March 2015 Parent Newsletter


Cornerstone Events  GW  Greenwood Center   WL  West Lafayette Center   CB  Columbus Center      


CB    3/6 11 am  Parent Support Group  Join us at the Columbus location to talk with other Cornerstone parents.

GW   3/12 8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior:  Sign Language with Stephanie Dille

CB    3/19  8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior:  Behavior and the Environment

WL   3/24 8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior: What is PCM / Professional Crisis Management?

WL   3/26 8:45 am  B&B: Research with Dr. Matt Brodhead.  Dr. Brodhead is a BCBA-D and is an Assistant Professor in Special Education, Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University.

GW   3/26 10 am  The Arc Presents: Medicaid Waivers  Open to the public. Join us to learn about the waiver and how to sign up.

WL   3/28 10 am  Lights Up Sound Down Film: "Home"   RSVP To Megan:


April:  Autism Awareness Month

GW   4/18 9 am – 5 pm Biomedical Interventions for Autism Conference. Learn from local and national doctors and practitioners about Autism and GI health, Considerations for Preventing Autism During Pregnancy, Essential Oils, and more. Vendor tables from healthy companies and products. Open to the public, cost. Click Here To Learn More!

GW  4/24   8:45 am  B&B Guest Speaker Natalie Miller:  Life as a Young Adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder

WL  4/14  8:45 am  Breakfast and Behavior:  Parent Appreciation for Autism Awareness month! We will be serving breakfast and doing two crafts; one sensory and one for the home.  


Community Events

Come visit the Cornerstone booth at the Central Indiana Autism Expo!   

March 21, as110 am to 1 pm at the State Fairgrounds. Learn about autism services, programs, support and resources for people affected by autism in and around Indiana. You will meet with providers and exhibitors who have information, tools and other items to share. There will be a wide variety of things to see and buy! The Expo is free but parking is $5.  More information is here

Webinar:  Promoting Generalizable Social Skills for School-Aged Children
March 11, 1 - 2 pm.  Free.  Click here to register

Please be sure to RSVP, and to give 24 hours notice if you need to cancel.  Cornerstone events with less than 5 people in attendance may have to be cancelled. 

Success Story

When Anna started therapy in March of 2014, she had limited vocal sounds and was not able to communicate. She would use a few signs to tell her therapists her wants and needs. Less than a year later, she is now forming words and labeling items in her environment!  Click here to read her full story.




  Meet Megan Graves

I have one little brother (Mitchell). I also have one dog (Lucky) and four cats (Bella, Willy, Boots and Waffles.)

I am currently working on my Master's of Applied Behavior Analysis. I love my classes and applying my knowledge here at Cornerstone with my clients. My classes keep me busy!

I've never been out of the country before, and in a few days I'm going to Paris for a week! I am so excited to see the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. I'm also really excited to eat all of the French food!

In my free time I love to workout. I like to run and I also do strength training at the gym. I want to run a 5K this spring!

A favorite healthy recipe is crockpot chicken tacos


  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 (Support Groups, Biomedical Conference, workshops, 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 2015 enrollment packet turned in to your Center Manager (all the start of year forms).
  • 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!



 Visual Supports


This website provides many resources and ideas for visual supports, including printable activities, stories, display boards, and a video model.  Click here to learn more. 


Visual supports can be helpful for those who struggle with verbal questions and instructions. Ask your Lead if visual supports would benefit your child.  :) 





1.  Make these fun sensory glitter bottles. Just a few supplies and a few minutes needed.  Click here to get started!


2. This post lists 50 toy ideas for various purposes, including fine motor and sequencing, puzzles, pretend play, socialization, problem solving, and cognitive development.   Click here to read the post!   


3. Click here for suggested books for children about Spring topics: storms, nature, gardens, and baby animals.  


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