. Compassionately, he expressed that parents remain blameless as ADHD is not any single gene but rather a combination conflict where genes between parents don’t quite mesh. Parents need to remain unified, working together to find doctors, therapists and teachers to help bring solutions that help their child. Proper help and therapy teaches children new ways to cope with and overcome ADHD to lead full happy lives. Dr. Charles Shinaver, child clinical psychologist of Clarity4Health LLC, also said the strongest factor 38 INDYSCHILD.COM

is genetic when it comes to the causes of ADHD. Traumatic brain injuries can also result in attention and working memory problems, he said. Although no one wants their child labeled, parents know when there is something different about their child, Shinaver said. “If you have children who don’t have ADHD you know what I mean. Without having this category you don’t have a clue about how to get help. So the diagnosis should be considered as a start toward helping your child.”

Positive Reinforcement According to Dr. Pamela Christy, PSY, Woodview Psychology Group, who collaborates with husband Dunn, “Kids with ADHD really do want to give their best at home and school but often end up misunderstood and in trouble because they have difficulty following rules and meeting goals.” Parents and teachers who become frustrated and criticize or punish children with ADHD can lower a child’s self esteem. She emphasized the importance of giving praise and meaningful rewards to children with ADHD when they do remain on task, meet goals, finish homework and give their best. Christy commented, “Many parents and teachers don’t realize the extent to which ADHD impacts behavioral, emotional, academic and social aspects of a child’s life.” Shinaver said, “You have to establish rewards for behaving before you are in a setting. What he or she should earn should be more immediate and matter to the child. Some parents wish this were not true and attempt to manage “Hyperactivity is a natural growth pattern. Normal without external rewards. hyperactive kids can seem like a lot to keep up with.” Good luck, you have lots of —Dr. David Dunn, co-director, ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders frustration ahead.” Clinic, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Christy further revealed it common to find one or both parents with untreated ADHD behaviors indicative of criticism and yelling wherein the child is being reared in a disruptive, unsettled, environment. In her professional experience young children have difficulty learning to develop positive behavior skills in therapy if they continually return to a disruptive environment. “We learned long ago to teach affected parents better social skills as well because parents model behavior for children,” she said.

Shifting Mental Gears Between Home and School While kids run through the house and yard playing and laughing and speaking freely, school rules create a different environment. Kids are expected to listen in the classroom, be polite, line up for lunch and recess, raise their hands to speak, etc. This requires mentally shifting gears and applying new behavior rules in a different setting. Learning to effectively do so becomes an important adult social skill while relating to others at work, parties, funerals, church, etc. Classroom rules require children to understand how to take turns and respectfully get along throughout the day as well as complete classroom projects and homework. Shinaver said that parents need to shift their thinking before adjusting with managing a child with ADHD. “Russell Barkley, a well-known ADHD researcher used to say that you should take the age of an ADHD child and multiple it by .75 to get the person’s functioning level. So he or she will be behind in daily living skills, maturity and independence,” he said.

Red Flag Progress Reports Multiple school reports that continually “red flag” a child’s inability to manage time, remain organized, seated, focused, as well as follow verbal directions and understand new concepts, may indicate learning disabilities or emotional trauma. It is important for parents to remember that divorce, unstable home relations or family deaths upset children even if they don’t express it. A combination of both can greatly interfere with a child’s ability to learn. AUGUST 2011 [ indy’s child ] 39

special needs resources

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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: 317-889-KIDS, Email:,

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@,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism


to central Indiana, Contact: Mika Adams, Phone: 866-968-3698, Email:

Phone: 765-454-9748, Email:

parents and caregivers. We accept Medicaid Waiver, private insurances and,

private pay. 640 Patrick’s Place, Suite B, Brownsburg, IN 46112, Contact:

Autism Society of Indiana

Indianapolis Pediatric Dentistry

Kim or Joanna, Office Support, Phone: 317.858.8630, Fax: 317.858.8715, Email:,

We strive to improve the lives of everyone affected by autism in Indiana.

We have a unique dental practice. As pediatric dentists, we are

We provide information and support, referral to resources, policy and

specially trained in the dental care of infants, children and teens,

educational advocacy, training, awareness, family programs,

including those patients with special medical needs. At Indianapolis

Dr. Satterfield-Siegel is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist specializing

Spanish-speaking support group, summer camp programs, and oversight

Pediatric Dentistry, we treat your kids like our own. We pay special

in providing dental care for infants, children and patients that have

on the Indiana Comprehensive Plan of Lifetime Supports for Individuals

attention to each patient’s needs and we take the time to make sure

special needs. We provide routine dental care, fillings, in office sedations

with Autism 13295 Illinois Street, Suite 110, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact:

they’re comfortable. We go to great lengths to make sure that both the

and hospital dentistry for all of our patients. We build long-lasting

Dana Renay, Phone: 800-609-8449, Email:,

patient and parents understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it

relationships with our families through active listening and

and the long-term benefits. 8433 Harcourt Road, Suite 307,

understanding. New patients are welcomed! 10801 N Michigan Rd Suite

Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Erin Phillips, Phone: 317-872-7272,

210, Carmel, IN 46077, Contact: Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel, D.D.S., Phone:

