Jul
27

Parent Participation Requested: Doodle Polling

Attention Parents & Caregivers!

We are excited to announce our FALL INITIATIVES for youth & families soon but need your help to ensure that we schedule events during times that work for you. Please help us by communicating your availability either via email (lisaschiavoni@gmail.com) OR with quick use of these Doodle Poll links! Participation in the poll is anonymous & information will be used to schedule yoga for youth & – the below listed – parent initiatives:

  1. Yoga for Youth (Elementary-Aged: 6-11 or Equivalent Maturity) http://doodle.com/ia3dbnmx9dzrpgwi
  2. Tween Yoga (Middle-School Aged: 11-14 or Equivalent Maturity) http://doodle.com/whywf59ytuhkpkbn
  3. Mindfulness for Moms (NEW) http://doodle.com/hu7z9hxxuqbc6d4e
  4. Parent Coaching (NEW) http://doodle.com/c28bbvbtdqy22ze2

Further questions can be directed to Ms. B at brianna.adele@gmail.com or by calling our office manager at 352-374-7155.

In Loving Kindness,
The Milestones’ Family

Jun
02

Camp Registration EXTENDED!

Don’t miss out on this summer’s Big-Brother, Lil’Brother BOYS Camp for youth with academic, social &/or emotional difficulties (like those with ADHD ;) Our registration date has been extended through Monday, 6/8 & will begin on Friday, 6/12 with repeat days on 6/19 & 6/26!

To register, please complete the Boy’s Camp APPLICATION & contact Ms. B directly at brianna.adele@gmail.com &/or our office manager at 352.374.7155 to arrange for payment. For additional details, view the Boys Camp Flyer

Registration for our Adventure-Time Camp has also been extended through June 15th. This camp will run during the week of June 22-25th. For more details view our Adventure Camp Flyer . To register, complete the Application & contact our staff as indicated above.

 

Jun
01

Support Yoga for Youth in June!

Attention Greater-Gainesville! If you have yet to experience the buzz about the benefits of yoga & mindfulness for youth, we encourage you to visit any number of these supplemental resources:

  1. Seven Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain (a Forbes article): http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/02/09/7-ways-meditation-can-actually-change-the-brain/
  2. How Mindfulness is Revolutionizing Mental Health Care: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/23/neuroscience-mindfulness_n_6531544.html
  3. YouTube: Youth Voices on Mindfulness: https://youtu.be/kk7IBwuhXWM  

With that said, Ms. B is continuing to work overtime to bring yoga (& mindfulness) to area youth & families; but needs involvement for program continuation. This summer’s schedule is up & includes weekly yoga for youth with NEW CLASSES for elementary aged girls and a MONTHLY family yoga class! Tween Yoga will continue on Thursdays & Kid’s Yoga will be held WEEKLY on Saturdays – through the end of June; once in July; & returning in August of 2015. For more info follow the ‘Kid’s Yoga’ tab at the top of the page or click.

Jun
01

Big-Brother, Lil’Brother BOYS CAMP!

Milestones is excited to announce a number of summer programs in JUNE, including the Second Annual Big-Brother, Little-Brother Boys Camp, which starts NEXT Friday & will continue for 3 consecutive Fridays (6/12, 6/19 & 6/26 * 12:30-4:30/5:30PM) at StillPoint Therapy Center.

The camp is specially designed for elementary & middle-school aged children with executive DYSfunction (ADHD symptoms). The purpose of the program is to create a fun-filled, competitive space for boys with academic, social &/or emotional concerns; whereby Ms. B can facilitate meaningful activity, discussion & (ultimately) personal growth. We believe in the power of therapeutic camps & hope that your family will consider this a valuable (& relatively affordable) investment :)

Campers will be given opportunities to MOVE & CREATE; EAT NEW FOODS; LEARN ABOUT THEMSELVES; & MORE – through a particularly innovative approach using peer-reinforcement & problem-solving. The cost of this therapeutic program is $240 for all 3 Fridays (preferred experience) OR $85 per Friday.

To reserve a space for your child, please complete this Boy’s Camp APPLICATION & contact our office manager – Tammy – with credit card information by June 5th! Our program will be cancelled if there is insufficient sign-up. 

For more info contact our office directly at 352.374.7155 or by emailing Ms. B at brianna.adele@gmail.comTo view the Facebook ‘event’ visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/393335764185785/

May
08

Summer Programs UnderWay!

Milestones is excited to announce a number of summer programs in June, including:

  1. The Second Annual Big-Brother, Little-Brother Boys Camp for Elementary & Middle-School Aged Children;
  2. The Premiere of a Collaborative Camp with Mr. Jeremiah Braiman, M.Ed. entitled, ‘Adventure-Time Camp‘ for raising 7th-11th graders;
  3. The initiation of monthly Family Yoga at My Yoga Connection, LLC;
  4. Continued Meet-Ups for High-School Girls (invite only); and…
  5. Yoga for Youth every week at StillPoint Therapy Studio!

Please visit our ‘Kid’s Yoga’ tab for more information & direct links to marketing & application materials. 

