ESDM is a life-changing breakthrough for autism

 

*SPONSORED POST BY CHICAGO ABA THERAPY*

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) has transformed the lives of many young children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you are a parent of a young child who has a diagnosis of autism or shows characteristics of autism, ESDM can be hugely beneficial in teaching pivotal skills and enhancing interactions.

ESDM therapy is a comprehensive, early intensive intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis ...

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM by Evan Campa

You went to the NPN School Fair. What's next in your search?

 

You've had some time since the NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair to decompress. Now what? Your search most likely will not stop now. Here are some additional steps to consider. 

 

NPN's Virtual School Tours are a great way to supplement what you learned at the School Fair, and check out the schools you didn't see at the fair. You can browse by map location, or choose to sort schools by type or grade—all from the comfort of your couch!
Use NPN's school directory an...

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

4 ways I focus on my marriage after becoming a parent

Seven years of marriage has taught me a lot. How communicating with my wife (and really listening) when I would prefer to shut down really helps us solve problems. How saying “I’m sorry” should only be used if I truly mean it, because it could lead to further issues if I don’t. How marriage can be the most rewarding relationship I’ve ever experienced if I put in the work, and how it can be incredibly challenging if I don’t.

Yet no matter how much I’ve learned and how much work I’ve put...

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 2:36 PM by Matt Beardmore

What it's like to have 2 kids at different schools

Ever wonder what a “typical” day is like for a mom with two school-aged kids attending two different schools in two vastly different neighborhoods? We are a family in the South Loop, with a first-grader and preschooler. When our son received an offer to attend a highly-regarded CPS Selective Enrollment Elementary School on the far South Side last year, we were ecstatic about his opportunity but also had to give much consideration to how accepting that spot would turn our daily routine ups...

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 9:26 AM by Didi Lewis

NPN parents: Get 15% off at Language Stars

*PARENT PERK BY LANGUAGE STARS*

 

 

Language Stars provides play-based world language classes for kids ages 1-12! Each of our native-speaking teachers uses FunImmersion®, which includes games, songs and fun activities to provide cultural and language enrichment.

 

Whether this is your child’s first language experience or they already have been exposed to a world language, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their langua...

Posted on September 05, 2017 at 7:00 AM

NPN parents: Get $25 off at Merry Music Makers

*PARENT PERK BY MERRY MUSIC MAKERS*
 

Pack a picnic, grab your blanket and bring some friends to Merry Music Makers’ free Musical Picnic as we kick off the new school year with games, dancing and singing! On Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4pm, we'll be making music at Winnemac Park near the play lot, so stop by and join in!

After the picnic, fall classes and private instrument lessons begin at our three locations in Lakeview, Andersonville and Edgewater. We offer our ever-popular Music Toge...

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 9:53 AM

Getting into Harvard doesn't need to start in preschool

Parenting a toddler can be hard enough without the pressures of finding that “perfect” school for your curious, inquisitive, rambunctious and eager little one. You’ve heard the rumors before: ”Get into the right school now so that your path to Harvard is assured. If you miss your window, you’ve missed your chance!” But is that really true? Is there even such a thing as a “golden ticket” to those coveted universities? Are we doomed to let go of those lofty dreams if we send our child to th...

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:19 AM by Chicago School GPS

Transition from summer to school year with these tips

Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita

The transition from summer to the new school year can be difficult for any child. It definitely is for my 8-year-old special-needs child, Lia, so my husband and I have tried a lot of techniques and have found some things that work. We’ve also come across some great ideas from other parents. Keep in mind that not all of these suggestions or ideas will work for you, but it’s worth a try for kiddos that struggle getting back into the school routine every year.
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Posted on August 22, 2017 at 8:51 AM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

NPN parents: Get your first swim lesson free at BSS

*PARENT PERK BY BRITISH SWIM SCHOOL*

 

As a new parent, you might already know how magical baby swimming classes can be for infants. At British Swim School Downtown Chicago, our baby swimming classes offer babies as young as three months old a chance to experience the water for the very first time. After getting over any initial fears, children fall in love with floating, playing, and splashing about in the pool. Not to mention, water survival techniques that each infant can accom...

Posted on August 22, 2017 at 7:00 AM

3 things to do with your kids in Lincoln Park

Photo: Resting Chicago-style at the Chicago History Museum

There are lots of families who already call Lincoln Park home, but many more who haven’t yet explored all it has to offer! Summer is a great time to take advantage of the parks, the markets and the free activities hosted in Lincoln Park. In keeping with our theme of three things—one inside, one outside, one that involves food—these are the top things to do in Lincoln Park.

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Where can you see the first “L” car, learn a...

Posted on August 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM by Kathleen Dragan