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31 Fun Things To Do
1) 5/1 High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Akron  

2) 5/2 Cinco de Mayo Celebration, ASPIES, Akron
3) 5/3 Music Therapy & More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake  

4) 5/3 Family Fun Fridays, Family Connections, Shaker Heights  

5) 5/3 Everybody Dance Now, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Shaker Heights  

6) 5/4 Sensory Story Time, Brunswick Library

7) 5/4 Parent/Child Movement & Exploration, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights  
8) 5/4 Nature's Seasonal Sensations, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Bentleyville  

9) 5/5 Fitness Made Fun, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights  

10) 5/5 Fishing & Picnicking, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon  
11) 5/6 High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Canton
12) 5/8 Adapted Dance Class, Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children’s Hospital

13) 5/10 Pizza Bowl, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Oakwood  

14) 5/11 Craft Club, REACH United Disability Services, Akron  

15) 5/11 Explore the Cleveland Botanical Garden & Lunch Out, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Cleveland  

16) 5/11 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library  

17) 5/11 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library
18) 5/14 ASGC Social Night, City of Independence Civic Center

5/16 Music, Drum and Movement, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village

20) 5/17 Kids in Motion Sensory Storytime, Connecting for Kids, Westlake  

21) 5/17 Karaoke and Dance Night, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon  

22) 5/18 Sports Challenge Unlimited, CCBDD, Highland Hills  

23) 5/18 Carnival, Greater Akron Young Life Capernaum
24) 5/19 Kite Making Family Day, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights  

25) 5/20 Pizza & Play, Family Connections, Cleveland Heights

26) 5/20 Fitness to Wellness to FUN! Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Mayfield Village  

27) 5/22 The Arc of Ohio Day at Cedar Point, Sandusky  

28) 5/25 Celebrate Spring at Holden Arboretum, Solon Blue Ribbon
Program, Kirtland  
29) 5/30 The World of Books, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon  

30) 5/31 Cosmic Bowling, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Solon  

31) 5/31 Parent's Night OUT, Kid's Night IN, KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center
Other Great May Events
5/1 Autism in General Education Webinar, Achievement Centers for Children

5/1 PBS & Strategies Webinar, Achievement Centers for Children

5/1 IEP 101 (plus) for Preschool and Best Practices, SST 3, Valley View  
5/1 Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) Meeting, SST 8, Cuyahoga Falls  

5/1 Autism Support Group, Wickliffe  

5/1 Free Legal Advice, Stark County Bar Association

5/2 Community Agency Meeting, Buckeye Community Health Plan, Canton  

5/2 Sibshops, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights  

5/3 Sensory World Sensory Conference, Future Horizons, Loveland  
5/4 Self Control: Teaching Your Child to Use His/Her Inside Stopper, Connecting for Kids, Westlake  
5/6 The ABCs of IEPs, Family Connections, Shaker Heights  

5/7 What Can the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps Do for My Child? Webinar

5/7 Journal Club for Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders, CWRU
School of Medicine, Cleveland  

5/7 Parent Support Group, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights  

5/7 Whose IDEA Really is it? ASPIES, Canton

5/9 The Evaluation Process: Linking the ETR and IEP, SST 3, Valley View  

5/9 Cleveland Yachad Welcomes Richard Bernstein, Mandel JCC, Beachwood  

5/10 Potty Training the Challenging Child, Connecting for Kids, Westlake  

5/14 Vocational Services Open House, UCP of Greater Cleveland

5/14 ASGC Informative Workshop Sessions, City of Independence Civic Center
5/14 Possibilities of the iPad and Special Needs, Zane’s Foundation, Cuyahoga Falls  

5/15 - 5/16 Assessment Tools, OCALI, Columbus  

5/15 Job Seeking Skills Training, REM Opportunities, Akron  

5/16 Transition & Adult Services for Individuals with Autism, Monarch Center for Autism, Shaker Heights  
5/19 Organization for Autism Research (OAR) Run for Autism, Cleveland
5/20 Seclusion & Restraint in Public School Settings, Milestones ABA Professional Group, Beachwood
5/21 Adolescence and Puberty, Behavioral Intervention Institute of Ohio, Westlake  

5/21 Four Dangerous Lifestyle Trends Impacting Your Child’s Brain, ASPIES, Akron

5/22 Technology Conference with Dr. Howard Shane, Monarch
Center for Autism, Shaker Heights  

5/26 Asperger's Adult Group, Beachwood Public Library

5/29 Job Seeking Skills Training, REM Opportunities, Akron  
5/31 Teach Me to Play, Connecting for Kids, Westlake  



The kingpins were on a roll Sunday, April 14 at the first annual STRIKE IT BIG for Milestones bowling event at Solon Freeway Lanes. Thanks to our phenomenal sponsors, donors, teams and volunteers, the event was a major success with over 250 attendees and we surpassed our $25,000 fundraising goal. The family-friendly event included over 30 bowling teams, food, an amazing raffle and plenty of smiles, laughter and fun!

It's not too late to donate to your favorite team or TEAM MILESTONES to support local families affected by autism. 

