Teenage DeShawn goes from making exceptional to poor grades in a matter of months due to the violent death of his best friend and the break-up of his family. Presented in collaboration with the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative, this performance examines the need to recognize signs of depression in youth due to family disintegration and violence. Performances run Oct. 29-June 14.When: 10 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday
A new respite care program offers free childcare for children with special needs. The program is free for all families. No affiliation with the church or any church is required.Facilities specific to children with special needs include: wheelchair access, quiet room, sensory wall, playroom, nursery, accessible restroom and changing table.Volunteers are trained with sensitivity and knowledge to care for children with autism, Down syndrome, behavioral disorders, cerebral palsy, speech and language impairments, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and developmental/cognitive disabilities. There is a place for any child affected by special needs, as well as their siblings. Childcare is provided from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Children may be dropped off and picked up at any time during this period. Parents are welcome to spend time in the facilities to observe, meet other parents, or connect with volunteers. To register, email or call Amy Giacalone, email@example.com.Cost: Free
Interactive play group with caregivers and children of all abilities in an inclusive setting. Program focuses on social interaction, fine and gross motor development and sensory integration.When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
After school programming for kids with special needs that includes a healthy snack, arts and crafts, physical activity, and socialization.When: 4-6 p.m.
Programming promotes appropriate behavior and interaction for tweens and teens with special need, utilizing the 5-point scale, social stories and other visual aides to increase socialization. Ideal for individuals with autism.When: 5-7 p.m.