February 2015 Parent Newsletter


Cornerstone Events      

GW  Greenwood Center          WL  West Lafayette Center          CB  Columbus Center      


  • GW 2/12 8:45 am  Parent Support Group   
  • WL 2/19 6 - 7:30 pm. The Arc Presents: Medicaid Waivers. Open to the public.
  • GW 2/26 8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior
  • WL 2/26 8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior  


  • CB  3/6  Parent Support Group  (Time TBD)
  • GW 3/12 8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior
  • CB  3/19  8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior
  • WL 3/26 8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior
  • GW 3/26 10 am  The Arc Presents: Medicaid Waivers  Open to the public. 
  • WL 3/28 10 am  Lights Up Sound Down Film: "Home"  


  • GW 4/18 9 am – 5 pm Biomedical Interventions for Autism Conference. Learn how people with Autism are often affected by nutrient deficiencies and GI health. Open to the public. Click here to register!




Community Events

    • Special Olympics POLAR PLUNGE. Join Columbus Center Manager Becky Thompson 2/7 at The Commons in Columbus!  You can pledge to her fundraising page here.  (Funds go to the Special Olympics of Indiana.)
    • ARI Webinar  Promoting Social Thinking: 3/11, Nancy Minshew, MD
    • I CAN 5K and Family Fun Day, 4/4. (Columbus Autism Network)c1

 Success Stories
Read full stories at this link.

When Tyler came to Cornerstone at the age of 12, he could only communicate using one-word phrases, such as "trampoline" or "water." Now, he has the ability to request items he wants and the people he would like to see in complete sentences. “Communication has unlocked his whole world,” said Clinical Director, BCBA Holly Barszcz, “He was a kid who could only ask for two to three things, and now he is able to ask for so much more!”



 Meet Danielle

I have worked at Cornerstone for a year. It has flown by and I’m looking forward to the years to come!

I have many memories of working with the kids. A few of my favorites are when a client started using sounds while asking for what they wanted. One child started making a “puh” sounds for “pretzel.” Another child started saying “oh” for “go.” It is so exciting to see their progress. 

I have always been close to my parents. My mom lives in Florida. It makes for a nice vacation home. My boyfriend, Nick, also means a lot to me. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I like to play volleyball, pool, have bonfires, do Zumba, and go to concerts. 


 Keurig Drawing 


Cornerstone families may choose to participate to win a Keurig Coffee Maker and a supply of Keurig samples. In order to be entered in the drawing, you must meet the following requirements between February and April:

  • Attend at least one event offered by our Parent Liaison (Cookies & Conversation, Support Groups, Special Events for families, etc.) or meet with her individually
  • Attend at least one Breakfast & Behavior or meet individually with your center’s 
    training coordinator (Greenwood and Columbus: Bekah Missi, West Lafayette: Meredith Mates)
  • Have complete enrollment packet turned in to Center Manager (2015 packet)
  • Must be a current kiddo during month of April to win

We will announce the winning family in May. Please let us know if you have any questions!




The UK-based group, TreatingAutism, recently published an up-to-date review of the research on medical comorbidities associated with autism. The aim of this document is to provide health-care and care providers an understanding of the possible mechanisms, symptomatology, and consequences of common medical comorbidities in ASD.  Click here to read more



 Great Bike Giveaway

b1Friendship Circle is holding the fourth annual Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest in which children with special needs can win their very own adaptive bike.

Click here for more information.







"Preparing for Your Student's Special Education Case Conference"  

Tuesday, February 10,  10:00-11:30 am

IEP meetings and case conferences can be confusing and stressful for parents. This webinar helps parents identify issues of concern, organize documents, prepare information, and communicate effectively during the case conference. This class will help parents become their child's best advocate and build positive relationships with school personnel. Presented by Cathy Boswell, IN*SOURCE Regional Program Specialist.

Please register by February 6, 2015. Please note that if fewer than 3 registrations are received, the workshop may be cancelled. This webinar is free and is open to the public. 

Click here to Register




Five Affordable Safety Tools for Wanderers  


"Through our work to address Autism Wandering over the last few years, we’ve discovered some effective and inexpensive ways to help keep our kids safe.  

"Please review this information and share with other caregivers who may benefit from it. For more information and additional Items, please visit NAA’s"

Click here for the full article from the National Autism Association.  


We have a new survey for our Breakfast and Behavior workshops.  Please take a moment to fill it out and help us plan for 2015:   Breakfast and Behavior Survey

If you missed the Parent Support Group Survey from January and would like to complete that as well, click here!

Thank you for your input!






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