Nov
15

ANNOUNCING… Our next Girl’s Group with Ms. B!

On Saturday, December 6th, Ms. B is looking forward to facilitating a celebration-themed group for select middle & high school females in Greater Gainesville.

 

Participants – old & newcomers – will gather to celebrate personhood through the practice of yoga, personal disclosure, peer problem-solving & creative expression. As always, we strive to offer innovative forms of therapeutic support at affordable rates to our clients & their families. 

 

For more info, please contact our office manager at 352-374-7155. 

 

Nov
12

Got ADHD? Get CHADD!

 For more information on this valuable resource, visit: http://www.chadd.org/

Sep
17

Group Initiatives with Ms B

Here – at Milestones in the Making – we are continuously looking for opportunities to create & facilitate meaningful & dynamic group experiences for the children & families with whom we work. These days, this intention has been particularly difficult given the time of year & high degree of variability among family-schedules; & despite the degree of verbalized interest from the community. If & when we pilot a program that yields insufficient registration from interested participants (i.e. not enough kids sign-up); we believe that it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone &/or cancel the event.

Consequently, please note the following changes in programming:

  1. Cosplay 101, a Workshop for Tweens & Teens on 9/20 – has been POSTPONED until further notice;
  2. Kid’s Community Yoga at My Yoga Connection, LLC, which repeats biweekly on Fridays at 4:30PM – will be DISCONTINUED until further notice & effective October 1st.

As always, we are open to your feedback & apologize for any resulting consequences. For more info on alternate kids’ yoga &/or group initiatives, please visit: http://milestonesinthemaking.com/kids-yoga/

Sep
03

Cosplay 101: Tweens & Teens!

Ms. B is excited to announce a NEW WORKSHOP SERIES available to all MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS in the greater Gainesville area!  Participants will learn about the art & culture of Cosplay (i.e. costume role-play &/or character design) from one of Gainesville’s community ‘cosplayers’ – Ms. Gracie Brown.  As always, our staff will make use of – what we hope will be – a dynamic group of creative youth interested in learning more about this rising hobby; by facilitating meaningful discussion & team-building activities.

Interested parties are encouraged to view the attached flyer (& event details below) & to reserve a spot by emailing Ms. B at brianna.adele@gmail.com with your child’s name, age & contact information. TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS, folks can proceed with completion of this cosplay intake form.

Pending sufficient interest, Ms. B will continue to facilitate additional Cosplay workshops with Ms. Gracie &/or alternate members of performing arts groups; in preparation for participation in SwampCon (February 2015).

Cosplay 101 Flyer >> EVENT DATE: Saturday, Sept 20th > 1PM-5PM @ StillPoint Therapy Center (NW 39th Ave)

“I love cosplay because we can use it to change into somebody that is different from the person we think we are… Cosplay crosses over the nationality, gender and age barriers in everything. Because of that, it’s easier to make new friends and to be open-minded. It’s not about ‘judging’ but just ‘looking’ – “Oh!I love your style. You’re so creative – I would never have thought to do that”. There’s no reason not to like one another in the world of Cosplay – the limits of expression are endless.” ~Anonymous 19 year-old cisgendered Female

Cosplay to me is way more than just one word… I have been lucky enough to experience such wonderful events and people that I would have never been able to experience without it. I have made great friends and have been to some cool conventions, each time as a different character with different personalities! Cosplay means so much to me because without it, I would have never found qualities in myself that I would have thought could even pull off some of the stuff I can make today. Cosplay has been a creative outlet for me as well as a fun and unique experience… So cosplay to me means, a lifetime of memories, friends, and self appreciation.”  ~Anonymous 14 year-old cisgendered Male

Aug
02

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 :)

Jul
08

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!)

Jul
07

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.

A NOTE FROM MS B…
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)

May
05

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

Feb
12

The Dreaded W-Sitting In Toddlers

 

http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/family/toddlers/20121001/the-dreaded-w-sitting-in-toddlers

Feb
12

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

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-parenting/post/aap-reaffirms-no-screen-time-for-young-children-even-though-few-parents-listen/2011/10/18/gIQAZvpkuL_blog.html

 
 

 

Feb
12

Mamajamas

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.

http://www.mamajamas.com/

Jan
14

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 :)

Nov
25

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.” (AcroYoga.org)

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:  https://www.facebook.com/bri.bri.adele/posts/10202190480499367

 

Oct
21

Fall Yoga Schedule

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

Oct
21

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

Sep
25

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

Aug
21

Fall Yoga Schedule

Check out our Fall Kids Yoga Schedule!!!!

Jun
11

Summer Yoga

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

May
15

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

Apr
01

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 lisaschiavoni@gmail.com  ,Fax it to 352-374-7195, or mail it too 4019 NW 34th Terrace Gainesville, Fl 32605.

 

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