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism The Behavior Analysis Center (BACA) was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly trained Behavior Analysts who have


Little Star Center

worked with Dr. Sundberg for years. BACA uses Applied Behavior

Little Star is a structured, sensory-friendly place where children with autism

Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, academic, and life skills to

receive intense, individualized one-on-one therapeutic intervention based on

children with autism and other related disabilities. 11902 Lakeside

the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Little Star has a “family

Dr., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232,

first” philosophy and offers a supportive community of parents and


professionals. Indiana’s original ABA center – providing services since 2002,

Brain Balance Achievement Center Indianapolis

12726 Hamilton Crossing Blvd, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Mary Rosswurm, Executive Director, Phone: 317-249-2242, Email:

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

(317) 873 3448, Email:, www.

The Arc of Indiana The Arc of Indiana, established in 1956 by parents of children with developmental disabilities, works every day to empower families with information and resources, empower people with disabilities to be as independent as possible, and inspire positive change in public policy and public attitudes. Contact us. We’re here to help! 107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone:

The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high

Brain Balance Achievement Centers work with children who suffer from

quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children

Developmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum , Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD,

and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using

Dyslexia, Tourette’s and other neurological disorders. The Brain Balance

The Lovaas Institute provides ABA therapy in the home, a young child’s

researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and

Program is unique in that it utilizes a comprehensive, multi-faceted

primary place for learning. Dr. Lovaas’ work spans over forty years and

certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic

approach designed specifically to address the various difficulties exhibited

was called the most rigorously controlled research for children with

The Arc of Indiana Master Trust helps families who have a child with

Lovaas Institute

317-977-2375 or 800-382-9100, Email:

The Arc of Indiana Master Trust

skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis,

or experienced by each child. 9510 N. Meridian St. Suite D, Indianapolis, IN

autism published to date (Rogers & Vismara, 2008). We are committed

a disability provide for their child’s financial future through a

IN 46254, Contact: Jane Grimes, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email:

46260, Contact: Julie Peterson, Phone: 317-843-9200, Email: jpeterson@

to continuing his legacy of high quality services and unparalleled

Special Needs Trust; and helps people with disabilities create their,

support to families. Serving Indianapolis, Contact: Vincent LaMarca,

own trust. Regardless of your age, or your child’s age or disability,

Phone: (317) 508-5430, Email:,

planning for the future is important. Contact us. We’re here to help!

Autism Consultation

Homefront Learning Center

Meaningful Day Services, Inc.

Individually designed behavior and academic support and intervention

Homefront Learning Center is an Occupational, Speech, Physical, and

strategies for families and children dealing with Autism Spectrum

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy provider servicing Indianapolis

Meaningful Day Services provides individualized services for children with

Disorders. With 35+ years experience in special education in public

and the surrounding areas. Homefront offers both in-clinic and in-home

special needs. Some of our services include Applied Behavior Analysis,

schools I am comfortable attending IEP meetings to advocate for the

therapy for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other

Behavior Management and First Steps which is home and facility based. Our

family and child. Introductory meeting at no charge. Providing service

special needs. 625 N. Union, Kokomo, IN 46901, Contact: Kim Strunk,

services include assessments, program development and training for


107 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Contact: Melissa Justice, Trust Director, Phone: 317-977-2375 or 800-382-9100, Email:,

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10 Ways to Help Improve Social Skills in Kids on the Autism Spectrum Carrie Bishop Following are suggestions area experts have stated as appropriate ways to help kids improve their social skills.

Teach your child how to ask for things, answer questions, follow directions . These are core elements of language and the foundation of social skills.

Prioritize peer-to-peer interactions. Small playdates involving two, three or four children will expose your child with autism to appropriate social behavior and allow him or her to learn and practice social skills in a safe environment. Practice social skills at home. At home you and your child’s siblings can do things like play turn-taking games and practice waiting in line. Connect with a behavior analyst. If you can afford to have your child work with a certified behavior analyst, you both will learn ways to help your child gain appropriate social skills.

Use social stories to help prepare your child for upcoming events and happenings. You can help your child alleviate some anxiety about approaching social situations by reading social stories with them.

Write social skill goals into the IEP and update every year. Social goals should be written into your child’s individualized education plan (IEP) and implemented throughout their school day including in the classroom, at lunch, even recess.

Enlist peer buddies or mentors. Peer buddies at school can show your child how to do things like play hopscotch at recess and serve as a friendly resource for various matters. Talk specifically about appropriate words to use or not to use in specific situations. Let your child know what may or may not be appropriate to say when visiting a friend in the hospital, going to a birthday party, or entering into any social interaction.

Keep a detailed calendar of upcoming events so your child knows what to expect each day. Your child with autism doesn’t need social surprises. Knowing what is on their dance card will give them a sense of control and provide opportunity to focus on appropriate social behavior.

As social rules evolve, so should your child’s social skills. What is expected of a 6-year-old differs from what will be expected of them in their teens.

