July 2021 Newsletter

Cornerstone Director of Training Meets with Dr. Susan Friedman

Join Director of Training and BCBA, Phillipe Sallade, as he sits down with Dr. Susan Friedman as she explains the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to better the quality of life for animals and their caregivers.

Click here to watch video

All locations will be closed on Monday, July 5th for the upcoming holiday. We will re-open and resume services at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6th.

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


Haley Alexander, Therapist

Whenever I have free time, I like to spend it with my family and friends, listen to podcasts, read, and watch too much reality tv. In the warmer months I also love to go for walks outside or relax in my hammock.

I have always had a passion for working with children and helping them to reach their goals. One of my favorite things is to see the progress our clients make. I love that Cornerstone has such a fun atmosphere and allows its therapists to be silly with our clients while also working with them to achieve their goals.

My favorite memory at Cornerstone so far was the first day the Avon center opened. There was excitement in the air and we all could not wait to start seeing clients. I enjoy being able to see the center grow and I am thrilled to see everything our staff and clients will accomplish over the years.

Sydney Chapa, Therapist

Since coming to Cornerstone, I have gone back to school to get my masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. I only have three more semesters to go and then I am one step closer to becoming a BCBA!

The kids inspire me every day to be the best version of myself. My clients teach me to be kind, patient, and compassionate. It is the greatest feeling knowing that I make a difference not only in their lives but in their families lives as well.

My favorite Cornerstone memory was when the West Lafayette Fire Department visited and let our clients and therapists check out the fire trucks! There was so much excitement from the staff and children. You do not get to experience moments like that very often.

Ashley Wagner, Therapist

In my free time, I enjoy reading, camping, canoeing, and hiking. I like to spend a weekend either camping with my boyfriend or staying in to watch movies and play video games.

For the last two years, I have been working on becoming a BCBA. At the end of July, I will graduate from Ball State University with a Masters in Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis with a certification in autism and applied behavior. After completing my school work, I will be studying for the Boards exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

My favorite memories at Cornerstone are when a child finds me to be a person they are comfortable with and can trust. When working with each child, you get to know them and help them grow. I am able to help them see me as a person they value and want to be with each day. After working with a child, I love to see them smile and say hi as they pass by.

A Splash of Color

Check out our latest blog showcasing some of the custom, handmade murals at each of our centers. Come along with Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator Kim Williams as she visits each location to share the amazing artwork that has been specially designed for the clients and staff of Cornerstone.

Click here to read blog.

4 Tips for the 4th of July

Holidays come with a lot of hustle and bustle—crowds of people, different smells, new foods, and a lot of noise can create a stressful situation for families of children with autism. Here are some tips to help make the 4th of July go a little smoother so that, as a family, this special holiday is as enjoyable as possible.

Click here to read blog.

ABA 101: Verbal Operants

At Cornerstone, we teach a variety of skills. Some of the skills we teach are called Verbal Operants. Watch this training video to learn more about the different operants as well as view examples of them.

Click here to view video.

Water Safety Guide

Safety.com has a guide to help families remember important aspects of water safety.

“Summer pool time is approaching — and kids and parents really need it this year. Most public pools have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving millions of kids wishing for swim time. However, most states are easing COVID-19 restrictions, and pools may be open again soon. But before parents take a dive with their kids, there are a few safety tips they need to keep in mind.”

Read the full guide by clicking this link.

View past newsletters or subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.