July 2015 Parent Newsletter

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

  • WL  7/20  8:45 am  Parent Support Group:  Grants and Financial Ideas  RSVP to Sheila at We need at least 4 interested families to hold this meeting. 
  • CB   7/30  8:45 am   Breakfast and Behavior:  Speaker and Listener Skills  Come learn from our Training Coordinator Bekah Missi BA, BCaBA about the various speaker and listener skills taught to our clients on a daily basis. This training will assist you in reading through Cornerstone progress reports and understanding why certain skills are taught in a progressive fashion rather than all at once. Breakfast will be provided. RSVP is required to
  • WL  9/19  9 am  2015 Make It Happen 5K--David Ide Memorial Run.  See details below!

 Community Events

  • 7/11  8:00 am  Joseph Maley Foundation 5K Run, Walk, Roll  Indianapolis  Registration Link 
  • 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

  • 7/18 to 7/25  Tippecanoe County 4H Fair. Lafayette Fairgrounds. Facebook link  Website 
  • 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. 


Success Story -- Phoenix   

When Phoenix sees his afternoon therapist, he cannot wait to tell her about his morning session, what he ate for lunch and the craft he made during group. Sometimes the conversation will drift off into his favorite subjects – emergency vehicles and airplanes.

Phoenix has improved in his enunciations, resulting in a decrease of tantrums. He is able to communicate clearly with his therapists understanding him right away. 

“I want families to realize that there is hope and things will get better – no matter how much they may be going through now,” said his morning therapist, Jennie Williams. “In the short time that I’ve worked at Cornerstone, I have seen so much progress in our kids. It is an amazingly wonderful thing to witness and I am so blessed to be able to witness it firsthand.”

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


Meet Sarah Kelts, Therapist  

I am the oldest of 4. I have 3 sisters and my cat, Plinko. Plinko is my best buddy!  My fiance and I are planning our wedding right now. I'm very excited to see this day come! 

In my free time I like to spend time with my family, watch baseball (Go Reds!), and read. 

I try to see how my clients look at different situations. My favorite thing about working with children with autism is getting to see the world in a different way. 




Easy Summer Activity:  Homemade Popsicles


This would be an easy and fun activity for you and your child to do together. Click the link below to print the recipe card, make, freeze, and enjoy together! 

Summer Lemonade Popsicles


 Caregiver Support Services Applications Open July 1

Families on the waiting list for Medicaid Waiver services can receive $500 of Caregiver Support Services (respite) at no cost. These hours are provided to families on the waiver wait list on a first-come, first-served basis, in each BDDS district.  The application process begins each year on July 1; previous applications do not carry over.

The application can be submitted online.




Sweet Treats

Looking for a healthier alternative to all those fruit snacks? YummyEarth brand makes fruit snacks (and lollipops, gummy bears, and other candies) with healthier ingredients. 

They use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, and fruit juices instead of artificial flavors and colors. And their lollipops even have a full day's value of vitamin C! Not a replacement for fruit, but a better choice for a sometimes treat! 

Find Yummy Earth snacks in stores and online at this link.


Lego Funlego

Kids love Legos! I saw this cute activity idea and thought many of the kids at our centers (and my own kids!) would enjoy building this or at least letting it drop once their parent had it put together. They can choose different characters to ride each time.   

Visit the link below for step by step instructions, with pictures, to help you build the contraption.  There's also a link at the bottom of the page to a second design model, in case you don't have the pieces needed to make this one.  

Click here to get started!  

What is a Webinar?   

A webinar is a live online workshop that you can watch from your laptop at home. You can't pause it so you do have to sit and watch if you don't want to miss anything (it's in real time).

Typically you register ahead and receive an email confirmation with a link. On the day and time of the conference, click the link to go to the webinar. Most webinars are like watching TV: they can't hear you, so you can be munching on some snacks while listening! 

Some webinars are recorded; these are often called archives. Archives are my favorite, because I can watch them any time of day;  I can pause and rewind when my daughter interrupts;  And, I can skip the parts that aren't interesting to me.  


Suggested Webinars and Recordings:

Autism Research Institute: Webinars & Archives           National Autism Association's Atrium: Webinars and Archives 
Autism One National Conference Recordings      IN*SOURCE Upcoming Webinars and Archived Recordings  
Autism Society of Wisconsin Webinars and Archives      TACA Webinars     



Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services VR

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services is an employment services program for high school students and adults with disabilities.
This short video describes the VR process, eligibility, and the services VR can provide if you need some help to learn new skills, find a job, or start a career.





Foundation Newsrun


Registration is now open for the 2015 Make It Happen 5K--David Ide Memorial Run in West Lafayette! 

Thank you to Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association, Gatekeepers Chapter.  They held an Autism Ride in April that raised $1,000 for the Cornerstone Autism Foundation!

To learn more about the Foundation, visit





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