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Pictured Left to Right: William Gray, Campbell Craciunoiu and Nyla Rae Stanback

Written by Brooke Reynolds

Getting back into the groove

etting back into school-time routines can

dillydally in their closet only to pick an outfit that looks like it

be hard – and not just on the kids. As the

belongs in Lady Gaga’s wardrobe.

head of the house, executing and

• Have

the kids arrange their launch pads and pack their

maintaining those routines is your job. Here are some

backpacks. See if there are any papers you need to sign or

tips to help you and the kids stay on your game.

teacher correspondence you should read, and write important

Bedtime routine: You’ll have a manic morning without one • Set

a bedtime early enough to ensure everyone gets eight hours of

sleep. Then aim to get in bed 30 minutes before that. If a student is groggy at school, they won’t be as productive. Try not to cut into the designated sleeping hours to buy more time in during the day. • Pick

out clothes the night before. Give your child two or three

preselected outfits to choose from. This way, he or she won’t 42 INDYSCHILD.COM

• Plan

breakfast. Make it quick and easy, and prepare what you

can the night before. • Have • Do

the kids bathe at night to save time in the morning.

the same thing each night right before bed to help them wind

down: read a book or listen to music, pray together and talk

dates on the calendar. Check up on their grades and homework

about the next day’s plans. A child is most successful at staying

schedules at this time, too. “When the student knows his parents

on task when he or she knows what’s coming.

are aware of his grades and assignments, there’s less chance for failure,” Susan Stretchberry, director for Sylvan Learning’s south

Morning routine:

Indianapolis location, said.

It’ll start everyone’s day off right • Get

• Pack

lunches or pass out lunch money if tomorrow’s lunch menu

yourself up earlier than the rest of the family to have your

coffee in peace. Then get yourself completely dressed and ready

seems palatable. Always keep an extra day’s worth of lunch

for the day so that you can concentrate solely on the kids when

money in their backpack in case you forget this step.

they wake up.

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Aim to leave 15 minutes earlier than you normally would. It’s nice to

the afternoon than at night. And if they struggle with an assignment,

have that extra padding of time if needed, but it’s also smart to teach

there’s more time to work through it.

the kids about the importance of showing up a little early. Arriving to school early makes for a calmer start to their morning, rather than a

each child his or her own work space. “Keeping these things consistent

leave earlier so that you’re not inclined to drive like a maniac in an

will improve your child’s grades, study habits and comprehension,” Rick

attempt to get the kids to school on time.

Fallis, Sylvan Learning’s director at the northeast Indianapolis location,

You’ll teach the kids what’s important • Give

them a half-hour to change into play clothes and grab a healthy

snack before they start their homework. The snack will keep them from wanting naps and will help them focus on studying. • Stand

firm on blocking out a time after school for academics, said

Julie Thompson Steck, Ph.D., a psychologist specializing in children and adolescents with learning, social, emotional and behavorial up them, to their routines own alarm can clocks. actually This doesn’t provide mean

homework at a regular time and in the same place each day, and give

rushed and stressful jog to their class before the bell. It’s also safer to

After-school routine:

• When Encourage youthem adhere to wake to

• Do

disabilities. “Even if the child doesn’t have homework some days,

said. “The more habitual this is, the more success I see [at Sylvan].” • Reward

the kids with short homework breaks between subjects. It will

help to keep them focused when the work is broken down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Parents teach best by example, so show your kids the value of routines. Familiarize them with the habitual happenings, and they’ll be able to concentrate easier, with fewer fits about what’s expected of them.

more for the pleasurable, spontaneous stuff. you won’tfree end time up dragging them out of bed – it’s just a good habit to

you should use the time to address upcoming assignments so that

Routines can sometimes have a bad reputation as being

Allow routines start at athe young age. to be the family’s gateway to fun!

projects don’t build up, and discuss grade progress so that problems

boring and rigid, but they don’t have to be miserable to

don’t arise there.”

stick to. When you adhere to them, routines can

• They’ve

already showered, so have the kids put on their clothes

first thing out of bed. The longer they stay in their pajamas, the lazier they’ll be.


actually provide more free time for the pleasurable, • It’s

best for kids to get their homework out of the way first so that

the lessons will be fresh in their minds. They’re also more alert in

spontaneous stuff. Allow the routines to be the family’s gateway to fun!

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Dear Teacher Your Questions of Teachers-Answered Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts

Back to School Anxiety Every year my children and I have a fantastic summer. Then the first week of school comes, and their anxiety level suddenly rises to very high levels. How can we avoid this? — High Anxiety Parents can make back-to-school time less traumatic by clearing their schedules so they can focus on being there for their children. The less parents have to do at home and on the job, the more relaxed they will be. Children tend to be especially anxious if they are attending a new school or have had bad experiences the previous year. This is the time for parents to be calm, positive and reassuring. They also need to be careful not to overreact to problems that pop up in the first days and help their children develop coping strategies. If their children have been bullied or teased the previous year, their new teachers need to know about this during the first days of school to stop it from happening again. Parents also can make the start of school more comfortable for their younger children by arranging play dates for them during the first weeks of school. This helps them rebuild social relationships with their classmates.

