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 November 2016

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Evanston Citizens for Appropriate Special Education (CASE) provides Community, Advocacy, Support and Education for families affected by special needs.


 

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From the Director's Desk


DON'T MISS Our   Special Needs Resource Fair!
Saturday, November 5th from 11:00-3:00.
At the Evanston Public Library, Downtown

Come see 35+ exhibitors that provide services and/or programming for children/teens who have special needs and their families.  There is no charge to attend this event.   In addition, there will be an all-ages sensory art activity to keep kids occupied while you tour the room.  

We are thrilled to offer a special dyslexia simulation exercise during the resource fair.  To participate in the dyslexia exercise, please email dyslexiabuddynetwork@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

I hope you find the contents of this newsletter useful.
 
Cari Levin, LCSW
Founding Director
Evanston CASE 
Post High School Transition Fair TONIGHT!
Wednesday, November 2nd

The BEST (Business and Education for Students in Transition) Resource Fair, "Transitions for the Future", is designed to assist students with special needs in making post-high school transition plans. All students with special needs, their parents/guardians, and professionals are invited to attend.

When: TONIGHT, November 2nd from 7:30-9:00

Where:
Niles North High School
9800 Lawler Ave., Skokie
Family/guest entrance #2

Guest Speaker: 6:30-7:30 pm
Work Incentive and Planning Assistance (WIPA) Program Session will provide you with information about how work earnings affect state benefits.

November Parent Connections Support Groups

November Parent Connections Support Groups 
Thursday, November 10th at the CASE offices, 1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A in Evanston.
  • Brown bag lunch meeting from 11:30-1:00
  • Evening meeting from 7:00-8:30
FYI --  There will be no Parent Connections meetings in December
Special Needs Friendly Lego Event

Saturday, November 12th, 11:00am-12:00pm at the Evanston Public Library, downtown branch. 

"Come join us in our Community Room to meet up and play with LEGOs! This event is open to all families with children who have special needs and/or would benefit from an environment that is friendly to all abilities. Parents can join in or relax and talk in the company of other parents navigating a similar path."

Space is limited to 30 people; registration is required and begins on October 17. Call 847-448-8610.
The Family Gathering:
A Survival Guide

As we enter the holiday season, thinking ahead of time about strategies to help your child have fun at family gatherings can ease your stress.

ChildMind.org offers some helpful things to consider:

" Dr. Dickstein advises identifying one or two things you would like your kids to get out of the holidays-an idea, a value, a memory of doing something special together as a family-and work on achieving that. "But above all, give yourself a break," he says. "You can't make everyone happy, and perfect holidays are nonexistent. Think of all those Hollywood comedies about disastrous family gatherings. There's a reason why they're funny."

To read the whole article, click HERE
Friendship Groups
 
Offered by the Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center

They are currently recruiting children and adolescents from kindergarten through high school.

Groups meet once a week.  Group days and times vary, but generally occur in the late afternoon and the early evening, Monday-Thursday.

Individual tailored goals targeting self-regulation, non-verbal communication, perspective-taking, conversation skills and social problem solving.

Please contact Nadine Wengroff at 847.763.7944 for more information.

Fall Outdoor Activity
Leaf Rubbing
The Art and Science of Leaf Rubbing
From kcedventures.com

Get some fresh air during the November break from school.  This activity is fun for a wide age range and can be done with simple materials.
 
"Why do leaves change colors?
In Autumn, trees react when the days get shorter and colder. Since there is not enough sunlight and water available during winter, the tree goes into a resting period where it will stop producing food.  When chlorophyll stops being made, the green color fades and we see the other colors that have always been in the leaf."

For leaf rubbing directions and leaf-related book titles, click HERE