North Shore Teen Center
2225 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 234-0688
Fax: (847) 234-0687
From Cris Lovendahl, Executive Director
What is Clinical Connections?
Connections between people, connections within domains of functioning, and connections
Social and emotional connections are fostered in activities between children, parents, siblings,
and caretakers; with peers in social activities and individual interests in leisure activities; among
students and teachers/therapists during learning; and expanding into a relationship with the
Another goal is to provide an eclectic program connecting the needs of the whole child in eight
domains: personal-social, self-care and independence, fine and gross motor, auditory processing
and expressive communication, cognition, and cultural literacy (art/music/science/social studies).
A key element of our services include the home, school, and clinic connection as we balance,
coordinate, and integrate programming. Home programming and working with parents is very
important to our organization. We have been fortunate enough to participate in contracts with ten
or more different school districts. We feel welcome at IEP conferences as we learn to more
effectively advocate for your child.
How to build your schedule
Many families choose to participate in a blended schedule of all of our programs. To be at
therapeutic level, we recommend 2 sessions per week of ST/OT, 1-2 hours of play
therapy/friendship groups, and 2-4 hours of academic support. If fine-tuning or enrichment is the
goal, one session of any program will be enough to accomplish goals. At the tween/teen level, 2-
3 days of Teen Center will address social-language, activities of daily living and independence,
healthy recreation and leisure, homework, and contribution to the community. Additional
sessions of tutoring and ST/OT are recommended to address specific and individual needs.
What if we can’t participate at therapeutic levels?
Sometimes 2-3 days per week of participation in our programming is not feasible for families. In
this case, we recommend that you use your case manager to creatively alternate services
throughout the year. Also, we will make every effort to secure third party reimbursement for you
and to keep our paraprofessional program affordable. We encourage you to try our facilitators,
using weekly or monthly consultation with certified and licensed professionals. Our parapros are
very capable and well-trained and together with our consultants can deliver a very effective and
Another option is to incorporate some of our clinics, groups, or intensives into your program on a
monthly or quarterly basis. We have a large variety of group opportunities, clinics and intensives
available. For example, Sensory Processing Group, The ENGINE group, Oral Motor/Feeding
Clinic and Bike-Riding. We have found these groups and intensive experiences beneficial for
focused work on one skill area at a time.
Thank you for your continued business and support; we appreciate working with such great
Table of Contents
Early Childhood Programs……….……..……..1
North Shore Teen Center……………………….9
1. All prices quoted assume payment at the time of service. Please
review our financial policy if you intend to pay otherwise.
2. All groups require payment at the time of enrollment. Make-up
sessions will be offered, but refunds will be allowed only for
3. Program request forms are available at www.clinicalconnections.info
or at the office. To request enrollment in any of our programs,
please hand-deliver, fax, or mail your request form to us. Our
website also announces deadlines for each session.
4. Some programs require a screening to ensure that we are able to
optimally match the needs of our clients.
Early Childhood Programs PLAY AND LANGUAGE STIMULATION
PALS group activities are designed to encourage
listening, imitation, words and phrases, sensory
exploration, and socialization. Recommended
for children 3-6 years of age with mild-moderate
speech, language, or social challenges.
Crisler Lovendahl, M.A., CCC-SLP/L $75/60-minute group/10 week sessions
SENSORY PROCESSING EXPERIENTIAL
Our Early Childhood Programs are (SPE)
designed as parent-child groups. They Taught by a speech pathologist or occupational
follow a set curriculum in order to therapist, this group aims to explore sensory
explore core strengths and weaknesses. processing in all modalities. Activities focus on
Therapists guide parents in response to touch (tactile), movement
understanding each child’s unique style (vestibular), heavy work (proprioception),
and give suggestions for home auditory, visual, olfactory, and gustatory input.
programming. It is highly Parents attend with their child and learn how to
recommended that each family attend support the sensory system in order to optimize
these foundational groups. These regulation and engagement.
groups are the cornerstone of parent $75/60-minute group/10 week sessions
education and involvement in the
therapeutic process. In addition, parent
networking is invaluable. KLASSROOM KIDS (KK)
In Klassroom Kids, parents explore all eight
domains of development: personal- social, self-
INFANT STIMULATION GROUP (ISG) help (dressing, toileting, independence), fine and
This group is designed for 2-4 pairs of infants, gross motor, receptive and expressive
age 0-2, with known risk factors, and their communication, academic readiness skills, and
parents. Activities will foster all areas of cultural literacy, with guided help from a
development: personal-social, self-help, visual certified teacher or therapist. Parents will learn
and auditory attention, fine and gross motor, how to support their child’s unique profile in
listening and talking, and cognition. Milestones each area of development.
will be explored, and a home program will be $75/60-minute group/10 week sessions
developed for each parent and infant. Individual
consultation is also available.
$75/60-minute group/10 week sessions
THE TODDLER COMMUNICATION
Taught by a speech language pathologist, this
group is ideal for children 18-36 months with
mild-moderate speech, language, and/or social
delays. Activities focus on interaction, imitation,
vocabulary development, combining words,
listening, and preschool readiness skills. Toward
the approach of the third year, transitioning
from parent attachment to emerging
independence with peers will be addressed.