Too Much TV for Kids The TV is on in our house most of the day, but our young toddlers don’t watch it much of the time. Is this truly bad for them? All we ever

hear about are the negatives of young children watching TV. Aren’t there any positives? – TV Lover Shut your TV off. Hearing TV in the background results in toddlers doing less talking and less listening to others talk. You’ll clearly see this if you observe them playing while the TV is on. You really should follow the T V viewing guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Academy strongly recommends that children do not view T V until they are age 2. After that, the Academy suggests no more than 2 hours a day. These are sensible guidelines for parents to follow and really allow for a lot of T V viewing. You must understand that most of the day in early childhood needs to be devoted to active play to maximize intellectual development. Just think of all the other opportunities to experience the world that your toddlers are missing while watching T V. There are other downsides to watching too much TV at a young age. Later on, some current research shows that you can expect many of them to have poorer achievement in math in school and to be less active physically. They are also likely to consume more junk food than those who have watched less TV. Early TV watching has been completely demonized by most child-development experts. However, there actually are some positive benefits to preschoolers who watch programs with a strong educational content. Later on, these children might read more and get better grades. Unfortunately, most children are not watching primarily educational programs.

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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,

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

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,, ,

Shaarey Tefilla Preschool At Shaarey Tefilla Preschool, children from three to four years old learn new skills, develop confidence and make new friends in a safe and loving environment. Fun-filled and diverse activities keep your children happy. Our program, with low child/ teacher ratios is designed to meet the needs of each developmental level. 3085 W 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Rebecca Holloway, Phone: 317-733-2160, Email:,

FISHERS Fall Creek Montessori Academy Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally 46 INDYSCHILD.COM

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,, www.

Fishers Montessori 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 - CENTRAL Todd Academy, Inc. Todd Academy serves gifted middle and high school students who are seeking a learning challenge. Classes are designed to be fun while motivating the student to stretch academically. Working with the IUPUI SPAN program allows students to take college classes when they are ready for more challenging educational opportunities. 855 N. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Sharon Todd, 317-636-3100,Fax: 317-636-3103, admissions@,

INDIANAPOLIS - NORTH 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-through-play 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,,

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Ages 12 months old+ through full day Kindergarten! Choice of days/

hours! 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! 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, 317-259-6854,

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 may attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472,, www.

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. 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 child- physically, 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,,

Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, a wide variety of learning materials, & friendships, with readiness activities woven through each study unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood designed for 2-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, or kbelt@golove.or

GUIDE Fairview Early Childhood Program Fairview ECP has a developmental, expereinced based curriculum in a warm and inclusive environment. Curriculum is designed to promote positive social behavior, respect for diversity, positive self-concept, independence, creativity and critical thinking skills. Fairview is Accredited by NECPA. Come and visit us! 4609 N. Capital Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Melissa Peterson, 317-253-4990,

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’ webpage, 317-255-0831,

Montessori Centres Stressing peace and respect for all, we’ve worked with children to develop critical-thinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessoricertified 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:

Northside Montessori School Located in Broad Ripple area. NMS provides an environment with dedicated teachers to meet each child’s curiosities and natural love of learning. Call for an appointment to visit us to fully appreciate Montessori in action! 1224 E. 52nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Judy Edwards, 317-251-2979,

The Orchard School The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasized experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide

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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: 317-254-8454, Email: khein@,

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: David Amstutz, 317-415-2777,,

St. Richard’s 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, 317-926-0425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367,, www.

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: 317-2022501,.,

INDIANAPOLIS - NORTHEAST 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: Emily Iglendza, Director of Enrollment Management, 317-849-3441,, www.

Indianapolis Jr. Academy Indianapolis Jr. Academy provides a well-rounded educational program with emphasis on spiritual, mental, physical, and social development. Our teachers are dedicated Christians who desire to prepare children academically and socially in an accepting environment where Christian principles are modeled and taught. We currently offer grades Pre-K to 8th, along with a 3-year old Pre-School program. 2910 East 62nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, 317-251-0560, ijacademy@,

Tomorrows Child Daycare Ministry We offer an excellent program for the academic as well as spiritual development of each child. For over 25 yrs we have given the children in our care a “home away from home” atmosphere. We use the Abeka Christian


Curriculum, giving kids a great head start when they enter school. From infants to Kindergarten, your child can grow up with us! Check us out! You won’t be disappointed. Great references, low ratios, great rates. 7920 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Mary Copeland, Phone: 317-491-5000, Email: m7509t@aol. com

WEE Care Preschool and Kindergarten We are a Christian Preschool located inside Fall Creek Baptist Church on Fall Creek Road. We provide structure and guided activities to develop language, reading, writing and math skills appropriate to your child’s stage of development. Music, Spanish and Motor Gym are also offered with the program. Call for your personal tour today! Ask about our early registration discounts! 8901 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Sandi Carter, 317-594-6968,,

INDIANAPOLIS - NORTHWEST Funshine Children’s Center Funshine Children’s Center provides individualized care and educational programs to meet the needs of each child. Our Creative Curriculum helps foster each

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child’s social, physical, cognitive and language development. Our certified teachers engage children in daily age-appropriate activities. Please schedule a tour for more information. Paths to QUALITY Level 3 Provider. 535 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Bree Loughman, (317) 872-7755, Fax: 317-872-6511,,

