The December issue of our newsletter is now available. Find a link to the recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report to congress on autism services. You’ll also find airplane travel tips and links to sensory friendly holiday tips around the state. The Star December issue can be found here. Sign up to receive […]
The November issue of our newsletter is now available. Check out a story about an autistic teenager who creates a symphony. You’ll also find information on Dr. Haneen Haddad, our new licensed psychologist with a specialization in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families and see the new PlayStation accessible controller. The Star November issue […]
The October issue of our newsletter is now available. Check out photos from Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch’s visit to LittleStar. You’ll also find information on proposed Medicaid rate changes, a new Broadway show starting actors with autism and our first mom and female caregiver sip and meet event. The Star October issue can be […]
The September issue of our newsletter is now available. This month celebrate with our Waiver Services team as they received the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s Gold Seal of Approval. You’ll also find information on changes to ABLE accounts, special fall programs and our first mom and female caregiver sip and meet event. […]
The August issue of our newsletter is now available. This month you’ll find information about Walmart’s new sensory-friendly store hours, the new music therapy program at LittleStar and the Kennedy Space Center’s new autism certified designation. There are also back to school tips. The Star August issue can be found here. Sign up to receive […]
The July issue of our newsletter is now available. In June the first person diagnosed with autism died at 89. Read about Donald Triplett in this month’s issue. Also included is information about a new television series featuring characters with disabilities and grant opportunities for families. The Star July issue can be found here. Sign […]
Congratulations to Mary Rosswurm, CEO, and Dennis Reid, LittleStar advisory board member, on the release of their new book. Written for adult service organizations, the book offers a comprehensive guide on how clinicians, psychologists, and mental health support staff can best assist adults with disabilities in living their desired lifestyle. Promoting Desired Lifestyles Among Adults with Severe […]
The June issue of our newsletter is now available here. This month’s issue contains information about upcoming Apple software designed for people with disabilities, water safety tips and an exciting announcement from the CDC. If you’d like to receive this monthly newsletter, you can sign up at this link.
Click the link below to view the latest issue of The Star. This month’s issue includes information about new programs coming to LittleStar, Chrysler’s new calm package, Beaches expanded autism services and much more! The Star May Issue
In the August issue of The Star – Your Guiding Light for Autism you’ll find information on an autism friendly airlines, upcoming events and much more. To read this month’s issue click here or sign up to receive each monthly issue straight to your inbox here.
One of the original LittleStar families in 2002 recently fought Indiana Medicaid all the way to the Indiana Court of Appeals and won! Their victory is paving the way for other adults with autism to receive treatment that is too costly for most families to afford. Tom Blessing and Victoria Blessing-Wade continue to advocate for […]
Since 2002, LittleStar has impacted the lives of thousands of children, teens, adults and families living with autism. Please join us in April as we celebrate Autism Awareness Month with our Big Stars for LittleStar event. Each LittleStar center will be planting a Star Garden of blue and gold stars to represent the current prevalence […]
An area that we really encourage behavior analysts and others involved in the delivery of therapy for individuals with autism is to read some documents that may not be as entertaining and interesting as journal articles. Students in behavior analysis are often told to make sure that they are “evidence-based” and to stay on top […]
The Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) is a non-profit autism organization that was founded in 1998. Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, their aim is to “promote safe, effective, science-based treatments for people with autism by disseminating accurate, timely, and scientifically sound information”.
As many individuals throughout the United States can attest, getting insurance coverage for certain conditions can best be described as another form of hell. And it’s especially the case for many individuals with autism. Treatments, even when shown to be effective, are regularly rejected. As one couple recently told Capital Public Radio, their insurance provider […]
As most of the nation fixates on the future of health insurance, clinicians and other professionals in the field of autism care continue their ongoing battle to make a case for coverage of treatments like applied behavioral analysis (ABA). Just recently, Capital Public Radio in Sacramento reported that California patients are facing insurance denials in […]
Carmel, Indiana – LittleStar ABA Therapy (formerly Little Star Center) was the proud recipient of the 2017 Autism Speaks Provider of the Year Award at the Autism Speaks Annual Autism Law Summit, which took place on October 27th -28th in San Diego. The Autism Law Summit brings together parent advocates, autism service providers, lawyers, individuals […]
You just might’ve noticed that we have a whole new appearance! That’s because we celebrated our 15th birthday in September, so we’ve adopted a little more grown-up look — refreshing our brand to appropriately salute our evolution from 2002 to where we are today. Yesterday, we were Little Star Center. Today, we are LittleStar ABA […]
Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism: An Introduction by Suzanne M. Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA and Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA
Autism Speaks Hails Landmark Federal Decision Calling Key Autism Therapy a ‘Medical’ Service Eligible for Insurance, Autism Votes, An Autism Speaks™ Initiative, May 30, 2012
The Economic Impact of Autism on Families, by Laura McKenna, The Atlantic, May 31, 2012
The BACB is a non-profit corporation “established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services,” with a global mission to “We protect consumers of behavior analysis services worldwide by systematically establishing, promoting, and disseminating professional standards.”
The IRCA “conducts training, consultations, engages in research, and disseminates information to build local community capacity to support children and adults on the autism spectrum.” Website resources include articles, visual supports, workshop and event listings, and services available in the state.
This global association for behavior analysis professionals focuses on the “philosophy, science, application and teaching of behavior analysis” and promotes awareness of its field. ABAI also sets accreditation standards for educational programs.
