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Parent Connections October presentation
Tutoring Services
ADHD Awareness Week
Theraplay Workshop
Assistive Technology: Enabling Dreams
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October 2012

Hello Evanston CASE members,


It's ADHD Awareness Week October 14-20th.  This month's newsletter provides some resources to help you understand ADHD and to educate others about it.


Check out the presentation schedule for our Parent Connections meetings.  We have an exciting speaker coming this month to talk about strategies to improve language processing deficits in children with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, hyperlexia, CAPD, and other learning disabilities.  


Also read about a new tutoring service, a workshop on parenting children with ADHD, and an inspiring video and article about the use of assistive technology.


I hope you find this information useful.  Cooler weather, falling leaves, pumpkins and Halloween costumes!  Enjoy this beautiful month. 


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 



Parent Connections October Meeting

Does your child have a language processing disorder?

Strategies to improve reading and math performance


Parent Connections

Tuesday, October 16th from 7 - 8:45 pm

Evanston Public Library Downtown Branch


Kelli Shannahan, Center Director, of Lindamood-Bell Deerfield Learning Center will be presenting. Kelli earned her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Illinois State University and a Masters of Education from DePaul University. Kelli worked for Chicago Public Schools for six years as an Elementary Special Education teacher.  


This presentation examines three sensory-cognitive functions - concept imagery, phonemic awareness, and symbol imagery - which affect language-processing skills, such as comprehension and reading.  Decoding, spelling, or comprehension difficulties may be the result of weaknesses in these underlying sensory-cognitive functions.


Imagery is a critical factor in cognition and language comprehension.  Sensory input is what connects us to the language that we hear and the language that we read.  Recent research will be presented to illustrate how improvements in imagery can have a lasting effect on spelling, reading, comprehension, and math. Imagery-based instruction is especially successful for children previously diagnosed with dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, CAPD, autism spectrum disorders, and other learning difficulties.


If you'd like to attend, please contact us to register. or (847) 566-8676.


Also save the dates for the following presentations:


November 20th

Tom Dempsey, Transition Program Administrator, Have Dreams

A discussion about post high school transition planning for students with autism


December 18th

Gwynne Hales, Great Lakes Educational Consulting

A presentation about the services an educational consultant can offer parents in their search for appropriate placements and colleges.

January 15th

Erica Sudakoff of Protected Tomorrows

A presentation on special needs financial planning


Topics to be announced for meeting dates:

February 19th

March 19th

April 16th

May 21st





Introducing Peer2Peer Tutors


Peer2Peer hires top high school and college students from the community to tutor students in grades K-12, and many have experience working with students with learning disabilities or other special needs.


One-on-one in-home private tutoring in academic subjects, SAT/ACT prep and extracurricular activities. Rates are competitive, no long term contracts and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. All tutors are matched personally by Regional Education Adviser (REA), Mindy Wallis.


Register online  at or contact Mindy for more information: 


ADHD Awareness Week October 14-20



Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, inattention, and in some cases, hyperactivity. It effects children, adolescents and adults.  To acknowledge ADHD Awareness Week, we wanted to share the following resources. 


ADHD Awareness Week


National Resource Center on ADHD


"ADHD At School" downloadable book


CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder


Attention Magazine


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) interactive checklist: "Is it ADHD?"


"Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents" by Russell Barkley


Theraplay Workshop: Parenting Your Child with ADHD


Monday, October 15, 2012

Parenting your Child with ADHD

Kimberly Shore, PsyD. Therapist at The Theraplay Institute


Learn practical tools that will help you approach your child's struggles with ADHD and dysregulation in more effective ways.


 6-8PM at The Theraplay Institute, 1840 Oak Ave, Suite 320, Evanston, IL


$25 per person Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.

To register, visit, call 847.256.7334 or email Janet Koestring at


Assistive Technology: Enabling Dreams


Check out the inspiring video produced by Edutopia and The George Lucas Educational Foundation.  It features two students who utilize assistive technology to help them fulfill their potential.


Also, read the accompanying article "Disabled Bodies, Able Minds"