Big-Lil’ Brother Camp: Take Two in JULY!

Boy’s Camp: Second Round: July 18 & 25, 2014

Ms. B was excited to host a total of 10 campers & 2 college-aged volunteers in July for the Second-Ever Big-Brother, Lil’Brother Boys Camp. The visible “spectrum” of symptom-severity played an extra special role among youth, who all share a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Ms. B structured this summer’s boys camps with activities to help her clients develop a deeper sense of self-awareness; familiarity with their learning “differences”; along with “tools & tricks” to help improve attention, emotional calm, communication, & social problem-solving skills. Because there are so very few opportunities for these kids to practice these critical skills, Ms. B intends to maintain a “Boys Group” of sorts throughout the school year. Details to follow & posted under the “Kids Yoga” tab on this website.

Interested in some visual highlights? Read On!

First Team Challenge… 

A little AcroYoga :)


Another Team Challenge – “Sneak-A-Peek”


A different kind of meditation… silent Shark’s tooth expedition at Hogtowne Creek!

And (of course) a “SILLY” camp photo :)


Big-Brother, Little-Brother Boys’ Camp! JUNE

Ms. Brianna’s very first Big-Brother, Little-Brother camp in June was a fun-filled success. Just ask our participants (or snoop through these photos for inspiration ;)

Ms. B will be facilitating a second round in July; on consecutive Fridays – July 18th & July 25th. For more info, check out our brochure or contact our office manager at 374-7155. To submit an application for review, follow this link (Boys Group App) & return via email, fax, or US postal.

Together, we grow (& we flourish!)


Creative Youth Welcome!

Attention CREATIVE YOUTH (&/or their Irreplaceable Guardians ;)

On Friday, July 18th from 5:30-8PM Ms. Brianna will be tabling in the Sun Center Courtyard, where local business owners are attempting to resurrect a Friday market of sorts. Because a number of her private clients have shown interest in creative work &/or crafting; Ms B would like to invite ANY & ALL YOUTH INTERESTED in selling their handmade crafts (e.g. postcards, drawings, jewelry, magnets, etc) to join her with their respective goods for sale; at this event :)  For more info, visit the FaceBook link here.

As many of you know, I am – first & foremost – a social worker; & value community action & group work as viable platforms for change. Last summer, in an effort to meet the needs of a newly “outed” client; I went in search of peer support groups only to find proof of the unmet need. Fortunately, I was introduced to the right folks at the right time; & have been working hard with our respective board members ever since to – first launch & later grow – a safe, supportive, educational space for queer youth; which we call the Gainesville Equality Youth (G.E.Y.) group. In an effort to spread awareness about this group and as a means of continuing to fund our small, not-for-profit group; the only thing that I will ask of participants is that they return 10% of their earnings to me – for purposes of this group’s sustainability.

I have extended the invitation to high school group participants & will have some G.E.Y. marketing materials out for distribution.

If you &/or your child is interested in participating on the 18th of July; please let me know. Otherwise – & as always – I appreciate your thoughtful consideration.

In Loving Kindness,

Brianna A. Schiavoni, MSW, LCSW
Counseling, Coaching & Behavior Management
Certified Rainbow Kids Yoga Instructor

Milestones in the Making, Assessment & Intervention
352.374.7155 (Office) * 352.374.7195 (Fax)


Ms. B’s Summer Programs Announced

Ms. B is thrilled to announce both the Second Annual Girls-Only Activity Camp & the First Ever Big-Brother, Little-Brother Summer Play Program. Both of these initiatives are highly therapeutic – read this Letter of Intent for more info AND make sure to visit our “Kid’s Yoga” tab for ongoing programming updates (as there will be plenty of kid’s yoga this summer :)

Big-Brother, Little-Brother Summer Play Program Brochure

Boy’s Play Program Application

Girl’s Only Camp Application


The Dreaded W-Sitting In Toddlers


AAP reaffirms no screen time for young children even though few parents listen





My niece just launched a new website that I think might be helpful to some of you trying to figure out what baby gear you really need (and what you don’t!). The basic idea is to make a much better version of all those excel spreadsheets you.  Please be sure and check out the developmentally appropriate list of toys and books for children birth to five years.


2 Kids Yoga Opportunities in Gainesville, FL!

Ms. B is now teaching Kid’s Yoga at two locations in Gainesville, FL & we – at Milestones in the Making – are excited to tell you ALL ABOUT IT! For details, please reference our BRAND NEW “Kid’s Yoga” TAB &/OR take a closer look at this Flyer (2 Kids Yoga Opps) &/OR contact our office manager at 352.374.7155. Namaste :)


An AcroYoga adVenture!

When Ms. B returned from her kid’s yoga teacher training in December of 2012, she had no idea that the human mandalas, partner poses, & human pyramids were a part of something much larger – that they involved a school of yoga unto itself… It was not until this summer, while vacationing in Portland, OR; that Ms. B was first introduced to the world of “AcroYoga” – a physical practice that blends the arts of yoga, acrobatics, performance & healing arts. More importantly – to this line of work – AcroYoga has been described as, “A community based practice that encourages personal transformation the old, fashioned way: through human connection, touch & play.” (

Less than six months later, a 3-day workshop was hosted at Guruv Studio in Lake Mary; which she is both proud to have scouted out & to have attended in-full :)

She looks forward to implementing new skills, namely therapeutic flying; to kid’s yoga workshops in the new year. For more details on upcoming workshops, view January’s JumpStart flyer here & sign-up at our website.

