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    Our six year old daughter, Mireille, attended the VBCA for the summer program. We researched a number of options for her and felt most comfortable with the ability of the VBCA staff to walk us through how to begin what was all a very new process to us. We were concerned about our daughter beginning first grade in a new school setting with some gaps in pragmatic social skills and we hoped spending the summer at the VBCA would be a good transition time to help prepare her for a successful school year in the fall.

    Mireille does not typically feel safe in a new setting with new faces and new routines. However, from her very first day at the Center, Mireille was excited and happy and looking forward to returning the next morning. We saw progress and pride blossom in her that we had never seen before. She came home chatting about her new friends and told us stories about her activities that day. This was all so new and encouraging for us to hear from her! She clearly felt an instant connection with her peers at the VBCA and safety

    with the adults.

    The staff always greets us with a smile and shows us with their attitudes

    that they see their work as more than a job, but as an investment in children. Sabrina is an expert in

    helping us wade through questions related to logistics

    like insurance, scheduling, and

    timelines. I can always

    count on a prompt reply

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    We are very excited to see how proud our daughter feels of her own accomplishments and how motivated she is to use her new skills in a variety of environments. We still have areas to continue working on and we know the Center will continue to be a valuable and reliable resource.

    For more information,contact the VBCA at 317-848-4774 or Breanne Hartley, Clinical Director of the

    Verbal Behavior Center for Autism


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    Applied Behavior Center for Autism See pgs. 16, 17, 32www.appliedbehaviorcenter.orgLocations in Greenwood, Indy West, and FishersApplied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focuses on using proven procedures to increase desired behaviors and decrease unwanted behaviors.

    BACA Behavior Analysis Center for Autism See pg. 31Contact Sarah Cox: [email protected] quality, intensive ABA Programs overseen by PH.D. behavior analysts.

    Brain Balance See pg. 7www.brainbalanceindy.com317.843.92009510 N. Meridian St., IndianapolisBrain Balances Program has changed the lives of kids suffering with ADHD, learning disorders and behavioral issues. We integrate cognitive, sensory-motor and nutritional training into a highly effective, drug-free program that targets your childs specific challenges.

    Conduct Curb See pg. 15conductcurb.com317.966.1987 Physical Aggression, Verbal Aggression,Property Destruction, Tantrums, Refusals& Inappropriate Public Behavior.

    I Can We Can See pg. [email protected] Therapy Gymnastic-Based Therapy1:1 & Small Group Sessions AvailableSessions are insurance-eligible

    Minds In Motion See pgs. 15www.mimlearning.com317.571.8752879 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032 A Revolutionary Way to Help All Children Achieve FULL

    Potential! Dramatic Results using Cutting-edge NASA Technology!

    Natural Valley Ranch See pg. 4www.Na[email protected]NaturalValleyRanch.com317-509-3577Birthday Parties, Trail Rides, Lessons, Petting ZooHayride/Bonfire, Therapeutic Riding

    Pilipis Behavioral Group LLC See pg. [email protected] (317) 572-1313, fax (317) 572-9999152 S 9th St., Noblesville, IN 46060.Specializes in School Social Work and provides support and guidance to families and children.

    The Verbal Behavior Center for Autism See pgs. 2, 3www.vbca.org317.848.47749830 Bauer Drive Indpls., IN 46280The Verbal Behavior Center for Autism provides year- round services offering one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to children with autism ages 2 -12. All programs are overseen by Board Certified Behavioral Consultants who together have a combined 45 years of experience. Tour our center, call us or view our website today!

    Proud Sponsors ofResources forSpecial Needs


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    Not even sure where to begin except for WOW, THANK YOU Brain Balance. Our journey started when my son was in kindergarten and consistently coming home with notes from his teacher. At a loss we started a conversation with our pediatrician who indicated that he had ADHD symptoms but not enough to make a diagnosis. In first grade the behavior continued. In January we met with a therapist (to learn coping mechanisms) and psychiatrist (for prescription management) and received an ADHD diagnosis.

    He began taking medication in January 2013 and we saw an improvement.

    At this time we were questioning if medication was best for him as we had seen a change in his personality, he was very emotional, got angry very easily, had low self-esteem, would quit if he wasnt winning and had lost a lot of weight because he was never hungry. I started researching our options and came across Brain Balance.

