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 January 2016

Hello Evanston CASE community,



Please join us for our January Parent Connections Support Group meetings: 


Evening Parent Connections Support Group Meeting

January 13th 7:00-9:00 pm at 1940 Sherman, Suite A. in Evanston.

Brown Bag Lunch Parent Connections Support Group Meeting

January 20th 11:30-1:00 at 1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A in Evanston.


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


I hope you find the information in this newsletter informative and interesting.  If you have ideas for content you would like to see, let me know at


Warm regards,


Cari Levin, LCSW

Founding Director

Evanston CASE 


"Attentional Dysregulation"

Hyperfocus: The Flip Side of ADHD? Thinking about dysregulation, not deficit, of attention.  


An Excerpt:

But focusing intently isn't always a good thing. Dr. Hallowell would call Andy's tendency to lose himself in a television screen not hyperfocus, or flow, but "screen sucking." Flow is "optimal," he says. Screen sucking is more like "stupor." But what connects them is they are both different modes of intense attention. ADHD, Dr. Hallowell says, is not a deficit of attention but "an abundance of attention, a wandering of attention, and the problem is to regulate it. People with ADD can pay super attention, but when they're not interested their mind goes somewhere else."

To read the entire article, click HERE

Texting as a Tool to Increase Communication

A guest post on by a young woman who experiences a closer relationship with her younger brother who has ASD via texting.

"I knew this was the beginning of us getting to know each other on another level. No longer were the barriers of unstructured, fast-paced, in-person social interactions a problem. C.J. could think about what he was going to say in his own time, and then write it out without trying to conform to a certain way of communicating."

For more, click HERE