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Adult Workshops & Services 

Warren Township Youth Services provides a variety of parenting and adult groups. None of the programs provide certificates of completion and no one is mandated to receive services. Limited childcare is offered for some program and must be requested at the time of the registration. If you have any questions about residency or the group material, please call 847-244-1101 ext. *401. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. +The fee allows a spouse or co-parent to attend the parenting group for the listed dates. Need-based scholarships available.

All groups are held at 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee. 
​​A MONTLY SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ADHD

CHADD-- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

CHADD is a national non-profit group dedicated to educating, advocating and supporting those dealing with ADHD. CHADD of Northern Illinois holds monthly support and informational meetings for anyone living with ADHD, their caregivers, spouses/partners, educators, professionals and anyone wanting to learn more about ADHD. The group is facilitated by Lisa Alexoff, LPC, NCC and Eric Tivers, LCSW. For topics and info visit https://www.meetup.com/CHADD-Northern-Illinois/. Group meets every Second Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm at Youth Services.


​​DEMYSTIFYING THE TEEN BRAIN-- What's really going on in there?

Have you ever wondered why teen-agers behave like they do? The presenters will discuss recent neurological findings on the teen brain. Participants will learn how and why teen brains function differently than either children or adults. The presentation will include information on emotion, sleep patterns, memory and behavior unique to the teen-age brain.

Presented by Dr. Lynette Zimmer, the superintendent of District 46 and an educator with extensive experience in the area of brain research and learning. 
  
Day: Th Date: Feb 1  Time: 6:30-8 pm Fee: None               
Location: Youth Service
​​WeeSing Class
Most children love music and singing.  Pairing sign language and music encourages development in both hemispheres of the brain. As your child is learning to “speak,” signs give your child the “words” to communicate more specific needs/wants while the repetition of rhythm and phrases within songs reinforces learning. We use repetition within our class-repeating signs, songs, and activities to build these opportunities.

Families will practice signs during play activities, songs, and reading books.  Handouts will be provided, as well as visuals of the signs and lyrics to many songs/activities during each class.  You will also be provided with suggestions for you to practice what you learn in class at home. These classes are designed for children 6-36 months.
Day:Date: 2/3-10 Weeks:Time: 10-10:45 am Fee: None      

WeeTalk and Read
Using the weekly theme, the instructor will provide caregivers with hands on examples of how gestures and signs can be a bridge for communication as children are learning how to talk and use sentences.  You will learn strategies to encourage your child to request (more, help, and other actions words), which can be carried over at home. 
Day: Date: 2/17-24  Weeks: 2 Time: 10-10:45 am Fee: None   

WeeMove Class
Children are constantly moving. WeeMove encourages movement through activities, such as dance, obstacle courses, yoga and exercises. These activities will be paired with music, symbolic thinking, problem solving and lots of creativity.  Parents/caregivers will learn how to carry these activities over at home, especially with the weather changing and more inside time.  For children walking through 36 months.
Day:Date: 2/3-24 Time: 11-11:45 am  Fee: None                             

Location for all classes: Youth Services
 

Parent and Child Classes at Youth Services, facilitated by WeeBITS. Based on age, parents may be able to choose to do both classes or just one.  

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PARENT TO PARENT—A comprehensive program for parents of children with ADHD

Do you feel lost when it comes to ADHD and its related issues and concerns? Upon completion of this training, you will have a comprehensive map showing you how to effectively manage ADHD-related issues and advocate for your child.

Course Description
Designed by parents for parents, this 14-hour, multisession, interactive training program is delivered by certified Parent to Parent teachers. Their experience and perspective are provided to educate parents new to ADHD or those struggling to navigate its many challenges. Interaction with other parents will alleviate the isolation that parents of children with ADHD often feel. Such a comprehensive offering is not found anywhere else. A certificate of completion is available to fulfill court-ordered or parenting class requirements

The course includes a state-of-the-art curriculum with the training provided by an experienced, certified Parent to Parent Teacher. Each of the sections covers an area of information absolutely essential to the successful management of ADHD. And best of all, the training is from a parent's perspective, brought to you by experts who have faced the same struggles, questions, and challenges you face. In addition to the classes you will receive a Parent to Parent Workbook full of helpful articles, tips and worksheets to use in your own family.

SESSION 1: Overview of ADHD
SESSION 2: Probable Cause and Assessment
SESSION 3: Comprehensive Treatment: Medication and Psycho-social Treatment 
SESSION 4: Obstacles to creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment. 
SESSION 5: Strategies for creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment
SESSION 6: Supporting Your Child at School: How ADHD Affects Learning
SESSION 7: Supporting Your Child at School: Requesting Support for Your Child.
SESSION 8. Supporting Your Child at School: Educational Rights

Registration: This program was developed and is supported by Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and does require membership in CHADD to participate in this training. The membership in CHADD is part of the fee. There are no additional fees for the other parent (fees are per couple).

Day:Date: 3/3 - 3/10  Time: 9 am – 5 pm  Hours: 14                                                                     Material fee per couple*$20/$60 NR   Location: Youth Services 
CHADD Membership is Required. If you are not a CHADD Members, you will be asked to bring a check to the first group made out to Warren Township Youth Services in the amount of $50.00. Youth Services will take care of submitting the membership application.  



Click for a detailed outline of the 14-hour agenda   

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed in your child's IEP?