  THANK YOU to our Sponsors

Penske Cleveland
Ganley VW & Subaru of Bedford
Collections Auto
Diamond Shine
Freeway Lanes
Kennedy Academy
The Mazel Company
Metro Toyota

Happy Mother's Day! We share with you 31 fun things to do this month. Check out the 2-day Conference hot topics. For professionals, don't miss the school team training.
Enjoy the sun,
Ilana & Mia

May 2013 Newsletter


Annual Conference | Call for Honorees
School Team Training | Earn Professional Development Credits
Summer Camp Fun
6 Helpful Tips for Parents
Earn BACB Credits at Milestones Meeting
New Resource for Visual Supports
Resources & Notable News


May Events - Full Listing Here
Check out 31 Fun Things To Do


Milestones Annual Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference

You may be thinking to yourself,
why should I register?

Here’s why!
-900 parents and professionals to network with
-90 national and local autism experts to learn from
-70+ evidence-based workshop sessions to attend
-40 knowledgeable exhibitors to find cool
-12 hours of professional development

Take a look at just a few of the HOT topics our speakers will dive into:

No More Meltdowns!

Teaching Personal Safety

Practical Solutions for Eradicating Bullying

Self-Advocacy and Disclosure

Restraint and Seclusion

So, what are you waiting for? Register today! Group discounts available. Visit

Wednesday, June 19 &
Thursday, June 20, 2013

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
NEW VENUE | Cleveland I-X Center

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities  available. Download your kits today!

Annual Conference - Call for Honorees 

Nominations for Milestones Annual Awards Now Open!

Each year Milestones awards parents, professionals and teens who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving individuals with special needs.

Think about those amazing teens, friends, colleagues, teachers, and therapists you know. We invite you to nominate them for one of our annual awards:
-Parent Tribute Award
-Professional Excellence Award
-Teen Trailblazer Award
-Volunteer Appreciation Award

Nominating someone takes just a few minutes. Complete the 2013 Nominating Form and return to or by fax to 216.464.7602. Award recipients will be notified and honored at Milestones Annual Conference.

Deadline for all nominations is
May 9, 2013. 

Milestones School Team Training |
Effective Behavioral Interventions for the Classroom
Earn Professional Development Credit

August 5-9, 2013
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cleveland, Ohio

35 contact hours included in training

2 hours of graduate credit for additional fee

-A week-long, hands-on professional autism
-Evidence-based techniques for students in
preschool through high school
-Strategies to reduce problem behaviors
utilizing ABA
-Innovative ways to increase access to the
academic standards

For intervention specialists, paraprofessionals, school administrators, speech-language pathologists, school psychologists, occupational & physical therapists.

Request an application at or by calling 216.464.7600. For more information,
click here. Scholarships are pending. If you are interested in attending, please submit an application TODAY

Looking for a Summer Camp? Look No Further?
Camp Milestones - A Fun ABA Camp for Children with Autism

-Individualized program for student's IEP
-1:1 Discrete trial teaching
-Fun group music, art, and motor activities
-Activities with typical peers

August 1-2, 5-9, 2013
8:45 am - 11:45 am
Ages 5-15
Location | Cleveland, OH

Camp Fee | $175 (Fee may be covered by County Board of ESY. Check with your support administrator or school district.)

Submit your child's application to or fax to 216.464.7602 by June 15, 2013.


Tips Parents Should Know about Teens with Autism

Your Teen magazine asked Ilana Hoffer Skoff, Milestones Executive Director, whose daughter has autism spectrum disorder—as do one percent of all children in the United States between the ages of three and 17—to tell us what she thinks parents of typical teenagers should know. To read the article, please click here for Part 1. For Part 2, click here.

Your Teen quarterly magazine and provide tips, articles and an open forum for parents of teens who need advice or want to help others. Pose questions, offer personal tactics and share in the joys and frustrations of parenting teenagers in today’s challenging world.

Seclusion and Restraint in Public School Settings |
Earn BACB Credit

Milestones ABA Professionals Meeting
Monday, May 20, 2013
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location | Milestones Office
Cost |

Audience |

Professionals with a certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board or those taking coursework toward the credential or about to sit for the exam. Milestones is an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) provider. Earn 2.0 Type 4 CE for attending this networking event.

RSVP by Friday, May 17 to We hope to see you there! 

Visual Supports | NEW Resource

Indiana Resource Center for Autism is pleased to announce the launch of a new section of their website that provides schools, families and other professionals access to free visual supports and other instructional supports.

To learn more, visit the Visual Supports section. This collection of visual supports and other resources provides examples of various strategies that can be used to support students on the autism spectrum, as well as others with and without disabilities. 

Resources & Notable News

Autism Risk May Be Apparent At Birth, Study Finds
New research suggests it may be possible to identify children at risk for autism
from day one.
Read full article...

Source: disabilityscoop

I hired someone with Asperger's - now what?
It's true that there are a lot of benefits in hiring someone with Asperger's. Research from Harvard Business Schools shows the strengths of people with Asperger's and high-functioning autism make them especially well-suited for software development and testing.
Source: CNN Health

Previous Generations May Hold Clues To Autism
A pair of new studies suggest that a child’s odds of developing autism could be
impacted by the experiences of their parents and grandparents.
Full article...
Source: disabilityscoop

App Could Transform How Autism Is Diagnosed
With too few autism specialists, it can take months or even years for a child to
be diagnosed. But a new app that’s being developed with federal grant money may
change that.
Learn more...
Source: disabilityscoop

To Graduate or Not to Graduate:
That is the Question

This is the time of year when parents of special needs children become alarmed by school district plans to graduate their child prior to age 22 - the last year of special education eligibility. The decision to graduate a child does not exclusively belong to the school district. Here are some points and pitfalls that parents must be aware of when the school district proposes to graduate the child prematurely.
Read full article...
Source: Hickman & Lowder Co. L.P.A.

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