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 December 2014

Hello Evanston CASE community,


As the holiday season approaches the refrain is "Happy Holidays." This is a wonderful sentiment in many ways, however the challenges it presents to our children/teens with special needs can be difficult to navigate. This newsletter contains strategies to help you cope with the impact of changed schedules, reduced structure and increased stimulation including recommendations for winter break activities, craft ideas and gift suggestions.


Also, please join us for our next Parent Connections Support Group meetings: 

Evening Parent Connections Support Group Meeting

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

Brown Bag Lunch Parent Connections Support Group Meeting

December 16th 11:30-1:00 at 1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A


Let us know you are coming by calling (847) 556-8676.   Drop-in's are welcome.


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


 Easy Craft Ideas for the Holidays


   If you're looking for simple ways to engage your child in celebrating the season, here are some simple craft ideas:


Hanukah Tissue Paper Sun Catchers

Directions HERE

Jeweled Christmas Tree Craft

Directions HERE

Pipe Cleaner Beaded Snowflakes

Directions HERE

Kid Friendly Felt Christmas Tree

Directions HERE

Snowmen Milk Jugs

Directions HERE


There are so many more ideas available online.  I love as a source for DIY projects you can do with your kids all year long.


Happy Holidays! 


"Saying Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia in Schools: An Interview with Michael Yudin"
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
What does this mean for your child? Watch an interview with Michael Yudin, the top official for special education at the Department of Education. 

Click HERE to see video

10 Free Gifts Parents of Kids with Special Needs Should Give Themselves 


   Don't forget to treat and take care of yourself during this holiday season, and all year round. 


     Posted on the Friendship Circle Blog -- "Caregiving is a round-the-clock job with few breaks. Caregivers have a tendency to put most of their energy into another person's well-being, while their own needs take second place...or third or fourth. But there are many gifts that caregivers can give to themselves to help sustain that energy. Fortunately, the most meaningful gifts usually don't cost a dime."


To read the post, click HERE