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Parent Connections
NAMI GALA May 10th, 2014
DBSA Podcasts
Impact of ADHD on Girls
White House Urged to Fully Fund IDEA
Spread the Word to End the Word Day
Great Groups Skokie Library
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March 2014

Hello Evanston CASE members,


I'm sure you and your kids are longing for spring. Let's hope it's just around the corner!


In this issue:

  • Parent Connections March 11th on Social Skills
  • NAMI GALA with Brandon Marshall
  • DBSA Podcasts
  • The Impact of ADHD on Girls
  • White House Urged to Fully Fund IDEA
  • Great groups at the Skokie Public Library

I hope you find this information useful.


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


"Navigating the Social Skills Roadmap"

 Parent Connections March 11th Meeting

Please join us for the March 11th Parent Connections meeting

Tuesday, March 11th

7:30-8:45 pm

Evanston Public Library Downtown Branch

Small Community Room 


Lynn Denton, LCSW will be presenting on:

Navigating the Social Skills Roadmap


 Lynn's presentation will:

  • Define Social Skills and their various components
  • Link Social Skills to ADHD, spectrum disorder, learning disabilities
  • Discuss Social Skills and Multi-tasking
  • Hints/Tips/Ideas on how to help your child with social skills

Lynn Denton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a private practice in Evanston working with children, parents and adults.   Lynn has a background in School Social Work, where she has worked with children, adolescents and their parents to put supports in place and build skills to help maximize school success.   Lynn runs Social Skills groups as part of her practice.  


The New Way to Study With ADHD



  NAMI GALA With Brandon Marshall

Advocating for Individuals with Mental Illness


MAY 10, 2014

Purchase tickets for 2014 GALA With Brandon Marshall & Michi Marshall

GALA tickets include dinner at 6:30 with open bar, silent/live auctions, and keynote address from the Marshall's.

The VIP experience is a private meet and greet with Brandon and Michi!

VIP experience includes a semi-private reception at 5:30 with Brandon and Michi! Dinner to follow at 6:30 with open bar, silent/live auctions, and keynote address from the Marshall's.

Tickets will sell out so please get your GALA tickets early this year. 

Learn more about the GALA HERE

Read more about Brandon Marshall's advocacy work at:

 Brandon Marshall Foundation

 Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Podcasts

DBSA Educational Podcasts

DBSA podcasts feature some of the nations leading experts on mental health, covering a wide expanse of topics from treatment options, to personal wellness strategies, to relationships, to the creative arts.


For a complete listing of available podcasts click below.


DBSA Podcasts


The Impact of ADHD on Girls 


This informative article was published on February 17th by Caroline Miller in the Child Mind Institutes online magazine.


"We've noted before that girls with ADHD are often overlooked, especially if they are the inattentive type who don't show the hyperactivity and impulsiveness that gets kids into trouble at school. But one area where girls tend to suffer more than boys is difficulty making friends. Girls tend to have complex social structures that are harder to navigate, especially if you're the kind of kid who misses out on subtle cues. A child who has trouble focusing, listening, and following directions can easily seem clueless to other girls. And girls who are hyperactive and impulsive may seem younger, and that can make them vulnerable to "mean girls."


ADHD puts girls at higher risk for self-harm, suicide attempts; even those who have 'outgrown' their symptoms.


Read the complete article HERE




White House Urged to Fully Fund IDEA 


Michele Diamont published an article on Disability Scoop regarding a movement in Congress to advocate for full funding of IDEA.


"A federal agency and more than 130 members of Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to allocate more funding for special education in his upcoming budget proposal."


"In separate letters to Obama, the National Council on Disability and a group including both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are asking the federal government to increase special education spending for the coming year and to establish a 10-year plan to fully fund the program."


Published on Disability Scoop by Michele Diamont on February 18th.


Read the complete article HERE


To learn more about the National Council on Disability, click HERE  Unfortunately none of the presidentially appointed members of the council are from Illinois.  However, you can still contact our representative to urge them to support the council's efforts.


 National Spread the Word to End the Word Day

March 5th


Catherine Ithurburn (Executive Director at Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California), Filmmaker Matthew Palmer, and Camp ReCreation have teamed up to produce the feature-length documentary film Friends of Mine. It will be released online at on National Spread the Word to End the Word Day, March 5th, 2014.

You can watch a trailer for the film 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 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 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 .