$75/60-minute group/10 week sessions
A highly-creative, linguistically, cognitively rich, and challenging curriculum
Jamberry Preschool is designed to be an integrated 7 and 7 program, specifically
7 “little linguists” and 7 children with mild-moderate speech, language, or social delays. The curriculum
fosters participation, language, creative thinking, and interaction with peers. Our philosophy is to
expose children to rich materials and experiences to boost academics, language, cognition, and social
Daily activities are drawn from several historically successful curriculums including:
High Scope: A Cognitive Curriculum for Young Children
active learning letters fine motor
sensorial exploration numbers gross motor
critical observation colors regulation
vocabulary and concepts shapes engagement
seriation listening social referencing
classification following directions circles of communication
representation of thoughts, prewriting turn-taking and sharing
feelings, and ideas phonological awareness compromising/negotiating
Jamberry classes are co-taught by a certified teacher and a licensed speech-language pathologist with
classroom aides as needed. An occupational therapist consults with the teachers to offer expertise in
gross and fine motor development as well as sensory integration. Individual therapies are available
before, during, or after preschool. Statements for insurance reimbursement are provided upon
request. Please ask for an informational packet for more information.
2 days 3 days 5 days
Enrichment Program $40.00 $60.00 $100.00 per week
Therapeutic Program $150.00 $225.00 $350.00 per week
Speech Therapy ORAL-MOTOR, SPEECH, AND FEEDING
This clinic is designed for children with moderate
to severe oral-motor or feeding problems.
Examples include: oral aversion, difficulty
transitioning from purees to finger foods, a
preference for a specific texture (often
Crisler Lovendahl, M.A., CCC-SLP/L "crunchy)", gagging on textures, oral dyspraxia
Director (difficulty positioning the articulators), constant
Melissa Tolman, M.S., CCC-SLP/L mouthing, self-injury in the oral area, low caloric
& Associates intake, reflux, aspiration, laryngeal penetration,
etc. An expert, multi-disciplinary support and
Speech Kids specializes in providing problem-solving team will be assembled as
speech-language and communicative needed. A Speech Pathologist (oral sensory and
interaction therapy to a wide variety of oral motor), an Occupational Therapist
children from early childhood to young (positioning, sensory support, and hand control),
adulthood. At SpeechKids, we treat the and a Nutritionist (specialized diet support) are
whole child and include the family and often part of the team. By appointment only.
school incorporating an eclectic, Cost varies by team
PECS CLINIC (Picture Exchange
SPEECH INDIVIDUAL THERAPY (SIT) Communication System) (PECS)
Principles and methods are selected to match The PECS clinic invites caretakers, private and
each child's individual profile and drawn from: school speech therapists (and any other
Relationship-based models (DIR; RDI; significant communicators) to meet
Theraplay); Oral-sensory, oral-motor, and collaboratively, identify, and print the pictures
apraxia therapies; Auditory processing and and concepts to be placed in the PECS book along
listening programs (Therapeutic Listening, Fast with its organization. This is the most efficient
ForWord, Earobics); Visually supported and effective way to upgrade, revise, and design a
language learning models (PECS, Intellitalk, PECS book or VOCA (augmentative
TEACCH); Sensory integration principles; communication device). By appointment only.
Language learning programs (Verbal Behavior, $80/30-minute session
Teach Me Language); Metacognitive and
Metapragmatic approaches (Lindamood Bell, PARENT COACHING (PC)
Raising a Thinking Child); as well as traditional In this ten week clinic, parents will be coached in
speech and language methods. play therapy, communicative interaction, social
$145/60-minute session referencing, indirect language stimulation and
$115/45-minute session attention building techniques.
$80/30-minute session $ 145/60-minutes
TALK GROUP (Teaching Articulation and FAST FORWORD CONSULTATION (FFC)
Language to Kids) (TALK) Is this the summer to participate in an intense
Fun, affordable, unique, and effective. About program to boost auditory and language skills?
10% of preschool and elementary children have Based on over 25 years of brain research, the
later developing speech, language, mild social interactive exercises of Fast Forword use
difficulty, and/or mild learning challenges. Mild patented technology to clarify sounds and
developmental issues, nor addressed by the systematically train the language skills critical for
school system, are not typically covered by reading, including: phonological awareness,
insurance. In response, SpeechKids introduced listening comprehension, sustained focus and
small groups to offer an affordable way to attention, and language structures. A certified
address developmental skills. These groups Fast Forword provider will set up a formal Fast
consist of two to four children, all with mild Forword program, coordinate facilitation, and
articulation and language delays. monitor progress.
