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Homemade Kaleidoscope

Are you looking for a new activity to inspire creativity from your kiddos? These homemade kaleidoscopes are so fun and easy to make. To learn how to create your very own customizable kaleidoscope at home, follow along step by step!

Kaleidoscope Supplies

  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Empty cardboard roll
  • Mylar sheets or foil (taped to cardstock)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Beads, glitter or confetti
  • Clear lip balm container

Build Your Own Kaleidoscope

-Step 1: Adjust the cardboard roll to fit the diameter of the lip balm container.

-Step 2: Glue your favorite scrapbook paper (5.25”x3.75”) to the exterior of the carboard roll.

-Step 3: Create the reflective triangular tube (3.75”x3.35”) for the interior of the cardboard roll.

-Step 4: Insert the triangular tube to make sure it fits snug and there is ¼- ½ inch of space on one end.

-Step 5: Secure the reflective tube by adding a dab of glue to where the three corners of the triangles touch the cardboard roll.

-Step 6: Add beads, confetti, or anything else fun into the lip balm containers.

-Step 7: Insert the lip balm container into the cardboard roll, take a look inside and rotate the end!

And there you have it: a homemade kaleidoscope!

Watch our Tutorial Video Below!

Looking for More Fun?

For more sensory craft activities, visit our Pinterest page!

Join Our Cool Kids Club!

An exclusive online virtual group for kids ages 8-13 diagnosed with autism. This group is show-and-tell format with a weekly theme selected by the Cool Kidz who participate. Some past themes include favorite games, your dream vacation, science experiements, hidden talents, and what is your super power.

Check with your local Cultivate clinic to find out about availability. Register here!

The ABC’s of ABA Therapy (A through F)

Cultivate provides individualized ABA Therapy services to children and adolescents in their homes, our learning centers, and throughout our community. We incorporate a naturalistic approach to ABA and focus on making socially significant changes in the lives of every child and family we meet.

This means we celebrate autism and embrace the diversity it adds to our community. We are here to support each child in a way that gives them the tools to navigate the rest of their lives in a meaningful and independent manner.

We also aim to provide resources to better serve the entire family. In this post, we’re sharing the first in our ABC’s of ABA Therapy series. Explore a variety of free resources on our website including: blogs, parent trainings, ABA Funding guidance, and sensory craft activities on our social media.

The ABC’s of ABA Therapy

A is for Activities on Sensory Processing

Sensory processing is our brain’s ability to interpret stimuli from our environment. We gather information about our environment through the use of our senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Activities for sensory processing are developed to stimulate these senses. Our Pinterest page is full of craft activities you can do with supplied from around your house!

Visit our Pinterest Page here!

B is for Books and Blogs on Autism Support

Let Cultivate be a resource to you and your family in the New Year. Click here to find the most popular and informational books on Autism.

Cultivate offers many free resources to the community, including parent trainings and support groups, guidance on insurance and diagnostic processes, and referrals to other community services through our Community Outreach team. Many of these resources are available on our website or through contacting your local Community Outreach Coordinator.

C is for Crisis Management

A crisis occurs when immediately available resources are not enough to de-escalate an unsafe behavioral situation. When a situation like this begins, changes to the environment and additional external support may be necessary.

As a parent with a child on the autism spectrum, the thought of Crisis Management may seem like a task too big to handle. Cultivate is here to help. A team of Registered Behavior Technicians in our Apprenticeship Program put together this informative presentation in our Parent Training series.

D is for Data Collection

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based approach for creating significant positive behavior change. In our daily work, as clinicians we collect data on a variety of behaviors.

Learn more about the types of data our clinicians collect and how it’s used in ABA Therapy in our new blog: “Let’s Look at the Data!”

Above all, we keep in mind that we are working with and supporting an individual who is more than numbers and every individual’s path in unique.

E is for Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI)

Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) are ABA programs designed for young children diagnosed with autism. They involve 20-40 hours per week of direct therapy. Children usually start these programs by the age of 3 and receive services for 2 or more years.

At Cultivate, our goal in our EIBI programs is to prepare children to transition into a more traditional school setting with minimal support. So, we focus on social skills, communication, and “learning to learn” skills like listening, transitioning and waiting!

