Adaptive Adventures

www.adaptiveadventures.org
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.

Aquatic Therapy

(630) 938-9409
Cadence Fitness & Health Center (296 Randall Road / Geneva, IL)
OrthoKids provides indoor aquatic classes for children of all ages with neurological or orthopedic conditions.

Bike Riding

www.icanshine.org
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

www.thebikerack.com
Custom fitting, seating and adaptations for: bikes, hand powered bikes, tandem bikes, trikes, and wheelchairs. Located in St. Charles, IL

Cranial Technologies

www.cranialtech.com
Provider of DOC (Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty) band helmets used in the treatment of infants and children with positional plagiocephaly.

Orthotics

www.dafo.com
www.hangerclinic.com
www.scheckandsiress.com
www.surestep.net

Orthotics are any device used to prevent, correct, align, or support movable parts of the body.

Tortle

tortle.com
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).

Alert Program

https://www.alertprogram.com/
How Does Your Engine Run® helps with self-regulation and levels of alertness in children, teens, and adults.

Astronaut Training

https://vitallinks.com/course/astronaut-training/
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

www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/
Great searchable site for sensory clothing, fidgets, tips, stories, as well as general occupational therapy resources.

Handwriting Without Tears

www.hwtears.com
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

www.spdfoundation.net
The SPD Foundation is a world leader in research, education, and advocacy for Sensory Processing Disorder.

Therapeutic Listening

https://vitallinks.com/therapeutic-listening/
Listening protocol that utilizes music to address such issues as self-regulation, sensory modulation, motor planning, and social connectedness.

Vision Therapy

www.covd.org
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)

www.asha.org/public/speech/development
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

http://abilitypath.org/2015/04/03/aac/
AbilityPath.org maintains a great list of AAC links and resources.

Feeding

www.feedingmatters.org
Searchable website for articles, recipes and resources (including an on-line forum) for families of infants and children who struggle with feeding.

Hanen Centre

www.hanen.org
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

www.socialthinking.com
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

www.healthychildren.org
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

www.cpsc.gov/en/
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 Network

www.dayonenetwork.org
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

http://dscc.uic.edu/
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

www.iltech.org
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)
http://www.thecenterweb.org/starnet/index.html
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

www.kanecountyguide.org
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.

Recreation

www.fvsra.org
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.

Respite

http://archrespite.org/respitelocator
National respite locator that allows you to search for programs, providers, and funding

Special Needs and Inclusive Library Services

http://snailsgroup.blogspot.com/p/member-libraries.html
Alphabetical listing (by town) of library programs in Illinois that provide services, supports and adaptations for children and teens with special needs.

Understood

http://www.understood.org
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

www.illinoislifespan.org
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

www.isbe.net/spec-ed/html/parent_rights.htm
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

www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2100
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.
www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3715

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

http://www.wrightslaw.com/
Wrightslaw is leading website for information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.