    We started at Brain Balance not really knowing what to expect. Our biggest immediate change came when we had the food sensitivity test done and worked with the nutritionist. I cannot tell you what a difference this has made in the lives of our ENTIRE family.

    My husband and I started doing extensive research ourselves on ADHD diagnosis and diet and decided that even when our elimination diet was over we were going to stay with many of the changes that we had adopted. Since we had maintained this diet for several months we decided to try and take my son off of medication and see what happened. Well, we are now medication free for 3 months and I am seeing my sons true personality come out. He is happy, funny and not emotional anymore. He can focus on a task and accept mistakes without tears.

    All of this is possible because we went through Brain Balance. I firmly believe it is because of Brain Balance that we are medication free. ~Jacque


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    School is back in session and the honeymoon period is over. You should have received some information from your childs teacher regarding progress toward the goals you established in the last IEP. How are things going? Is your child making progress?

    As you take time to communicate with your childs school and teacher, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Many teachers are happy to respond to emails you send and are willing to send you a daily update. If this is the kind of communication that you want, ask your childs teacher if this is possible.

    In general, any classroom concerns should be referred to the classroom teacher who is providing instruction to your child. It is a good idea to make a note on a calendar if you find you need to contact the teacher regarding an issue. Most times the teacher is able to answer your questions and address your concerns.

    If you have questions or concerns that are related to school policy or procedures, certainly make the classroom teacher the first point of contact, but be prepared to talk to the building and school system administration.

    It makes sense that your first contact would be a simple phone call to express your question or concern. If you find that your initial contact is not enough to resolve your concern, you should be prepared to write a letter discussing the problem. The letter should be written to clearly define the problem you are having. Make sure to date the letter and keep a copy for your files.

    If this does not resolve the issue, and the issue is related to the special education services your child is receiving, you may contact the Department of Education: Special Education Programs at The staff can help you solve problems and answer your questions.

    As you look over your copy of the Procedural Safeguards that you were given by the school, you will see that there are three possible avenues you may use to resolve problems, if your initial attempts have been unsuccessful. You may request mediation. This would involve an assigned mediator who would work with you and the school to sort out the differences. You should contact your schools Director of Special Education to begin this process.

    If your concerns involve the implementation of your childs IEP, you may want to file a complaint. Again, you can contact your schools Director of Special Education to begin the process. The Indiana Department of Education will review the complaint and, based on their findings, will specify the corrective action that must be completed.

    If the problem you are experiencing involves a violation of the state and federal laws covering special education services in the public school, you will be advised to request a Due Process Hearing. In situations that are taken to due process, the department of education will assign an officer to oversee the case. You might want to find an attorney who specializes in special education issues to work with you in presenting your case. The results of this hearing will be made public and can impact other special education programs in the state.

    Of course it always best to try to solve problems with the school and teacher first, before proceeding to the options discussed. Most issues will be solved quickly and easily with your childs teacher, but it is good to keep in mind these other options are available to you.

    Back to School: communication

    Mika AdamsAutism Consultation, LLCwww.autismconsultation.net866-968-3698

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    Lucas was a happy toddler who loved playing with trains, but at 2 years he struggled with communicating, eye contact and developmental milestones. Screams and crying were every day and what seemed constant. He wouldnt respond to his name and limited words disappeared. Simple outings were unpredictable and he could not adapt to his environment. We never knew what to expect and the struggle left us all frustrated.

    Reluctant to accept there were any issues and his development just needed more time, we took our pediatricians recommendation to seek out speech and occupational therapy. He began shortly after his 2nd birthday and by the next year there were some improvements but more was needed. These therapists helped us to see Lucas needed a specialist. The following spring Lucas was diagnosed with Autism. The doctor immediately recommended ABA Therapy.

    Knowing his struggle with interaction and different environments, it was difficult to imagine sending Lucas to therapy for 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I wanted to believe everything he needed to develop could be provided by us but the realization soon came when he was still having difficulties.

    Thankfully, we found ABC and immediately began to notice the changes! A routine started to emerge which included easier bedtime and less tired meltdowns. It was not long before the words started! I began to hear, Bye, I love you Mom and Dad. In those beginning weeks, drop off was the MOST difficult; it didnt take long to realize he was at the best place possible. The changes in Lucas showed he was able to learn, play and have a good time. He loves to say his alphabet, count, and explore books on his own.

