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Parent Connections
Mentally Ill Youth in Crisis: 60 Minutes video
No Boundaries Program
Center for Independent Futures
"Think Through" Behavior Tool
Books about Characters With Disabilities
Great Groups Skokie Library
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February 2014

Hello Evanston CASE members,


Wow, what a winter! Here's hoping the groundhog sees his shadow and spring comes along soon.


In this issue:

  • Parent Connections meeting February 11th on Executive Functioning Skills
  • "60 Minutes" video "Nowhere to Go: Mentally Ill Youth in Crisis"
  • Evanston Welcomes No Boundaries
  • Shout out to Center for Independent Futures
  • "A Nag-Free Tool for Better Behavior"
  • Award Winning Children's Books About Characters With Disabilities
  • Great groups at the Skokie Public Library

I hope you find this information useful.


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


Executive Functioning Skills

 Parent Connections February 11th Meeting


 The topic for February 11th is:

Executive Functioning Skills


 Presented by Sheryl Seef, MAT

Director of Operations and Executive Function Coach at Thinking Outside the Classroom


 **This presentation is for parents only**



Tuesday, February 11th from 7-9 p.m.


Evanston Public Library Downtown Branch



To register:  or 847-556-8676


"Nowhere to Go: Mentally Ill Youth in Crisis" 


Only those who have lived the same experience can truly understand the anguish that families of children, adolescents and young adults with mental illness endure. It is a far too common situation that resides in the shadows of stigma and shame. Our mental health care system is broken, funding for programs and services have been slashed, there is a shortage of child psychiatrists and parents are left with nightmarish choices.


On Jan. 26, CBS News' 60 Minutes aired "Nowhere to Go: Mentally Ill Youth in Crisis," an important story that has helped raise attention to failures in the mental health care system affecting young people and their families.


If you missed it, click here to watch a part of the piece on the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) blog. 


And to watch the video in its entirety, as well as supplementary video about this issue on 60 Minutes click here  Unfortunately, there are commercials, but it is worth tolerating the annoyance.


Evanston Welcomes No Boundaries

What a wonderful addition to our community!


 As printed in the RoundTable online January 16, 2014:


"From its modest offices on Dempster Street, No Boundaries, a program of JJ's List and Search, Inc., plans to connect worlds that often meet but rarely interact - the world of business and the world of persons with disabilities. Offering sensitivity training to businesses and experiential learning to clients, No Boundaries hopes to expand the horizons of each."


Read the entire article HERE

Center for Independent Futures

Story of Helping Two Young Men with Disabilities Secure Jobs


As a regular shopper at the Dominick's store on Green Bay Road, I was saddened by its closing, particularly because of the fate of the wonderful employees I had gotten to know over the course of 20 years.  They were friendly and helpful people that I could count on to brighten my day.


When the store closed I was particularly concerned about the fate of two such people, Kyle and Kevin.  Both young men have disabilities, and both loved their jobs and interacting with the customers. 


I was so happy to see Kevin at the Jewel a bit farther north on Green Bay the other day.  We hugged and I was glad that he had made a positive transition.


Getting meaningful employment is no easy feat.  I wanted to shine the spotlight on a wonderful Evanston program that helped these young men and many others: The Center for Independent Futures.  Check them out on their website


To read the article about Kyle and Kevin in the RoundTable, click HERE.


A Nag-Free Tool for Better Behavior 

From: Calmer, Happier, Easier Parenting, by  NOL JANIS-NORTON.


"No nagging, no reminders - achieve cooperation with this one-minute strategy to help kids remember the rules."


Read about this simple tool parents can use to improve their children's cooperation with rules called, "a think through". 


"A think-through maximizes the likelihood of your child cooperating by fixing the expectation or rule firmly in his long-term memory. But it is not a reminder."


Read the entire article published in ADDitude Magazine.

Award Winning Childrens Books About Disability

The American Library Association's Schneider Family Book Awards

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.


The book must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or adolescent audiences. The book must portray some aspect of living with a disability or that of a friend or family member, whether the disability is physical, mental or emotional.


For a comprehensive listing of Schneider Award winning books and links to content, go HERE.


Art, Stories,Therapy Dogs and more

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 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 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 .