The ASI vision is to be “a leading resource in Indiana for connecting people who live with autism, and those who care about them, with resources, support, advocacy and information tailored to their unique needs. ASI strives to create communities throughout the state in which people on the autism spectrum and their families are empowered, supported […]
The Arc Insurance Advocacy Resource Center (IARC) helps “families of a loved one with a developmental disability navigate their private insurance policies and increase knowledge of basic health insurance issues, including the Affordable Care Act,” with a commitment to “all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of learning, living, working and fully […]
ASK is an Indiana-based parent-to-parent organization that works throughout the state to “give support, answer questions and provide information and resources” to families with special-needs children. Their staff parent liaisons, who are parents of special needs children and extensively trained, help families “anticipate child and family needs, identify appropriate resources, and access community systems to […]
The Institute offers extensive online resources, including videos, webinars, assessment tools and other educational references. The ARI is focused on extensive research, continuing medical education, online learning, domestic and global outreach, and an adult program called the Autistic Global Initiative that provides online training and other assistance for sustaining daily living and employment.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
As “the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization,” the Autism Society’s mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism. They increase “public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.” […]
By Dr. Breanne Hartley, BCBA-D Senior Clinical Director Children are being diagnosed with autism earlier and earlier. Some children are as young as 18 months when they receive an autism diagnosis. Identifying an autism diagnosis at an early age can result in better future outcomes for a child, that is, if steps are taken to […]
Little Star is proud to invite the community and prospective Little Star parents to tour our newest center in Newburgh. On Wednesday, May 3, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we welcome you to come check out our latest ABA therapy center, meet our clinical team and learn how you can enroll your child to […]
Dan Unumb, former executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, is now a part-time contractor working in partnership with Little Star Center. Dan is advocating for families at Little Star Center and throughout the state as they face legal challenges with insurance coverage. He also is in the development stages of a new […]
By Dr. Breanne Hartley, BCBA-D Senior Clinical Director Approximately 25 percent of children have sleep problems. For children with autism, this percentage significantly increases to approximately 45-80 percent. It is extremely important for all children to get proper rest. A child who is not well rested will often demonstrate irritability, problem behavior, and potentially impaired academic […]
Personal relationships in the workplace can be challenging, but the five couples at Little Star Center who mix work and marriage are finding a healthy balance. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, two of our couples share their stories of work-family balance. Casey and Maggie Moore, married five years. Casey is program and clinical project specialist in […]
LittleStar Center is a founding member of Indiana Providers of Effective Autism Treatment (INPeat). The organization mission is to enhance the professional success of member organizations, to facilitate relationships with payers, encourage and facilitate the adherence to high ethical and professional standards, and to promote a better understanding of the services provided by members. Read INPeat’s statement […]
By Dr. Breanne Hartley, BCBA-D Winter is upon us, as the leafless trees and cool temperatures will not let us forget. The cold winter months require different kinds of leisure activities for everyone, including children with autism. Children are no longer able to enjoy summer activities such as swimming in the local pool, or playing […]
Congratulations to Dr. Breanne Hartley, senior clinical director at Little Star Center, who will serve as a coach on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) Code Compliance Committee (CCC). Dr. Hartley was selected to serve on the committee, which helps certificants who could benefit from consultation, experience, and/or educational information to address less egregious alleged […]
As a program manager apprentice, Jeremy is responsible for assisting the program managers at Little Star Center Lafayette West with daily clinical activities, including generalization testing and graphing. Jeremy also is responsible for coordinating our staff volleyball leagues. Here’s more information about Jeremy: What do you most enjoy about your job at Little Star Center? […]
Please consider helping Little Star Center gather much-needed supplies on our wish list on #GivingTuesday, an annual campaign to encourage communities to give back to charities and causes they support. Parents, businesses and others in the community can help us meet the needs of our wish list on or before #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29. Items […]
By Dr. Breanne Hartley, BCBA-D With Halloween coming next week, many parents who are affected by autism may be hesitant to have their children participate in the traditional trick-or-treating festivities. Many parents I work with at Little Star Center have shared that they want nothing more than for their children to “just be a kid” […]
Amanda has worked at Little Star Center Bloomington for two years. As program manager, she creates and supervises individualized plans for learners on her caseload. Amanda also provides supervision to RBTs and students who will sit for the BCBA exam. Soon, Amanda will have a new title: Mom! She and her husband, Braeden, are expecting their […]
A medical team from the Ukraine recently visited Little Star Center Lafayette West for a tour and to discuss methods to diagnose and treat children with autism. The six-member team spent the week in Lafayette as part of an education tour sponsored by the Lafayette Rotary Club. While at Little Star Center Lafayette West, the […]
By Danyl Epperheimer, MS, BCBA Assistant Clinical Director, Little Star Center Bloomington On August 5, Little Star Center Bloomington celebrated our first successful transition from our program. This transition was not expedited by insurance coverage, school, or parents. The transition occurred because this learner met all of his goals and was successfully transitioning into Kindergarten, indistinguishable from […]
Little Star Center, Indiana’s first center-based, therapeutic applied behavior analysis (ABA) provider serving children to young adults with autism, announces today it is expanding autism services in Indiana by adding two new locations to its system of statewide ABA facilities. Little Star Centers in Clarksville and Newburgh will staff up to 100 new jobs in […]
Leadership at Little Star Center, a provider of ABA therapy in Indiana, has published an article in a national publication. The article on behavior analysis certification will be published in Behavior Analysis in Practice. The quarterly publication, affiliated with the Association for Behavior Analysis International, will be available to subscribers this fall. Authors are Mary Rosswurm, executive […]
Jackie Thaxton has been with Little Star Center for four years. As assistant clinical director, she is responsible for the day-to-day management of Little Star Center Lafayette. In addition to her job at Little Star Center, Jackie is in the final stages of planning her September wedding. Here’s more information about Jackie: What do you most […]
Dorron (Ron) Farris is Little Star Center’s chief community officer, a newly created position to strengthen the organization’s partnerships statewide. Dorron has more than 20 years of experience in the medical industry. Prior to joining Little Star Center, Dorron has worked for several major companies such as Eli Lilly, Merck and Sanofi. Here’s more information […]
Little Star Center will participate in several conferences this fall to discuss and support autism services in Indiana. Leadership will participate in the following conferences: Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, Sept. 14-17 Tim Courtney, chief operations officer, and Vince LaMarca, clinical director, will present two topics based on their experience with autism services in Indiana: […]
Tabitha Hays has been with Little Star Center for two years, serving as an in-home program manager. Tabitha focuses on autism services in Indianapolis. What do you most enjoy about your job at Little Star Center? Helping kids and families affected by autism so that they can enjoy life and function better at home and […]
Fundraising events are scheduled this spring to support Little Star Center, an Indiana ABA therapy facility. Staff at Little Star’s Indiana locations are teaming up to raise money for the non-profit organization’s scholarship program which provides financial support to learners unable to cover tuition when faced with temporary insurance challenges. Families and friends of Little […]
Chris Kirk, insurance coordinator at Little Star Center, is based at our Carmel location. He joined Little Star three years ago and processes all insurance claims, from reconciling each center’s daily charges to following up on outstanding claims. Chris also sends all of our learners’ authorization requests to their respective insurance companies and follows through to […]
Returning to work for new moms can be an overwhelming balancing act. Between being separated from their newborn for the first time, juggling a new schedule and adjusting to being a mom, keeping up with supplying breast milk should be the least of concerns. Realizing this need, Little Star Center Executive Director Mary Rosswurm created […]
Angela Vargas, assistant clinical director at our Lafayette West location, joined Little Star Center two years ago. She is responsible for all clinical and day-to-day activities at Lafayette West. Here’s more information about Angela: What do you most enjoy about your job at Little Star Center? The collaboration among team members at all levels. It’s incredible […]
By Breanne Hartley, Ph.D, BCBA-D I recently had the opportunity to visit my alma mater, Western Michigan University, in order to attend the Midwestern Behavior Analysis job fair. It was a pleasure to be at my old stomping grounds, which holds so many fond memories of professional development and growth, to represent Little Star Center. […]
Danyl has worked at Little Star Center for two years. As assistant clinical director at Little Star Center-Bloomington, Danyl oversees the day-to-day operations at the location. Here’s more information about Danyl: What do you most enjoy about your job at Little Star Center? Everything! The kids, my co-workers. I like how the staff continues to […]
Many families with children affected by autism are currently reviewing insurance options during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment process. Here are four things to keep in mind as you consider ABA therapy and insurance: ABA therapy insurance coverage is different with each policy. Coverage is dependent on whether your employer is self-funded or fully […]
One of our learners at Little Star Center-Bloomington has been working on hair cutting desensitization with his therapist. Getting to the stage where he is comfortable sitting for a haircut has been a gradual process which included allowing the therapist to touch his hair, sitting in the waiting area and touching the styling chair. The […]
Little Star Center is collecting non-perishable items this month for our annual Thanksgiving food drive. All three locations are collecting items now through Friday, Nov. 13, for the following food pantries: Officer David S. Moore Food Pantry – Indianapolis Faith Church – Lafayette Hoosier Hills Food Bank – Bloomington For more information about the food […]
Mark Hammer is a floater/scheduler at Little Star Center Lafayette. He has worked at Little Star Center for four years. His primary responsibilities are working with learners and creating the weekly schedule. Here’s more information about Mark: What do you enjoy most about your job at Little Star Center? I enjoy having fun with all […]
Little Star Center, Indiana’s first center-based, therapeutic applied behavior analysis (ABA) provider serving children to young adults with autism, announces today it is opening a fourth location in Indiana. The new site will be the second Little Star facility in the Lafayette area, and will be located at 3595 Sagamore Parkway North, Suite 5. “The […]
Read the full release here: Little Star Center announces new West Lafayette ABA facility for children affected by autism, hiring new staff
Learners and staff at Little Star Center-Lafayette celebrated spirit week with five fun-filled days of activities. The event gave learners and staff an opportunity to express their individual style each day. Among the week’s themes were Throwback Thursday, Wacky Wednesday, When I Grow Up and Superhero/Villain Day – a staff favorite!
