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Colin’s Story: ABA and Education


Colin was a beautiful baby and he was always happy. He once won free Earth’s Best baby food and paraphernalia when we posted a video showing how excited he was to eat their baby food! We noticed early on that he didn’t make eye contact a lot but didn’t make much of it. As he got older, we saw that his speech was delayed and we enrolled him in First Steps.   After one misdiagnosis, he was correctly diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 ½. We were somewhat prepared for the diagnosis but still we were crushed. Many of the dreams that come with having a child were now put into question; for example, going to college, getting married, and finding a great career. We researched ABA therapy and enrolled Colin at ABC right away to help give him every chance in life.   Colin has made great progress. As a result of therapy at ABC, he has acquired countless skills; for example, he can now call me “Mommy,” he can tell us what he wants to eat, and he can tell us to stop whatever may be annoying him. We have approached ABC for help with many of […]

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Coloring the World, One Piece at a Time


“Before Reagun started attending ABC he was nonverbal, non responsive to certain situations, unsocial and aggressive. ABC has been a gift from GOD. The therapists and staff have worked with him on educational based learning, as well as, offered him specific based learning to help in the areas he needed to strengthen. Reagun had began speaking in the last six months. He began interacting with me. I’ve waited four patient years to color with Reagun. He just had no interest. We color with chalk the whole neighborhood now. He also voluntarily hugged another child at the center, when before he could not be around another child without aggression. ABC offered Reagun the ability of trained therapists and staff to work one on one and create an environment that is healthy, educational and fun! I drove from Vincennes, IN to Terre Haute, IN twice daily and it was well worth it! I am truly grateful for the hard work and diligence of ABC.” -Amanda, mother of Reagun Interested in learning more about what we can do for your child?  Contact Jane Grimes, Enrollment Director, at 317-849-KIDS, Ext. 104.

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Speech Sound Errors – How Can I Help My Child at Home?


By Emily Bess, M.A., CCC-SLP Have you ever been speaking to your child and thought to yourself, ‘What in the world did he just say?’ Articulation refers to the forming of clear and distinct sounds in speech and is a very common area of difficulty for many children today. For some children, it’s just a few sounds that are tricky and they can eventually grow out of these speech errors on their own as they get older. For others, there’s a lot of sounds that are said in error and it can be really hard to understand what is said no matter how hard they try. Frustration can often build up from having difficulty being understood and with it, negative behaviors. Each sound has an age when it is typically mastered, or produced correctly about 80% of the time. All sounds are produced by the tongue, teeth, and lips going into a certain position and allowing air to come through them and be ‘adjusted’ before coming out of the mouth. Some sounds are produced in a more simple manner, and so they are expected to develop in younger children. Other sounds’ formations are more challenging to line up in the […]

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The Monge Family and ABC


“While stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia, Brock and Brody were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by a Developmental Pediatrician. My little guys were lucky enough to be diagnosed and receive early intervention at a very young age.  Brody was 2y3 months and Brock was 1y8 months. Although the rate of Autism is on the rise in the United States and even more so in the military community, my family and I had very little knowledge to what ASD was and more importantly what it meant for our little guys. After researching options, I enrolled the boys in applied behavior therapy (ABA) and they received ABA for one year, prior to moving to Greenwood, Indiana. In May of 2016, I flew to Greenwood to visit potential ABA centers for Brock and Brody. Although they are only two of our four children, their education became our priority due to the vulnerability they face being Autistic. After leaving a center in tears because I felt hopeless, a nurse (and dear friend) at our pediatricians’ office said “hey, what about this new place…they are calling it ABC….” I had to catch my flight back to Virginia..so I took the information down, verified with […]

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Special Needs Swim Lessons


History of ABC Swim Lessons Beginning in 1995, the CEO and Founder of The Applied Behavior Center Sherry Quinn’s son Michael was diagnosed with Autism. After searching nationwide for the care that he needed, Sherry discovered ABA therapy. Because this programming was not offered in Indiana at the time, she decided to open her own company to offer swimming out of the pool in her backyard for all children affected by any type of developmental disability. Soon after, the company began offering therapy and behavior consulting services for children with Autism. Over 100 children and teens went through the program and successfully learned to swim through their ABA based swim program. The program expanded and eventually developed into The Applied Behavior Center for Autism. The company is now the largest and longest ABA treatment center in Indiana and will be celebrating 20 years this May!   Special Needs Swim Program Details The Applied Behavior Center for Autism is once again opening its swim program to children and teens with any developmental disabilities for one-on-one private swim lessons at our indoor therapeutic pool at our Carmel location. Because each child is unique, our swim program develops customized swim lesson plans in […]

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Holiday Closings


Dear Parents, We know how busy things can get around the holiday season, and how important family time is.  We want to make sure to accommodate your child’s schedule and make up any missed days that they may have, if possible.  ABC will be closed on the following days: Thursday, November 24th Friday, November 25th Friday, December 23rd Monday, December 26th Monday, January 2nd Please be sure to contact your Team Leaders if you plan to have your child out any additional days.

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Back To School


When are kids ready for school? Every year, millions of young children with special needs enter school with issues that put them far behind their peers and have a lasting negative effect on their ability to meet their full potential. We know the first eight years of children’s lives are years of incredible learning that shape their futures. This, alone, is a reason to assure that all children have access to the resources they will need to learn, progress and grow. The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center reports that we are now spending less per child today than we did nearly ten years ago, because states continue to reduce their budgets for early education services. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) has also published data and research that instructional assistants, who can often have little to no training or education for the children they work with, are doing more and more of the direct instruction with children as teachers are focused on other requirements such as paperwork and legal requirements.   These factors along with many others have lead some parents to question if their child is prepared to attend school or even if the school is prepared […]

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Back to School


When are kids ready for School? Every year, millions of young children with special needs enter school with issues that put them far behind their peers and have a lasting negative effect on their ability to meet their full potential. We know the first eight years of children’s lives are years of incredible learning that shape their futures. This, alone, is a reason to assure that all children have access to the resources they will need to learn, progress and grow. The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center reports that we are now spending less per child today than we did nearly ten years ago, because states continue to reduce their budgets for early education services. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) has also published data and research that instructional assistants, who can often have little to no training or education for the children they work with, are doing more and more of the direct instruction with children as teachers are focused on other requirements such as paperwork and legal requirements. These factors along with many others have lead some parents to question if their child is prepared to attend school or even if the school is prepared for […]

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Water Safety


Make Water Safety Your Priority Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system! Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Learn-to-Swim courses. Never leave a young child unattended near waterand do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacketsaround water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests. Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous. If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning. Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance […]

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Samantha’s Story


Samantha began attending the Applied Behavior Center in January of 2013, when she was 5 years old. The center came highly recommended by a coworker of mine. After sending Sam to a developmental pre-school for 2 years, we decided to try ABC for Autism. When she started at ABC, she was unable to communicate with us. She couldn’t tell us what she wanted, felt or needed. Her behaviors were uncontrollable. She would cry, scream and throw fits because she lacked communication skills. She was also unable to use the restroom even though we had tried to potty-train her for the previous 2 years. The difference in Sam was noticeable almost immediately. She was potty trained in just 8 weeks. She started talking and putting two words together. She had decreases in rocking, blabbing, and other repetitive behaviors One of the best moments for us was mid-May of 2013. We were tucking in Sam for the night and as we walked out her room, in her perfect soft little girl voice she said “Mommy…I…love…you”. I whipped around and turned on the light exclaiming “what did you say!!??” She giggled at my excitement and would not repeat herself. I tucked her in […]

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