Children’s Enrichment Programs

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About

To complement our home-based Birth-to-Three Early Intervention services, our Children’s Enrichment Program organizes social gatherings and activities to provide critical interaction for families with infants and toddlers with vision loss or multiple disabilities.

Programs and special events are listed below.  Advanced registration for all programs is required. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at The Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Road in Glenview.


Upcoming Events:

Halloween Costume Party!
10/26/19
1-3 PM
A Spooktacular Halloween Fun House!
New games and activities this year!
For children and families with visual impairments

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Parent/Family Education Programs

Respect, Responsiblilty, & Safety at Home: A presentation by the ISRC
*More dates TBD

All Your Questions Answered: A Q&A for families of children
with visual impairment
10/15/19
6-8 PM
You will have the opportunity to hear from youth with various vision impairments who are in high school and beyond; they will tell their stories and offer the opportunity for you to ask questions. After the panel presentation, Dr. Smith will facilitate the group discussion. 

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Food for Thought-A Q&A with a feeding specialist
11/12/19
6-8 PM
Is meal time a stressful time in your home? You will have the opportunity to meet and ask feeding expert Patti Ideran OTR/L CEIM your questions related to meal time.

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Parent Support Group with Dr. Michael C. Smith

Our parent-focused support group is led by clinical psychologist Michael C. Smith, PhD from the Bergman Institute. This group fosters connection and community by providing a setting for parents to speak freely with fellow parents about raising a child with a disability. While parents meet, children engage in a guided playgroup supervised by Chicago Lighthouse program staff.

2019 Schedule:

Second Tuesday of each month | 6:30 – 8 p.m

Parent Support Group with Shelle Hamer, and Marla Garstka

Our parent-focused support group, held in Elgin, is provided in both Spanish and English.

This group fosters connection and community by providing a setting for parents to speak freely with fellow parents about raising a child with a disability. While parents meet, children engage in a guided playgroup supervised by Chicago Lighthouse program staff.

2019 Schedule: English + en Español


Music Therapy

This program promotes language development and social interaction through fun songs and musical instruments.

Ages: 6 months – 6 years (siblings welcome)
Fee: $8/session (siblings, $4/session)

Classes are held on Saturday mornings.

2019 Schedule: English + en Español
July – December


Parent/Family Education Programs

Respect, Responsiblilty, & Safety at Home: A presentation by the ISRC
*More dates TBD

All Your Questions Answered: A Q&A for families of children
with visual impairment
10/15/19
6-8 PM
You will have the opportunity to hear from youth with various vision impairments who are in high school and beyond; they will tell their stories and offer the opportunity for you to ask questions. After the panel presentation, Dr. Smith will facilitate the group discussion. 

More info

Food for Thought-A Q&A with a feeding specialist
11/12/19
6-8 PM
Is meal time a stressful time in your home? You will have the opportunity to meet and ask feeding expert Patti Ideran OTR/L CEIM your questions related to meal time.

More info


Youth Transition Program

We now offer a Youth Transition Program in conjunction with our children’s enrichment series. Learn more about this exciting new program designed for teens and young adults who are blind or visually impaired as they transition into adulthood.


 


For more information, please contact:

Shelle Hamer
Manager, Children’s Enrichment Program
(847) 510-2055
Email Shelle