Check out our Getting Started page to learn more.

F is for Family Services

Are you, or a someone you know, caring for a family member with an autism diagnosis? Join us every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 pm Central for our free virtual ASD parent and caregiver support group, hosted by Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education! This parent/caregiver support group is free and open to the community.

For more information, visit our Family Services page.

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Where Your Child Learns Matters.

Our new website makes it easy to search on a national, state, or city level. Find the programs offered and accepted insurances at each clinic location. Helping you navigate the autism treatment journey. Fill out an intake form to start the conversation.

Funding for ABA Therapy

When searching for the right ABA provider, you will have many questions, thoughts, and concerns. Funding – including grants – for ABA therapy shouldn’t be one of them.

Cultivate is here to guide you through the funding and grant maze every step of the way. The following is a list of financial resources for families seeking therapy services. Grant requirements and availability change frequently so we recommend researching these options prior to applying. It may be necessary to apply for multiple grants.

The Cultivate team will do it’s best to keep this list up to date. If you notice something is out of date on this list, please notify us!

ABA Therapy Funding in Florida

Gardiner Scholarship – The Gardiner Scholarship program helps parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs. The Gardiner Scholarship is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account.

The application period for 2020-2021 is currently closed, but you can join a mailing list to be notified when the 2021-2022 application period open. Learn more here.

ABA Therapy Grants in Illinois

Chicago Autism Network – Chicago Autism Network is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families find and afford effective autism therapy and supports. While the Chicagoland area has a wealth of autism service providers, too often families can’t access these services due to lack information and lack of funding.

To help families afford effective therapy, the Chicago Autism Network offers financial aid through their Therapy Assistance Grants. Every fall, families can apply for financial assistance to cover insurance premiums and/or out-of-pocket therapy costs for the following calendar year.

The first year of Therapy Assistance Grants (2019), the Chicago Autism Network offered $10,000 in financial assistance to local families. For 2020, they more than doubled that amount, awarding over $22,000 to families in need. Learn more about the Chicago Autism Network grants on their website.

Autism Hero Project – The mission of the Autism Hero Project in Illinois is to promote autism awareness, change public policy and the way the world does business with a workforce that is intentional about inclusion. 

This group helps those in need by sponsoring medical insurance coverage for children to access Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy to attain the life skills they need to be successful.

The current cycle for ABA funding and grants is closed, but will open back up in Fall 2021. Learn more about the application process at:

ABA Therapy Funding in Kentucky

Michelle P Waiver – The Michelle P. Waiver (MPW) is part of Kentucky’s 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver program. MPW provides assistance to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to help them live in the community as independently as possible.  In 2002 a person (named Michelle P.) sued the state of Kentucky because waitlist for other wavers had exceeded 3,000 people. In 2008 the state agreed to start a new Medicaid waiver to serve individuals in need of services.

For more information about MPW and how to apply visit:

ABA Therapy Funding in Tennessee

Katie Beckett Program – The Katie Beckett waiver is expected to provide financial assistant to about 3,000 Tennessee children with severe disabilities and illnesses. The waiver will use a mix of state and federal funding to cover medical treatment for children with severe disabilities whose families have too much income to qualify for TennCare.

According to the Tennessee Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, participants will generally fall into one of two levels of service:

  • About 2,700 children with disabilities or complex medical needs will receive up to $10,000 per year in medical medical and home-care services, but would not be enrolled in TennCare;
  • And about 300 children with more significant needs would receive full TennCare coverage and up to $15,000 in services per year.

Families who are interested in applying will be able to fill out a self-referral form on the TennCare Connect website starting on Nov. 23.

ABA Therapy Funding in Texas

Masonic Children and Family Services of Texas – Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas partners with charitable organizations, medical professionals and educational facilities to provide safety, comfort, food, shelter, healthcare and educational services–basic needs every child and family deserves.

Services include, but are not limited to funding for: food, clothing and family services; medical, dental and prescription services; counseling, psychological services and autism therapy; school supplies, tutoring and career counseling; case management and referral services for children, families and agencies. MCFS staff work to ensure that each applicant’s needs are assessed and reviewed on an individual basis. They can also provide information and referral services for all Texas children and families.