$75/60-minute group Consultation Fee (only) $200.00
$50/45-minute group Additional fees for enrollment and facilitation
Occupational Therapy THE ENGINE GROUP (EG)
“If your body is like a car engine, sometimes it runs on
high, sometimes it runs on low, and sometimes it runs
just right.” These simple words begin the Alert
Program (Williams & Shellenberger, 1996), an
exciting adventure with steps for teaching self-
regulation awareness. Children learn that simple
strategies or changes in daily routine, such as dancing
Crisler Lovendahl, M.A., CCC-SLP/L to music before school, packing crunchy food for
Director lunch, or jumping on a trampoline after school may be
Damon Williams, B.A., OTR/L all that is needed to maximize functioning and keep
Occupational Therapist engines running “just right”.
& Associates $75/60-minute group
At Clinical Connections Occupational Therapy SENSORY DIET CLINIC (SDC)
is designed to meet the needs of the whole The purpose of this clinic is to design and coordinate a
child. Goals focus on regulation and daily sensory diet. Parents and the school team are
engagement, visual-perception and visual- invited to meet collaboratively to identify, enhance,
motor skills, visual-spatial-organizational and coordinate the sensory opportunities available
skills, and fine and gross motor abilities during the day. Equipment, procedures, and
(strength, agility, and motor planning). frequency of activities will all be addressed.
Ideation, sensory processing, and sensory $80/30-minute session
integration are also maximally supported.
Like all of the Clinical Connections divisions, THERAPY CONSULTATION (SLTC)
every effort is made to communicate and Therapeutic Listening® is therapeutic use of an
collaborate with the entire clinical team, the extensive library of electronically altered music on
school team, and the family. Meaningful compact discs in combination with sensory
activities and sensory diet are developed, integration treatment strategies. The emphasis of TL
suggested, and coordinated for each setting. is on blending sound intervention with vestibulo-
proprioceptive organization to sustain grounding and
INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY centering of the body and mind in space and time.
(IOT) The discs target a variety of skills such as: posture and
Principles and methods are selected to match each self-regulation, attention, communication,
child’s individual profile and drawn from: socialization and organized behavior. During this
Relationship-based models (DIR; RDI; Theraplay); consultation a listening program is designed, discs
Sensory-processing and Sensory Integration and equipment are selected, and instructions for a
therapies; Auditory/Vestibular therapies (Therapeutic listening log are explained.
Listening; Interactive Metronome-pending); Visually $ 145/60-mins
Supported Models of Organization (PECS; TEACCH);
Assistive Technology (Intellitalk; Type-to-Learn); PARENT COACHING (PC-OT)
Hand Therapy/ Handwriting Programs (Benbow; In this 12-week clinic, parents will be coached in
Handwriting without Tears; Getting it Write); overall sensory processing theory, and each of seven
Metaregulation approaches (“How does your engine domains: tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory,
run?”); as well as traditional occupational therapy visual, gustatory, and olfactory. Regulation of basic
methods. life functions will also be explored, including: eating,
$145/60-minute session sleeping, and regulation of feelings. The last session
$115/45-minute session will be a discussion of recommendations for each
SENSORY MOTOR GROUP (SMG) $ 145/60-mins
Working in dyads or groups of 3-6, children will focus
on regulation, cooperation, and co-creation INDIVIDUAL YOUGA (YOGA)
throughout a variety of sports and motor activities. David Boland is a certified yoga instructor for people
Children build skills in the areas of turn-taking, aged 0 to 21 who have special needs. The style of yoga
creating and following a set of rules, and is gentle and therapeutic-safe even for babies.
sportsmanship. Activities may include miniature golf, $35/45-min; $45/hour
obstacle courses, and balloon tennis.
GROUP RECREATIONAL THERAPY
Similar to the individual therapy sessions,
children will participate in a wide range of
activities in a fun and relaxed environment.
Wendy Chotiner, MS, CTRS Additional goals will focus on team building
Director skills, effective verbal and nonverbal
communication with peers and finding joy and
The recreational therapy program at connection with peers through participation in
Clinical Connections specializes in collaborative projects and activities. The focus,
providing a rich and connected while still on skill development, is put more on
therapeutic experience. We aim to the quality of interaction, feelings of self-
improve each individual’s functioning in a confidence in a group settings and creating
wide range of domains and ultimately meaningful interactions around group activities.
motivate them to be as independent and $75/60-minute session
active as possible.
Recreational therapy centers around ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY-
creating a safe and fun environment in INDIVDIDUAL (AAT-I)
which children and young adults can find Children and young adults will work on therapy
joy connecting with their environment, goals while interacting with animals. Weekly
therapist and activities, while working on sessions may work on interacting with the animal
specific goals to foster a healthy lifestyle in a nurturing way, grooming activities (working
and increase their overall quality of life. on following a sequence), taking the animal for a
walk, feeding the animal and playing with the
animal. Goals may include improving fine and
INDIVIDUAL RECREATIONAL THERAPY gross motor skills, increasing attention, reducing
(IRT) anxiety around animals, increased empathy,
Initially working on creating a relaxed and fun rapport building, increased nurturing, increased
environment, your child will explore a number of communication, motor-planning, relaxation and
fun materials, games and activities. Goals may increased self-confidence.