Fitness group at Little Star Center in Carmel is a great opportunity for Middle Star learners to establish healthy habits. Fitness group meets once a week for a variety of activities, including stretching, group movement games such as relay races or tag and ball activities. Learners also practice using fitness/cardio equipment. Additionally, there are […]
The goal of our programs at Little Star Center is to make the best use of each learner’s day and teach them the skills needed to be as successful as possible in a daily settings. One of the ways we achieve this goal is through various outings. Little Star Center learners have an opportunity to practice […]
Whitney has worked at Little Star Center for seven years. As team leader, she is responsible for testing, collecting data and staff support. Here’s more information about Whitney: What do you enjoy most about your job at Little Star Center? Working with the kids, seeing them succeed, grow and learn. What’s the best advice you’ve […]
By Mary Rosswurm It’s hard to remember when Brad didn’t love ceiling fans. My earliest memory is when he was about a year old and we were in North Adams, Mass., in a Burger King, and he just stared at the ceiling fan over his head. Brad’s fascination grew from there. When he was as […]
Lauren has worked at the Little Star Center in Bloomington since 2014. As group coordinator, she organizes opportunities for learners to build social skills and to prepare them for a classroom environment. Lauren also plans outings in the community to help learners increase generalization of their individual goals. What do you most enjoy about your job at […]
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”…African Proverb Liz Feld, President of Autism Speaks, shared the quote above, during the recent Autism Speaks Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Leadership from Little Star Center was among 200 professionals nationwide invited to attend. She shared this quote in […]
Read the full release here: Little Star Center recognizes Big Stars-Carmel Current story
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Read the full release here: Little Star Center Nice Bucket challenge receives local and national news coverage on WTHR and in Huffington Post
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Shelly has served as center manager at Little Star Center Lafayette for four years. She handles overall operations regarding the center and communication with families. What do you most enjoy about your job at Little Star Center? I enjoy being part of the Little Star team and the learners’ therapy. Some of the therapists ask the […]
Read the full release here: Little Star Center announces staff for new Bloomington location
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Read the full release here: Little Star Center celebrates national Autism Awareness month by recognizing Big Stars for Little Star.
Read the full release here: Little Star Center executive director Mary Rosswurm joins the national ASAT board of directors featured in Zionsville Times Sentinel
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The Little Star Center leadership team is aware of the pending class action lawsuit filed by parents against Anthem. Our center is a founding member of INPeat (Indiana Providers of Effective Autism Treatment). The primary goals of INPeat are to enhance the professional success of member organizations and facilitate relationships with payers. INPeat has issued a […]
Number of years at Little Star Center: Start date – April 1, 2015 (Breanne is the former clincial director at Verbal Behavior Center for Autism, which is now joined with Little Star Center). Title and responsibilities at Little Star Center Clinical Director; I provide supervision and oversight of the clinical practices amongst all Little Star […]
Food pairing with any learner or person with or without disabilities has to be individualized! During the month of April, our learners at Little Star Center-Bloomington were introduced to different foods in an attempt to reinforce tasting one new food per week. We specifically picked out food that the learners could put together as well […]
During Autism Awareness Month, members of Little Star Center’s staff shared their thoughts about autism by completing the sentence, “One thing I want people to know about autism is ……..” Here’s what they shared: “…that it does not mean a child’s life cannot have meaning.” ~ Shelly “…the prevalence rate is 1 in 68 people.” […]
By Jennifer LaMarca I’ve been blessed to have spent the last 20 years providing early, intensive ABA programming for young children with autism in their homes. From working in Dr. Lovaas’ Young Autism Project replication site as a therapist, to being the first early, intensive ABA consultant residing in Indiana, my experiences have certainly shaped […]
As a nonprofit organization, Little Star Center relies on donor support for scholarships for families when they find themselves in need of a financial safety net. This year, Little Star Center continues its efforts to not only strengthen awareness about autism, but increase donor support. Starting March 30, Little Star Center staff at each of our […]
In keeping with its mission to provide the most effective interventions for learners, Little Star Center, an Indiana ABA therapy facility, is reviewing strategies learned recently at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International autism conference in Las Vegas.
Our biggest challenge has been finding insurance coverage for ABA therapy. We were lucky to get a child-only policy from our insurance carrier when Little Star-Lafayette opened — and before the insurer stopped offering such plans. Then, over the years, the premiums increased and we were paying double the original cost.
