We’ve rounded up this month’s events for families and children with special needs. Unless otherwise stated, all events require preregistration. See the event listings for more information and to register.
September 4, 11, 18 & 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 West Elm St., McHenry
This program invites families and their friends to the playhouse for playtime! Open play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down syndrome, creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends, as well as support and networking for current families. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time! Open to families with children of all ages and their friends.
Special Night for Special Needs
September 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Jump America, 880 Lakeside Drive, Gurnee
Join us for Special Needs Night the first Monday of every month starting April 6th & enjoy jumping with low noise and little distraction!
Buffalo Grove Days
September 7, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Village Hall Campus, 50 Raupp Boulevard, Buffalo Grove
Food & Fun for Persons with Disabilities. Event takes place in carnival area and food tent. Pre-registration required for this event; attendance is limited to the person with a disability and no more than four immediate family members or caregivers living in the same household; additional people are $10 per person. To register, email to MaraSabath@gmail.com. Appearances by Skates, Staley the Chicago Bear, and Tommy Hawk are scheduled.
Grayslake Farmers Market
September 9, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Downtown Grayslake, Corner of Center Street and S. Whitney Street, Grayslake
Come monkey around with WeeBits as they play games, blow bubbles and bring awareness to all of the wonderful programs they offer to families. WeeBits is a non-profit organization bringing awareness and guidance to those families with infants/toddlers who are “at-risk” and may fall outside the boundaries of existing child developmental programs.
September 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Warren Newport Public Library, 224 O’Plaine Road, Gurnee
This series of story times engages all of the senses through music, movement, stories and play. This non-traditional story time format is designed for children who have autism, difficulties with sensory processing, or simply sitting still. REGISTER FOR EACH SESSION SEPARATELY. Attendee must be between the ages of four years and eight years old.
WeeBits Signing and Singing to Encourage Communication and Socialization
Fridays, September 18-October 9th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. AND Saturdays, September 26-October 17, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Pediatric Interactions, 15 Commerce Dr., Grayslake
Suggested age: Six months to three-years old, with adult.
Facilitated by a speech-language pathologist and handouts provided
Tuition: $40 per 4-week session Fridays or Saturdays
First/last class can be pro-rated. Drop-in Session is possible ($12/class), but child must be pre-registered. 50% discount for siblings within the same age group. Childcare may available for older/younger siblings: $5/class (registration necessary, but pay as needed). Additional financial assistance may be available, requests can be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact email@example.com or 224-360-2542 or visit WeeBits online.
September 19, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m., Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire
This all-ages story time engages all of the senses through music, movement, stories, and play. This non-traditional story time format is designed for children who have autism, difficulties with sensory processing, or simply sitting still. This event is free and open to all ages. Registration is appreciated so we know about how many are coming, but not required. Walk-ins are OK.
Sensory Friendly Films
September 26, 10:00 a.m. Participating AMC Theaters (Northbrook, South Barrington )
The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! The September 26th showing is Hotel Transylvania.
Social Skills Training Groups
The Therapy Tree, 89 Cedar Ave., 2nd Floor, Lake Villa
Please call (847) 265-7300 for most current schedules.
Children will learn appropriate interactions with peers, feeling recognition, affect regulation, how to initiate play, how to maintain friendships, personal space and boundaries–all while having fun, making friends, learning new skills and playing! For more information about these groups, please contact: Zaida Medina at The Therapy Tree, LLC
Pediatric Interactions is a speech and language clinic located in Grayslake and McHenry that supports independence and self-esteem using creative therapy approaches. Pediatric Interactions provides FREE developmental screenings, individual and group therapy, classes, workshops and other resources to help children better communicate.
WeeBits is a non-profit organization bringing awareness and guidance to those families with infants/toddlers who fall outside the boundaries of existing child developmental programs.