include self-esteem building, leisure expansion, $100/60-minute session
shared joy and connection with the therapist,
hobby development, anger or stress
management, and finding relaxation and comfort
in the activities and environment. Individuals ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY-GROUP
may participate in art or craft projects, (AAT-G)
gardening, cooking, indoor games, adapted Group sessions will exhibit the same benefits as
sports or outdoor adventures. Our therapists individual assisted therapy, but with an added
individualize sessions based on your child’s skills, focus on socialization with peers. Goals will
abilities, interests and use humor and fun to include shared joy around animal-related
build a safe and nuturing environment for activities, increased communication, sharing of
him/her to grow and mature physically, materials and taking turns with the animal,
emotionally and socially. following rules of games played and self-
Therapy goals are developed in collaboration confidence in group settings.
with each child’s parents and current team $75/60-minute session
Play Partners PROGRAM FACILITATION (PF)
Play Partners are available to carry out home
programs, act as a school or camp aide, or
facilitate intensive computer programs such as
Fast Forword. If you have an existing consultant
to provide the training for the program, and you
plan to use these services at least 4 hours per
week, we can provide this service at a discount.
Melissa Tolman, M.S., CCC-SLP/L
Christy Filek, BA PLAY PARTNERS-CLINIC (PPC)
Senior Play Partner Traditional Play Partner services offered onsite.
& Paraprofessional Associates Onsite Play Partner sessions incorporate a variety
of unique play materials in addition to utilizing
our state-of-the-art facility including a sensory-
Play Partners is a paraprofessional motor gym, art room, early childhood room, and
program fostering social-emotional “Apartment”.
growth for children with special needs $32/hour for play partners
including support in communicative $50/hour for senior play partner
interaction goals and play skills.
FRIENDSHIP GROUP (FG) Children will
PLAY PARTNERS-HOME (PPH) learn to carry over skills mastered with a Play
Trained paraprofessionals will come to your Partner into dyads and eventually small groups.
home and provide up to 2 hours of service. Groups are customized to fit the specific needs of
Individualized goals typically focus on achieving each child. For children who have not received
regulation and mutual engagement through a Play Partner services, a free screening will
range of emotions, circles of communication, and determine Friendship Group placement.
expression of symbolic and emotional ideas. $75/hour
Typical sessions include symbolic play activities,
We ask for a 6-week commitment to our Play
sensory-motor activities, and semi-structured Partner Groups, and require $450.00 group fee
activities, such as board games. Infused upon registration. After the first 6 weeks, an
methodologies include Floortime, Relationship additional 3-6 weeks may be recommended.
Development Intervention, Theraplay, and
traditional pragmatic training.
$32/hour for play partner PARENT/CAREGIVER AND TEAM
$50/hour for senior play partner COACHING (CT)
The Play Partners Director will individualize a
HOME PLAYDATE FACILITATION (HPF) training program specific to your needs. Training
Play partners will come to your home to facilitate may be provided in social-emotional support,
DIR-based play dates. Take advantage of this communicative interaction, best practices for
opportunity for your child to create meaningful school/camp aides, Fast Forward facilitation, etc.
social memories with children from their school, $145/hour
community, etc. Caregivers are responsible for
scheduling and providing materials/snacks for all CREATIVE PLAY ROOMS (CPR)
playdates. This program is also excellent for The Play Partners Director will come to your
facilitating play between siblings. home to assess your child’s play environment,
$32/hour for play partner make formal recommendations, shop for
$50/hour for senior play partner appropriate materials, and assist you in
reorganization and rearrangement. Typically
requires five hours.
Classroom Connection ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT (AA)
Academic assessment is available in any of the
following areas: readiness, reading, writing,
math, social studies and science. Full reports
with recommendations and a parent information
session will be provided.
Kari Adkins, M.Ed., LBS I Certified,
Director HANDWRITING GROUP (HWG)
& Paraprofessional Associates Fine-motor skill-building, hand-strengthening,
and handwriting practice are combined in this
group to work on issues of formation, legibility
Classroom Connection is a clinic-based and stamina. Multi-sensory materials are used
program offering a wide array of services and strategies from handwriting protocols
to families of children with learning (Handwriting Without Tears, Getting it Write,
needs. The Classroom Connection strives etc.) are utilized.
to coordinate school instruction, clinic- $50/hour
based therapy and home programming.
This coordination is provided through SCIENCE EXPERIENTIAL GROUP (SEG)
team collaboration, problem-solving and Students will explore a science theme each week
individualized, child-centered planning. through experiential learning. Exposure to a
variety of materials and activities will strengthen
INDIVIDUAL TUTORING-FACILITATOR knowledge and understanding of basic science
(ITF) concepts and themes. Students will participate in
A set of goals is developed using information experiments, group learning activities and
gathered from the student’s private and individual practice activities.
educational team members and parents, and $ 50/1 hour session
these goals are facilitated in a 1:1 classroom
setting. Each child’s session is determined by DRAMA INTENSIVE GROUP (DIG)
his/her individual needs and a variety of Students interested in acting will enjoy this
methodologies are used to optimize learning. A intensive. Students will gain an understanding of
consultant is periodically recommended as part working together in a creative process, sharing
of your team to modify programs, brainstorm creative ideas, and performing in front of an
strategies and monitor progress. audience. Students participate in acting games,
$35/hour learn stage technology/concepts and practice
using acting techniques.