Little Star Center is honoring Big Stars for Autism Awareness Month Indiana and we need your help! In the Indiana autism community, we know it truly takes a village to ensure our children receive the care and attention they deserve. Among our Little Star Center team, these friends, neighbors and professionals provide support to our families […]
Little Star Center recently received a grant from Answers for Autism (AAI) to further its mission to help individuals with autism become more independent. Project: It’s my Turn to Talk focuses on increasing and improving communication for all of our learners. Statistics estimate that as many as 14 to 25 percent of children diagnosed with an […]
By Joanne Kehoe, Little Star Center mom to Anthony What has been the biggest challenge in finding services for your child? In the beginning, our biggest challenge was finding out what was possible for Anthony. He was in First Steps, but he aged out when he was 3 years old. Then, he started at a developmental […]
Every year when it’s cold and cheery, When excitement builds for children and parents grow weary, Planning begins at Little Star Center, where the guest of honor will appear, It’s Santa, the same jolly gentleman who visits our learners each year. From the moment he enters Little Star’s doors, Santa is greeted with hugs and […]
By Mary Rosswurm The holidays are an exciting time of year for all, but, in many ways, can be challenging for those with autism and their families. The colorful lights, large family gatherings, festive music, unusual foods and crowds can cause individuals with autism to feel anxious and overwhelmed. As a parent of a […]
It’s that time again when little ghosts and goblins roam our neighborhoods and homes are decorated with spider webs, skeletons and all things scary. It’s Halloween, which could be an overwhelming time for our children with autism. Here are tips from Autism Speaks to make Halloween fun for your child with autism: Before Halloween: […]
The following comments are from a mom with a newly enrolled learner at our Bloomington location. As a parent of a child recently enrolled in the Little Star program, I would describe my experience in this process as nothing short of exceptional! Enrolling your child in an intense therapy program can be extremely stressful for your child, […]
By Vince LaMarca, BCBA The guiding principles of quality play dates are to keep it simple and make it fun by focusing on activities that are already familiar to a child with autism and quitting while you’re ahead. Making it fun includes focusing on play activities that both children enjoy and allowing choices throughout the […]
By Brett Eastwick I have been asked many times if it is harder being a parent to a child who has autism. It is not an easy question to answer. Having the perspective of raising children who are more typically developing and functioning, you would think it would be easy to determine how difficult or […]
Little Star Center Executive Director Mary Rosswurm details how to meet legislators and inform them about important issues. Mary’s post appears on a blog for Benedictine University. Here’s an excerpt: As a leader, there is a very real possibility that you could one day have to meet with legislators, either in your state’s capitol or […]
Pizza anyone? How about taking the family out to dinner to support a great cause? Our Little Star Center therapists have been busy this month hosting a variety of events in the Indianapolis and Lafayette areas to raise money for our non-profit organization. Several businesses, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sky Zone and Hot […]
“We are proud to share our story” By Siovhan Lawrence In February 2012, upon much research and many discoveries about ABA therapy and insurance mandates, I came across an article about Ryan’s Law, also known as the South Carolina Autism Insurance Reform Law. The law requires insurance companies to cover treatments for autism. In […]
By Mary Rosswurm I remember when my son was diagnosed in 1994 like it was yesterday. At the time, though, the prevalence rate was 1 in 10,000 births. Here we are, two decades later, and the diagnosis rate is 1 in 68. Autism has changed the face of childhood worldwide and, I guess, parenthood as […]
By Tim Courtney, MS, BCBA We live in a very exciting time, where technology is rapidly changing the world around us. For individuals with autism and language/communication deficits, technology has had a sudden and dramatic effect. Individuals with autism that are non-vocal account for about 25% of this population, based upon recent research. Technology […]
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, we will feature comments from our Little Star Center Board of Directors. This week’s Q&A is with William (Bill) Bower, board president. Bower has served on Little Star Center’s Board of Directors since 2006. Senior vice president of the commercial lending group at M&I Bank. What makes you […]
From a Little Star Center employee There are 17 grandchildren on my dad’s side of the family. Sixteen of us live without autism, but there is one who does. My 9-year-old cousin, Q, lives on the spectrum. All of my cousins have affected my life in various ways, but the only one who has dramatically […]
By Amy Groshell April rolls around like a lion each year for us. The low pressure systems bring explosive weather changes that are only predicted by our daughter’s agitation and explosive behavior. Most people aren’t aware (even in the autism community) that three times more children, teens and adults with autism celebrate their birthdays in the […]
By Jamie Vandiver Shortly after my son Camden’s diagnosis, I began checking into different therapies. Living in a small, rural Alabama town, I quickly found my options and resources were limited, and almost non-existent. I knew that in order for my son to receive the therapy he desperately needed, my family would have to […]
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, we will feature comments from our Little Star Center Board of Directors. This week’s Q&A is with Dr.Rose Wolflin, who has served on Little Star Center’s Board of Directors since 2007. Wolflin is a senior corporate certified paralegal for J.D. Byrider. What makes you most proud about serving […]
By Angela Vargas, M.S., BCBA Like most other kids, I went through my list of what I wanted to be when I grew up: a lawyer (…too boring), a law and order SVU detective (…too scary), a wedding planner (…I probably wouldn’t be much good at that). This all changed when I learned that […]
When a Hoosier family receives an autism diagnosis for their child, their support system expands instantly. A large network of support, information and advocacy is available to empower families to create the best next steps in their child’s development. We are grateful to the many organizations that make it their mission to improve the lives […]
By Lisa Striewe As a mother of a teenage boy with autism, I am often in awe of just how far we’ve come. Ryan was diagnosed with PDD, NOS when he was 3 ½ years old. He had very little language and extreme anxiety about the world around him. The prognosis, according to the doctors, […]
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, we will feature comments from our Little Star Center Board of Directors. This week’s Q&A is with Michele Trivedi, who has served on Little Star Center’s Board of Directors since 2006. Trivedi serves on the Health Benefits Mandate Task Force For Indiana and is active in the autism community. […]
Written by a Little Star Center employee I grew up with my older brother. Mom, dad, me and my brother. We were as close as two brothers could be growing up. My mom stayed home with us until we went to school. Everything was very typical, I didn’t know any different. We would play blocks, […]
By Joanne Kehoe I have four children. Anthony, my oldest, has autism. When Anthony was a baby, I used to think about milestones and when he would reach them. He sat up really early. He started rolling over and crawling early and got right up and started walking and running right on time. His teeth […]
Due to the threat of rain this morning (Monday, April 7), Little Star Center has moved its autism awareness month event to Wednesday, April 9 instead of this morning. On Wednesday, April 9 Little Star learners and professionals will be placing signs that demonstrate the impact of autism at Little Star Center facilities in Carmel […]
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, we will feature comments from the Little Star Center Board of Directors. This week’s Q&A is with board member Bill Brunner. Brunner was appointed to the Little Star Center Board of Directors in 2009. He is the former Chief Financial Officer for J.D. Byrider. In 2013, he was named a […]
By Brett Eastwick Someone once said never underestimate what a parent is willing to do for his child. Parents of children with autism know this maxim all too well. It is not easy being a parent, even with unlimited resources, family members, and a supportive spouse. But bring into the fold a diagnosis of […]
By Siovhan Lawrence In our family, April 2 is not just World Autism Awareness Day. It’s also the two-year anniversary of our son Bradley’s autism diagnosis. So far, we’ve learned many things on this journey. One lesson, in particular, we learned very early is setting realistic goals for Bradley while celebrating every single milestone – […]
By Julie Kilpatrick When my precious little Henry was diagnosed on the autism spectrum just before his third birthday, I was somewhat relieved. Henry had been receiving speech therapy since he was 18 months old. He was making some strides, but still wasn’t where he needed to be at his age. Henry also seemed to […]
By Victoria Blessing It is my honor to welcome you to our Little Star Center’s Bloomington location. As your primary contact during your child’s enrollment process, I will be with you every step of the way, answering all of your questions, preparing you for your child’s assessment and, eventually, welcoming him or her to […]
By Mary Rosswurm It has been an exciting time of growth and learning at Little Star Center, an Indiana autism center focused on in-home and center-based ABA therapy for children, teens and young adults. As we settle into the New Year, I wanted to share some of the outstanding accomplishments of 2013. Although there […]
By Onya Jones When Kaleigh was 3 years old, we searched for the perfect ABA facility to address her needs. At the time, she wasn’t ready for developmental preschool. She needed more one-on-one assistance. I began searching for therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and came upon Little Star Center’s website. It was very […]
By Siovhan Lawrence Upon our son Bradley’s formal autism diagnosis, we did everything we could to get him the best services. In doing so, we enrolled him part-time in a structured ABA school in North Carolina, where we lived at the time. Staff at the school let us know that the three hours per […]