To view more photos of Ms. B at her workshop, please follow this link:



Fall Yoga Schedule

Check out are updated Fall Yoga Schedule!!! Yoga Schedule


Kids Yoga at “My Yoga Connection”

Join us for KIDS YOGA at My Yoga Connection! This class will be tons of fun AND a learning experience. For more information please click the link!!! Yoga


free community class for female survivors of intimate partner violence


The class sponsored by The Source Program, is geared towards female survivors of intimate partner violence (violence by a current or former spouse or dating partner).

In a recent pilot study of this program, survivors of interpersonal violence were found to have statistically significant decreases in symptoms of both post traumatic stress disorder and depression. Additionally, there was improvement in self reports of relational attachments with others, often a very difficult area for survivors of interpersonal violence.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Take care,
Amber Kelly

Flier for The Source TIMBSR class

Flier for The Source trauma mindfulness class w pull tabs


Fall Yoga Schedule

Check out our Fall Kids Yoga Schedule!!!!


Summer Yoga

Yoga Summer Schedule Click on the link to view our Kids Yoga Summer Schedule! 


Girls-Only Summer Activity Group (where Teens will Learn, Explore & Grow Together :)

Ms. Brianna is excited to bring a Girls-Only Activity Group to Gainesville high school students this summer!

WHAT: Adolescents entering the 9th – 11th grade are encouraged to enroll in this unique, one-week 1/2 day-camp, after which the evolving group will continue meeting bimonthly for crafting circles (i.e. maintenance intervention). Participants will be encouraged to create both the class structure & content for discussion based on THEIR needs & interests. Given macro-level concerns for female adolescents, the group’s primary aim is to help young women develop healthy self-images alongside positive peer relationships. Through activities like yoga & meditation; crafting; nature walks; cooking; & creative art analysis & production; Ms. B intends to explore, teach & develop each girl’s sense of self-identity, body-image, self-esteem, communication style, social problem-solving skills & more!

WHEN: June 17-21st, 1:30 – 4:30 (*option for extended stay with pick-up BY 5:30PM at no additional charge)

WHERE: A beautiful facility located on 2 park-like acres of property off of NW 39th Ave. All yoga workshops & this camp will be hosted in the BRAND-NEW multipurpose yoga studio behind Stillpoint Therapy Center. Participants will have direct access to a bathroom; small kitchenette; yoga mats/blocks/straps; hiking trails leading down to the creek; & more!

SIGN-UP: Complete & return the online Girls-Only Application

COST: $250 + materials (or material-fee <$30)
**Payment plans are available (& while it may feel like camp, you are funding your child’s participation in group therapy :)

REFER A FRIEND: Please help us to spread the word by passing along our Girls-Only Flyer


April Yoga Workshop(4/20)

Spring it on!  Springtime is magical, dynamic, and even mystical. As nature moves out of the cold, wet, dark winter toward spring, the pulse of life quickens, the earth warms, and blossoms unfurl, reaching for the sun. Nature makes it look smooth, but for us humans it’s not as easy to transition gracefully.  What better way to make the transition easier for your child then a Kids Yoga workshop.  This Month’s Yoga Workshop is on Saturday April 20th.  Refer a friend and receive 10$ off the 45$ fee(making it 35$)  If interested please go to our website and click on the new client tab.  Fill out the Yoga Intake form and either e-mail, fax, or mail it to our office manager, Max at  ,Fax it to 352-374-7195, or mail it too 4019 NW 34th Terrace Gainesville, Fl 32605.



Milestones Celebrated Friendship at March’s Yoga Workshop :)

(See Captions for more Details :)


February’s Yoga Workshop In Review :)


CHECK IT OUT – pictures & exciting news from February’s monthly therapeutic yoga workshop!

This month’s theme had to do with asanas (yoga poses) & chakras (energy sources stimulated through poses). Ms. Brianna used a board game to introduce relative concepts – kids learned about the 7 core chakras, while developing familiarity with the various poses (e.g. boat, chair, warrior, twisted cat, etc.); & through a popular game of Freeze Yoga. She also challenged children to demonstrate their “control over breath” with use of colorful pinwheels. This month’s class ended with a meditation during which kids were asked to bring their attention to the “Third Eye”; where wisdom & clarity lies.

March’s class is quickly approaching – reserve your slot today


February’s Yoga

Attention All Previous & Prospective Yoga Investors :)

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Please consider this note as a FRIENDLY REMINDER to reserve your child’s spot in upcoming Spring yoga workshops, the next of which will run on Saturday, February 23rd. Space is limited & we are hoping to fill-up soon due to a recent feature article on our yoga initiatives in North Florida School Days publications. For more info, please visit the website &/or phone our office manager directly at 374-7155.
“ Your task in yoga is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built toward it.” ~ Rumi


CHADD Improves the Lives of Children and Adults with AD/HD


CHADD is delighted to announce we are once again offering the Summer Camp Award. The program, open to children of CHADD members only, is offering  three awards of up to $6,500 each, and is designed to help parents or guardians afford the expenses associated with attendance at eligible summer camps and programs for children affected by ADHD.

Applications are accepted between Monday, Feb. 4, and Wednesday, Feb. 27, so get started now!

Interested in learning more? Go to the CHADD website for details.

Want to know which camps are eligible? Find the list here.

Just want to get started on the application? Download it now.

Have questions that the website does not answer? Email us Remember, this program is a benefit of CHADD Membership. Thank you for being a CHADD member!

The CHADD Summer Camp Award Fund is made possible by donations from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Inc.

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