Apr
27

Second Annual Boy’s Camp!

Ms. B is excited to announce that the ‘Big-Brother, Little-Brother‘ boy’s camp (for elementary, middle AND high-schoolers) will return this summer with… Mr. Nick (our popular college-aged ‘Big Brother’)! For quick camp details – read on. For additional details – see our BOYS CAMP FLYER &/or contact our office manager at lisaschiavoni@gmail.com &/or 352-374-7155.

WHEN:    3 Fridays in June: 6/12, 6/19 & 6/26 *12:30 – 4:30PM
AfterCare Available from 4:30–5:30 ($15 fee)

WHERE:   StillPoint Therapy: 2730 NW 39th Ave * G’ville * 32605 **Studio Space

WHO:        Boys: Elementary, Middle & High-Schoolers *Upon Interview

HOW MUCH: 3 consecutive Fridays for $240 (preferred) or $85 per Friday

SIGN-UP?  Please return the Boy’s Camp APPLICATION with payment* via email (lisaschiavoni@gmail.com); fax (374-7195) or US Mail (4019 NW 34th Terrace; Gainesville, FL 32605). *Payment plans are available upon request & monies are refundable for justifiable emergencies.

Photos from Big-Brother, Little Brother 2014:

On Your Mark….
Get-Set…

GO!

Apr
27

Sacred Self-Care for Mom’s

Brianna is excited to announce a COLLABORATIVE SERIES with Ms. Gina Scianimanico – a licensed massage (& thai yoga) therapist (LMT); posture-consultant; herbalist; permaculturalist; & dear-friend… in the month of May & for Moms!

This three-part series has been thoughtfully crafted to help our community’s caregivers (MOMS!) to garner practical ways to manage daily stressors.  Together, Brianna & Gina look forward to facilitating a short series of intimate group-work to demonstrate how Moms can weave breath- & body-work; movement & touch; music & meditation; into their busy lives & schedules. Each workshop will be carefully constructed toward a central therapeutic objective in the following order:

  1. Awareness (5/2 * 2-4:30PM)
  2. Acceptance (5/16 *2-4:30PM)
  3. Appreciation (5/30 *2-4:30PM)

Program facilitation will conclude with ‘Tea Time’ (4:30 until…?) during which Moms will be encouraged to enjoy the beautiful property, mingle or meditate, &/or take advantage of further self-care opportunities with Gina; who intends to offer discounted services from the ‘Menu of Services’ found below.

  • Single Workshop Participation = $35
  • All 3 Workshops can be Paid for In-Advance or at the 1st Workshop at a Discounted Rate = $90

For more info, please reference the attached documents below &/or contact Milestones in the Making at 352.374.7155 or by writing to Ms. B at brianna.adele@gmail.com. You can learn additional information about Ms. Gina Scianimanico by visiting her website at: www.bodyworkbygina.com

Event Flyer

Gina’s Menu of Services (20% discount to workshop participants * sessions should be scheduled separately but can be facilitated immediately before or after the workshop for the convenience of participants :)

Apr
14

MORE YOGA FOR YOUTH!!

Milestones in the Making wants to provide Greater-Gainesville with MORE YOGA FOR YOUTH this summer, but we need to know when folks are available. Please use this link to let us know if & when yoga fits into your family’s summer schedule: http://doodle.com/radae5h3cyt9gc6w

For more information on our current schedule: Kid’s yoga .

 

Jan
03

Student Volunteers Needed for Kid’s Yoga!

ATTENTION:      Social Work, Psychology, Child Development, Education & Pediatric Healthcare Students!

Milestones in the Making is looking for College-Aged Student Volunteers to help with our Children & Family Yoga Initiatives!

Volunteer Opportunity Described:

Ms. Brianna Schiavoni has a bachelor’s in psychology & is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working with children managing chronic conditions, like ADHD, anxiety & diabetes. She returned to Gainesville 3 years ago to offer counseling, coaching & behavioral management to youth & their families alongside her mother – Milestones’ Business Owner & Founder: Ms. Lisa Schiavoni, Ed.S – a developmental school psychologist (Ed.S). ‘Ms. B’ enjoys developing models for innovative & affordable mental health service provision, like kid’s yoga; but needs volunteer support to maintain sliding-scale rates for families in need!

If you’re interested in learning more about this modality of treatment, including receipt of on-site training in behavioral interventions; we encourage you to apply for this one-of-a-kind volunteer opportunity with Milestones in the Making, Inc. as a ‘behavioral support’ during our therapeutic kid’s yoga classes. Yoga experience is desirable but NOT required. 

Classes – in need of volunteer support – vary in time & date. We hope to publish our 2015 yoga calendar in weeks to come but need volunteers to secure programming.

Interested parties should send a resume with cover letter ASAP to brianna.adele@gmail.com. Please include (1) what about the position interests you AND (2) communicate general schedule availability in their inquiries– position expectations range from 3-6 hours biweekly; & require a minimum commitment of >2 academic semesters

It takes community to create community. ~In Loving Kindness~ Milestones’ Staff

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/

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