By Michele Trivedi, MHA Citizens who need health coverage to start on Jan. 1 have more time to apply. The federal government has extended the deadline to Dec. 23. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides navigators to assist those who have questions or need help signing up for a plan. To find a local navigator, […]
Little Star Center is expanding services for families and children affected by autism to Bloomington. The new Little Star Center Bloomington will open spring 2014. Center leaders will begin accepting applications for evaluations for learners and staff in January. Application Process and Open House Applications will be accepted from families with children affected by autism […]
By Mary Rosswurm, executive director Little Star Center We have always had dogs and have six currently. When our son Brad was born, we had a small terrier mix mutt named Barney. Growing up, Brad was never afraid of the dogs, but not very engaged with them, either. This changed in 2008, when Lulu, […]
By Kasey Philpott, MS, CCC-SLP I recently attended the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) convention in Chicago. With over 12,000 attendees, the ASHA convention provides a plethora of learning opportunities for speech language pathologists and audiologists alike covering a variety of topics, including speech sound disorders, autism, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), hearing loss, swallowing […]
William, the 10 year-old son of Tim Courtney, research and training director at Little Star Center, wrote the following letter to his school to request a grant for Little Star Center. This is a great reminder that our learners success is important to even our youngest citizens. Did you know one out of every 88 […]
By Mary Rosswurm The National Autism Speaks conference was held in Washington D.C. last week. I was humbled to be invited to this national event that brought together about 200 autism advocates from classrooms, boardrooms, small towns, big cities and in-between. This three-day event marked the launch of the 2014 policy agenda (a first-ever for […]
Treatment of Communication Disorders: A Review of Soma® Rapid Prompt Method By Thomas Zane, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Little Star Center advisory board member The mission of the Cambridge Center is to, “…. advance the scientific study of behavior and its humane application to the solution of practical problems, including the prevention and relief of human suffering.” The […]
By Mary Rosswurm When my son, Brad, was in middle school I would ask him every day who he ate lunch with and every day, it was the same, he had eaten lunch alone. This just broke my heart! In elementary school, he was unable to tolerate the loud noise and all the activity in […]
By Kerry Blankenship I knew before the diagnosis came in. Someone gently suggested having Emma evaluated for autism, and I started researching. I knew when I read the list of common characteristics that I was reading about my 3-year-old daughter. When the diagnosis confirmed what I knew, I thought, in those first days, that […]
By Thomas Zane, Ph.D., BCBA-D Institute for Behavioral Studies at The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, Massachusetts Little Star Center Advisory Board member Autism is known as a “fad magnet” because of the plethora of treatments available to treat the condition (Jacobson, Foxx, & Mulick, 2005). […]
As a parent of a young adult with autism and leader of an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy center focused on autism, I know firsthand about the challenges in finding appropriate and affordable insurance coverage to support special needs children. As details of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to unfold, there are still many […]
Little Star Center is pleased to announce the formation of a distinguished board of advisors consisting of notable and influential individuals in the field of behavioral analysis. The board membership includes: Dr. Patrick Friman, Dr. Dorothea Lerman, Dr. Dennis Reid, Dr. Mary Jane Weiss and Dr. Thomas Zane. The board is conducting the first of […]
Little Star congratulates Patrick Richard who was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels before he left office as a member of the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission. Patrick is working with Little Star – Lafayette on renovating several areas including the playground. He is a residential and commercial builder in Lafayette and a member […]
Little Star Center has started a new tradition, presenting a traveling trophy to the therapists who best decorate their area for the holiday season, as determined by volunteer judges. Middle Star Center won the 2012 Decorating Contest award for their Dr. Seuss’ Grinch Who Stole Christmas theme. Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and […]
Little Star is proud to announce it has hung a custom-made mosaic of its logo made of LEGOS® in the front lobby of the Middle Star Center in Carmel! The wall hanging will greet visitors at the Middle Star facility inside the reception area. “I’m excited for this idea to come to fruition,” said Mary […]
Story you may have missed on WTHR, Channel 13… Autism is a topic that garners a great deal of attention these days, both for the alarming number of children diagnosed with the condition to the research and funding targeted on finding a cause. While the Federal government mandates educational services for children, that help disappears […]
Little Star staff participated in a SRA (Science Research Associates) training for Language for Learning and Reading Mastery recently. Tim Courtney, Little Star research and training director, said, “We utilize SRA to help individuals with autism spectrum disorders overcome cognitive deficits and therefore have greater success when transitioning back to school settings. SRA offers multiple […]
Santa Claus, one of his elves, and a reindeer visited Little Star Center at Lafayette on December 14 and Carmel on December 15! Youngsters shared their wish list with the Man in the Red Suit, had their picture taken with him, and chatted with the Jingle John and the reindeer, Misfit while enjoying a pitch-in […]
Little Star elves wrap gifts for five adopted families (between Carmel and Lafayette centers). It was a big job, but a great way to kick off the holiday weekend!
Learners went to see Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum! They enjoyed the Yule Slide, visiting the Hot Wheels for Real exhibit and Mr. Bear’s Playhouse. Outings like these give our learners the opportunity to practice generalizing skills they learn in the center to other social environments.
Blue team wins championship! Little Star Center fielded two teams in the 2012 Monon Community Center (MCC) Fall co-ed volleyball league from September to early December (yellow team and blue team). Blue team members included (L to R): Kasey Philpott, Lisa Steward, Megan Fager, Kassi Kite, Kelly Doyle, Robyn Eads, Dwayne McCoy, Taylor Barker, Adrian […]
Little Star Center is the lucky recipient of three TOMY Chuggington Wooden Railway playtables and complete wooden train sets! TOMY is working with Autism Speaks this fall by providing 500 preschools and facilities serving young children across the U.S. with this classic toy. The train set engages preschoolers with play patterns and provides a variety […]
Little Star learners of all ages have been working like elves on holiday decorations! Check out these images of some of them hard at work, with one taking time out to paint the palm while at it.
Little Star learners visited Woodland Bowl in Carmel, learning how to hold the ball and roll it down the lane to the pins. It was an eventful day which sometimes required a therapist to “help along” a ball that settled within the lane or the gutter. Outings like these give our learners the opportunity to […]
Little Star Center supported several autism organizations as a table sponsor for the 2012 Raise Your Glass to Autism Awareness. Raise Your Glass to Autism Awareness is a wine and food tasting event with art auction, organized by Answers for Autism, the Autism Society of Indiana and Talk About Curing Autism to help raise both […]
Join us as we help raise funds for the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) at Lifetime Fitness, 8705 Castle Creek Pkwy., Indianapolis, IN this Saturday, December 8 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Little Star Board Member Michele Trivedi founded this fundraiser several years ago and says, “My dear friend, Sharon, is a fabulous instructor! […]
Little Star Center is pleased to announce it was named one of the recipients for the Cause for Elegance art show fundraiser. The event — presented by Studio OTB at Outside the Box — features works of art created by Studio OTB artists based on the recipient’s purpose. Little Star’s mission served as the inspiration […]
The Carmel Golden K Kiwanis Club invited Little Star to their recent meeting so they might learn more about the center’s mission. Jim Burnett, a program planner with the club, said, “Mary Rosswurm painted a picture of the many variations that autism takes and the variety of approaches that Little Star Center takes in working […]
Little Star-Lafayette learners visited Fire Station 5 in Lafayette, Indiana recently. A fireman donned protective clothing, oxygen tank and mask for the children so they would become more familiar with the appearance and they climbed the fire truck. Outings like these give our learners the opportunity to practice generalizing skills they learn in the center […]
Future Horizons is sponsoring an Autism/Asperger’s Conference in Indianapolis on Friday, January 18 (venue TBA), featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, the noted scientist who has autism; Eustacia Cutler, the mother of Temple Grandin who shares her views of autism through her personal experiences raising Dr. Grandin; and Dr. Jim Ball, a highly experienced, Board Certified Behavior […]
The December 3, 2012 issue of People magazine features a Heroes Among Us article which includes Wendy Ross, a pediatrician in Philadelphia. Ross developed an air-travel program at Philadelphia International Airport with clinicians and airlines that allows children with autism the opportunity to practice everything related to air travel including check-in, security screening, and boarding […]
Bill Brunner, Little Star board member and chief financial officer (CFO) for J.D. Byrider, has been named a top honoree for the 2012 Indianapolis Business Journal CFO of the Year Award! This is the fifth year that the IBJ has recognized top financial leaders. Its goal is to showcase the important but under-recognized executive position […]
Did you know that one in four women will be attacked during her lifetime? That a woman will know her attacker 75% of the time? That women who resist effectively are twice as likely to escape injury as others? Little Star Center recently offered its female staff members and the wives of male staff members […]
Learners visited Snapperz Family Fun & Sports, finding the soft indoor playground the number one attraction. Outings like these give our learners the opportunity to practice generalizing skills they learn in the center to other social environments.
