Our 6th annual fair is dedicated to providing Chicago families with school options, service providers and other resources that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences.
Designed for families with children ages infant through 8th grade. RSVP below to expedite your check-in process.
Categories of needs include, but are not limited to developmental delays (i.e., speech, motor skills), sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down Syndrome, and physical disabilities.
Note: We recommend, where possible, to make this an adult-only event. This convention style event and workshops are not ideal for children. See our list of exhibitors (updated weekly) and more information for parents here.
Attendees can sign up for workshops at the check-in desk upon arrival:
11:00 - 11:45 Advocating for Therapy
This panel will answer some common questions about therapy. They will discuss how school-based services (including Early Intervention, occupational therapy and speech therapy) differ from outpatient (private) services. This workshop will cover some aspects of ABA therapy including details about ABA testing and insurance coverage. Parents will also learn about the roles of different types of assessment in planning/facilitating treatment for children and the difference between school and out patient testing.
Experts providing this workshop are Dr. Nucha Isarowong of Erikson Institute, Katie Null from Autism Home Support Services, and Dr. April Carbone.
12:00 - 12:45 Advocating in CPS
A panel of CPS parents of children who each have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will discuss how they worked to secure the best education and care possible through Chicago Public Schools. Experiences include but are not limited to advocating for school assignment, transitioning from early intervention to an IEP, successfully advancing from one grade to the next, and more. Connect with and learn from parents who have navigated a similar path and leave with insight and information to help you manage your child’s educational experience.
1:00 - 1:45 Advocating Beyond Traditional Therapies
Experts offer resources that are available to families beyond that of basic therapies. They will discuss recreational programming as available through the special recreation programs at the Chicago Park District. This workshop will cover tools and strategies for parents seeking to understand, help, and advocate for their bright but struggling students. Parents will also learn about PediaSource, a company that connects parents with experts in child behavior, development, and learning on the phone for 15 minutes (or more) at a time.
Experts providing this workshop are Heather Bragg of Learning Decoded, Kristi Miller of the Chicago Park District, and Hema Trukenbrod of Pediasource.
|Location:||DePaul College Prep|
|Address:||3633 N. California Ave|
|When:||10:00 AM - 2:00 PM · Mar 26, 2017|
|Who:||Members & Non-members - Adults only|
|Parking:||Attached lot & neighborhood street parking.|
Lumiere Children's Therapy
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Lumiere Children's Therapy is a full service therapy practice with a community of clinicians whose passion is to improve the lives of children and their families. Our highly educated and trained speech, occupational and physical therapists are dedicated to crafting specific programs that benefit the development of your child, no matter their age. We know that as a parent, you make a difference in your child’s life everyday. We are committed to providing a holistic approach to therapy that not only addresses your child’s specific needs, but supports the entire family through education, and a our network of community resources. Lumiere Children's Therapy offers educational and clinical service in both the clinic setting and at a child’s home. We are also a preferred provider for the State of Illinois’s Early Intervention Program servicing the Birth to three population. At Lumiere, we make it easy to take the first step. Our Parent Support Specialists are skilled in navigating the Early Intervention Program as a direct liaison.
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CST Academy is a therapeutic preschool program for children ages two through five founded by Karen George, an elite and sought-after speech-language pathologist. CST Academy offers speech therapy, as well as occupational therapy, feeding therapy, and ABA therapy all in a preschool environment. The program serves as a gateway to language enrichment, academic growth, and social skill development. CST Academy is structured in a way that satisfies the behavioral and multisensory needs of students. Every component of CST Academy's daily routine is diligently planned by the lead teacher, who is also a full licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. CST Academy offers ABA therapy based on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an evidenced-based approach that is highly effective with young children.
Autism Home Support Services
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AHSS provides in-home ABA therapy for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. We believe that by using qualified professionals trained in the evidence-based practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, we can create a positive difference in a child’s overall development and ability to communicate and interact with others. From day one, we work tirelessly with you to assemble the Care Team™ and tools that best match the needs of your individual child and family. With patience, time, the right approach and a lot of hard work, we believe that every child can reach their full potential!