March 2015 Indy Kids' Directory

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    1. What is Autism? Autism is a developmental disability that is typically diagnosed in children before the age of three. A diagnosis of autism is primarily marked by: 1). Delays in communication, 2). Deficits in establishing appropriate social skills, and 3). Restrictiveness in behaviors related to activities and interests. 2. How can I tell if my child has Autism? A parent or caregiver may become worried about their childs development when hints at deficits in communication, social skills, and restrictive behaviors are noticed. More specifically, the following areas are detailed indicators that may be signs of an Autism diagnosis: Communication: ~ Fails to begin babbling ~Does not gesture to communicate ~ Delays in spoken words ~ Repeats the same word or phrases,

    oftentimes out of context SocialSkills: ~ Lack of smiling when approached by

    caregivers ~ Lack of imitating expressions ~ Does not respond to name ~ Poor eye contact ~ Does not reach up to caregivers to be picked

    up RestrictiveBehaviors: ~ Unusual body movements, such as

    stiffening arms and/or legs ~ Delays in motor movement, such as

    crawling and walking milestones ~ Demonstrates insistence on

    sameness in routines

    3. What should I do if I suspect my child may have an Autism diagnosis?Dont wait. Share your concern with your childs Pediatrician. Many Pediatricians have checklists that can be used to interview you and get a better sense of whether or not your child is at-risk for an Autism diagnosis or another Developmental Delay. If your child does, in fact, have an Autism diagnosis it is often best to take action quickly by seeking out

    research-based treatment options. The current method of treating Autism that is the most evidence-based, and therefore, most effective is called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. Early intervention is critical, as outcomes for the most progress tend to occur when a child has started receiving quality services at a young age. Many decades ago it was believed that children with autism could not learn. Especially in the past 20-30 years, ABA Therapy has demonstrated that children with autism can learn. Even more so, parents and caregivers of children with autism should expect children to learn. The higher the expectation that can be set for a child, the more that child is given the opportunity to demonstrate his/her knowledge. Over the past several years, the philosophy of treating autism has changed because parents and professionals have began demanding that treatment strategies be research-based and guided by data collection (the careful observation of a childs responding). 4. How is the future looking for children with Autism? The future is looking bright for children and families affected by Autism. An individual with Autism can be expected to make meaningful progress as long as research-based treatments, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, are provided consistently with a significant number of learning opportunities incorporated into each day. For more information regarding services for children with Autism, please visit or call 317-848-4774.

    Dr. Breanne Hartley, BCBA-D (Board Certified Behavior Analyst Doctorate) Clinical Director of the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism

    Frequently Asked Questions

    About Autism

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    We started our son at Brain Balance this past September. Austin was 14 years old and has diagnosed of Aspergers and ADHD. His behavior had gotten so out of control that we were lost. His anger and rage were putting even us as his parents at risk. We lived almost 3 hours one way from the nearest location. We hesitated

    with we cant excuses. He was so behind in some areas that he was at a four year old level with certain brain functions. At that point

    we had tried everything and he needed help so why stop now. We drove six hours three days a week to Brain Balance. At first we didnt see a lot of changes but the school started seeing big changes in his socializing and his grades were all As and Bs. During Thanksgiving for the first time he actually left his room, attended dinner and played games with all of us. That was a first EVER! Things just started to fall into place. He was still having some anger so I talked with the center and they suggested a neurotransmitter test. After completing the test we started natural supplements and we now have seen a completely different child. We have not seen the rage at all! I am not saying he is perfect but he is completely different and a much better young man. He just turned 15 years old and started drivers education and doing great. The program has definitely been worth all the driving time and financial issues.

    Thank you Brain Balance for changing not only Austins life but our lives as well!

    ~Brent, Mistie & Austin


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    Friday, February 20 Sunday, March 1Indianapolis Boat, Sport, & Travel Show at Indiana State Fairgrounds. This event showcases product from Sporting Goods, Toys & Games, Travel & Tourism, Marine & Boat industries.

    February 20 March 21Beef and Boards presents Live Theater for Kids Charlottes Web Each musical is one hour long with no intermission and includes a juice and snack. Based on E.B. Whites popular childrens book of the same name, this musical brings to the stage the tale of an unlikely friendship.

    Sunday, March 1Annie: The Musical at The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

    Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 8:00pmWomen Like Us Foundation Womens Service Group Indianapolis at 2255 N. Pennsylvania St. Join to support women led causes in our community through fundraising, volunteering, empowering women and creating awareness of women-led charities that are changing the world. - See more at:

    Thursday, March 5, 6:00 9:00pmTaste of Carmel at The Ritz Charles. Orchard Park Elementary 12th Annual Taste of Carmel includes 40 are establishments providing food and beverages. There is a silent auction, activities, a photo booth, and caricature drawings.

    Friday, March 6, 6:00pm16th Annual Ice Miller Wine Fest at Crowne Plaza Union Station. A memorable evening of fine wine tasting, stimulating conversation and entertaining festivities at one of Indy's premier historic destinations.

    Beginning March 7thThe Childrens Museum presents Teansformers: Robots in Disguiser. Take a magical journey through the museum where you can be Bumblebee, Martimus, Bucky, or many other characters! Learn about book making, and then fill the pages with your own story. Use the process of writing to create a story of your adventures and then illustrate your story.

    Saturday, March 7Punch and Judy at Peewinkles Puppet Studio. Our guest puppeteer, Guy Thompson will present his child friendly version of the classic hand puppet show, 'Punch and Judy'. He is sure to have your kids giggling and laughing throughout the show!

    Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 9:00pmWine as an Investment at Corner Wine Bar. This event is part of our 2014-2015 tasting series, UNCORKED: Getting Back to Basics. Each event features engaging speakers, food pairings and at LEAST 8 delicious libations. Advanced registration is required for all events.

    Thursday, March 12 Saturday, March 14Indy Kids Sale Hamilton County Sale at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Indy Kids Sale offers new and gently used children's clothing up to teen sizes, toys, furniture and gear. You can expect to find all of the

    March Calendar of Events