Do you struggle to understand your rights as an parents?

Do you know the difference between an IEP or 504? 

This workshop will address such issues as legal rights to services, participating as a member of the IEP Team, how tomonitor your child’s success and more. This interactive workshop will review preparation, participation and follow-up to IEP meetings. Presented by attorney Neal Takiff at Whitted Takiff,, LLC.                                                          


Day: Th  Date: March 8 Time: 6:30-8 pm  Childcare: 2-12  Fee: None                                Location: Youth Services
 
INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN-- Be an active and informed partner in the IEP
 
WHY WON'T MY CHILD SLEEP-- Dealing with Children's Sleep Issues

Presented by Christine Cowen and Matt Balog, clinical sleep educators with the Advocate Sleep Center, parents will learn about such issues as common childhood sleep disorders, nightmares vs. sleep terrors, sleep apnea, how much sleep is needed, sleep walking, healthy sleep and teens and sleep routines. Childcare available. Focused on children under 10.

Day: Th Date: April 12 Time: 6:30-8pm Fee: None  Childcare: 1-12                                Location: Viking Park Dance Hall, 4374 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee

Cosponsored by 
COOPERATIVE PARENTING THROUGH DIVORCE
 
April 18-25
2018


Learn to move from conflict to coparenting...

This 4-hour program is designed to give you the tools, perspective and insight you need to enhance your parenting skills to reduce the negative impact of divorce upon you and your children. In this highly interactive program, you will learn to:

  • Control your stress, anger and emotional reactivity… even in the most challenging situations.
  • Gain insight into how your children experience divorce so you can help them cope in the healthiest way possible.
  • Learn new, highly effective ways to communicate with your ex without getting upset, or arguing in front of your children.
  • Avoid common parenting mistakes that can hurt your children and cause long-term emotional injury.
  • Build a cooperative co-parenting relationship with your ex that works well for everyone.
  • Steer clear of emotional traps or power struggles.
  • Understand the legal process of divorce and gain practical information from an
  • experienced divorce attorney
  • Gain the insight to resolve conflicts without expensive court battles.
  • Develop highly effective parenting skills to help your children adjust to change
  • while feeling , secure and cared for.
  • Learn how to make decisions that honor your needs and the needs of your children.
  • Connect to the vision of how you want your life to be and create the outcome you desire.
 
It's ideal if both parents attend the class together and learn to work as co-parents, but this class is also a great asset for who attend on their own. 


Taught and facilitated by the founders of Parenting Perspectives, Karen Jacobson, MA, LMFT, LCPC and Lauren Bondy, LCSW, this program demonstrates the dos and don’ts of parenting through divorce in an inspiring way. They designed the program in their signature demonstration format so you can quickly understand and integrate these proven tools and immediately experience positive changes in how your children move through this difficult transition.


Day:
W  Date: 4/18-25  Time: 6:30-8:30 pm  Weeks: Fee per person:$25R/$75 NR Location: Youth Services Childcare: 2-12


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FAMILY INTERVENTION CONSULTATION— Helping families impacted by substance issues 

This free consultation is designed to provide parents with practical information about child, adolescent or partners substance abuse. Barb Adams will address any issues or concerns related to signs and symptoms of substance abuse, strategies for talking to your teen/partner, referrals and related issues. Township residents only. The service is facilitated by Barb Adams, MA, CADC, who can be contacted at 847-244-1101 ext. *408.



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PROGRAMS PLANNED FOR LATE SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL OF 2018 


YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID-- Next workshop in late spring or fall
This workshop teaches parents, teachers, coaches, scout leaders or anyone who regularly interacts with youth to know how best to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencinga mental health/addiction challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth and planned responses. Lunch will be provided. Presented by LCHD staff.
Day: F Date: TBA Time: 8:30 am-5 pm  Fee: $30
Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL
Cosponsored by Lake County Health Department

THE 7 PRINCIPLES THAT MAKE A RELATIONSHIP WORK—Based on the Research of Dr. John Gottman
This presentation is an overview of Dr. John Gottman's 7 Principles that make relationship work. Dr. Gottman is the USA's leading relationship researcher, who has studied couples for nearly 45 years. His 7 principles summarize what he found makes relationships work, as summarized in his New York Times Bestselling book. Each principle involves exercises that help couples put it into action in their daily lives. 

The program be presented by Adam Krieger, LCSW and may be attended by individual or couple.
Day: W  Date: TBA Time: 6:30-8 pm  Fee: None Childcare: 2-12 Location: Youth Services

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PARENTING THE ANXIOUS CHILD— How to better understand and help your child
This 3-week group provides parents a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it uniquely impacts children, role of attachment, practical strategies for parenting and tips that can help their children. Parents are encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies at home. This group is open to parents of children formally diagnosed with anxiety or whose worrying impacts their life. This group is presented by child and family therapist Alison Koehler, LCPC.
Day: W  Date: TBA Time: 6:30-8 pm Weeks:Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$45 NR

PARENTING THE ADHD CHILD— A positive approach to understanding your ADHD child 
    
This 4-week program presents information about ADHD, embracing its strengths, common challenges and useful approaches to parenting. Parents will be encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies in the home. Facilitated by Lisa Alexoff, MS, LCPC, NCC.
Day: Th Date: TBA  Time: 6:30-8  pm Weeks: 4 Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$50 NR