January 2022 Newsletter

Cornerstone hosts virtual and in-person parent workshops. We also have resources of community events happening this month!

Supporting Communication | Parent Training

One of the primary characteristics of Autism involves deficits in communication. We desire for our children to express themselves and communicate their wants and needs to us. This month we will be discussing ways to recognize opportunities to foster communication at home and how to base strategies on your child’s strengths. You can register to attend online or in-person via email or through the parent training slip sent home. Send RSVPs, questions, or suggestions to psallade@cornerstoneautismcenter.com.

January 18th, 8:45AM-9:45AM

Greenwood Polk and Madison – 380 Polk St Greenwood, IN 46143

Edinburgh – 3258 W Market Place Drive Edinburgh, IN 46124

January 20th, 8:45AM-9:45AM

West Lafayette – 3482 McClure Ave West Lafayette, IN 47906

Avon – 7517 Beechwood Centre Rd Avon, IN 46123

January 25th 12PM-1Pm or 8PM-9PM

Afternoon Virtual Training – Link delivered upon registration

Evening Virtual Training – Link delivered upon registration

IRCA Family Support Webinar (Online) – Autism Community Connection
January 10, 2022 | Using Improv to Teach Social Skills: How ‘Yes And’ Can Help Your Kids Learn to Connect

Presenters: Jim Ansaldo, Ph.D. Research Scholar, Center on Education and Lifelong Learning Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University Kathy Klingerman, Ed.S., BCaBA School Autism Consultant Serving West Lafayette Community, Lafayette, and Tippecanoe School District Overview: Using improv is a powerful way to help children learn social skills through games and laughter. We will share with you the benefits of using improv and give you practical and fun ways to incorporate it within your family life. Follow this link to register.

Our centers are hives of activity, and we enjoy sharing the latest CAC news with you!


In the past month, we have had five graduations and have four more planned this month. Last year, we had a total of 18 graduations! Our clients are constantly achieving milestones, and we want to congratulate all of our CAC grads of 2021:


2021 Grads (some are initials only for confidentiality): Ralph, Ryleigh, Griffin, Bryan, Taegan, Cooper, Emmanuel, Hayden, Korben, Mia, River, Sam, Noah, Elias, TWV, CM, MMI, and EFA


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


Aubrey Rocillo, ABA Therapist I love just about any activity that is outside. During my free time, I love finding new places to hike with my dog. I also enjoy trying new places to eat with my friends and family.

My favorite thing about working with children with autism is how they are authentically themselves. Working at Cornerstone has made me appreciate the little things in life so much more.  The children have taught me so much in a short amount of time. I can’t wait to keep learning and growing with all of our kids here.

The Thirst Project is a nonprofit I am passionate about! They help fund and build wells in places that don’t have access to clean drinking water. Providing access to clean drinking water impacts lives in so many ways.

Karissa Coleman, ABA Therapist Since being at Cornerstone, I’ve accomplished a lot of goals, including buying my car, living on my own, providing for myself and giving more consistent self-love. Some dreams I am currently working on are staying focused on growth, which includes working on my patience, communicating better and becoming the best version of myself.

My favorite part about working with kiddos with autism is the face that while they’re learning skills, so am I. This has allowed me to work on new perspectives and how to handle different situations.

Cornerstone is such an amazing environment for the clients and employees. Cornerstone has allowed me to  grow as an employee, friend, therapist and overall person.

From crafts to activities to blogs, Cornerstone has a variety of resources to share with you!


Bridging the Gap | Using ASL in the ABA Community Access to communication, especially in one’s native language, remains a critical component in providing quality and ethically sound ABA-based intensive therapy. Read our blog about how Cornerstone Autism Center saw a need for ABA to be available to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.


Snow Paint for Kids (growingajeweledrose.com)

Are you looking for fun ways for your kids to enjoy the upcoming winter months? Do you want your kids to still enjoy the outdoors, even after a snowfall?

This DIY kool-aid snow paint will make snow vibrant and add a fruity scent to make it even more fun for your kids!


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