INDIVIDUAL TUTORING-CONSULTANT $50/hour
Consultants facilitate individual tutoring sessions PROJECT DESIGN (PD)
to problem-solve, develop strategies and skill Activities, schedules, PECS cards and social
build. A consultant focuses on determining each stories can be produced for home or school
student’s individual learning style and programs. Items can be designed with individual
recommending strategies and methodologies that needs in mind.
optimize academic success. $20/hour + materials
CONSULTATIVE SERVICES (CC)
CLASSROOM BUDDIES GROUP (CBG) Classroom Connection Director, Kari Adkins, is
Classroom Buddies groups focus on a “we-go” for available for consultative services such as
learning. Students practice working together, school/home observations and
sharing ideas and listening to others in an recommendations, problem solving specific
academic setting. Three groups are offered: KG, issues, coordinating and running team meetings,
1st-3rd grade and 4th-6th grade. attendance at IEP’s, and collaboration and
$50/1 hour group coordination with private/educational team
members. Available by appointment only.
F.O.C.U.S. Program $75/hour-Individual
FOCUS ON ADVANCED WRITING (FAW)
The sessions will review the basic writing
process: taking the student through the
important steps of brainstorming, the use of
Fostering Organization, Competence, graphic organizers, and using outlines for
and Utilization of Strategies for Success drafting a paper. Different types of writing will be
explored including: expository, persuasive,
Christy Filek, B.A., Certified Teacher,
narrative, etc. Knowing one’s audience,
presentation, and the entire editing process will
Kari Adkins, M.Ed., Certified Teacher also be discussed.
Crisler Lovendahl, SLP/L $75/hour -Individual
$50/hour - Group
The FOCUS program’s mission is to develop
FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENTAL
executive function, organizational skills and
strategies, and higher level language that LANGUAGE ARTS (FDLA)
support successful learning in regular Students work on identifying main ideas, key
education. details, paraphrasing, and summarizing using a
developmental language-based program to
FOCUS-INDIVIDUAL TUTORING (FIT) improve reading comprehension skills. Students
Students work 1:1 with a certified teacher to will also complete a comprehensive review of
develop successful work habits and grammar and syntax rules. Developmental
organizational strategies. The style and language arts is taught by a speech language
expectations of the teachers at the student’s pathologist.
school are explored. Students practice organizing $145/hour
their supplies and assignments, guided
highlighting and annotations, outlining and
summarizing key concepts, and extended
response using actual classroom materials. INTENSIVE CLINICS:
Quizzes, tests and homework assignments are Each intensive clinic meets eight times for
reviewed for competence and utilization of intensive practice on isolated skills. Highly
strategies. recommended as a course of summer study.
FOCUS ON ORGANIZATION (FORG)
FOCUS-LEARNING GROUP (FLG) Focus on organizing Lockers, School Supplies,
Two to four students will work with one certified Assignment Notebooks, Tracking Assignment
teacher in a small group setting. The goals of the Completion and Tests/Quizzes. In addition,
individual program will be addressed, as well as breaking down the sub-steps and creating
cooperative and collaborative learning. timelines for long-term projects is also
Advantages to a small group are socialization, addressed.
motivation, and practice completing group $75/hour
FOCUS ON STUDY SKILL TECHNIQUES
FOCUS ON EARLY WRITING (FEW) Students develop a style for approaching four
The student will work 1:1 with a certified teacher. critical techniques utilized in junior and high
The session will focus on basic elements of the school: Highlighting, Annotating, Summarizing,
writing process such as: topic sentences, and Outlining. The formats of the student’s
supporting details, descriptive techniques, and school will be incorporated.
basic editing. Students will participate in the $75/hour
pre-writing process by practicing a variety of $50/hour-Group
graphic organizers and attending to teacher
Tween and fishing, campfires, etc.) as well as expansion of life
skills in a larger setting. The Equestrian
Teen Programs Connection has a house, which can be utilized for
gardening, painting and building, cooking and
chores, and relaxing and socializing. The facility is
located in Lake Forest. You will drop off/pick up
the participant from this location.
Structured Program: 1-4 p.m.
$ 185/3-hour session
David Boland, BSN, RMHN Independent Program: 4-7 p.m.
Director $ 135/3-hour session
The North Shore Teen Center’s ENRICHMENT DROP-IN (EDI)
mission is to develop independence in teens and We offer drop-in services from 10 am to 3:30 pm
tweens with special needs by providing them Monday through Friday. Students practice social-
with a safe, supervised and social environment language, recreational, leisure, academic, activities
which promotes skills for a healthy lifestyle.
of daily living, independence and safety awareness,
All on-site sessions in the Teen Center are and vocational skills appropriate with goals with
supported by a Lead Teacher, a Peer Mentor, an one-on-one attention by our paraprofessionals.
