June 2015 Parent Newsletter

Cornerstone Events
CB: Columbus | GW: Greenwood | WL: West Lafayette

  • WL  Saturday 6/6 3 - 4:30 pm  "My Gym" Open Gym Time  Sponsored by Cornerstone Autism Center. This event is currently full. Please contact Sheila if you need to cancel, to allow another child to take your spot.
  • 6/11 7-10 pm, Special Olympics Torch RunYou can participate by lining the streets to cheer on the Flame of Hope. Or you can donate and become a promoter by sharing the link with your friends:
  • GW  6/12  4:30 - 7 pm  Parent-Child Swim at the Baxter YMCA, sponsored by Cornerstone Autism center.  RSVP to
  • WL  6/23  8:45 am, Breakfast and Behavior.  Topic to be announced.
  • WL  Saturday 6/27  10 am, Eastside 9 Theater.  Lights Up Sound Down Film: Inside Out  The first 100 RSVPs will be able to go to this event for FREE. RSVP to This event is sponsored by the Cornerstone Autism Foundation.
  • CB June Parent Group Meeting: Topic-- Avoiding Toxins in the Home  (Date and Time TBA) 
  • ALL CENTERS  Closed Friday 7/3 in observance of Independence Day
  • GW  7/30  3:45 to 4:45 pm.  Playdate at the splash pad. RSVP to  Free.

 Community Eventswebinar

  • 6/4 11:30 am Webinar: Seizures in Autism Spectrum Disorder Presented by: Richard E. Frye, M.D., Ph.D.  "A growing literature has demonstrated that seizures are prevalent in children with autism. In addition, many children have epileptic activity in their brain despite not having any obvious seizures. Research studies suggest that specific treatments may be effective for the treatment of seizures and seizure-like activity in children with autism and some studies suggest that such treatments may improve autism symptoms." Click here for details and registration
  • 6/8 7-9 pm  TACA Coffee Talk  Meeting at Perkins Restaurant, 5320 E 82nd St., Castleton, IN. If you love someone with autism, please join us to find support, network, share resources, speak with seasoned parents and meet new families. Whether your child is newly diagnosed or is an older child on the spectrum, there are so many ways to help our kids with autism feel better and reach their fullest potential. Free TACA Autism Journey Guides (over 750 pages of collective knowledge gathered from experienced paraprofessionals and parents) are offered to all parents who are attending their first meeting.
  • 6/10, 6 pm. Sensory Story TimeThe Trafalgar Branch of the Johnson County Public Library, open to any child between the ages of 3 and 7. The program is half an hour of stories, rhymes, and games, followed by half an hour of interactive sensory play and socialization. Registration is required, library membership is not. Trafalgar Library, 424 S Tower Dr, Trafalgar. RSVP: Nikki Glassley, Children's Services Librarian, (317) 878-9560. 
  • 7/2  Time: TBA  Webinar: Oxalates: An Important Etiological Factor in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism  Presented by: William Shaw, Ph.D.  Limited to 500 Attendees.  Click here for details and registration
  • 7/16 Time: TBA  Webinar: Income Tax Planning for Families with Children with Special Needs Presented by: Michael Beloff, CFP®  Limited to 500 Attendees. Click here for details and registration

  • 7/22  4-8 pm  Arts for All Fest  An accessible arts festival with educational challenges, visual arts, music, dancing, storytelling, food, door prizes, and more!  Free and open to all ages. 1505 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis. 
  • vsaVSAI’s Community Arts Classes allow people of all ages and abilities to interact and express through different art mediums including ceramics, 2-D arts, music, movement and drama. Scholarships are available. Now Enrolling for summer, evening classes available.

Success Stories   

When Malachi started therapy, he had no vocal language or ASL signs to be able to communicate. Now he uses over 30 signs consistently and is pairing sounds with his signs! 

Read his full story and see a video of his progress at this link!




Meet Krystal, Therapist  

I am married and have a one and a half year old lab mix. I am the youngest of four and I have one brother and two sisters. My family means everything to me. I am very close to my parents and they have always supported me in my life goals. 

I have used the Dream Manager program to keep me motivated. I have pushed myself to live a healthier lifestyle and also made a goal to have at least one vacation a year. This year my husband and I have accomplished a trip to the Dominican Republic. In my free time I love to spend time with my husband, watch Netflix, and try different restaurants.

I did not have a personal connection to Autism until I started this position. I truly believe that it's so important to become more educated on the topic of Autism. For me these kiddos have made me a better person by teaching me compassion and patience. I am forever grateful. 



The Lending Library Is Now On Our Website! 



The Lending Library is open to any current Cornerstone family or staff member.

Click the grey circles to advance to the next set of books. You can click any image to see the Amazon review of the book. Email or message Sheila to borrow a book and it will be sent home with your kiddo and you can return it in two weeks.



Navigating the Course: Finding Your Way Through Indiana's Special Education Rules


"The purpose of Navigating the Course: Finding your way through Indiana’s Special Education Rules is to provide an overview and a practical resource to help parents, advocates, school personnel, and students understand the requirements of Indiana’s special education rules, commonly known as Article 7.

"Article 7 describes the school’s responsibility to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to a student with a disability, including evaluating the student, working with the parent(s) as part of the case conference committee (CCC), implementing the student’s individualized education program (IEP), and ensuring that procedural safeguards are provided. It also describes parental rights and responsibilities as a participant in identifying the student’s needs and the special education and related services that the public school will provide to meet those needs." 

Click here for the PDF file. 


Window Clings


These vehicle window clings from the Autism Society let First Responders know someone with autism might be present in case of ermergency. Each window cling is $5.

Follow this link to order online.  



Family Support Tool Kits

Many parents ask me for help in discussing Autism with family members, especially grandparents. This booklet is a great tool to give you ideas, talking points, resources, and more to start or continue the discussion with grandparents about your child's Autism diagnosis.  

Click here to download the kit. 

Wandering Safety Checklistred

"Roughly half, or 49% of children with an ASD attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings.  In 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with an ASD ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement." 


Check out page 5 of the Big Red Safety Toolkit for a checklist of steps caregivers can take to ensure the safety of their child who wanders.  

Pool Safety Social Story pool

Social stories are effective in teaching social norms, routines and expectations. This story can help your child learn the rules of swim time this summer in a simple, fun way! Ask your child's Lead if a social story would be appropriate for him or her.  

Click to Download: Pool Safety

Easy Foods To Grow With Kids  grow


Some foods are easy for anyone to grow. They just need to be planted and watered from time to time.  Check out this article for some examples of easy to grow foods you and your child could plant in a backyard garden or even a small container on your back porch. 

Pinterest Board: OT and Sensory Activities



Did you know that Cornerstone has a Pinterest page?  If you are searching for activities to use with your child at home, come check it out!  We have Sensory, School Skills, Arts & Crafts, Fine Motor, and more!  

Sensory Activities (messy play, touching different textures, smelling different smells, etc.) can help kids who are very sensitive and sensory averse to de-sensitize themselves to these activities and become better able to handle different sensory experiences. 


Click here to see all of our Pinterest Boards.  





 Amanda's client loves to cover her in stuffed animals after they complete programming in the imagination room.



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