ABA Therapy Grants in Wisconsin

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation – UHCCF’s mission is to help fill the gap between what medical services/items a child needs and what their commercial health benefit plan will pay for. UHCCF grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan.

Review the criteria to be considered for a grant through the United Healthcare Children’s Foundation by visiting this webpage.

Cultivate Bingo!

Play Cultivate Bingo to win a free lunch on us! Just a reminder that we have call numbers announced weekly. The call numbers are available to view every Tuesday and Friday, starting February 2. 

The last day to check for your winning numbers will be February 19.

How to Play:

  1. Check for the call numbers  
  2. Fill in a horizontal, diagonal, or vertical line of 5
  3. Send us a photo with your winning card to [email protected]
  4. Once confirmed, schedule your lunch!

February 2 Cultivate Numbers!

Cultivate Bingo Feb 2 numbers. B12, N 31, I15, O63, O70
Teaser image for the Cultivate Bingo call numbers on Feb 2. B12, N 31, I15, O63, O70

February 5 Cultivate Numbers!

Cultivate Bingo call numbers on Feb 5. I 28, N 33, B 7, B 1, G 54

February 9 Cultivate Numbers!

Cultivate Bingo call numbers on Feb 9. G49, O62, B3, N41, N45

February 12 Cultivate Numbers!

Cultivate Bingo call numbers on Feb 16. I25, G50, I17, N40, B6

February 12 Cultivate Numbers!

Cultivate Bingo call numbers on Feb 19. N32, I19, O61, B15, N37

Resources to Better Serve You

Cultivate offers many free resources to the community, including parent trainings and support groups, guidance on insurance and diagnostic processes, and referrals to other community services through our Community Outreach team.

Many of these resources are available right here on our website or through contacting your local Community Outreach Coordinator.

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion Initiative

At Cultivate, we value the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, and what they offer to ensure that we provide quality services to our families/clients/patients.  We also appreciate the wonderful characteristics each of us brings to our team. 

As part of our responsibility to provide the best quality services and build a robust and effective team, we are collaborating with a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consultant to offer their expertise and support our efforts to be excellent in everything we do and recognized as the most admired ABA therapy company.

Our Leadership Team is excited to introduce Dr. Kazique Prince, Founder and CEO of Jelani Consulting, LLC, to our team and he will serve as our DEI consultant. He brings over 25 years of experience working with business, nonprofit, and government organizations including as Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Steve Adler at the City of Austin. 

We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to ongoing efforts to build our diversity, equity, and inclusion acumen over the coming months.

Our Tenets of Care: Diversity | Equity | Inclusion

• We are people who seek kindness and aim to create a purpose-driven environment.

• We meet our families where they are and lift each other up.

• We treat our patients and their families with dignity, compassion and respect.

• We provide coordinated care, support and treatment.

• We work to support our patients and develop their strengths and abilities to improve their overall quality of life.

• By supporting our patients and developing their strengths and abilities, we help improve their overall quality of life – from start to finish.

Learn more about our vision and mission at Cultivate.

Virtual Santa Event!

It’s almost Christmas! Break out the stockings, candy canes, and presents – join us for our Virtual Santa Event! In order to spread holiday cheer to our kiddos across our regions, we are hosting two virtual visits on December 17th. Welcome Santa into your homes though of Telehealth and Microsoft Teams.

If your child has session on December 17th, they will have the opportunity to participate in our Virtual Santa Event, but we’d like to open the event to all families regardless!

These visits will be in the format of a Microsoft Teams webinar. Though Santa may not be able to see or hear everyone, kiddos will have the ability to interact with Santa through the chat feature.

If you and your child are interested in attending, please login to the meeting that best suits your schedule. We look forward to spreading some ho-ho-holiday magic!

Register Here for Cultivate’s Virtual Santa Event!

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Cultivate Telehealth Services

Through Telehealth we can continue to maintain the gains of your child’s treatment and overcome any obstacle that may arise. As an organization, we are committed to helping our patients lead independent productive lives, and this medium will allow us to do just that! We are able to provide different types of services such as parent trainings, 1:1 therapy, and social groups.