Category: Developmental Differences

Overcoming Obstacles & Reaching Dreams with 'Handicapable' Parents

Hello! My name is Melissa, and I am the proud mother of a beautiful eleven-month old boy named Aidan. I am also a forty year old woman who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for most of my life. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis at seven years old and have had to overcome many obstacles to get where I am today.  Not long after my diagnosis, I became bedridden for more than a year and, therefore, was unable to attend school. My parents decided to take me to Mayo Clinic and...

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Melissa Arriola

Setting your child up for success!

Does your child have difficulty attending in class? Are you told your child does not stay with the group for circle time or a group activity? Does your child have difficulty attending to a task? Does your child engage with other kids? Many times we meet children or receive referrals from different programs because a child is having a difficult time attending or following the “rules”. Once we implement a few strategies some of these children are then able to take in information and learn al...

Posted on February 02, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Lorell Marin, Erika Larson

Finding the right school for your special-needs child

Trying to identify the school that is best able to help your child with special needs to learn and thrive is much like other aspects of parenting your child: it takes patience and legwork…and lots of advocacy.

#1. The first step will be determining, as well as you can, what environment is best for your child. Your child’s service providers can help you.


What kind of environment does your child need: Is a well-structured classroom with clear routines important? Does your child h...

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Barbara Cohen

Understanding & Dealing with Health Insurance

As we get ready for the Feb. 4th, NPN Developmental Differences Resource Fair at Gordon Tech High School. We want to share some of the must-have takeaways from our three event workshops.  Here is a glimpse of what Gail Borgerd, of MedicClaim, will cover.  We hope to see you there!

Our Feb. 4th 10:30 am Workshop Topics will include:


How to accurately determine the level of your coverage

Procedures for speaking to and corresponding with carriers

What to do if a claim ...

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM by Gail Borgerd

Juggling Act: Balancing My Life With Special Needs Kids

We went to the Midnight Circus last summer, my kids watched an extremely talented juggler in amazement! The act started as one would expect, with a couple of balls and a few tricks. It became much more exciting when his assistant joined in and started throwing more balls and random objects into his act. Soon he was juggling what seemed to be an impossible number of things. It lasted for just a moment, though it seemed much longer. The whole audience stood with bated breath—all waiting to s...

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Ellen Sternweiler

Developmental Differences Resource Fair - Sat. Feb. 4th

Our NPN team is so proud to announce this first-time event - our Feb. 4th Developlental Differences Resource Fair.  We are working hard to provide Chicagoland families of children with developmental differences one-stop access to and information about schools, programs, service providers, therapeutic support & non-profits in the city.  This one-of-a-kind event is FREE and open to the public. Share this event and our flyer with your friends!

The term “Developmental Difference” is in...

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM by Leslye Whittman