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The Real Face of Dyslexia
DBT for Teens
Empowering Kids Who Learn Differently
"Boy Without Instructions" BLOG
Creative Solution for Mobility Challenged Toddlers
OCR Warning Regarding Bullying
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On the CASE 

 November 2014

Hello Evanston CASE community,


What a beautiful fall we are having in Evanston!  This month's newsletter is packed with information about therapies, informative new books, a creative mobility solution for toddlers, a warning by the government for school districts about bullying, and more.


Also, don't miss the Special Needs Resource Fair in Evanston on Saturday, November 8th!! This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event.  Sponsored by the Evanston Public Library, the event will include presenters from a wide range of services providers in OUR community.  This is a drop in event, so come by and check it out. 


Special Needs Resource Fair:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

11:00am - 3:00pm

Evanston Public Library, Main Branch, Large Community Meeting Room




Evanston CASE Parent Connections Support Group

New format, new location


November 18th 7:00-9:00 pm at 1940 Sherman, Suite A. 

We will meet once monthly on the third Tuesday. 


Connect with other parents who "get it" to share information and experiences. The group will be moderated by Cari Levin, LCSW.  Let me know you are coming by calling (847) 556-8676.   Drop-in's are welcome.


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


A Panel Discussion:

The Real Face of Dyslexia Today 



Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 PM at the Deerfield Library, 920 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015


Learn valuable lessons from 2 students, Heather Knobel and Benny Cohen, in a panel discussion on what it is like to be a middle school or high school student with dyslexia. These students will discuss their challenges and strengths through their own experiences. Their candor and unique perspective as students offers new perspective on learning differences and the educational environment they have learned to work within. The conversation will highlight learning strategies, assistive technology and self-advocacy. Their parents will be on hand for questions as well. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend in the hopes that this will lead to a mentor program pairing children with similar learning challenges with older (high school aged) mentors.


RSVP to or   

 DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) for Teens

 Article by Juliann Garey in Child Mind Institute's Blog


DBT uses a combination of Mindfulness Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to treat adolescents with severe emotional instability.


      "If you have a child with psychiatric or behavior problems, there's a good chance you've heard of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), two different approaches to helping kids with everything from test anxiety to depression. But there's another very promising therapy that combines elements of both. DBT, or dialectical behavior therapy, is an intensive, highly structured program that's been adapted specifically for adolescents with extreme emotional instability, including self-harm and suicidal ideation."


To read more about this therapeutic approach, click HERE


Empowering Kids Who Learn Differently



Check out this interview with author David Flink about his experiences growing up with dyslexia and ADHD.  David Flink is the founder and CEO of Eye to Eye National, a mentoring program that connects kids with learning disabilities and ADHD with older LD students.


His new book, Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, is "written as a guide for parents to understand kids with learning and attention issues. It also speaks to kids directly,  relaying stories from members of the LD community that offer a roadmap to success while making no bones about the hard work it takes to get there." 


To read the interview, click HERE 


Auditory Processing Disorder

How to Evaluate Whether Your Child Has It 



Published by Caroline Miller on Child Mind Institute online:


"Some young children seem to have problems deciphering or decoding the sounds that make up language. Even though they have normal hearing, they miss a lot of the details of what's being said around them, especially in noisy or distracting environments. These children may have a condition called auditory processing disorder, and that can interfere with both learning and interacting with other people."


Many parents report that their child operates under the radar in class and teachers don't see the possibility of and auditory processing disorder, particularly if the child is meeting grade level

standards. Request an evaluation if you feel this might explain what's going on with your child.  If the school refuses to evaluate, contact CASE, we can help.


To read Caroline Miller's article, click HERE 

 The Boy Without Instructions Blog

by Penny Williams

Parenting a Child with ADHD


I recently came across a terrific blog by Penny Williams called "The Boy Without Instructions."


Penny offers words of wisdom, advice and resources that address the challenges parent's face when raising a child with ADHD.  To read Penny's blog in ADDitude Magazine online, click HERE 


Penny has also authored two books; one called, "The Boy Without Instructions"

Review: "Read this well-written, empathetic book right away, feel less alone, and take away not only moral support but also valuable strategies for helping your child, yourself, and your family." - Susan Caughman, Editor-in-Chief, ADDitude Magazine


Her second book is, "What to Expect When You're Not Expecting ADHD".

Review: "There are guidebooks to set a parent's expectations for pregnancy and caring for a baby, but not one step-by-step guide for the challenge of raising a child with ADHD... until now."


Both books are available on


Creative Idea for Kids Under 3 with Mobility Challenges 


Modified toy cars make independent mobility possible for young children


"A group of parents, therapists, researchers, toy-company executives, disability professionals and others gathered in Columbus, Ohio to adapt toy cars as part of a workshop presented by Go Baby Go. The project was founded in 2011 by University of Delaware pediatric researcher Cole Galloway, who sought to create a modification that families of children with disabilities could afford and do on their own."


See article in Disability Scoop to learn more HERE


A Go Baby Go project is also happening locally!


"The project, called 'Go Baby Go,' was sponsored by the River Forest-Oak Park Kiwanis Club and assisted by volunteers from the Kiwanis, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago."


"Its goal was to remodel three standard mechanical cars for toddlers and one for older kids so that they can be operated by kids with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and spina bifida," according to Oak-Leyden Director of Children's Services, Rachel Wood.


To read the whole article in Oak Leaves, the local Oak Park/River Forest Chicago Sun Times newspaper, click HERE


Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Warning to Schools Regarding Bullying 



In response to a record number of complaints about bullying, U.S. Department of Education officials sent out a detailed letter to the nation's schools outlining their legal responsibilities to students with disabilities.


The letter makes clear that school officials are obligated under federal law to respond immediately to suspected instances of bullying of students with disabilities.


To read the OCR's letter, click HERE


There are also a number of links in the letter to other documents and resources on bullying that are worth checking out.