Archive for Special Needs

New Pediatric Therapy Center in Evanston

NSPediatricNorth Shore Pediatric Therapy is happy to announce an additional new clinic conveniently located in the heart of Evanston across from Evanston Hospital. The clinic is easily accessible by public transportation and is located at the corner of Central and Ridge.  The 4000 sq ft clinic will include 14 individual therapy rooms, and 2 spacious gym areas. Our warm and sibling friendly family lounge is equipped with comfortable seating, wifi, children’s games and homework area.

There are dedicated treatment rooms specializing in feeding concerns, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social work, neuropsychology testing, ABA, behavior therapy, diet, physical therapy and academic concerns.

Take a tour, visit their website, call for information and appointments (877-486-4140), share with friends and referral sources.

They accept in-network insurance including Blue X HMO and PPO and United Health Care.




Celebrate Park School – Sun. April 26

Park SchoolPlease join us on Sunday, April 26th at the Ecology Center to celebrate Park School. This event will be a great way to learn more about Park School and what they do for our community. There will be snacks, live music, and a silent auction. Join us in celebrating what an amazing place Park School is! There is a $5 donation for students and $10 for adults at the door. Please feel free to bring friends and family! If you cannot attend and still wish to donate, please contact me directly at

How to Advocate for Your Special Needs Child at School – Weds. March 25

Evanston CASE (Citizens for Appropriate Special Education) presents:

How to Advocate for Your Special Needs Child at School

Wednesday, March 25, 7PM to 8:30 PM at Evanston Public Library, Community Meeting Room

Join Cari Levin to discuss how to form a successful advocacy and strategy team for your special needs child. Ms. Levin is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years experience working with school age children with disabilities. She has a private practice as a special education advocate, and has been the Director of Evanston CASE since 2007.

Understanding IEP Services and Parent Rights in Special Education – Thurs. Jan. 29

What’s this big IDEA?

Understanding IEP Services and Parent Rights in Special Education

Are you wondering what special services or educational programming might be available for your child in school?

Does your child already have an Individual Education Program in place, and you’re ready to learn more?

Join us for this evening workshop as we introduce

    • the process and services available through an IEP (Individual Education Program)
    • review ParentRights under IDEA
    • the law governing these services
    • useful resources to explore further.

Thursday, January, 29, 2014 6:30pm- 8:00pm

Gina Musielski,
Family Resource Specialist STAR NET Region II

Joseph E. Hill Education Center 1500 McDaniel Ave.

Please call to register: 847/ 859-8119

Special Needs Summer Camp Program – Tues. Jan. 27

The D65 Special Services Parent Advisory Committee will be hosting Myra Gorman, City of Evanston Parks & Recreation Inclusion Coordinator for a presentation about securing special needs accommodations for summer camp (and other rec programs):
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:30pm in the JEH Building (1500 McDaniel – there will be signs near the building entrance indicating which room)

The discussion will include:

* The Americans with Disabilities Act – its implications in the community
* School vs. recreation programming – the rules that must be adhered to
* Services that the City of Evanston can provide, and how they provide them
* What happens when you call Myra
Please RSVP by calling me at (847) 826-3910 and/or email (so we can get a good idea of how many will be attending).  And feel free to contact me if you have questions!
Thank you!
Katie Smith


Special Needs Family Resource Fair – Sat. Nov. 8

Special Needs Flyer

Have Dreams Open House – Wed. Oct. 29

Have DreamsFor almost 20 years, Have Dreams has provided exceptional programs for children, teens and young adults diagnosed with autism. Come learn more about their after-school and workplace training programs at their Open House tomorrow, October 29.

AYSO Soccer for Kids with Special Needs

Dear parents,

I want to thank you for expressing your interest in Evanston AYSO expanding its VIP soccer program for kids with special needs.  The initial response to our survey has been very encouraging.  The preliminary findings showed the broadest interest among families with children between the ages of 5-8.  It is this age group that we would like to focus on first for an initial program this fall.  Once we are up and running and interest grows, we hope to expand to other age groups as well.

There are a number of administrative steps we are currently working on to launch for the fall season.  This includes the necessary training for VIP coaches, and outreach to ETHS and Northwestern to secure volunteer ‘buddies’ to work with the children each week.

Once we have some more specifics on the fall season, we’d like to hold an informational meeting for all interested families.  Please stay tuned for details later in the summer.  In the meantime, please feel free to share the survey with other families who you think may be interested in participating:

Thanks again for your interest in Evanston AYSO VIP!

