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An ABC Story: Caleb’s Transition


Caleb has been going to ABC since June 2017 when we moved to Westfield from the Cincinnati area. Caleb had been receiving ABA therapy services for a little over a year in Cincinnati before we moved and we knew from that experience that we wanted to continue his ABA therapy treatment. We did some research online and connected with ABC after discovering they had a location close to our new home and reading positive testimonials online. The process of getting Caleb enrolled there was pretty easy for us because ABC really took the lead on getting ABA approved by our insurance. Jane Grimes, the ABC contact that we worked with to get Caleb enrolled, was awesome in working with our insurance to get the necessary approvals and communicating with us throughout the process. Once our insurance gave ABC the approval, Caleb started within days which was excellent for us as we wanted to avoid a long period where he wasn’t getting ABA therapy. Caleb’s transition to ABC after starting could not have gone smoother. Like many kids with autism, transitions can be difficult and stressful for Caleb. We were amazed at how excited Caleb was even on his very first […]

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Back to School?!? Noooooo…


By Angela Bricker, Ed.D, BCBA-D Hopefully everyone has had an enjoyable summer and you have been able to get some rest and have some fun!  Now, just as your children are getting adjusted to the their summer routines…it is time to switch it up again. As your child begins the transition back to school, you may find that there are new challenges that come with the new school year. (Fun) Does your child have a new teacher or a new school?, How long have they been away from their routine?,  New clothes, New Shoes, New Supplies, etc. For some parents, getting their children back into the school routine is a blessing, but for other parents whose kids are faced with new school environments, new teachers or a school year beginning when the last one didn’t end on a good note…is enough to make a parent throw a tantrum. Here are some tips to help you get through the back to school blues: Create a social story or picture schedule for school routines. Start reviewing this a few weeks in advance. Work with the teacher or a behavior specialist to create a reinforcement system. Use this system to reward your child […]

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An ABC Story: Missing Milestones to Typical Brother Behavior


Bruno was diagnosed with Autism on July 14th, 2015. I had noticed symptoms as early as a year; by the time he was 18 months, he was missing milestones and not showing appropriate social behavior. I was devastated. I immediately began researching therapy options and felt that the best decision would be to enroll him in an ABA program full time. I chose The Applied Behavior Center for Autism because they are the largest and oldest ABA provider in the state; and just as importantly, they’ve also been an incredible source of support to me. ABC worked with me through the appeal process when insurance denied coverage. At one point, after the second request for services was denied, I spoke with the Director of Business Development about my frustration and she assured me that they wouldn’t give up; they would keep working to get Bruno’s  ABA approved no matter how long it took. Not only did ABC help me achieve my goal of getting treatment for my oldest son, the staff at the Carmel center has helped Bruno achieve more progress than I ever thought possible. He can now effectively communicate his needs and is also very skilled at communicating […]

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Embracing New Shoes with Sam


This will be Sam’s third year at ABC. Sam was in home day care until he reached age 2. We put him in a preschool at a church where our other children have attended and thrived in the past. His teacher loved him and could tell he needed some extra attention. We knew early on that Sam had some developmental delays and were utilizing First Steps therapies in our home for Occupational, Speech and Physical therapy. Sam was mostly non-verbal for the first year and didn’t even ask for mommy or daddy by name. He didn’t walk until he was almost 2, didn’t get any teeth until he was 14 months old, was and still is a very picky eater, and continues to be small on the growth chart. He used to have meltdowns frequently when presented with too much stimuli or in unfamiliar territory. In public, he used to insist on being carried everywhere until he was almost 5. He used to have to wear his “coat” anytime we traveled in the car, regardless of whether it was 90 degrees outside or not because he felt “safe” with it on. Trying anything new, I used to be very stressed […]

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Mark and Lilly


“My kids Mark and Lilly have been at ABC since November. It has been amazing watching the progress happen. ABC has been amazing in every way in regards to both of my kids. The thorough parent meetings, getting Mark to eat regular food, Lilly with communication, potty training and just the all around teaching us as a family. We have been so pleased as a whole.” -Erin, mother of Mark and Lilly 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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Swimming Basics for the Home


By Emily Hollinberger, Swim Program Coordinator & RBT Swimming is a great life skill and lifetime commitment.  For countless of our families, water safety is the number one concern.  It is important for our patients and families to be armed with a basic water knowledge to help keep our kids with Autism safe in any circumstance they might find themselves surrounded by water.  The bathtub is a great starting point to learn blowing bubbles and beginning to float on your back, both vital lifesaving skills in the water.  Here are a few starting points to help you both with bath time in your home and whatever water you might find yourself in. When blowing bubbles, it is important to remember that “noise coming out, water CANNOT go in”.  A great fun starting point is to practice blowing raspberries or other silly noises with lips outside of the water.  As your child becomes more comfortable with blowing noises, have them slowly lower their lips into the water blowing big bubbles.  Keep practicing bubble blowing in the bathtub, in the pool, and anytime you are in the water. Countless parents struggle with bath time and pool time when water enters their child’s […]

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Kayla’s Pride and Joy


“I have a three-year-old autistic daughter. Her name is Kendall and she is my pride and joy. The most important thing to me is to make sure she is pushed to her potential. I had checked out three different schools for her and had no luck with any of them. I came across the ABC center in Indianapolis Indiana, I left my information in an email and I honestly didn’t expect to hear from them for a few weeks. Two days later I received a call and I was very excited. Everyone I talk to was so sweet and so kind they all had my daughter’s best interest at heart. After exchanging a few emails we set up the evaluation and a tour for me and my daughter. My daughter was hesitant at first and wanted me to walk with her. Once she got to the gym she quickly let go of my hand and ran to the trampoline, I didn’t see her until the evaluation was over. Every question was answered and every need was met. At the end of our tour I told Kendall to tell Jill bye and Kendall went and gave her hugs (that’s a huge […]

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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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