ThinkAsperger's® is an outreach program that educates elementary school staff and pediatricians to “Think Asperger’s” when they see subtle social challenges in very young children who seem to be developing normally. We at SARRC developed the DAVE (Detecting Asperger's Very Early) screening questionnaire to help teachers and pediatricians recognize these impairments and then refer parents for a formal evaluation. Once individuals are properly diagnosed, professionals can begin interventions so children can experience meaningful interactions, develop friendships, and ultimately reach their full potential.
Free Webinar for Teachers & Education Professionals
Identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder in School Age Children: Keeping Asperger’s from Slipping Through the Cracks
Were you unable to participate in the live webinar on Oct. 7? A recorded version is available online for CE credit. Click here to sign in and watch.
If you think your child may have Asperger’s, please complete the Detecting Asperger's Very Early (DAVE) Screening Questionnaire. Then, for further evaluation and resources, contact SARRC at (602) 340-8717.
The Theraplay Institute’s Fall 2014 FREE Community Workshops for Parents
Playtime with Theraplay
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:30-11:30AM at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077
Jorie Sigesmund, MA, LSW, Therapist at The Theraplay Institute
This activity is a part of Club Wonder, a monthly program for children with special needs and their siblings and parents. Families will be guided through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. For ages 3-7. Registration is required. Please call Skokie Public Library at 847.324.3149.
Understanding Childhood Medical Trauma
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
6-7:30PM at the National Lekotek Center, 2001 N. Clybourn Ave., 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60614
Allison Levine, MA, LCSW Clinical Coordinator and Therapist at The Theraplay Institute
Learn about how living with chronic illness, acute medical trauma, or complex medical needs affects your child’s social and emotional development. Find ways to best understand and support your child in their experiences of their medical journey as well as ways to cope as parent raising a child with medical needs. Childcare is provided. Please contact Hayley Anderson at email@example.com for details.
Are You Tired of Time-Outs? Discipline in the Theraplay Spirit
Sunday, November 2, 2014
11:30AM-1PM at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, 303 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
Dafna Lender, MSW, LCSW, Certified Theraplay Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer at The Theraplay Institute
Learn to integrate playful, reciprocal interactions to enhance your child’s self-esteem and sense of well-being, and therefore decrease negative behavior. Help your child to feel more comfortable accepting your guidance and leadership. Move away from constant rewards and threats of punishment. This event is for adults only. Please contact Tom Samuels at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Theraplay Institute is located at 1840 Oak Ave, Suite 320, Evanston, IL 60201. The Theraplay Institute provides child and family therapy in the Chicago area and is the international headquarters of Theraplay, providing training for mental health providers, educators, early childhood professionals, and parents.
For more information about The Theraplay Institute or to have a workshop brought to your organization, please contact Allison Levine at email@example.com or visit www.theraplay.org.
Allison Levine, MA, LCSW
Clinical Coordinator and Staff Therapist
The Theraplay Institute
1840 Oak Avenue, Suite 320
Evanston, IL 60201
Great resource from the NCLD Back to School Newsletter - http://www.ldonline.org/
Whether you’re getting ready to attend your child’s first Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, or you’ve already gone to a number of them, these meetings may be intimidating, complicated and sometimes confusing. One way to lessen your pre-meeting “jitters” and to boost your confidence during the meeting is to use our detailed planner. This planner describes specific actions you can take:
By using this planner to get the most out of IEP meeting and special education services, you’ll be better prepared to support your child’s needs and you’ll feel more self-assured in your role as your child’s advocate.
Download your FREE copy of the IEP Meeting Planner (PDF) today!
This link will download the IEP Meeting Planner directly: http://www.ncld.org/images/stories/Publications/Forms-Checklists-Flyers-Handouts/iepmeetingplanner.pdf
Parenting Your Anxious Child: Practical tips to help your child move beyond anxiety
Featuring Dr. Debra Kissen, Ph.D., M.H.S.A.,Clinical Director Light on Anxiety Center. Also featuring Sue and Sara Bacon, volunteers. Come hear from an expert and a family that has learned how to cope!
When: Thursday October 9, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CDT
Francis Parker School
2200 N. Clark Street
(Enter through main entrance)
Chicago, IL 60164
Harris Center, lower level on SE corner of school
Sept.9th, 2014 Part 1
Sept.11th, 2014 Part 2
From 2:30-4:30 p.m. both dates
Training will primarily focus on diagnostic characteristics and how to use that information to design and implement educational and treatment strategies. Participants should obtain a better understanding of how individuals with autism think and perceive the world. Training also will cover latest research information and a brief historical perspective.
140 N. Wright Street
Please park on the street
CEU's available for early intervention professionals, teachers, counselors, socials workers, and QIDP's
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
Click here for application
For assistance with registration contact Rebecca at 630-305-4196.
Thank you for your continued support of the Little Friends Center for Autism. Ph. (630) 305-4196 | www.littlefriendsinc.org. www.facebook.com/LittleFriendsCenterForAutism
I'm writing to let you know about a great new resource for parents of preschool aged children with special needs- all about inclusion in preschool (aka Early Childhood). I'm talking about Early CHOICES new website: www.eclre.org
Early Choices is an Illinois State Board of Education initiative on Least Restrictive Environment, or inclusion, basically. The site has helpful tools and great information for both parents and professionals.
One very exciting piece is a new online video module called Understanding LRE that was a joint effort of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois State Board of Education through the Illinois Birth-5 Transition Guidance Committee. It is targeted for families of children in transition from early intervention to early childhood education, but it applies to those whose children are already in school as well....or anyone who wants to understand LRE a little better.
You can watch the module by clicking on the Understanding LRE box on the home page of the Early CHOICES website, or you can go directly there with this link:
Take a few minutes to check out the website for something helpful for your family.
Please share this information with other parents and professionals you know who work with young children with special needs! Thanks!
Family Resource Specialist
STAR NET Region II
2626 S. Clearbrook Drive
Arlington Heights, IL 60053
ph: 224/ 366-8571
The ISBE Family Engagement Framework Guide is a tool for ISBE, school districts, and schools to use in developing and expanding school-family partnerships to support improved student learning and healthy development outcomes.
This resource brings together research, promising practices, and a consolidation of key program requirements to provide districts, schools, and families with tools to assist with planning, implementation, and evaluation of family engagement practices.
View ISBE's Family Engagement Framework Guide
This is a helpful guide. Please share with your local School Boards and School Administrators. Marian
sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Cook County North Suburban,
Tuesdays, Oct 21 – Nov 25, 6:30-9:00 pm, at the NAMI CCNS office, 8324 Skokie Blvd, Skokie.
This is a free, six-week course for parents of children and adolescents dealing with mental health issues.
Trained family members discuss getting an accurate diagnosis, latest research, therapies, problem solving, crisis preparation, dealing with the school and juvenile justice systems, and transitioning from adolescence to adulthood.
Diagnoses discussed include childhood bipolar disorder, depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorders, OCD, ODD, and others. Parents who complete this course describe its impact as life changing. To register, call 847-716-2252.
Office Administrator & Resource Specialist
NAMI Cook County North Suburban, an Affiliate of the
National Alliance on Mental Illness
8324 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077
847-716-2252 fax 847-716-2253