August 2021 Newsletter

August Book Drive!

With the help of Usborne Books & More, the Cornerstone Autism Foundation is taking part in its first-ever book drive!

Usborne Books and More is a children’s book company offering unique educational and fiction books for children of all ages including newborns through teens. As a division of the Educational Development Corporation (EDC), Usborne is a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 Fastest-Growing Small Companies and has been in existence for over 30 years. Retrieved from

Starting 8:00 am Friday, August 27th through Sunday, August 29th, 8:00 pm, the Cornerstone Autism Foundation will be accepting donations that will go towards purchasing new books for the clients of Cornerstone Autism Center. With every dollar donated, Usborne will match 50% to the final amount.

Reading exciting and engaging books is one of the highlights to many of the children who attend Cornerstone. “Our clients gain a wealth of knowledge from books! Books are a great resource to engage in different tactile and visual sensory experiences, encourage problem-solving, talk through new scenarios, and improve overall reading skills. Many of our clients are motivated to visit the different library areas around their center. I’m excited to partner with Usborne to refresh our bookshelves at Cornerstone!”, says Clinical Director, Alicia Pearson.

For more information on the upcoming book drive, visit our event page here!

Thank you to these staff members for Maximizing Those Who Struggle, Embracing Those Who Love and Fulfilling Those Who Serve.

Drew Coleman, Therapist

My mom is the person who inspires me the most. She showed me that I could still chase my dreams and push through any hardships that life may throw at me. She took care of me and my siblings while going to school for her Masters while working full time in a hospital. She handles every problem that comes her way with ease and I hope to be like her as I get older.

My favorite thing about working at Cornerstone is watching how the children interact with me and their peers. Every kids is so different in personality and they know just how to make you smile. I love experiencing all the heart-warming moments and even watching the kids outsmart me sometimes. They are a joy!

In my free time I like to listen to music and spend time with my two kids.

Maria Tiburcio, Therapist

The person who inspires me the most would have to be my mom. She inspires me daily to pursue my dreams and to never settle for less. She also reminds me that life can get tricky and it’s alright to ask for help

During my free time I love hanging out with my brother and friends. We typically go do adventurous things such as small road trips, kayaking, and hiking. I also love to relax at home reading a nice book, or watching a mystery film with my pup.

My favorite thing about working with children with autism is seeing the progress that they make each and every day. It’s so fascinating how these kids pick things up so quickly. They have such brilliant minds, it’s incredibly rewarding when i see their big smiles and receive their joyful hugs.


Sabrina Ward, Therapist

My favorite place in the world is Spain. I studied abroad in the northern part of the country in high school and fell in love with the place. The culture is incredible to learn about and the views are amazing!

In my free time, I like to watch Netflix and play video games with my husband. We love to go camping with family and friends. I also spend a lot of time cuddling with my cat and my dog.

My favorite thing about working with children with autism is how much they teach me. They help me think about things in new ways, both at work and in play. I never thought I would be wearing costume wings, a unicorn headband, and a witch’s hat headband all at once at my job, but I love every second of my client’s silliness.

Addressing Feeding Challenges in Children with Autism

Be sure to read our latest blog on the difficulties parents and caregivers of children with autism may face when it’s time to eat. BCBA, Erica Bushnell dives deep into this topic and shares different ways to help overcome issues during mealtime. You can find the blog on our website here.

Behavior and the Environment Trainings

Our child’s environment has a huge influence on their development.  Join us to discuss ways to identify factors involved in your child’s behavior.  Learn how this information is used to provide clarity in the home and collaborate with therapy providers.

In Person

August 10th – West Lafayette 8:45 am – 9:45 am

August 12th – Edinburgh 8:45 am – 9:45 am

August 17th – Greenwood Polk and Madison locations will meet at the Polk building 8:45 am – 9:45 am

August 19th -Avon 8:45 am – 9:45 am


August 31st – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

(Link sent upon sign-up)

Sign-up forms will be sent home with each client.

For more information, contact

The Purdue Neurodevelopment Family Lab is looking for participants to assist in their PANDABox study.  The purpose of this study is to explore more efficient ways to assess a child’s development.  If you are interested to know more, please see the flyer below or email

ABA 101: Tact Training

A tact is something that we all use in our daily lives. If you were holding a cookie and asked a child, “What is this?” and they said, “Cookie,” that’s a tact. It’s simply a verbal label.

In our training video, you will learn all about the term “Tacting” and see examples of how tacting helps children with autism gain more independence! Click here to view video on this topic.


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