Rush offers a new parent support program for Chicago families

Families looking for a little help with children experiencing social, emotional and learning difficulties are invited to attend a new Parent Support Series offered by Rush University Medical Center. The free Wednesday night programs address everything from what parents can do about bullying in schools to questions and answers about ADHD medication.

Upcoming programs

Jan. 9: Social Emotional Learning and Behavior
Support at School

Feb. 13: Bullying in School:
What Parents Can Do

March 13: Understanding the
Special Education Process

April 10: Medication in
ADHD: Hard Questions and Actionable Answers

May 8: Promoting Social
Competency in Children with ASD and ADHD

The monthly meetings, also open to teachers and social workers, are taught by experts from the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center. “We have a clinical psychologist, speech language, our education specialist and our developmental pediatrician presenting,” says Bernadette Evans-Smith, the center’s clinical director. “We have people with expertise in different areas and this lets the community know what we have here.”

It also serves as a resource for families who need help but might be struggling financially. “It’s nice to be able to give something free to help families and children,” Evans-Smith says.

The programs also allow parents with a shared interest on a particular issue to meet and hear from other parents, Evans-Smith says.

For more information, call (847) 933-9339 or email Although the program is free, RSVPs are encouraged. The Center is located at 4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100, Skokie. All sessions run 6:30-8 p.m.

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