Little Star Center conducted its annual food drive at the Carmel and Lafayette centers to help local food pantries stock up for the Thanksgiving holiday ( the New Life Fellowship Church in Carmel and Elmwood Church of Christ and Food Finders in Lafayette). As an incentive for staff participation in Carmel, a contest was held […]
Learners in Little Star’s Early Learner program created Thanksgiving pictures for their parents. The making of these outstanding works of art was a fun process. It began with painting brown paint on the bottom of their feet, a process that tickled the toes! It then took a steady hand guiding the foot to the paper. […]
Little Star – Lafayette learners enjoyed a trip to Arnie’s Pizza for lunch and were invited into the kitchen to observe and “help” with the making of their pizzas. “Going on different community outings helps ensure that the learners are given an opportunity to experience going to a public place such as a restaurant and […]
Little Star (LSC) staff recently attended the fourth Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) Conference. HABA, the state chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), brought in Dr. David Celberti, executive director for The Association for Science and Autism Treatment (ASAT) to provide the keynote address: “Science: Don’t Treat Autism Without It (that […]
Gentry Groshell, daughter of Amy Gudal Groshell—the founder of Little Star Center, is an amazing artist. Her paintings grace the walls of Little Star’s centers in Carmel and Lafayette, Indiana as well as the Groshell home and the Duval County Public Library in Florida. The demand for her work is such that her canvases and […]
HELP US SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY! Little Star Center is hosting its annual food drive to benefit a local food bank at locations in Carmel and Lafayette, Indiana. Donations of non-perishable items will be collected at the centers from Wednesday, November 7, through Friday, November 16. Questions? Please contact Jennifer or Laura at 317.249.2242.
Little Star celebrated the Halloween holiday on October 31 with costumes worn by learners and staff, trick or treating through the halls of J.D. Byrider’s headquarter office, our office complex neighbor, and joining our other neighbor Experian, for their company party for the children of their staff. Everybody had “wicked” fun dressing up and enjoying […]
Little Star Center (LSC) — created by a family of a child with autism — was the first in Indiana to employ Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment, which has long been considered the most effective intervention method for children with autism. ABA features several instructional approaches for consideration when developing a learner’s personal program. One […]
Little Star Center – Lafayette is pleased to announce its new playground has been completed! The playground came together thanks to several contributors which include funds raised in April by Immortal Ink, a local tattoo and piercing shop. “The learners were very excited for the playground to open, said Maggie Moore, Assistant Clinical Director of […]
Little Star Center celebrated its 10th anniversary and the grand opening of the expansion of its Carmel center with a VIP celebration on Friday night and a public open house on Saturday. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard attended the Friday night event, marking the occasion with an official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. Special guests included parents of former, […]
Lafayette learners visited Exploration Acres in Tippecanoe County. What was once a family farm, has now become a favorite fall outing for many in the area. In its fourth season, Exploration Acres has made a name for itself as the home of the area’s largest corn maze, but there are other activities including a test […]
Learners from Little Star Center – Lafayette visited Columbian Park Zoo. The zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Indiana dating back to 1908. The original animals housed at the zoo included foxes, skunks, pelicans, deer, lynx, prairie dogs, and a wolf. Today, the zoo houses over 120 animals representing 49 different species. Located […]
Learners enjoyed a sunny fall day at Stoney Creek Farm. They especially enjoyed rolling down stacked hay bales, checking out pumpkins, and a hayride!
As Little Star Center commemorates its 10th anniversary this fall, it will also be celebrating the grand opening of expansion space at its Carmel facility with a weekend of festivities! A public open house is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, when friends of Little Star may tour the facility between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. […]
The topic of autism insurance reform was the focus of the recent Autism Speaks Law Summit in Washington, D.C., particularly autism coverage by self-funded insurance plans which are not subject to state reform laws. Little Star Center Executive Director Mary Rosswurm and Board Member Michele Trivedi attended the three-day event which was held at the […]
The Indiana Commission on Autism, on which Little Star Executive Director Mary Rosswurm serves, is preparing a bill to be presented to the legislature that provides a policy for Indiana schools on child restraint and/or seclusion in the event of unsafe behavior. “This is a critical issue that needs to be addressed in Indiana,” said […]
It was a wonderful evening in a wonderful space. This year’s annual Autism Society of Indiana (ASI) Excellence Awards event was held at the Robert Irsay Pavilion and featured tasty hors d’hoeuvres, fine silent and live auctions, and guests dressed to celebrate. Little Star Center, which won the Excellence in Direct Care award at last […]
The day dawned sunny, dry and in the 60s…a perfect day for a walk through the beautiful Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, IN this past weekend. Hundreds of volunteers and participants attending the Answers for Autism’s annual event filled the grounds, enjoying music, the rock climbing wall, giant inflatable slide, face painting, balloons, silent auction, and […]
Purdue University School of Nursing students enjoyed an educational clinical day at Little Star Center (LSC) recently as part of their training in a clinical environment. Analei Whitlock, MSN, RN, CPNP and clinical assistant professor of the Purdue University School of Nursing, who coordinates the program for senior undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) […]
Little Star Center will be hosting a bone marrow screening drive on Tuesday, September 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The test is painless, takes just minutes and simply entails a mouth swab and a little paperwork. Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases depend […]
Little Star Center (LSC), Indiana’s first center specializing in the treatment of children with autism, is expanding! We’ve got a great opportunity for dedicated people as an Autism Therapist: meaningful one-on-one work with learners, full and part-time. Educational Qualifications and Skills: High School diploma; however, Bachelors Degree in ABA or related field is preferred (including […]
On Saturday, September 22, 2012, Little Star Center (LSC) will be participating in the 12th Annual Answers for Autism (AAI) Walk to be held at Coxhall Gardens (116th & Towne Road in Carmel). Once again, Little Star will be sponsoring the Sensory Tent. For the past two years, LSC has had the largest team and […]
Sensory integration therapy (SIT) has been commonly used in the treatment of individuals with autism since the 1970s. The primary theory behind SIT is that some children with intellectual/developmental disabilities commonly have sensory needs (related to the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) that are not adequately met. The goal of this […]
Join us Saturday, September 22, for Answers for Autism’s annual Walk for Autism at Coxhall Gardens, 2000 West 116th Street, Carmel, Indiana 46032. The event includes family entertainment such as a rock climbing wall, a giant slide, arts and crafts, bubbles, face painting, a balloon release (biodegradable), sensory activities, refreshments (some for purchase and some […]
Little Star Center – Lafayette celebrated the transition of two learners from the Center’s program to school with a special ceremony in which recognition and plaques were awarded for successfully completing their course of intervention. “We love our learners and are very excited when they learn how to communicate better and interact with others,” said […]
Mary Rosswurm, MBA, executive director of Little Star Center, has been appointed to a fourth two-year term on the Indiana Commission on Autism by Brian Bosma, Indiana Speaker of the House. The commission is directed by the Indiana General Assembly to study the service delivery system for individuals and families living with autism, examines the […]
Occasionally, individuals with autism exhibit impulsive and/or aggressive physical behaviors that may cause injury to themselves or others. In such circumstances, when all reasonable methods to de-escalate the situation are exhausted, professionals need to employ other strategies. Little Star Center’s clinical team periodically encounters such challenging situations with its learners and has a plan in […]
A Little Star learner celebrates his 11th birthday with other learners with fabulous cupcakes!
