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Specific events for families and children with special needs.
Down Syndrome Developmental Council (DDC) Monthly Playgroup
Meets on the 3rd Tuesday evening of the month
- All family members invited for an interactive group play therapy session
- Led by a developmental therapist and hosted by various DDC parents (with dinner included)
- Spanish language interpreter is available with advance notice
- FREE of charge
- PLEASE RSVP- Kris Murray - 847-630-4991 or Spanish speaking: Maria 847-219-9200
Vocal Cord Dysfunctions In-Service
What is VCD (Vocal Cord Dysfunction)?
Instead of your vocal cords opening when you breathe in and out, your vocal cords close. When your vocal cords close, it makes it harder to get air into or out of your lungs.
Common Signs and Symptoms of VCD:
* Shortness of breath or difficulty getting air into or out of your lungs.
* Tightness in the throat or chest.
* Frequent cough or throat clearing.
* A feeling of choking or suffocation
* Noisy breathing (stridor, gasping, raspy sounds or wheezing )
* Hoarse voice
VCD is often confused with asthma
Symptoms and triggers for VCD and asthma can be similar; however,
not relieved by taking asthma medicines
How is VCD detected and treated ?
Testing your breathing and looking at your vocal cords. The main treatment for VCD is learning techniques that help you control your vocal cords. These techniques are usually taught by a Speech Language Pathologist who is trained and experienced in treating VCD.
If you are a coach or athlete and are interested in scheduling a FREE Screening or an in-service for your staff, coaches, or athletes, please contact us at 847-223-7433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click Here to download our flyer with more information that you can share.
Updates on Recent Events
Library Mini Golf was a blast. We got to learn about other local organizations through the holes they constructed. We also got to share a little about what we do for local families through our hole!
Coffee for Daddy was a splash! We decorated special coffee mugs for all our dads and got to enjoy cookies and chocolate milk! (June 2016)
Flower's for Mom was so much fun! We decorated terracotta pots and planted flowers for mom. We also got to snack on "Dirt Cups." (May 2016)
Ms. Deanna's Vocal Cord Dysfunction In-Service with Warren's Girls soccer team was a great learning experience for the girls an coaches to learn techniques to combat VCD. (April 2016)
Holiday Kids Night Out! Our PI kiddos were invited to join the staff to make holiday gifts for their families. They made ornaments, snow globes, and decorated plates! (December 2015)
Happy Halloween! Pediatric Interactions braved the rain and cold to give out treats to all the ghosts and goblins in Grayslake. It was very exciting to see all the creative costumes. (October 2015)
We were very excited to host our 1st Annual Family Picnic for all our families at Pediatric Interactions. It was a wonderful afternoon filled with games, prizes, and a few surprises. We got to meet the Manners Monkey from Characters of Character and had balloon sculptures from RJ Jugglers. (September 2015)
We were honored to be a sponsor for Twice As Nice Mother & Child's First Annual Diaper Dash 5K. They raised over $8,000 for their Diaper Bank. Our very own, Ms. Jill also represented Pediatric Interactions and won first place! (September 2015)
Community Action Partnership of Lake County Head Start: Disabilities and Mental Health Community Day (May 2015)
Breath Deep Women's Empowerment Conference (May 2015) It was a relaxing day celebrating all women with massages, brunch, and speakers on financial security and healthy living.
McHenry County Human Race (April 2015). This was a wonderful race to help raise money for WeeBits. It was very exciting to see all the super heroes running through the streets of McHenry.
4th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair (April 2015). It was nice to help bring resources to families with Special Needs.
ChildServ Health Fair (April 2015). WeeBits was there to offer free developmental screenings to local families.
First Annual Speech A Palooza (April 2015). Miss Winthrop Harbor, Kelsi Goshinsky, hosted this event at The Gold Pyramid to help bring awareness to those with speech impediments and those simply afraid to speak.
We teamed up with other "Momtrepreneurs" at a Holiday Open House in November 2014.
Sarah Rosten, our founder, shared her faith journey and her transformation from SLP to leadership within the company on WYLL Faith Marketplace . To listen to her podcasts, check out: http://faithmarketplace.com/podcasts/.
WeeBits Family Carnival in September was a HUGE success, introducing many new families within the community to the charity. The event helped to support the fall/winter educational workshops, enrichment programs and developmental screenings. These events can be found at: www.weebitsforfamilies.org
We are proud to be an annual sponsor Run For Learning 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run held each September. The event raises support for local preschools, including: Grayslake Cooperative Nursery School, Gloryland Preshool, Westlake Christian Academy, and Peppermint Stick Children's Center. Get your shoes ready for next year http://www.runforlearning.com/.
Home School Expo in Crystal Lake (September 2014). We enjoyed meeting families and sharing resources.
WeeBits fundraising events. We rely on community support and donations. See the success of past events and upcoming activities! (www.weebitsforfamilies.org)
KatibugKIds hosted their annual Golf Outing September http://www.katibugandfriends.org/events.html
Many families benefited from the free screening hosted by Autism Speaks on September 7. For upcoming events, visit: http://www.autismspeaks.org/
A portion of the 2013 Fall Trends Fashion Show Featuring Akira Clothing on September 12 supported Cam's Dare to Be Different, an antibullying organization started by a 14 year old girl. Follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CamsDTBD.
The 11th Annual Autism Society of Illinois (ASI) 11th Anniversary Rally for Autism was August 17th. We volunteered for the event, which included over 800 runners. ASI supports the local Autism community with educational seminars, information and referral services, promotes advocacy and legislative activism, connects families with resources and emotional support, and raises Autism awareness. Visit http://www.autismillinois.org/