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,, http://

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@,

Traders Point Christian Academy Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, NCA and State of Indiana; Preschool - High School; college preparatory, nondenominational Christian school. TPCA’s mission: to challenge/educate students within a Biblical worldview, leading them to a personal faith and transformed life in Jesus Christ. Located at I-65 North/SR 334, Zionsville exit. 6600 S.Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown, IN 46075, Contact: Toni Kanzler, 317-769-2450,,

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


INDIANAPOLIS - SOUTH Montessori Garden Academy Serving children ages one through twelve, MGA

builds children’s self confidence and nurtures their natural curiosity. Children “learn by doing” to achieve a sense of pride and independence, along with learning to cooperate with each other and resolve their own conflicts respectfully. Rather than a “cookie cutter” approach, MGA’s caring teachers and individualized attention enable each child to reach his or her highest potential. 4141 S. East Street, Indianapolis, In 46227, Contact: Kelly Sikora, Executive Director, 317-782-9990, kelly@,


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

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 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 St., Indianapolis, IN 46220, 17645 Oakmont Dr., Noblesville, IN 46062, Contact: Gail Hacker & Tammy Clark & Kathryn Beck, Phone: 317-257-9127 (Indy) 317-773-0387 (Noblesville), Email:, www.

NOBLESVILLE Primrose School of Noblesville Primrose School of Noblesville distinguishes itself by creating a safe and nurturing environment where children will take their first

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steps toward a lifetime of achievement. You will find certified, professional staff and many programs such as spanish, technology, music and physical fitness that will consistently challenge your child. 15707 North Point Blvd., Noblesville, IN 46060, Contact: Jackie Bell, 317-773-4900, Fax: 317-773-4433, jbell@

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, and we are adding a new Toddler room for the 2011-2012 year. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, 317-867-0158,, www.



A Little Angel’s Child Care The best kept secret on the North side. A Christian learning environment designed for today’s family. We have a very diverse student population and we strive to satisfy all children’s needs. We offer a well rounded program stressing learning through directed play. We emphasize the traditional core values of ‘Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Respect.’ Conveniently located in New Augusta 7434 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Alice Glenn-Artis, 317-872-8080, Fax: 317-291-6880,

Wee Folk Childcare Quality in-home child care serving caring families for 20 years. (CPR, 1st aid certified, and state licensed). Two meals and one snack provided daily along with baby food and regular formula. We provide quality learning through play in a non-smoking Christian environment. Preschool program providing Kindergarten prep is available. Meridian Kessler Neighborhood, 317-926-3640

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Animal-in-Residence Program Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4540 Location: West Indianapolis Branch Library. 1216 S. Kappes St, Indianapolis, IN 46221

Children of all ages and families are invited to see a live animal, reptile or bug! Ask questions and get answers during this casual drop-in program.

tues 02

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Times: 7:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-579-0300 Location: Hamilton East Library. Five Municipal Dr., Fishers, IN 46038

About to enter kindergarten? Join us as we talk to the children about


the many exciting milestones ahead and share advice and information to help ease some of the concerns of anxious parents and kindergartners. Registration is required.

weds 03

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion Opening Day Times: 7:30 PM Price: $75-$95 Phone: 800-745-3000 Location : Conseco Fieldhouse. One Conseco Court, Indianapolis, IN 46204 /en / shows/dralion /default.aspx

The critically-acclaimed touring production, Dralion features an international cast of 52 worldclass acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters. Performances run through August 7 – see website for complete schedule.



Target Free Family Night

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Times: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum . 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Terrace, History Center. 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Safe, Healthy, and Happy Kids Kickoff a wonderful school year with games, immunizations, and school safety information. Sponsored generously by Target, the first Thursday of each month The Childrens Museum opens free of charge from 4-8 p.m.

Gen Con Indy Opening Day

Concerts on the Canal: Peace Train and the Flower Power Brass Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Single seats at a community table are available for $10, $9 for IHS members. Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Kruse Family Stardust


Enjoy a fun summer evening along the downtown canal at this popular outdoor summer concert series.

Occurring Daily Beginning Thursday, August 04, 2011 Through Sunday, August 07, 2011. Phone: 800-529-EXPO (3976) Location: Indiana Convention Center. 100 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225

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all ages, whether young or young at heart! Event runs through August 7 – see website for complete schedule.

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Third Annual Liar’s Contest at the IN State Fair Times: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Price: Free once you purchase your fair ticket Phone: 317-576-9848 Location: Pioneer Village. 1202 East 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205

Contestants are invited to spin a tall tale in Pioneer Village on the fairgrounds. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded to those who can craft the biggest lie. All ages invited to tell; no experience is necessary.

3rd Annual Community Christian Classic

Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, August 05, 2011 Through Sunday, August 07, 2011. Times: 6:00 PM Phone: 317-924-9055 Location: Kingsley Terrace Church. 2031 E. 30TH St., Indianapolis, IN 46218

Activities include a family fun night, career fair, back pack give-a-way, gospel concert and youth worship service

sat 06

PlayFit: Ready for School, Ready for Fun Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: Free with museum admission Phone: 317-334-3322 Location: The Children’s Museum. 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

special guest appearances from the characters Dora and Diego. Live concerts featuring Doctor Noize at 1:30 and 3 p.m. will get you moving. PlayFit is sponsored by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and is supported by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent.