Occupational Therapist, and a Speech and $45/hour for consultant
Language Pathologist. The cost of therapies are $32/hour for teen partner
included in the session price; this allows families
to bill the insurance company which may THERAPEUTIC DROP-IN (TDI)
amount to full or partial payment for the Drop-in to our therapeutic program is available
session. Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 if space
permits. Students practice social-language,
TEEN CENTER INDEPENDENT PROGRAM recreational, leisure, academic, activities of daily
(TCIP) living, independence and safety awareness, and
For tweens/teens who can rely on a 4:1 staff ratio vocational skills appropriate with goals supported
with 1 lead teacher and 1 peer mentor. Participants by a teacher, a speech language pathologist, an
will design a 3-hour daily schedule and learn to occupational therapist, and a peer mentor.
include 5 types of activities: leisure, social, work- Individual theme classes are offered daily, e.g.,
outs, snack preparation, and learning/homework. photography, IPODs, scrapbooking, nutrition, arts
Teen/tweens are expected to maintain an orderly and crafts.
environment. Independence and a healthy, $50/hour
balanced lifestyle are stressed. Maximum capacity
for this group is 8 participants. YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL GROUP (YASC)
$150/day (3 hour session) For teens aged 15-21, this group focuses on
fostering social and leisure skills. The teens lead
TEEN CENTER STRUCTURED PROGRAM the activities of the group, negotiating and
(TFIP) compromising, practicing appropriate social
For tweens/teens who need 1:1 support. This group interactions and expanding the repertoire of
has 1 lead teacher and a facilitator for each preferred social and leisure activities.
participant. Participants will practice leisure, $50/day (2 hour session)
social, exercise, work and life skills, including:
independent work skills, group participation, and TEEN PARTNERS (TPN)
snack preparation. Maximum capacity for this Our TP program extends our play partners services
group is 5 participants. to the home for the older child. Teen partners will
$200/day (3 hour session) come to the house to enable tweens/teens to
generalize independence in activities of daily living,
EQUESTRIAN CONNECTION including cooking, grooming, laundry, chores,
COLLABORATIVE (ECC) safety awareness, and planning an afternoon with
In collaboration with the Equestrian Connection, friends. The program begins with services in the
our tweens and teens are invited to participate in a home for 6-12 months, and moves into the
summer camp experience with focus on leisure community.
skills building in an outdoor setting (horseback $32/hour
riding, trail walking and exploration, boating,
Tween and Teen participant, based on skills and interests. Interviews,
functional assessment of skills and formal assessment
Programs Continued tools (i.e., TTAP) will all be used to determine
appropriate placement options and goals for
development sessions. The following services are offered
through the vocational development program.
VOCATIONAL CONSULTATION (VC)
Our consultation sessions may be recommended as the
initial step in starting the vocational program or as
continued follow up through the transition process. An
CIRCLES: INTIMACY AND RELATIONSHIPS GROUP initial interview with the participant and parents and an
(CIR-G) OR INDIVIDUAL (CIR-I) informal assessment session is required before starting
The Circles Program is a video and discussion program the program. Vocational consultation can also include
that teaches social boundaries. Children will: gain an IEP preparation, programming consultation or
understanding of personal space; build understanding consultation with private or educational team members.
of types of appropriate affection; learn the social $75/hr
appropriateness of physical affection; have a better
sense of stranger danger; and gain an understanding VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT (VA)
and realization of their place in their world. By Assessments can focus on one or multiple areas of
appointment only. vocational readiness. Formal (TTAP and other parent
Individual: $45/hour and participant rating scales) and informal testing
Group: $32/hour (discrete task analysis and parent and participant
interviews) can be completed to determine the
YOUNG MEN’S GROUP (YMG) participant’s current skills, functioning and
This program explores the biological (physical) and the independence in activities of daily living and possible job
emotional (feelings) changes in which the male body opportunities. A full or brief assessment report and
goes through during puberty. This program talks about recommendations is included.
personal boundaries and the boundaries of others. The $75/hr
subject of relationships is also addressed. The needs of
the individual and the aspirations of the parent are taken VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
greatly into consideration when dealing with the subject Once job placement options are determined, our
of relationships. vocational support team will work on development and
Individual: $45/hour application of specific skills needed for success in those
environments. Skills in general work ethics, safety,
YOUNG WOMEN’S GROUP (YWG) responsibility and independence will be fostered. In
This program explores the biological (physical) and the addition, participants will learn how to dress
emotional (feelings) changes in which the female body appropriately for work, appropriate grooming habits,
goes through during puberty. This program talks about interpersonal, and organizational skills vital to success in
personal boundaries and the boundaries of others. The a work environment.
subject of relationships is also addressed. The needs of $45/hr for a consultant
the individual and the aspirations of the parent are taken $32/hr for a facilitator
greatly into consideration when dealing with the subject
of relationships. JOB COACHING
Individual: $45/hour Once the participant is ready to start exploring job
placement options in the community, a job coach will be
CONSULTATIVE SERVICES (CC) assigned. The coach will accompany the participant to
Teen Center Director, David Boland, is available for the job site/s, carrying over skills acquired in vocational
consultative services such as school/home observations development sessions and noting skills that need
and recommendations, problem solving specific issues, additional practice in the clinical setting. Job coaches
attending team meetings, attendance at IEP’s, and camp will work with the participant on gaining more
consultation Available by appointment only. independence at the site and requiring minimal assistant
$45/hour to complete job tasks and routines. In addition, the job
coach will work with staff to accommodate and modify
VOCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT the work environment to allow the participant optimal
The focus of the vocational program at Clinical success.
