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Parent Connections April 16th
CIP College Intership Summer Program
NU Speech and Language Summer Camp
Docmentary "Of Two Minds"
Kids and Anxiety
"Asperger Love"
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On the CASE
April 2013


Hello Evanston CASE members,


Happy Spring!  Now bring on the warm temps!


In this issue of On the CASE:


  • Parent Connections April 16th topic: "Spring IEP's: What you need to know to advocate for your child"
  • A college summer internship program for students with Asperger's, ADHD, and learning differences.
  • NU Speech/Language Summer Camp for 3-7 year olds
  • Screening of "Of Two Minds" documentary about bipolar disorder
  • Articles on anxiety in kids and adolescents
  • E-Single "Asperger Love: Searching for Romance When You're Not Wired to Connect"

I hope you find this information useful.


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


 Parent Connections Meeting
April 16th


Tuesday, April 16th

7-9 pm

Evanston Public Library downtown branch


"Preparing for Spring IEP's: What you need to know"

Presented by Cari Levin, LCSW


contact us at to register


CIP College Internship Summer Program

High school students and young adults with Asperger's, ADHD and Learning Differences learn valuable skills to make a successful transition to college and beyond during CIP's Summer Programs.


Experience independence and get a taste of college life during CIP's two week summer programs!


Two Unique Programs:

High School Summer Program

  • Students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grade in the fall and those who have graduated in the current year
  • Spend 2 weeks on a college or university campus
  • Learn valuable skills and gain experience

 Beyond High School Program

  • High school graduates who have not yet reached the age of 27
  • Prepare for independent living in a real-life setting
  • Practice skills in a supportive environment

To learn more:


NU Speech and Language Summer Camp

Northwestern University is again offering its popular Speech and Language Summer Camp


Designed for children ages three to seven, the camp runs July 1 through August 14 and offers morning and afternoon sessions. Highlights include an excellent child: adult ratio and ongoing targeting of IEP/current goals. The camp welcomes a select number of peer models, who are children without language or speech needs, at a discounted rate.


The camp is located in the Speech, Language, and Learning Clinic on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. The clinic merges university research and innovative teaching with clinical services. Experts in the field - faculty who are nationally certified and state licensed speech-language pathologists and learning disability specialists - direct provision of clinical services, bringing exceptional knowledge and experience to our clients.


Please call Camp Director Tracy Killian, M.S., CCC-SLP, at 847-491-2410, if you have any questions or would like more materials about the camp.

"Of Two Minds" Documentary about living with Bipolar Disorder 


Tuesday, April 9, 2013  6:30-9:00 pm Skokie Public Library  5215 Oakton Avenue, Skokie

Of Two Minds public screening followed by a panel discussion with award-winning filmmaker Blush  and special guests. Admission is free. Continuing Education Credits are available.* For more information call 847.933.0051 or visit

 "Of Two Minds" will also be shown as part of a fundraiser for Turning Point Behavioral Healthcare Center in Skokie on Monday, April 8. For more information contact:  

RSVP by March 29 to Audrey at 847.933.0051 x442 or  Tickets $70 for the benefit


To learn more and view the trailer:


Kid's and Anxiety: Parents role in treatment

By Linda Spiro, MS

When you're the parent of an anxious child, you assume that your role is to provide reassurance, comfort, and a sense of safety. Of course you want to support and protect a child who is distressed and, as much as possible, avert her suffering. But in fact, when it comes to a child with an anxiety disorder like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, trying to shield her from things that trigger her fears can be counterproductive for the child. By doing what comes naturally to a parent, you are inadvertently accommodating the disorder, and allowing it to take over your child's life.


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Novel -- "Asperger Love: Searching for Romance When You're Not Wired to Connect"

Check out the New York Times / Byliner Original by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Amy Hardon.


Temple Grandin says: "A Wonderfully intimate look into the difficulties that people on the autism spectrum have forming relationships, as well as a guidebook that will provide insight and assistance. Required reading for couples on the spectrum, parents, teachers and counselors."


To read in article format:


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