    With the help of his therapists, Lucas has been able to form incredible bonds. Early on he struggled with eye contact and

    talking to others. Now, he loves to introduce himself and meet new people. Outings are more predictable, easily handled and enjoyed! ABC has helped him learn

    to communicate, build relationships and make friends. He is so affectionate and cant help but give hugs to everyone most importantly his little sister. They

    play cars, trains, dress up and house and love to make each other laugh.

    The staff has taught us so many tips and tricks along the way. We have learned to handle difficult situations, redirect behavior and prepare Lucas for changes in his routine. Lucas potty trained easily and the communication was seamless, allowing us to follow the same steps at home. Transitions from different activities and environments are less stressful on him and easily managed by us. He is able to travel on field trips to the zoo, shopping for presents for his family at holidays and swimming at the new Carmel center therapy pool, one of his favorite activities. New experiences are an adventure instead of scary and over stimulating.

    Lucas and our entire family are fortunate to receive the best care, attention and advice ABC has to offer. The therapists truly love and care about him and he has developed more than we could have hoped, growing every day. He continues to amaze us!

    For more information visit our website at www. or call us at 317-849-KIDS ext. 112.

    Lucas Autism JourneyBy Lindsey and Kyle N. (Lucas Parents)

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    October Calendar of EventsThursday, October 2 Saturday, October 4MOPS presents Momcon: MOPS International Leadership Conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY. At MOMcon youll gain skills and confidence in each of your roles, strengthen your faith and renew your passion for outreach. Invest in yourself. MOMcon is a weekend youll never forget, and were saving you a seat.

    Thursday, October 2, 11:00am 7:30pm 9th Annual Chernoff Annual Bazaar at Robert Irsay Pavillion. Its an exciting fun filled day of shopping, beauty, fashion, relaxation, education, and entertainment. Proceeds form the event support the pro bono work Dr. Chernoff provides to victims of all types of violence through his foundation. The event is free, open to the public. During the entire event, shop over 30 local vendors featuring trendy clothes, jewelry, and delights for the home. Meet and talk with local artists, designers, and other Indianapolis professionals to gain insight on their expertise. Win one of the hundreds of amazing giveaways from participating vendors and Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons -- totaling over $5000!

    Thursday, October 2, 5:45pmSt. Vincent Monogram Maternity presents: Beautiful Beginnings at Caf Patachou 8697 River Crossing Blvd. If youre anticipating a new baby, you know how hard it can be to track down all of the information you need. At Beautiful Beginnings, they make it easy by bringing pregnancy and healthcare experts together in one convenient place, just for you. This event will provide information on preparing your body, mind and spirit for delivery and beyond. Those in attendance will be entered to win door prizes valued up to $200. Light appetizers and mocktails will be provided. RSVP is required.

    Thursday, October 2Birds Be Free Cosmetics 2nd Fashion Show of the Year hosted by Posh Fashion & Homeat 125 W Washington St, Lebanon, IN. Posh Fashion & Home will be teaming up with Birds Be Free Cosmetics to host their 2nd Fashion Show of the year, Restyled Runway & Uncage My Beauty. The fashion show will feature 4 women in recovery whose stories will be told, makeovers revealed, and proceeds helping all women in recovery.

    Friday, October 3 Sunday, October 5Awesome Con at the Indiana Convention Center. Awesome Con is Indianapolis new comic and pop culture convention. We celebrate all aspects of Geek Culture, including comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, gaming, TV, movies, animation, music, comedy, art, and

    so on. You can get all the information about Awesome Con at

    Saturday, October 11, 9:00am 4:00pmIndy Family Festat Indiana State Fairgrounds. IndyFamilyFest is a all day celebration of the family with a full schedule of entertainment, shopping, how-to demos,and activities for every member of the family from belly bump to tween. The event will feature over one hundred exhibitor booths offering attendees valuable information on the latest and greatest products and services.

    Saturday, October 11, 12:00pmOctoberfest on the Farmat Traders Point Creamery. Dust off your lederhosen and head to the farm to celebrate Oktoberfest with a whole hog roast, German biergarten, fresh farm fare, PolkaBoy band, artisan farm market, and fun farm activities for the whole family!