Election Day in 1836 Prairietown Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, August 06, 2011 Through Sunday, August 07, 2011. Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phone: 317-776-6000 Location: Conner Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038

The very important local title of Fence Inspector is up for grabs, and every vote counts. Come listen to the candidates debate and then help select the best candidate for the job. You can even run on your own platform, if you feel up to the task!

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Family Fun Sundays Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-846-7117 Location: Monon Depot Museum. 211 First St. sw, Carmel, IN 46032

Clean a rug with a hand-held rug beater. See how you like washing clothes in a metal basin with a washboard and lye soap. Try your hand at other “chores” children in early Carmel performed. Hands-on activities and crafts will be ongoing outside.

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Celebrate the start of a wonderful school year with active games and

Times: 3:30 PM


Indian Creek Crafts

Price: FREE Phone: 317-878-9560 Location: JCPL Trafalgar Branch. 424 Tower Street, Trafalgar, IN 46181

available for $10, $9 for IHS members. Phone: 317-232-1882 Location: Kruse Family Stardust Terrace, History Center. 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Show your Indian Creek school spirit by learning Native American lore and making two crafts inspired by the tribes who used to live in the area.

Enjoy a fun summer evening along the downtown canal at this popular outdoor summer concert series.

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Holliday Park Summer Concert Series: Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra

Times: 11:00 AM Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: Monon Community Center

Times: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center. 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Storytime Express @ the Monon Chickens Here, There & Everywhere

For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. This fast-paced interactive mix of funfilled stories, rhymes and songs paired with a simple craft is presented by librarians from the Carmel Library, and is designed to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. Younger siblings are welcome. Registration is required through Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation.

Grab your lawn chairs and a picnic and join us for a free evening of family fun. Sponsored by the Friends of Holliday Park

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Fishers Movies in the Park, Despicable Me

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Pathfinder Fantasy Role Playing Game Times: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-838-3801 Location: Plainfield Library. 1120 Stafford Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168

Teens in grades 6 through 12 enjoy fantasy role playing games and snacks. No registration required.

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Concerts on the Canal: Brenda Williams Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Price: Single seats at a community table are

Times: 8:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Fishers Heritage Park. 10595 Eller Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Join Fishers Parks and Recreation Friday nights this fall for free outdoor Movies in the Park brought to you by XFINITY. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy Despicable Me (rated PG, 95 minutes). Weather Line: 317-595-3491.

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Family Saturday: Birds of Prey Times: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Price: $7 per member / $10 per non-member per craft Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Feeling the need for speed? See up-close how these birds are built for fast or silent flying, hunting techniques for capturing food and where they live in Indiana.

Trader’s Point Hunt Charity Horse Show Kid’s Day Times: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Price: $5; Children Under 12 FREE Location: Wild Air Farms. 7400 Hunt Club Road, Zionsville, IN 46077

A day especially for the younger set featuring Exceptional Pony Rides; Mr Twister the balloon artist; a Giant Rocking Horses from Indiana Horse Council; Amazing Amuzementz for face painting & tattoos; Totally Cool Air Brush Tattoos; Balloon Sculptures All Day Long; One, Two, Three Bounce Houses for Little and Big Kids; Earth Explorer Toys contest with prizes; Radio Disney from 11:00 to 1:00 and much, much more!!

sun 14

National S’mores Day

Price: FREE Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. 10410 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038

We provide roasting sticks, marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. Participants are welcome to come any time between 4P-7P. Rain or shine. Preregistration is appreciated by August 12.

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Tree Lore 2 -For ages 3-5 Times: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Price: Resident $4/Non-resident $6 Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. 10410 Hague Road, Fishers, IN 46038

Do you know what folklore is? You know what a tree is, right? Well, we will combine folklore and trees and see what happens. Join us to hear some great stories about trees. Register by 8/8. Parents are required to stay.

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Family Game Night at Fountain Square Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4390 Location: Fountain Square Library. 1066 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203 Families are invited to play a variety of fun and educational board games with their children.

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Cool Back-to-School Party Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Price: FREE Times: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Phone: (317) 838-3801

Location: Plainfield Library. 1120 Stafford Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168

All ages enjoy fun activities, games, crafts, and food to celebrate the start of the school year.

thurs 18 Summer Babies

Times: 10:00AM, 11:00AM or 12:20PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-844-3363 Location: Carmel Clay Public Library. 55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel, IN 46032

For children birth-24 months & their caregivers. For more information, call the Children’s & Youth Services desk at 8443363.

Indianapolis Indians vs. Louisville Bats Times: 7:00 PM Phone: 317-269-3545 Location: Victory Field. 501 W. Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46225

With the Thursday special value pack, a $15 ticket also includes a hot dog, unlimited soda and choice of a souvenir item.

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Movies in the Park: Toy Story 3 Times: 8:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-571-4144 Location: West Park. 2700 w 116th St, Fishers, IN 46038

On Friday nights take a stroll to West Park for a one-of-a-kind experience that offers everyone the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show under the stars. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome.

