Entries by North Shore Pediatric Therapy

IEP Legal Rights

This guest blog was written by Sandra Strassman-Alperstein. As a special education attorney, I am often asked by parents of children with autism about their children’s legal rights at school. Fundamentally, children with autism are entitled to the same educational rights as other children with disabilities, namely FAPE (free appropriate public education).  What constitutes “appropriate” […]

What Exactly is a Social Group for Children with Autism?

We interviewed Latha V. Soorya, PhD from the Rush University Medical Center to learn about the study of social skills groups for children with autism. Many children with autism are working toward learning, building and strengthening their social skills. The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services Center (AARTS Center) at Rush University Medical Center has dedicated […]

How to Make Financial and Legal Decisions for My Child with Special Needs

This guest post is from Benjamin Rubin. Estate planning for parents of a child with special needs is, regretfully, a very complex process. In order to provide for a “special needs” child’s financial security to assure that he or she remains qualified or able to qualify in the future for government benefits such as S.S.I. […]

Handling Breaks from School

Join one of our BCBAs, Jennifer Bartell, to learn about handling breaks from school. She discusses using multiple kinds of visual schedules. NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Glenview, Lake Bluff, Des Plaines, Hinsdale and Milwaukee! If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us […]

An Open Letter to My Fellow Families of Children and Adults with Special Needs

This guest post is from Benjamin Rubin. While all parents need to make legal and financial plans for the future, parents of children with special needs must plan for a much longer time period and must take into consideration many more details, laws and government regulations. My brother, Mitch, now 35, has Autism, and resides […]