January 2021 Newsletter

Avon…Opening Soon!

Watch this video here to see a sneak peak of the center. More sneak peaks will be revealed  along with the opening date this month!


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

Ellen Brooks, MA, BCBA
Since coming to Cornerstone, I have attended school to get my masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and obtained a BCBA certification! These were dreams that I didn’t know I had prior to coming to work here – but I love Cornerstone and working with the kiddos so much that I wanted to continue my education as well as my experience in this area.

My favorite thing about working at Cornerstone is the people. The staff are amazing and the children that come to the center are just the best. I love coming to work and getting to spend my days with such a wonderful group! It’s so great to see the progress that each child makes while they are here, the changes I get to see are so incredible.

My favorite memory at Cornerstone is the graduation of one of my first kiddos. I was so proud of him and also knew I would miss him so much!


Joseph Hewitt, Therapist I draw my inspiration from my wife and my daughter. My daughter was born prematurely and she works incredibly hard every day to overcome her visual impairment. My wife is the bravest and strongest person I’ve ever met and she works incredibly hard to improve the community she works for and the people she serves. I draw strength from the two incredible women in my life and I am thankful for them every day.

I have found purpose at Cornerstone and have found my career. I have a goal to continue my education while working with the kids here at Cornerstone, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

John Lennon said that “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans,” and I take that to heart. I’m certainly someone who has done their fair share of overthinking and part of my personal journey is learning to let go of that instinct and taking advantage of the opportunities in front of me. I love the fact that no day is ever the same. By following my client’s motivation, I never know what the day is going to hold. I also love the small victories that we see every day. We all share in the joy of your children’s gains and it makes the hard work worth it.

Caroline Bowman, MA, BCBA In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my two nephews grow up. I enjoying being active outside in the summer and fall, going on runs and exploring nature. I also love cozying up on my couch with a good book. Exploring new restuarants and coffee shops is where you can also find me on the weekends.

When I started working here at Cornerstone, I was a therapist but already completed my masters program. It was my goal while working here to study for my boards exam and pass becoming a BCBA. I am proud to say I have accomplished that goal and am now a BCBA with my own team of amazing kiddos.

The best part about working at Cornerstone is watching these incredible kids work so hard and achieve new skills. It makes me so proud watching these kids work on a new skill for weeks and seeing them mastering that skill independently is the greatest feeling. I also love how these kids have changed my life and the way I view everyday things. The clients aren’t the only ones whose lives are changed by being at Cornerstone.

My favorite memory so far is having a parent tell me how thankful they are for Cornerstone and how much we have already changed not only the clients life but their families as well. Being able to be apart of these kids journeys and impact their lives is truly an honor.

Winter Coat and Car Seat Safety Tips 
Winter is a tricky time for car seats with warm coats. These tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics will help parents strike that perfect balance between keeping children warm as well as safely buckled in their car seats: “As a general rule, bulky clothing, including winter coats, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. In a car crash, fluffy padding immediately flattens out from the force, leaving extra space under the harness. A child can then slip through the straps and be thrown from the seat. Dress your child in thin layers, use a coat or blanket over the straps, and pack an emergency bag for your car.”  Read more at healthychildren.org.

Online Intro to the Family Service Waiver  Indiana Resource Center for Autism is hosting free family webinars throughout the school year. There will be a webinar on this important topic on January 11, 2021 from 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Topic:  Introduction to the Family Services Waiver
Presenter: Rachel Deaton, B.A.
Area Support Coordinator, Autism Society of Indiana

The presentation will provide an overview of the Family Services Waiver. The workshop will cover how the application process works and which services are offered with the Family Services Waiver. Click here to register.

Autism in the News: The Indy Autism Project Initiative

In 2021, the Indy Autism Project has plans in place to make Indiana the safest city in the country for residents with autism to live and work.

“The international credentialing board will train police, IndyGo bus drivers and Indy Parks employees on how to work with residents on the spectrum. The group will also work with the Indy Chamber and the nonprofit Easterseals to bring training and accreditation for employers in the city, showing them best hiring practices for people on the spectrum.

Visit Indy will also work with the hospitality and tourism industry to make certain locations and events sensory friendly, a key benefit for people with autism who may have sensory issues.The efforts will make Indianapolis the second city to become autism certified by the credentialing board, trailing Mesa, Arizona.” Read further at this link.

Craft Idea: Toilet Paper Tube Snowman 

This creative craft is a great way to re-use toilet paper rolls while also working on fine motor skills.

Supplies include: toilet paper tubes, glue, scissors, white paint, a paintbrush, paint markers, felt, pipe cleaners and pom poms.

Follow this page for the full instructions.


Check out this cute winter snowflake craft activity that you can make with your kids.  The DIY beaded snowflake ornaments are fun to make, but the best part of this preschool craft idea is that kids can work on fine motor skills and many math concepts while they create.

Learn here about how to create these snowflakes.


A new job can be overwhelming for anyone, but here at Cornerstone Autism Center, we aim to make the transition into a new company as seamless as possible.  After an applicant completes the interview process and receives a job offer, Cornerstone Autism Center provides extensive training for each new hire. Read about our best-in-class ABA training further here on our website.

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