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35 Fun 
Things To Do
  1. 1/2 ASPIES Adults Meet & Greet, Akron
  2. 1/4 Heart 2 Heart Friendship Club, Cornerstone, Medina
  3. 1/4 Take a Break Respite, TTR Ministry, Middleburg Hts.
  4. 1/5 Great Lakes Science Center Outing, Solon Blue Ribbon
  5. 1/5 Indoor Softball Excitement, Solon Blue Ribbon
  6. 1/6 The World of Books, Solon Blue Ribbon
  7. 1/6 Walking Club, Quantum LEAP, Beachwood
  8. 1/6 Fitness to Wellness to FUN! Mayfield Adaptive Rec.
  9. 1/7 Yoga Reach, Mayfield Adaptive Rec.
  10. 1/7 Music & Motion, Quantum LEAP, Mayfield Village
  11. 1/8 Bowling League, Quantum LEAP, Wickliffe
  12. 1/9 Aerobics, Quantum LEAP, East Cleveland
  13. 1/9 Music, Drum & Movement, Mayfield Adaptive Rec
  14. 1/9 Indoor Water Exercise, Mayfield Adaptive Rec
  15. 1/9 Zumba Dance Class, Mayfield Adaptive Rec
  16. 1/10 Music Therapy and More with MTEC, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  17. 1/10 Everybody Dance Now, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Shaker Heights
  18. 1/10 Cinema Sensation, Solon Blue Ribbon, Solon
  19. 1/10 Night Out at the Movies, Quantum LEAP, Beachwood
  20. 1/11 Sensory Storytime, Bay Village Public Library
  21. 1/14 ASGC Social Night, Independence
  22. 1/15 Walking for Fun & Fitness, Solon Blue Ribbon
  23. 1/15 UH Seminar Series: Technology, Tools &  Software for Children, Westlake
  24. 1/17 Game Night, Mayfield Adaptive Rec
  25. 1/18 Sensory Storytime, Independence Public Library
  26. 1/18 Winter Snowshoe/Hike, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Willoughby
  27. 1/19 Basketball Clinics, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, South Euclid
  28. 1/22 Social Connections, Autism Society of Ohio, Youngstown
  29. 1/23 Blue & Gold Buddies | Game Night, Milestones, University Heights
  30. 1/24 Ice Skating Party at "The Pond", Solon Blue Ribbon, Chagrin Falls
  31. 1/24 Pizza Bowl, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Oakwood Village
  32. 1/25 Nut Job | Sensory Friendly Film, AMC Cinema, Brooklyn
  33. 1/26 Chalet Tobogganing, Solon Blue Ribbon Program, Strongsville
  34. 1/27 Pizza & Play, Family Connections, Cleveland Heights
  35. 1/31 Everybody Dance Now, Mayfield Adaptive Rec, Shaker Heights



- High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Canton

- Social Club & Art Therapy Class, Brandon's Place, Oakwood Village


Mondays & Thursdays

Social Butterflies Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence



- High Aspirations Social Group, REM Opportunities, Akron
- Commanders of Communication Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence 


Every Other Friday & Sunday Buddy Building Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence



Family Fun Fridays, Family Connections, Shaker Heights


Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

Little Language Learners Group, ABA Outreach Services, Independence



25 Workshops 
& Other Events
  1. 1/1 Medusa Hair Salon Sensory Night, Canton
  2. 1/4 Autism Support Group, French Creek Family YMCA, Avon
  3. 1/7 Parent Coffee and Chat, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  4. 1/8 Autism in General Education Webinar, Achievement Centers for Children
  5. 1/8 Positive Behavior Support & Strategies Webinar, Achievement Centers for Children
  6. 1/9 IEP Basics for Parents, Educational Service Center, Independence
  7. 1/9-10 Basic Foundations in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism
  8. 1/9 Parent's Coffee Hour, SST9, Canton
  9. 1/12 ASPIES Parents Night Out, Akron
  10. 1/14 Assistive Technology Workshop, SST4, Concord
  11. 1/14 Challenging Behaviors, SST4, Painesville
  12. 1/14 Understanding Free & Appropriate Education, ASGC, Independence
  13. 1/14 How Temperamental Differences Affect Your Children, Mandel JCC, Beachwood
  14. 1/15 Parent Access Collaborative (PAC) Meeting, SST8, Cuyahoga Falls
  15. 1/21 Child/Adolescent Depression & Self Harm, Summit County ESC, Cuyahoga Falls
  16. 1/21 Executive Function - Description & Interventions, SST9, Massillon
  17. 1/21 Teaching Sexuality Education, Behavioral Intervention Institute of Ohio, Westlake
  18. 1/21 ASPIES Parent Roundtable Discussion, Akron
  19. 1/21 How to Help Your Child Enjoy Lunch and Recess, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  20. 1/23 What is Your Greatest Accomplishment? Autism Personal Coach, Mayfield
  21. 1/23 Get Acquainted Breakfast, Achievement Centers for Children, Highland Hills
  22. 1/23 Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), ESC of Cuyahoga County, Valley View
  23. 1/24 Overcoming Obstacles to Find Time for You, Connecting for Kids, Westlake
  24. 1/29 MCAP: Panel of Adults on the Spectrum, Milestones, Warrensville Heights
  25. 1/29 Challenging Behaviors, SST4, Painesville