Fishers Movies in the Park, Tangled and Robin Hood (2010) Times: 8:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: On the lawn at Saxony. 13578 East 131st St., Fishers, IN 46037

Double Feature Night . Bring lawn chairs, blankets and your favorite snack to enjoy tonight’s features, sponsored by Saxony in Fishers: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled (rated PG, 100 minutes) and second feature, Universal Pictures’ Robin Hood (2010) rated PG-13, 148 minutes. Come for one or stay for both.

sat 20

Mike’s Mentors Kids Times: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Phone: 317-753-3258 Location: Mike’s Carwash locations in Central Indiana

Give Kids the Works. Purchase a Works Wash at any Mike’s Carwash location on Saturday, August 20, and 50% of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and their efforts to deliver quality mentors for Indiana’s youth. Local TV and radio personalities will be on hand at select locations from 12 pm - 2 pm. Rain Date: August 27th, 2011

Muster in the Park

Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, August 20, 2011 Through Sunday, August 21, 2011. Price: Members $2.50; Non-members $9.50 (seniors $9; children $6.50) Phone: 317-232-1637 Location: Indiana State Museum. 650 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Relive Indiana’s role in the Civil War at the Indiana State Museum’s inaugural Muster in the Park. Step back in time

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with soldier and civilian re-enactors and as they bring the 1860s to life in Military Park.

Teen Film Festival Workshop: Lights, Camera, Action

Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Phone: 317-885-5036 Location: Greenwood Public Library. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

Here’s your chance to find out what the Teen Film Festival is all about and learn how to get started on your next movie. We’ll be covering script writing, filming, and video editing. You can also learn how to check out cameras and laptops from the library to make your movie. Sign up today.

sun 21

Holliday Park: Meet the Nature Center Animals Times: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center. 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Get up close and personal with the animals who call the nature center home. We’ll learn about what makes each animal unique as well as how our naturalists keep them happy and healthy. All ages, no registration required.

Kiss a Pig Night at the Indiana Fever

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4th Avenue S.E., Carmel, IN 46032

Times: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Phone: (317) 251-9467 Location: Jewish Community Center. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Students of all ages and their parents are invited to attend this informational and fun night at the library. Learn more about the library, meet the helpful staff, and find out how you can best utilize the library’s resources for research, homework and projects.

Discover and Dine Health Fair

Come for an evening of wellness demonstrations, interactive games and a healthy family dinner. Visit www. jccindy for more information.

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It’s a Teen Thing: Wii Mario Kart Tournament Times: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-885-5036 Location: Greenwood Public Library. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143


Times: 8:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-595-3150 Location: Fishers Heritage Park. 10595 Eller Road, Fishers, IN 46038

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It’s a Teen Thing: Manga Club Times: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Phone: 317-885-5036 Location: Greenwood Public Library. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143

Join the Teen Advisory Board for Game Day in the Teen Room. Enter the Wii Mario Kart tournament for the chance to win a prize.

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Times: 6:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-878-9560 Location: JCPL Trafalgar Branch. 424 Tower Street, Trafalgar, IN 46181

Times: 2:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-275-4100 Location: Central Library. 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Times: 6:00 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-885-5036 Location: Greenwood Public Library. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143


Calling all builders! Open to kids who like to build with LEGO. Make awesome creations using the library’s LEGO collection. All handy parents welcome. Theme: Robots

Naturally Inspired Paint Out Silent Auction and Artists Reception

Join the American Diabetes Association and Piglynn the Piglet for Kiss a Pig Night at the Indiana Fever game! Kiss a Pig participants will face off in a fundraising contest to support the American Diabetes Association’s research, education and advocacy work in Indiana. The winner gets to Kiss a Pig during halftime while the Fever takes on the Washington Mystics! To participate, contact Emily Bruns at or 317-352-9226.

Fishers Movies in the Park, Toy Story 3

Come one, come all! Enjoy WonderLab for just $1 per person admission. This is your last chance to experience the national traveling exhibition, Toys: The Inside Story, which closes one week later on September 4!

Join Fishers Parks and Recreation Friday nights this fall for free outdoor Movies in the Park brought to you by XFINITY. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy tonight’s movie sponsored by Hamilton Trace, Toy Story 3 (rated G, 103 minutes). Weather Line: 317-595-3491.

thurs 25 Times: 6:00 PM Price: $15.60 to $48.46 Phone: 317-352-9226 Location: Conseco Fieldhouse. 125 S. Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Members: $1/person Phone: 812-337-1337 ext. 25 Location: WonderLab. 308 West Fourth Street, Bloomington, IN 47404

Times: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo. 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222

Reservations for the auction are required. Please call (317) 630-2046 to save your spot at this event where you can meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments and bid on some fabulous artwork. Zoo guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists during the reception which takes place during the silent auction at the Hulman Riverhouse.

Back to School Night Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Phone: 317-571-4292 Location: Carmel Clay Public Library. 55

The Learning Curve Presents Mucca Pazza!

Young people and families are invited for an afternoon of musical fun during a performance of the 30-piece circus punk marching band Mucca Pazza, whose name comes from the Italian for “crazy cow.”