Connections is to teach practical skills in the areas of job $45/hr for a consultant
ethics, technical skills, safety in the workplace, $32/hr for a facilitator
responsibility and independence. Within each area, the
participant will be assessed for knowledge and * For vocational development and job coaching,
demonstration of skills. Our vocational consultant will
sessions with a consultant are required 1 hour a
work with the participant and their families to determine
which type of job placement will be best for the month for progress monitoring and revisions.
attention level, visual-motor skills and language
Clinical Consortium Through psycho-educational testing, conditions
such as learning disabilities, auditory processing
disorder, memory weaknesses, executive
functioning disorder, reading, writing and math
disabilities and visual-motor integration disorder
may be diagnosed making it possible to provide
The Clinical Consortium is a professional treatment recommendations. A typical full-case
collaboration located in our Bannockburn evaluation costs $1800.00 but may vary depending
clinic which provides the opportunity for on your child’s needs. An estimate of the cost will
master therapists to treat in a trans- be provided at the intake session.
disciplinary environment, thus enhancing
collaboration and problem-solving. Academic Assessment
Reading, math, and written expression assessments
are typically conducted when parents or therapists
CHICAGO BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS require updated information for treatment
(CBC) ALICE BELGRADE, M.S. ED., L.C.P.C. planning and/or IEP goal writing. These
is a certified, licensed behavior therapist; licensed assessments provide the student’s current
clinical professional counselor; been in private achievement level and, depending on the referral
practice for more than 15 years and is cofounder question, can also provide very specific information
and Clinical Director of Chicago Behavior about skill level sub-components (i.e., fluency,
Consultants, Inc. Alice provides behavior closure, phonemic awareness/memory, oral vs.
modification technology to support families and written expression, patterns of errors, etc.).
schools through individual and classroom $200.00 per academic area (includes a parent
consultation, inclusion expertise, functional feedback session, report and recommendations).
analyses, behavior intervention plans, and IEP
goals. By appointment only. Executive Functioning/ADHD Evaluations
This evaluation focuses on the student’s functioning
BECCA CANASTRA, MUSIC THERAPIST across settings. The assessment includes a
Individual Music Therapy (IMT) A Music thorough developmental interview, rating scales, a
Therapist uses music as the medium to help computerized test of attention, and standardized
children progress in their targeted areas. Music tests, which assess executive functioning and
Therapy goals at the Consortium are based upon working memory skills. It is highly recommended
the individual needs of a child. Examples of that an observation be a part of the assessment
children's goals include: increased attention span; process.
decreased distractibility; developing social skills; $350.00
learning positive coping strategies; learning to
interact cooperatively and appropriately with Advocacy/Consultation
others; developing communication skills; Shari is an experienced school psychologist
improving self-concept, and self-esteem; decreasing available to accompany you to IEP meetings in
self-absorption; and developing self-control in order to add a credible and “expert” member to
dealing with fear and frustration. By appointment your team. Appointments can be made to review
only. $75/hour and interpret test results, review IEP goals and
assist you in identifying appropriate services, goals
and accommodations. Shari is also available to
help you draft letters to your school.
SHARI MESERVE, M.S.Ed., Ed.S.
Psycho-educational testing evaluates the strengths
LEORA EIDENBERG, LSW
and weaknesses of a child’s cognitive abilities,
Hebrew Instruction (HI)
learning style, educational achievement and
Leora has over 20 years experience tutoring all ages
social/emotional functioning. Testing provides
in Hebrew instruction, including students with
invaluable information pertaining to your child’s
special needs. In addition, she is available to tutor
cognitive abilities, executive functioning,
students in preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. By
academic strengths and weaknesses, memory skills,
appointment only. $60/hour
Our SpeechKids programs include individual and group therapy drawing from a variety of methodologies. We
specialize in Sensory Integration Dysfunction and related disorders, including the many secondary feeding and oral-
motor difficulties. SpeechKids therapists are relationship-based and traditional incorporating structured language,
engagement and ideation, pragmatics, auditory processing, and sensory principles into treatment. Focused
problem-solving occurs in our Oral-Motor feeding clinics and PECS clinics for which single appointments are made.
We also offer a variety of parent-based Early Childhood options designed to be short-term and affordable. Please
spread the word about our newest program Jamberry Preschool, a cognitively and linguistically rich curriculum
for “little linguists” and those who need a language boost.