Little Star learners visited Carmel Pediatric Dentistry, owned by Dr. Kevin Beadle and Dr. Carol McKown, to become familiar with a dental office environment and the tools that dentist use during an appointment. Dr. Beadle, in particular, has worked with one of Little Star’s learners on several occasions to increase the learner’s comfort level with the […]
There has been much international attention on the recent publication in BMC Medicine of a study by Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston on EEG testing in young children as young as two years of age. The study aimed to identify factors that separate children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from those without. One such […]
Ken Hartsock, Vice President & General Manager, Toshiba Business Solutions, Indiana and Dwayne McCoy, Little Star Center Controller, proudly display one of the autographed bowling pins their team earned at the Jeff Gordon Bowling Tournament, a fundraiser to benefit the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Riley Hospital and the Wells Center […]
Little Star learners with their therapists visited the Monon Center water park as this week’s outing. It is important that learners understand how to behave in normal, social environments and this outing is one of several Little Star offers its learners.
Little Star Center staff participated in a 2.5 hour on-site CPR and First-Aid re-certification training program. Conducted by Kay Maddox, RN, and Jay Williamson of On-Site Health & Safety Training Service, 18 individuals refreshed their knowledge and abilities and learned new recommendations suggested by the American Heart Association to assist individuals experiencing heart, respiratory, cuts […]
Little Star learners of all ages flexed their creative muscles at Color Me Mine pottery studio in Carmel, Indiana. They painted tiles which were fired and presented to the learners, who may give them as gifts to their parents.
A Little Star learner received the BEST ninth birthday present ever from Mom…a chance to check out an ambulance with the paramedics. The Carmel/Clay Township Fire Department stopped by Little Star, providing an exciting learning opportunity for not only the birthday boy, but for other learners as well!
Little Star learners visited Mulberry Fields splash park in Zionsville, Indiana. Mulberry Fields is a great park which features a splash park, skate park,biking and walking trails, and educational day camps. Here, learners sprint through a spray tunnel, a refreshing break from stifling heat.
Little Star Center celebrated Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, with a parade, hot dogs and refreshments. In spite of the heat, the learners and mascot Canine Companion for Independence (CCI) Newbury, a white Lab who served as parade emcee, put on a terrific parade! See parade here!
Little Star and Middle Star learners visit West Park water park. This Middle Star learner has found the solution to cooling off in the sweltering heat. It is important that learners understand how to behave in normal, social environments and this outing is one of several Little Star offers its learners on a regular basis.
Dear Mary is a bimonthly column whereby readers may submit questions to [email protected] and receive answers related to autism. Mary Rosswurm is executive director of Little Star Center and also the mother of a son who has been diagnosed with autism. She understands… Dear Mary, My son’s doctor recommended ABA therapy for him. He is […]
Little Star Center thanks Wendy Smart, educational consultant with Usborne Books & More, for donating more than $500 in books from recent book fairs, which is great news as Little Star is expanding its teen program and launching the new Early Learner Program! “We (Usborne Books and Duke Realty) have been conducting these fundraisers for […]
A Little Star learner eagerly awaits a bite of his birthday cake honoring his turning four years old.
Little Star learners visited the National Institute for Fitness & Sport (NIFS) on the IUPUI campus. A Little Star learner here is learning how to shoot a basketball. Learners also walked and ran the track, went through obstacle courses, rock climbed, and played with the parachute. It is important that learners understand how to behave […]
Dear Mary is a weekly column whereby readers may submit questions to [email protected] and receive answers related to autism. Mary Rosswurm is executive director of Little Star Center and also the mother of a son who has been diagnosed with autism. She understands… Dear Mary, My child was just diagnosed with autism and he is […]
Great article you may have missed! Temple Grandin is wonderful… The Coffee Klatch blog on “Bright Not Broken.”
Little Star learners got some fresh air and a chance to move around at Cool Creek Park. The playground was a great place to be on a summer’s day. The swings! The slides! Playing ball! Simple pleasures are the best!
Little Star learners visited West Park water park recently. The weather was perfect and this learner found the water fountains an enjoyable experience.
Little Star learners visited the Indianapolis Zoo recently to see the animals and play in the water park. The favorite activity for most, however, was the dolphin show!
Two Little Star learners play on the jungle gym in the playground at Freedom Trail Park in Westfield, IN. Freedom Trail Park is home to the Westfield Youth Sports Inc. (WYSI) youth football and lacrosse fields. It is also the sight of the Rotary Club of Westfield’s signature project, a sensory garden that surrounds the […]
Assistant Clinical Director Leigh Broughan, MA, BCBA, cautions parents of children with autism to be discerning when reading about trendy treatments, diets, or products that claim positive changes in behavior. For example, one recent story stated that eating specific mushrooms may have positive effects on a person with autism’s behavior and may reduce repetitive behavior. […]
Michele Trivedi, Little Star Center (LSC) parent and board member, brought her Canine Companion for Independence (CCI), Newbury, to LSC-Lafayette on May 31 for the monthly Parent Morning Meet-Up. This informal monthly gathering for parents of LSC learners features different topics and provides parents an opportunity to meet and share experiences Newbury was specifically trained […]
Two Little Star learners were among the many attendees during the popular Duke Realty annual Ice Cream Social at Hamilton Crossing Boulevard. Staff and learners alike enjoyed the selection of ice cream, fruit bars and lemon shake-ups and a trip to the playground.