Brian King

How to Advocate for Your Child With an Emotional Disability – Tues. May 13

Join Evanston CASE for their May Parent Connections meeting on “How to Advocate for Your Child With an Emotional Disability.” They will provide a forum for parents to discuss their experiences and concerns as they try to secure appropriate services and supports for the children and teens who are struggling with emotional disabilities. They will also discuss advocacy strategies and the school’s responsibilities to support your students’ social and emotional growth.

Tues. May 13th, 7-9 pm
Evanston Public Library, Downtown Branch

Pizzamania for Shore – Tues. March 4

Pizzamania, the all-you-can-eat, all-you-can drink Mardi Gras festival presented by the Kiwanis Club of Evanston, benefitting Shore Community Services will be held at Giordano’s, 1527 Chicago Ave., on March 4 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Now in its 26th year, the Kiwanis Club has presented Pizzamania to a hungry public, as well as colorful Mardi Grad beads to make the evening even more festive.

Former event chair, Tom McRaith, noted that Pizzamania has been a win/win event for all involved, “Many of the Shore residents come and they love having pizza, as do our members and guests. The Mardi Gras beads are a big hit with kids, too.”

The event has raised close to $80,000 for Shore which serves individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

For more information contact Dr. Vance Schuring, or contact members of the Kiwanis club. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children.

ADD/ADHD Non-Drug Solutions – Weds. Nov. 13

ADD_ADHDADD and ADHD are a prevalent and growing problem in our schools today. If you have ever felt uneasy about medicating your child for ADD/ADHD, find that medication has undesirable side effects, or just want to improve your child’s attention in a natural way, join Dr. Archana Lal-Tabak for this informative talk. Dr. Lal-Tabak has seen first-hand the bias of doctors and school districts toward medicating children versus working with kids and their parents toward a non-drug solution. You will learn about diet and supplements that support healthy attention levels, mind-body techniques to enhance learning, the impact of sleep habits and electromagnetic radiation, and more.

With Archana Lal-Tabak, M.D., Dr. of  Integrative Medicine, Psychiatry, Homeopathy & Nutrition

Space is limited so please make a reservation (847) 864-1600. Cost is $15, payable upon sign up.

November 13th, 7:00PM-8:15 PM
Walsh Natural Health, 2116 ½ Central St., Evanston (847) 864-1600

“Noah’s Playground” Fifth Anniversary Celebration – Sat. July 6

“Noah’s Playground for Everyone” will celebrate its five-year anniversary from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013. There will be face-painting and custard donated by Andy’s Custard of Evanston. The young and the young at heart are invited to drop by at any time that afternoon.”Noah’s Playground for Everyone” is located in Lawson Park at Sheridan Road and Clinton Place, just north of the Evanston Art Center and the Grosse Point Lighthouse. In 2012, the playground won chosen as the best playground in Time Out Chicago Kids’ Hipsqueak Awards.

“Noah’s Playground for Everyone” is a fully-accessible playground and allows all children, no matter their physical circumstances, to play together. Funding for this project came from private donations in memory of Noah Cutter and the City of Evanston’s Capital Improvement Program.

Documentary on Disability and Inclusion – Weds. April 10

Free screening of a short documentary film entitled “Perhaps Penelope” will be shown Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm at Inclusions Solutions, 2000 Greenleaf in Evanston. The film features the Lassman family, Evanston residents, and their experience in putting their daughter Penelope into an inclusion classroom in Evanston School District 65.To watch other short videos about the Lassman’s experiences in raising their daughter, born with a developmental disability, visit


Stories by Young Evanston Authors Performed by Story Pirates – Sat. Feb 24

Come see the stories of Evanston/Skokie School District 65 young authors performed by Story Pirates, a national theater group from New York City and Los Angeles that is dedicated to celebrating the words and ideas of young people of all abilities. The performances will be held on Sunday, February 24th at S.P.A.C.E. at 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston.

There will be two shows — at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Do not miss this rollicking and hilarious family show that is sure to have children (and their parents) giggling in their chairs! Group discounts and scholarships are available.

To purchase tickets, call Jan at 847.328.2044 or visit for more information. This show is hosted by both the Center for Independent Futures and Evanston/Skolie School District 65. Sign language interpretation will be provided at each show.