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October is ADHD Awareness Month
Social Skills Apps
OCD in the Classroom
Legislation Update
Executive Functioning Coaching
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 October 2014

Hello Evanston CASE community,


I hope your children have had a smooth transition back to school.  If you have any concerns or questions about the services and supports your student is receiving, we are here to help.  Feel free to give us a call or send an email.


This month's newsletter is packed with information. 


Save the dates!

  • Parent Connections program: New format, new location.  Starting Tuesday, October 21st, we will meet once monthly on the third Tuesday in a support group format.  Connect with other parents who "get it" to share information and experiences. The group will be moderated by Cari Levin, LCSW.  Meetings will be held at 1940 Sherman Avenue, at the corner of Sherman and Foster, just a few blocks north of downtown Evanston, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Special Needs Resource Fair:

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    11:00am - 3:00pm

    Evanston Public Library, Main Branch, Large Community Meeting Room
  • October is ADHD Awareness Month 

Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


October is ADHD Awareness Month



"The number one reason for supporting ADHD Awareness Month...
Changing misperceptions about ADHD has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people."  ADDitude Magazine

However you choose to participate in this year's ADHD Awareness Month, head to ADDitude's Guide to ADHD Awareness Month and to discover helpful statistics and tools, humor, perspective, support, and motivation. 




Social Skills Apps


*Published in ADDitude Magazine by Barbara Albers Hill (from the book Breaking Through: Using Educational Technology for Children with Special Needs.



Friendly Apps for Social Success


"Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity can prevent kids with attention deficit from making -- and keeping friends. Here are our top picks for apps to help your ADHDer develop the social skills he needs to navigate the social sphere."


Here are some examples from the article:

How Would You Feel If...

Social Quest

Model Me Going Places

The Social Navigator

Touch and Learn -- Emotions


To find out more, and for price information, click HERE 


OCD in the Classroom



*From the Child Mind Institute


Jerry Bubrick, PhD

Senior Director, Anxiety & Mood Disorders Center; Director, Intensive Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders Program


"For children who have obsessive-compulsive disorder, functioning in school can be complicated and very difficult. And for a teacher, it can be easy to misread the symptoms of OCD as oppositional behavior on the child's part, or as ADHD.


But if teachers can recognize the behaviors associated with OCD, especially when a child is embarrassed and trying to hide his anxiety, they can help save him from unnecessary struggle, and clear the way for him to learn successfully."


To read the rest of the article, click HERE


Legislation Update:

Recovery of Expert Witness Fees 


New Procedural Requirements for Dyslexia


Proposed Legislation for Recovery of Expert Witness Fees


Parents are at a disadvantage during Due Process Hearings because they have to private pay to have experts testify on their behalf.  Expert witnesses are essential in supporting a family's case, and school districts have plenty of their own.  Stay tuned for progress on new legislation to address this disparity.


"U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is proposing new legislation that would ensure parents who successfully challenge a school district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act can recoup costs for psychologists, behavior specialists, physicians and other experts they engage in order to bring their case."


To read the complete article, click HERE 



 On July 14, 2014 Gov. Quinn signed into law

House Bill 3700


House Bill 3700, sponsored by State Representative JoAnn Osmond (R-Antioch) and State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake), recognizes the international definition of dyslexia as a learning disability and includes those with dyslexia among students who are entitled to special education services.


The law also establishes a reading instruction advisory group to train professional educators on how to recognize and effectively teach children with dyslexia. The advisory group will operate for one year, but its recommendations and developments will continue thereafter. The law is in response to concerns that local school districts were not able to recognize or instruct dyslexic children. The legislation is effective immediately.


To read the full text of HB 3700, click HERE

If you suspect that your child may have dyslexia request, IN WRITING, that the school district evaluate your child to determine whether they qualify for special education services under a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) of dyslexia.

Executive Functioning Coaching

Beyond Book Smart



Thinking Outside the Classroom has changed their name to:

Beyond Book Smart


Along with their new name, they are offering some new services.


In addition to in-home Executive Function coaching, we are responding to requests throughout the United States and internationally by ramping up our online coaching.  We are also now offering short-term coaching for students who only need help with an important project or preparing for final exams, which will enable families to try out our services without a long-term commitment.

We invite you to be among the first people to visit our brand new, interactive website featuring video testimonials from parents and our Executive Function Skills Survey.

Visit their website at