Resources for Parents

Resources for Teachers

Preschool Special Needs Roundtable

Elementary Special Needs Roundtable

Helpful Links


The Alliance Special Needs Roundtable is looking to connect and support families of children with special needs. If you are interested in receiving information about meet ups, seminars, and support groups, please contact Katie McClement at


Resources for Parents

Developmental Information

  • Concerned about your young child’s development? If your child is under the age of three, go to: for a wealth of information about your child’s development and to learn more about referring your child for early intervention services.
  • Children ages 3-5 can be referred for early childhood assessment with their local school district. You can either contact the principal at your home school or go to your district’s website for more information.
  • For information regarding how your child learns to hear and talk, go to, the website of the American Speech and Hearing Association.


  • The American Occupational Therapy Association website, contains helpful information for parents, including an answer to, “What is Occupational Therapy?”


Early Education and Intervention Programs for Young Children

  • Brain Balance Achievement Center. Is your child struggling with academic, behavioral, emotional, or sensory issues?  Brain based approach for kids 4-17. We work with ADHD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Asperger's and other related disorders. Free parent event. 847-821-1328. 
  • For information regarding services, member districts, and programs offered through the North Suburban Special Education District, visit their website at: NSSED also has an active Association of Parent and Staff and a helpful parent-mentor program. The Illinois State Board of Education website also contains a guide to Parents Rights for Special Education Students at:
  • At Tuesday's Child, families find support, parenting skills, and education tools to strengthen their lives. Our programs help children at risk of early academic failure and children with behavioral concerns make a successful start at school and at home.


Extracurricular Program Information

  • The Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) is an intergovernmental partnership of ten park districts, two cities and one village in the northern suburban area of Chicago. NSSRA provides and facilitates year-round recreation programs and services for children and adults with disabilities who live in the partner communities. Go to to see their full program guide.
  • Freedom Woods Stables in Morton Grove offers Hippo Therapy Programs (therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs). Go to: for more information.
  • Camp Neeka through The Josselyn Center. June 20-July 28, 2011. Monday - Thursday, 9:00am to 2:30pm.  "A theraputic day camp for children 8-12 who may not be able to fit in at typical summer camp programs due to social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties.  Programming will include: arts and crafts, sensory activities, outdoor activities, informal learning, recreational activities, weekly field trips, and much more.  Camp Neeka is designed to improve campers' self esteem, social skills, and behavior management. (Staff:Children = 1:5).  Scholarships available.  ForiInquiries, please contact Intake at 847-441-5600 x156.  


Support Services Information


Recommended Books

  • It Takes Two to Talk: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children Communicate by Ayala Manoison.