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Tellin' Tales Theatre production
Why do Kids Tantrum?
Music Therapy for ADHD
Parent Connections
Sensory Diet Webinar
Presentation Non-drug Solutions for ADHD
Great Groups Skokie Library
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On the CASE 

November 2013

Hello Evanston CASE members,


With the arrival of Halloween, the race toward the BIG holidays is on and so is the stress.  Dial it back by doing three things:


1. Prioritize: Let the little things go (or even some of the big things).

2. Plan "B": Always have an exit plan for events and family gatherings.

3. Relax: Build in a quiet family activity every night, even if it's only for five minutes.



In this issue:

  •  Six Stories Up, Up and Away!  A mixed abilities student-written play/musical about superpowers
  • Article about tantrum behavior
  • Article about music therapy for ADHD
  • Parent Connections November 12th
  • Sensory Diet Webinar
  • Non-drug solutions for ADHD presentation


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


Tellin' Tales Theatre presents:

Six Stories Up, Up and Away! 

Opening this weekend ~ a mixed abilities student-written play/musical about superpowers!  

Six middle school kids with and without disabilities and their actor-mentors (also with and without disabilities) started meeting in August to write portions of the play, based on their own stories/interests.  Last month they put everything together and started rehearsing.  The show is going to be really cool & funny.  The songs are original too!  And we'd love to pack the house!

Tellin' Tales is a wonderful theatre based in story-telling and this is the 16th annual Six Stories Up creation featuring disabled children who often don't get a chance to be in live theatre.  Support Tellin' Tales' fabulous work in the world.


For Tickets


Why Do Kids Tantrum? 

 This helpful article is featured on this month:


If there's one thing that taxes the fortitude of parents of young children more than anything else it's frequent emotional outbursts. Tantrums and meltdowns are frustrating and exhausting in 2- and 3-year-olds; when they continue in preschool and school-age children they are not only perplexing but potentially dangerous. 
"The thing is, there's no such thing as tantrum disorder, or meltdown disorder," notes Dr. Steven Dickstein. "Tantrums and meltdowns are like fevers-they can be triggered by so many different problems that we can't make them stop until we understand what's triggering them."

"Clinicians see them as essentially behavior in which children are overwhelmed by emotion-usually anger or anxiety-that they don't have a more adaptive way of handling. A good deal of tantrum behavior that looks intentional or manipulative is much less voluntary than parents realize, they argue-it reflects a lack of skills in problem solving and emotional regulation. But to say they aren't consciously manipulative doesn't mean they aren't learned, or can't be unlearned."

Read the article HERE

Music Therapy for ADHD 

Music: Sound Medicine for ADHD by Anni Layne Rodgers


Parents, take note: music therapy builds better focus, self-control, and social skills in kids with attention deficit. Children with ADHD can use music to train their brains for stronger focus and self-control in the classroom and at home.    


Read article here

 Parent Connections Groups

Evanston CASE is offering our Parent Connections meetings starting next month, Tuesday November 12th 7-9 p.m. 


The topic for November is:


 "Parenting a child with a mood disorder"



Second Tuesday evening each month, November to May, 7-9 p.m.


Evanston Public Library Downtown Branch



To register:  or 847-556-8676


Sensory Diet Webinar

National Lekotek Center presents:

Implementing a Meaningful Sensory Diet

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST


Presented by Courtney Smith, MS OTR/L

This webinar will help parents, therapists, teachers, and other caregivers gain a thorough understanding of what Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is and how to help a child with SPD succeed with purposeful interventions that improve their ability to engage and succeed in a variety of environments.

Courtney is an occupational therapist and early intervention specialist at Kids on the Grow in Chicago.


Cost:  $25

To register click HERE

ADD/ADHD: Non-Drug Solutions

ADD/ADHD: Non-Drug Solutions

with Archana Lal-Tabak, M, D,

Integrative Medicine & Psychiatry


Walsh Natural Health

2116 1/2 Central St.

Evanston, IL 60201

Contact (847) 425-9355 or email

November 13th 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Cost is $15:00 payable upon sign up.


ADD 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. Lal-Tabak for this informative talk.  You will learn about diet, supplements, and healthy routine strategies that support healthy attention levels, mind body techniques to enhance learning, the impact of sleep habits, electromagnetic radiation, learning differences, giftedness and more.

Great Groups offered at the Skokie Public Library

Club Wonder and Rainbow Therapy Time are two groups offered at the Skokie Public Library.


Club Wonder

Third Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 18,  Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, and May 17

Young children are invited to the Library monthly to  experience various classes such as music, art, story-time, movement, play, and communication. Each class will be led by specialists from different therapy organizations. Parents and siblings attend with the child. For children ages 3 to 7. Call 847.324.3149 each month to register.


Rainbow Therapy Time

Third Sundays, 12:15 to 1:15pm Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, April 20, and May 18

Older children with special needs are invited to the Library to  enjoy the benefits of interacting with trained therapy dogs.  Rainbow dog handlers will work with the children to strengthen attention skills, learn social skills, and increase language use. Parents remain in the Library while children attend the program accompanied by volunteer aides. For children ages 7 to 12. Call 847.324.3149 each month to register .