The Adaptive Sports for Kids (ASK) Program offers year-round recreational and competitive sports opportunities for physically challenged children and youth ages 6 to 20.
Cadence Fitness & Health Center (296 Randall Road / Geneva, IL)
OrthoKids provides indoor aquatic classes for children of all ages with neurological or orthopedic conditions.
Sign up for camps in your area designed to teach your child to ride a two-wheel bike without training wheels. Adaptations to bikes are provided as needed. Camps are typically for children and adults eight-years-old and up.
The Bike Rack / Creative Mobility
Custom fitting, seating and adaptations for: bikes, hand powered bikes, tandem bikes, trikes, and wheelchairs. Located in St. Charles, IL
Provider of DOC (Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty) band helmets used in the treatment of infants and children with positional plagiocephaly.
Orthotics are any device used to prevent, correct, align, or support movable parts of the body.
The Tortle Precision Positioning System provides prevention and treatment of flat head syndrome for micro-preemies, preemies, and well babies from 0-6 months (adjusted age).
How Does Your Engine Run® helps with self-regulation and levels of alertness in children, teens, and adults.
Astronaut Training is a treatment protocol developed by Mary J. Kawar, MS, OTR and utilized by Occupational Therapists at CTS. The child-friendly modality is designed to stimulate and integrate the vestibular, auditory, and visual systems.
Friendship Circle Special Needs Blog
Great searchable site for sensory clothing, fidgets, tips, stories, as well as general occupational therapy resources.
Handwriting Without Tears
Developed by Jan Z. Olson, Handwriting Without Tears® is a program for teaching pre-printing, printing, and cursive. Information and materials are available here.
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
The SPD Foundation is a world leader in research, education, and advocacy for Sensory Processing Disorder.
Listening protocol that utilizes music to address such issues as self-regulation, sensory modulation, motor planning, and social connectedness.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development provides excellent parent resources and information regarding vision and learning, and vision therapy.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
As the national credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, ASHA offers information on speech and language development, augmentative and alternative communication, feeding and swallowing concerns, and all things speech and hearing related.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
AbilityPath.org maintains a great list of AAC links and resources.
Searchable website for articles, recipes and resources (including an on-line forum) for families of infants and children who struggle with feeding.
Not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children with delays in language development. Their helpful info link includes fun activities, parent and tech tips, as well as articles. They also publish and sell research based materials for families.
Social Thinking focuses on children with social communication challenges. There are many resources available on this site for parents and professionals.
American Academy of Pediatrics
You’ll find information related to the health and development of your child, as well as specific guidance on parent issues. Information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.the information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts.the information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts.that the information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Provides information on recalled products. You can search by name/brand/categories or set up e-mail alerts regarding specific categories like infant/child products.
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/Subscribe/ (e-mail alerts)
DayOne is the case coordination site in Kane County for individuals of all ages with development needs. Contact them for:
Early Intervention services if your child is between birth and three-years-old and you have concerns regarding their development.
PUNS (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services) to schedule an in-take or find out about services and supports for your child with special needs of any age.
Respite – financial and agency provider information.
Division of Specialized Care for Children
DSCC is able to provide financial assistance for certain diagnoses. Contact them to find out if your child is eligible for coverage, and visit their website for a wonderful list of statewide resources. (800) 779-0889
Illinois Assistive Technology
Assistive technology is any device that gives support or aid. The Illinois Assistive Technology Program is a statewide agency that helps put people in touch with the support they need. One way is through their device loan program which allows users to try products prior to purchasing, have access to a backup system in case their equipment needs repair, or begin using AT services if there is a waiting period prior to receiving their equipment.
Illinois STARNET Region II
(Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties)
STAR NET stands for Support and Technical Assistance Regionally for families and professionals involved in the lives of children with an emphasis on children with special needs. They facilitate free workshops, have an extensive lending library, and employ resource specialists to answer your questions. (224) 366-8579
Kane County Guide to Community Services
The Kane County Guide to Community Services is a comprehensive listing of community resources in Kane County (including Aurora and Elgin). It includes an overview of social services, how to obtain community services, and some examples of major service providers.
Fox Valley Special Recreation provides activities, sports, clubs and outings that serves the park district communities of Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Oswego, South Elgin, and Sugar Grove. Every park district in Illinois should have a special recreation partner – if you live in a town outside the areas listed above, contact your local park district for help.
National respite locator that allows you to search for programs, providers, and funding
Special Needs and Inclusive Library Services
Alphabetical listing (by town) of library programs in Illinois that provide services, supports and adaptations for children and teens with special needs.
15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of children with learning and attention difficulties. Search topics by key words, ask an expert a question, utilize one of their interactive tools (Your Parent Toolkit), or customize your preferences to meet your family’s needs.
Illinois Life Span
Statewide information resource & referral agency for advocacy and services for persons with special needs and their families. (800) 588-7002
Special Education Rights: A Guide for Parents
This guide developed, by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), informs parents and others about the educational rights of children with disabilities that receive special education services.
Special Needs PTA
Does your school district have a Special Needs PTA like Batavia (SD #101) and Kaneland (SD#302)? If not, here is information to help get one started.
Link to the National PTA Special Education Toolkit. The toolkit helps make sense of an often confusing system and educates families of newly diagnosed children with special needs on how to get the best special education, services, and resources available to them.
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
Wrightslaw is leading website for information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.