Michele Trivedi, Little Star Board member and volunteer health insurance advocate, is an active member of the autism community, volunteers with the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI), the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA,) and Autism Speaks to promote health insurance coverage for autism across the country. Michele shares her thoughts about the recent landmark federal […]
23 Little Star learners visited Conner Prairie Interactive History Park this week. The learners toured Prairie Town, stopping at the general store and woodworking shop. In the Indian Village, the learners found the carved wooden canoes of particular interest. But, hands down, the favorite part of the outing was the animal barn where they had the […]
Little Star Center (LSC) participated in the 38th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) in Seattle, Washington from May 25-29. ABAI is the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis. Its events, research, education, journals, and resources help develop, enhance, and support the growth and […]
Several Little Star Center (LSC) clinical team members participated in a two-day Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) workshop in mid-May. This diagnostic tool is considered “the gold standard” for observational assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The workshop was hosted by Purdue University. “Several LSC learners helped during the workshop as their presence was essential,” […]
Immortal Ink, a tattoo and body piercing shop in Lafayette, Indiana, conducted a fundraiser for Little Star Center – Lafayette during Autism Awareness Month. Over a two-day period, April 27-28, owner Highlander Orndorff and other artists served a larger than normal clientele to help increase awareness of the medical condition. “My wife and I discussed […]
Indiana State Senator Randall Head, District 18, recently visited Little Star Center with Dana Renay, Executive Director of Autism Society of Indiana. As part of an informal regional site visit and overview of options available to Hoosier children and families living with autism, the senator visited Little Star Center, a local school, and the Indiana […]
Little Star Center is featured on the cover of the May 8, 2012 issue of the Current in Carmel newspaper! The cover story, “Understanding Autism,” shares some things ”those in the know want the rest of us to know about the disorder.” The article highlights experiences by a parent of a child with the disorder […]
Little Star Center staff will participate in the 38th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) in Seattle, Washington, May 25-29. The conference features panels and symposia, papers, invited addresses and tutorials, workshops, clinical research poster sessions, business meetings, and reunions. The 12 Little Star attendees will learn and share innovative methods, […]
Little Star Center Executive Director Mary Rosswurm’s guest column, “Ground Gained in Autism Insurance Laws”, appeared in the April 30, 2012 issue of the Journal & Courier, Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana. It is reprinted below. Every family wants the best for their children. That desire is even stronger when parents learn their child has autism. Thankfully, […]
Swim season is about to start and drowning is the leading cause of death for children and young adults with autism, due to pool incidents or wandering-related episodes, according to statistics. Mary Rosswurm, executive director of Little Star Center in Carmel, discusses safety tips, such as life vests, arm bands and ankle monitors. Mary […]
Check out the photos from the Autism Expo 2012. Little Star was there as always and it was a great event! Thanks so much to the Autism Society of Indiana – keep up the amazing work you do! So glad to partner with you! […]
Little Star Lafayette celebrated it’s first anniversary on March 16th at the Lafayette location. Staff and families were invited to stop by, have a hot dog from the hot dog cart, eat some cake and enjoy the festivities! We even had sunglasses for the kids! Thank you to the Little Star Lafayette Families and Staff […]
Earlier this month, I hosted a rape prevention class at Little Star Center. The class was attended by LSC staff, moms and friends. The motto of A Fighting Chance is “Be Prepared; Not Scared.” Marita Bower, the class instructor, and her “bad guy” demonstrated the most common attack scenarios. They addressed ways to avoid an […]
Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amanda Ryan Community Outreach & Marketing Director 317.249.2242 | [email protected] Little Star Center Celebrates Ten Years of Serving the Needs of the Autism Community in the State of Indiana 2012 Marks a Decade of Providing Autism Services to Children and Young Adults CARMEL, IN, March 13, 2012 […]
My son, Brad, travels several times a year to Boston to visit his father and has been doing this for three years now. Although Brad is an adult with autism, I feel comfortable allowing him to fly by himself, but more importantly, Brad feels OK with traveling unaccompanied. I wanted to share some “tips” that […]
Indiana requires law enforcement and other “first responders” to complete one hour of autism-specific education each year. While this amount of time is clearly not adequate, it does at least offer some information to officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firemen about persons with autism. The Purdue University Police Department recently contacted Mary Rosswurm, […]
Little Star Center Carmel headed out to the Monon Center starting in October to play some co-ed volleyball against some average (let’s be honest – above average) competition! Although LSC’s regular season ended with a 1 – 7 record, tournament play showed that LSC had really stepped up their game! Winning three games in tournament […]
Dr. Kevin Beadle, D.D.S. of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry visited the kids of Little Star Center to teach proper brushing habits and how to keep their teeth healthy. Using a story like “Bucky Beaver and the Good Food Forest,” Dr. Kevin was able to emphasize good oral hygiene, prevention and good nutrition when it comes to […]
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 Zionsville, Indiana A great crowd came out to support the Autism Society of Indiana and their 2011 Excellence Awards. Little Star Center was there to receive the Excellence in Direct Care Award, an award for providers who demostrate excellence in direct care services to infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with […]
Answers for Autism, an all volunteer organization founded by parents of children with autism located in Fishers, recently presented a check to Little Star Center for $1,500. This grant will help provide iPads for the center. About AAI: Our mission is to increase and broaden public knowledge and awareness of the behaviors, social issues and […]
Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amanda Ryan Community Outreach & Marketing Director 317.249.2242 | [email protected] Little Star Center to Receive Excellence in Direct Care Award Autism Society of Indiana to Hold 2011 Excellence Awards CARMEL, IN, July 26, 2011 – Little Star Center, a non-profit center for children with autism, will receive Autism […]
During the summer at Little Star Center, we really try to get the kiddos out to enjoy the beautiful weather and socialize with others. Our team plans great outings for them to attend that are affordable and fun. Their first stop is to the Indianapolis Zoo! I have already heard the kids running around talking […]
We get a lot of calls from parents asking about summer camps. We do not offer summer camps here at Little Star Center, but our friends at Easter Seals Crossroads have a great list for you this year! All camp information including the flyers and registration forms are available on their website. This information can […]
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the staff at Little Star Center would like to take this opportunity to thank the many children and young adults that we have had the privilege to work with over the years. We would like to share a few things that we have learned from our time together: Celebrate […]
We had a great time this weekend at 2011 Autism Expo – sponsored by Easter Seals Crossroads and the Autism Society of Indiana. Little Star Center staff enjoyed talking to families and professionals at the event! At our booth this year we gave away light up pens, reusable tote bags and lunch bags to the […]
Congrats to two of our staff members – Maggie Dickson and Casey Moore on becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts! Maggie Dickson, our Assistant Clinical Director, earned her Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University in August 2010 and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University prior to that. Her […]
Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amanda Ryan Community Outreach & Marketing Director 317.249.2242 [email protected] Little Star Center Announces Opening of New Lafayette Location Non-profit autism center will be the first of its kind in the Lafayette Area CARMEL, IN, February 15, 2011 – Little Star Center, a non-profit center for children with autism, […]
Hi Everyone, Hope you are warm and your schedule is back to normal after all the crazy weather last week. Little Star Center was closed three days due to ice and snow, but we are back and ready to roll. This morning, when I sat down at my desk, I was excited to see I […]
As you know, there has been a media frenzy lately regarding Dr. Wakefield’s 1998 research paper that linked the childhood measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to the onset of autism. Recently, Dr. Wakefield’s paper and research have been discredited since follow up studies could not replicate the findings casting doubt on its conclusions. NPR’s, The […]
Well, it’s 2011 – can you believe it? Little Star has a big year ahead of us, but I wanted to take a step back and reflect on all the happenings of 2010. Check them out: We celebrated our 8th anniversary! Our Executive Director, Mary Rosswurm, came back after a 22 month “sabbatical” in Massachusetts. […]
An awesome little guy who attends Little Star Center sat across from me at lunch today. He excitedly dumped the contents of his lunch bag onto the table and dug through the chicken chunks, fruit cup, cheese, bread and juice box until he found a bag of four chocolate chip cookies. He emptied the bag […]
Little Star Center is excited to launch its new website! Please check out our center and the services that we offer.
It’s the season to be jolly, when we gather together to celebrate with our nearest and dearest! I love parties, it’s no news. I love attending them, hosting them and even hearing about them – so I thought you might too! Little Star hosted it’s annual holiday party on Saturday. Over 130 people were in […]