Prevail 10th Annual Reds, Whites and Blues Gala Times: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Price: $100 Phone: 317-773-6942 Location: 11925 N. Meridian St., Carmel, IN 46032

An evening of fine dining, live music by LemonWheel and fabulous live and silent auction items will take place the 10th annual Reds, Whites and Blues Goes Silver and Black Gala. Reds, Whites and Blues to benefit Prevail, Inc., an awareness, advocacy and support program for victims of crime and abuse serving Hamilton County since 1986.

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WonderLab’s Annual Dollar Day Price: Members: Free | Non-

Do you like to read manga? How about watch anime, or draw your own characters? Than this is the club for you. Meet with other fans in the Teen Room for crafts, games, movies, and more.

Handmade Guitar Building

Jerry Brown, builder of fine, handmade guitars, will be on hand for an interactive presentation about how he makes guitars at his Indianapolis business, If you are interested in guitars, have ever wondered how they are built, or might ever want to build one yourself someday, come to this free presentation.

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Make-It-Take-It Series: Leftover Summer Memories Times: 3:30 PM Price: FREE Phone: 317-535-6206 Location: JCPL Clark Pleasant Branch. 530 Tracy Rd., Ste. 250, New Whiteland, IN 46184

Bid summer a final farewell as we get creative with crafts that will remind you of favorite warm weather activities visiting the beach, building campfires, and enjoying nature. Pop in between 3:305:00 to craft a couple memories that will keep you warm in the chilly days of fall.

ongoing AUGUST 2011cal Toys: The Inside Story

Occurring daily through Sunday, September 04.

Marsh Symphony on the Prairie

Price: $6.00 for children and $7.00 for adults

Select weekend nights through September 04. Times: 8:00 PM Phone: 800-366-8457 Location: Conner Prairie. 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038

Phone: 812-337-1337 Location: WonderLab. 308 W. Fourth St., Bloomington, IN 47404

This exhibit includes a dozen different handson stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys from a jack-inthe-box to the game Operation®.

Family Fun on the Farm Occurring every Fri, Sat & Sun through August 28.

The stage is set for a magical summer with renowned artists and an amazing season lineup. Visit website for a complete concert line-up and ticket pricing.

Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping

Occurring Daily through August 28. Times: Vary – see website Price: $36 to $59; special $10 discount kids ages 3-15. Phone: 317-872-9664 Location: Beef and Boards. 9301 N. Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268

Activities for kids of all ages to enjoy include the giant Jumping Pillow, Pedal go-carts, Pumpkin Train, Farm Animals and so much more. Don’t miss the Farm’s new Zipline attraction!

The appetite for the original Church Basement Ladies musical was so great in 2010 that Beef & Boards put its sequel, A Second Helping, on the menu for its current season.

Indy Parks 2011 Summer Concert Series

Trader’s Point Hunt Charity Horse Show

Select days through Sept. 24.

Occurring Daily Beginning Tuesday, August 09 through Sunday, August 14. Price: $5 ($10 on Sun). Children Under 12 FREE Location: Wild Air Farms. 7400 Hunt Club Road, Zionsville, IN 46077

Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Price: $10 bracelet can be purchased for all activities excluding the Zipline; free parking Phone: 317-776-9427 Location: 11366 State Road 38 East, Noblesville, IN 46060

Times: Various times, see website Price: FREE Phone: 317-327-PARK Location: Various locations, see website

Grab your lawn chairs and a picnic and join us for a free evening of family fun as the Indy Parks Summer Concert series returns. Visit website for a complete list of concerts, locations, and times.

Animals and All That Jazz Occurring each Thursday through August 18. Times: 5:30 PM Price: Included with Zoo admission Phone: 317-630-2001 Location: Indianapolis Zoo. 1200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Come to the zoo on Thursday evenings to hear some great jazz and see the animals (until 7 p.m.)! There will be zookeepers with animals, costumed mascots, the playground and Kroger Splash Park to keep the kids entertained too.

Six days of equestrian excitement (and more!) that only comes once a year. Horse exhibiting from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM most days ~ Explore the Country Fair for unique gifts and one-of-a-kind merchandise ~ Sample delicious fair food, snacks and drinks. Visit Website for complete show schedule.

Indiana State Fair Occurring Daily Beginning Friday, August 05 through Sunday, August 21. Times: See website for complete schedule Phone: 317-927-7500 Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds. 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205

It’s the 2011 Indiana State Fair and this year it’s more exciting than ever. It’s the home of the hottest acts, the tastiest food, biggest midway, and the coolest animals all at the lowest prices! AUGUST 2011 [ indy’s child ] 55


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on this day in 1786, the US dollar was created.

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national thrift on shop day this day to celebrate: in 1898 the first checkhow your closet and/or roller coaster basement to see what you was patented. can donate to a thrift store!

cupcake day



lemon juice day how to celebrate: did you know lemon juice is an inexpensive sanitizer, cleaner and laundry brightener?


toasted marshmallow day

strange music day how to celebrate: play songs using instruments you find around the house (pots, pans, brooms, etc...)




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on this day in 1966 the first photograph of eat a earth was taken peach day from the moon.

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national relaxation day

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on this day in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech.

banana lover’s day


eat outside day how to celebrate: eat every meal outside today!

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