is currently manding spontaneously for activities or items using multiple words in a sentence. Also, he is making progress on his toilet training program. Hurray, Hendrix!


had difficulty sitting in a small group setting without tantrums. He is now able to sit through a 30 minute group with very little prompting from his therapist, and he loves to sing along to songs!


is doing a great job using the toilet, walking independently with his therapists without holding hands, and not dumping over containers! Good job, Hayden!

October is here! I hope you find these resources and activities helpful. If you would like to attend an event at one of our centers, please RSVP to me at scarney@cornerstoneautismcenter.com. Also, if you have a suggestion for a workshop topic, we would love to hear from you!

Enjoy this fall weather!

Sheila Carney


Oct 2: Columbus Autism Network Get Together.         
6:30 p.m. at Yats, 325 Fourth Street in Columbus.
RSVP to:  ColumbusAutismNetwork@gmail.com

Oct 13ASK Presentation: "My Child has Special Needs, Now What?"  2 p.m. at North Christian Church, 850 Tipton Ln, Columbus. 
Register online at www.aboutspecialkids.org

Oct 18: Open House! 1-4 p.m. at the Columbus Center. Join us for crafts, food, tours & fun!

Oct 20: West Lafayette Center, 4 p.m.                           Fine Motor Arts & Crafts Session:
"Options for early learners and alternatives to iPad."

Oct 23: Breakfast & Behavior:  Greenwood and West Lafayette Centers. 8:45–10 a.m.
"Parts of a Behavior Plan"

Oct 31: Trick or Treat Parade at all centers, 3:15 p.m.


Nov 11: West Lafayette Center:  Met Life's Gordon Homes presents "Financial Planning for Special Needs." Learn the legal guidelines to saving money for a child with special needs. Free and open to the public. Cookies provided. 

Nov 13:  Greenwood Center: Cookies and Conversation: Parent Support Group meeting. 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Lending library & resource table available.

Nov 21: West Lafayette Center,
Lego Bricks 4 Kids 3:45–4:45 p.m.

We will build a Lego spin art machine
and make a paper plate spin art craft.
Children may take home their turkey craft
but not the Legos. Parent must accompany
their child. Siblings welcome. $10 per child.
Open to the public. Flyer with registration details
to be sent home soon!


ErikaI have my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and my Associates of Science degree in Nursing. I really enjoy taking my Cornerstone client out into the community. It is awesome to see him generalize and use the skills he was taught in the center out in the community. I have been married for 5 years to my husband, Aaron. We bought our first dog last October and just moved into our first house! Our adorable but crazy Golden Retriever is named Artie. In my free time I like to hang out with family, go to dinner around Indy, and I am sure I will be focused on house projects! One of my favorite healthy recipes is guacamole! The recipe I use is simple. It calls for two avocados, 2 tomatoes, 1 purple onion, garlic, and lime juice. 

What other staff say about her:
“Erica is always positive, full of smiles and willing to help when you need an extra hand!”



Screen_Shot_2014-09-30_at_9.49.44_AMI received my undergrad degree in education from Indiana University and my Masters in Education from University of Massachusetts Boston.  My husband and I lived in Boston for five years where I taught in public, private, and charter school settings.  Since moving back to Indiana, I have been working at Cornerstone for almost 2 years now and I love it!  One of my favorite things about working with these kiddos is that each one is so different and has something unique to offer.  Currently I am loving playing "Copy me" with one of my kids; we make silly faces and noises and copy one another.   In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, working in the garden with my husband, and training for my first triathlon.

What other staff say about her: "Suzanne has such a remarkable ease about her. She is a natural teacher, always so in tune with her client's needs and makes learning incredibly fun for them (and those around her)!



Technology Resources for Autism Games for kids,
sites for parents, blogs about Autism, and apps.
Click the link for the PDF.



Play Dough Pumpkin Face Goodie Bags  
Click on the picture for easy, step-by-step instructions to make your own.     



Healthy Pumpkin Recipes  Lots of fun recipes
including pumpkin cream cheese bars,
no-bake cookies, and pumpkin French Toast.



Now in the Lending Library:
Secrets of Modern Parenting DVD and Parent Booklet!
Each DVD and booklet is a separate checkout.
Topics: Building Relationships, Dealing with Disrespect and Back Talk, End Arguing, Extinguising Tantrums, Gaining Compliance, Promote Truthfulness and Eliminate Lying.



Click the photo for more information. 



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Your child can pick their pumpkin shape, eyes, nose and mouth. Then their pumpkin will dance to the music!


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