The OT Kids program is now launched with the welcome addition of Damon Williams. The program eclectically
blends creative and innovative alternatives with traditional methodologies and principles. Damon’s expertise is
guiding our understanding and treatment of Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration needs. Together, we are
renewing our prior commitment to Therapeutic Listening and Activation of the Core. Please ask your case manager
about a consultation. Like all of the programs at Clinical Connections, the OT Program incorporates principles of
relationship-based models and meta-regulation approaches (Alert) to foster regulation and engagement. Our
Occupational Therapy practice places an equal emphasis on hand development therapy, including best practice from
Benbow and related handwriting programs. For our tweens/teens, goals focus on internalizing regulation and
modulation strategies for optimal participation and learning.
Clinical Connections is proud to announce the introduction of our recreational therapy program. The Recreational
Therapy program at Clinical Connections specializes in providing a rich and connected therapeutic experience. We
aim to improve each individual’s functioning in a wide range of domains and ultimately motivate them to be as
independent and active as possible. Recreational therapy centers around creating a safe and fun environment in
which children and young adults can find joy connecting with their environment, therapist and activities, while
working on specific goals to foster a healthy lifestyle and increase their overall quality of life.
Our Play Partners program is a paraprofessional program providing social-emotional support for communication
and play skills. Play Partners will come to your home to provide additional, affordable hours of relationship-based
play and interaction. Play Partners are often used to facilitate home playdates with classmates and friends. Or, we
will match children at our clinic to participate in a Friendship Group based on Greenspan’s DIR model, Gutstein’s
RDI model, or our own Sports and Motor model. Our new Teen Partners program extends these services for the
older child. Teen Partners will work in the home to enable tweens/teens to generalize independence in activities of
daily living, including cooking, grooming, laundry, chores, safety awareness, and planning an afternoon with
At Classroom Connection, children receive individual and group therapy to focus on
pre-academic and academic needs from a certified teacher (consultant) or a facilitator (paraprofessional). Eight
domains of development are addressed didactically: Personal-Social, Self-Help, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Receptive
Language, Expressive Communication, Cognition, and Literacy. With periodic consultation from our consultants,
your child’s program will be individually designed. Consultative services strive to coordinate school instruction,
clinical-based therapy, and home programming.
The mission of the FOCUS program is to foster organization, competence, and utilization of strategies to succeed in
regular education elementary, middle and junior high school. Organization of supplies/lockers, tracking and
planning of homework completion/tests/projects, outlining and highlighting, annotating, test-taking and
preparation strategies, identifying main ideas and critical details, reading comprehension and summarizing key
concepts, as well as writing and the editing process are typical goals.
The North Shore Teen Center, opened in Fall 2005, has surpassed our expectations in terms of its benefits. The
tweens and teens are thriving and learning many life skills to enable them to navigate their world, maintain their
environment, independently function, and interact with others. The Teen Center is partnering up again with The
Equestrian Connection this summer to provide a fun and enriching experience for our teens. The Teen Center is
excited to announce our vocational development program. Our vocational support team is dedicated to assisting you
and your children into the next phase of life with confidence.
Through the Clinical Consortium, we are able to offer a broader range of activities and therapies from master
therapists. Continuing programs include behavior consultation, music therapy, and Hebrew instruction.
CLINICAL CONNECTIONS DIRECTORY
Executive Director, Cris Lovendahl (847) 234-0688 ext. 1
Clinical Director, Kari Adkins (847) 234-0688 ext. 3
Business Director, Lori Minds (847) 234-0688 ext. 5
Consortium Manager, Donna Ferris (847) 582-1787 ext. 2
Intake Coordinator, Kari Adkins (847) 234-0688 ext. 3
Speech Therapy, Cris Lovendahl (847) 234-0688 ext. 1
Occupational Therapy, Cris Lovendahl (847) 234-0688 ext. 1
Play Partners, Melissa Tolman (847) 234-0688 ext. 2
Classroom Connection, Kari Adkins (847) 234-0688 ext. 3
F.O.C.U.S., Christy Filek (847) 582-1787 ext. 1
North Shore Teen Center, David Boland (847) 234-0688 ext. 4
Jamberry Preschool, Christy Filek (847) 234-0688 ext. 1
Belgrade, Alice (312) 389-3016
Boland, David (773) 936-8555
Canastra, Becca (847) 707-9575
Meserve, Shari (847) 582-1787 ext. 3
Center for Enriched Living (847) 948-7001
Equestrian Connection (847) 615-8696
For cancellations, please contact your therapist directly:
Adkins, Kari (708) 712-5961
Boland, David (773) 936-8555
Bostrom, David (847) 421-3911
Chotiner, Wendy (847) 567-6699
Filek, Christy (312) 502-7035
Lovendahl, Cris (847) 971-7549
Muhling, Ricky (847) 951-7387
Ramlow, Melissa (847) 989-1864
Tolman, Melissa (224) 489-3910
Weiss, Shelly (847) 757-7435
Williams, Damon (312) 404-4578