    Friday, October 17 Sunday, October 19Disney Live! Mickeys Music Festivalat Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Toy Story in their new touring show. Many Disney stars are featured in this jam session that includes hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and more.

    Friday, October 24, 7:00pmSpooky Carnivalat Broad Ripple Park. Dare to venture into Broad Ripple Parks Spooky Carnival. We will have games, arts and crafts, prizes, a spooky Halloween show and a moonlight madness egg hunt (search for plastic eggs with prizes and candy inside). Join us for a scaring fun time! Wear your costume and receive an extra prize! Dont forget to bring your flashlight and please dress weather appropriately. Limited spaces are available so sign up today! Pre-registration is required.

    Tuesday, October 28, 10:00amCharlottes Webat Clowes Memorial Hall. This production of Charlottes Web is based on E.B. Whites loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Enjoy this dramatic adaptation of the treasured tale that features a cast of madcap farm animals that exemplify bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. A sure bet to capture the hearts and imaginations of children!

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    BounceU of Fishers specializes in creating a private party experience, ideal for childrens parties, moms clubs, sports teams, and other events featuring the latest interactive indoor inflatable equipment, such as our uphill obstacle challenge, giant slide and boxing arena, all located in two private stadiums. BounceU also offers childrens enrichment programs, including mommy and me playdates, parents night out drop-off program, fundraisers and camp sessions. BounceU prides itself on offering superior customer service, which sets it apart from other childrens party places. Party coordinators contact the parents in advance of their event to discuss preparations and make sure the facility is tailored to their needs. During the party, enthusiastic fully-trained staff members keep the BounceU party bouncing, engaging guests in various activities to provide the best party

    experience possible. Staff members go so far as to take notes identifying gifts and gift-givers, making thank-you notes a breeze.BounceU of Fishers is now under new ownership with Cassi Weber. Cassi has 15 plus years of experience in childrens attractions including SealIfe Aquarium at the Mall of America and Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg, IL. She has a passion for kids and delivering events and programs that both parents and kids enjoy! Stop in and see the great changes made to BounceU and the programs it offers.

    Let BounceU Host Your Next Party

    Cassi Weber, Owner of BounceUand son

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    Monday Thru Sunday Multiple DaysJim Dandy Family Restaurant Kids 5 and under eat free 2301 Conner St.773-3288 Noblesville

    PaPa Roux 8950 E. 10th Indy 603-9861 Nightly after 4Perkins 250 Noble Creek Dr. Noblesville Monday Thru Wednesday 4 to close 776-2800

    Barley Island Brewing Co. 630 Conner St.Noblesville 770-5280 Tuesday and Wednesday Quiznos 14300 Mundy Dr Noblesville 7 days a week 4 to close dine in only 773-7041

    MondayChick Fil-A 3360 W. 86th St. The Pyramids, Indy 871-5330

    Latitude 39 4016 E. 82nd Fee Game Bowling, Kids Meal and $5 game card with adult meal 813-6565Mexico City Grill Fishers 11653 Fishers Station Rd 577-1900

    Mexican City Grill Indy 8028 S. Emerson Ave 884-4901Castlers Kitchen and Bar 11501 Geist Pavilion Dr.596-9810 Fishers 5-9

    Texas Road House Fishers 12950 Publishers Dr. 585-5020 Family Night 1.99 Kids MealTuesday

    MacKinzie River Pizza Carmel and 82nd St Castleton 564-4211 and 288-0609Scottys Brewhouse 3905 E. 96th Street Indianapolis, IN & 1 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    CR Heroes 10570 E. 96th St. Fishers 576-1070 5-p Face Painting & Balloon Animals Cancun 6714 E 82nd St, Indianapolis 578-7054

    Chick-fil-A Noblesville Buy one Get one Free Tuesday 5-9 773-4100Chick Fil A Carmel 14647 US 31 North Family Night each Tuesday from 5-8pm 815-9465

    Chick-fil-A Southport Rd. Indy 780-7477Hellas Caf 8501 Westfield Blvd 257-6211 Indy

    Champps Indy Northside 8711 N. River Crossing Blvd. 2 children eat free with 1 adult meal all day TuesdayBob Evans Family Night from DJ 6-8pm One kid eats free with adult meal purchase. Greenwood In