The start of a new year is the perfect time to refocus and prioritize
Instead of making a long "to do" list, think of the one thing you want to accomplish this year with your child, students or client. Then create a step-by-step plan and write it down. Add dates for accomplishing each step to your planning calendar. Check off each step as it is done and remember to continue to assess progress on a regular basis throughout the year. 
If developing a plan on your own sounds difficult or you need assistance, we are here to help. Please call us at 216.464.7600.
We hope you have a happy, successful 2014!


Ilana & Mia

Milestones Autism Organization

Co-Founders and Parents

January 2014 Newsletter 
Milestones Consortium for Autism Professionals (MCAP) 

Straight from the Source: 
Panel of Adults on the Spectrum
This month's session will take a firsthand look at life's journey on the spectrum.


Time: 6 - 9 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, January 29 

Location: South Pointe Hospital 

20000 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122  


*** $30 Professional rate, includes 2.5 CEUs for Education. $15 Family rate. Dinner included for all attendees. 
Register by January 24th.***
Click here to register today!
Registration is located at the bottom of the web page. 
For more information, please contact Leslie 
at 216.464.7600 ext. 103 or lrotsky@milestones.org.


Bowling for Autism: 
Enjoy an autism-friendly event for all!
There's not a moment to 
We invite you to form a team or 
donate to a team for our annual bowling fundraiser. Join in on the fun and 
help support local autism services!
Date: Sunday, February 23
Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Two Convenient Locations! 
East Side: Freeway Lanes of Solon & 
West Side: Buckeye Lanes in North Olmsted
Questions? Please contact Debbie Hoberman 
at 216.464.7600 ext.111 or bowling@milestones.org.
Milestones Parent Empowerment 
Network (MPEN) Spring 2014 Series

Register by January 29 so you can 
bring a friend or family member 
to all 4 sessions for free!

February: Funding for Services
March: Creating & Sustaining 
     Independent Leisure Skills 
April: Transition At Every Stage
May: Challenging Behaviors 
June: Parent round-table discussions 
at Milestones Annual Conference
*June's Conference is NOT included in the special!

February Time, Dates & Locations

6:30-8:30 p.m.

February 5 (East Side): Location TBD

February 13 (West Side): Grace Church

7393 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Hts, OH 44130


$10 for an individual session, $5 additional for walk-ins. Scholarships available!



Bring the kids! 

Social/Rec program run by trained autism staff. 

Children ages 3 and up and typical peers welcome, $10 per child (advanced registration required).


Click here to register today!

Registration is located at the bottom of the web page. 

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Mason at emason@milestones.org or by phone at  216-464-7600 x112.

Blue & Gold Buddies presents
Board Game Night!

Come hang out with the brothers of 

John Carroll University's Beta Theta Pi for a fun night of pizza, desserts and board games



Date: Thursday, January 23

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Location: John Carroll University

Cost: $5 per person 
This event is open to all individuals on the Autism Spectrum aged 14-22. Space is limited to the first 20 individuals who register!

To register, please contact

 Beth Thompson at bthompson@milestones.org 

216-464-7600 x 108.


All members of Beta Theta Pi have attended a Milestones training. Socialization and communication skills are targeted throughout the night. Milestones staff is present at events.

Self-Advocacy & Self-Determination
 Learn how to effectively communicate interests, desires, needs and rights.



Check out other resources for individuals with ASD 
available on our website:
6th Annual Carroll's Got Talent
Talent competition featuring students, faculty and staff 
of John Carroll University
Beta Theta Pi of JCU is looking for individuals on the spectrum to open for the show!

Do you or someone you know have what it takes? 
Contact Beth Thompson for more information at bthompson@milestones.org or 216.464.7600 ext. 108.
Show Date: Friday, February 7
Location: Kulas Auditorium on John Carroll's Campus

All proceeds from the event will benefit Milestones. 



News of Note

New video helps typical students understand autism 
and how to socialize with their classmates on the spectrum
Source: The Organization of Autism Research
Source: Autism Asperger's Digest 
Source: The Huffington Post
Source: Reuters