    Perkins Castleton East 82nd St. Indy 842-9447 4-9Joes Shelby St. Diner Indy 783-9590

    Cheese Burger In Paradise South Indy 883-4386Patriot Grill Restaurant 1265 N. Madison Greenwood 851-8252 Kids Eat Free and Magician

    Teddys Burger Joint 222W.Southport Rd Indy 893-2791Thr3e Wise Men Brewery 1021 Broad Ripple Ave Indy 255-5151Max and Ermas Carmel and Greenwood 705-3988 and 882-4477

    Panda Express 17055 Geist Pavilion Dr. Fishers 5-9 770-9684(Cont)

    (All Information subject to change without notice. Call ahead for details)

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    WednesdayMichaelangelos 550 Westfield Rd Noblesville Kids Eat Free 773-6066

    Chick Fil A 3802 E. 82nd St. at the Crossing Kids Eat Free with Purchase 4 to 8 578-4511Grindstone Charleys Rockville Rd and Crawfordsville Rds Indy 243-8760 and 481-1870

    Johnny Rockets Greenwood Mall and Castleton Mall 881-6240 and 578-8015 5 to 9

    ThursdayJohnny Carinos Greenwood 885-5735

    FridayChick Fil A Avon Rt 36 October 3rd: Family Fall Event 5:00-7:00pm

    SaturdaySteak N Shake all Indianapolis locations

    SundayScottys Brewhouse 3905 E. 96th Street Indianapolis, IN & 1 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Granite City Food and Brewery 150 W. 96th St Carmel 218-7185 5-9 Magician 5-8 Steak N Shake all Indianapolis locations

    Rock Star Pizza 922 E. Main St. Brownsburg 858-1188 all day dine in Only

    (Please call ahead to verify details)



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    Do you have a child who absolutely refuses to comply

    with your family rules? He or she chooses to do what works for him/her and it is as if your child doesnt want to comply with the rules that you have created for your childs well being. Now if your child has oppositional tendencies it could be fairly difficult to motivate your child because theyre so strong-willed. This can leave you feeling like a miserable failure because you believe that you are responsible for your childs behavior. The healthiest thing you can do as a parent is to set up the structure for your child that will activate proper learning, household chores, and participation in family events. Your childs temperament may interfere in this process. This invariably means that you set up consequences that seem to have no effect on your child. Regardless you still need to follow the course because that is your primary job as a parent.

    I had a woman who came into the office totally frustrated with her sons lack of motivation. She stated that nothing she could do would motivate her son. He spent hours playing his Xbox and when he went to bed he would sneak his tech toys into bed with him. In addition to his disrespect for her rules, he would sit for hours refusing to do homework. She said this is not how I was raised and this is not how I have raised him! She complained, Im so exasperated because I dont know what I can do to get him motivated. The truth of the matter is there was nothing that she could do to actually motivate this child. When I told her that he suffered from oppositional defiance disorder she began to realize that he had to figure it out on his own time. This meant she had to come up with consequences even if they appeared totally ineffective. I then explained that her job as a parent was to stay detached

    from his behavior, and to set up consequences that promoted what he would deal with in the real world.

    If you choose to be lazyYou wont get very far in life.

    If you choose to ignore your schoolworkYou may be held back.

    If you choose to sneak your Xbox into your room you will lose the privilege of using it.

    If you choose to walk home from school instead of riding the busI will call school and enroll you in Saturday morning school because you consistently defy the rules.

    This is not what mom wanted to hear because she wanted something to motivate her son but the truth of the matter is that many children are entitled and have to learn the hard way. The healthiest thing she could do was to learn how not to react to her son. Since her son was going to be very frustrating, she needed to conserve her precious energy and stay true to the course of parenting and find consequences to relate to the misbehavior. That was her job as a parent!

    So if you have a difficult child, you need to detach with love and firmness. When you do this youre better able to set appropriate consequences and you stay out of that normal and natural power struggle that can ensue when your child refuses to do it your way and chooses to do it his way. Just remember that youre not a failure if you have a strong will child!

    Carol Juergensen Sheets

    Carol Juergensen Sheets LCSW PCC is a psychotherapist and personal life coach. She does motivational speaking and empowerment trainings locally and nationally. To find out more about her services--contact her at or call her at 317-218-3479.

    Motivating Oppositional Kids Can Be Tough

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