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Posted on May 23, 2019 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Mental Health Awareness, News, Other Resources, Relationships, Resources, Therapy

Support for Alzheimer’s Disease

It can be difficult to cope when your friend or family member is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, but there are ways in which you can help him or her. You can improve their quality of life with your efforts and be a proud caregiver. Ideas to support a loved one who has Alzheimer’s Disease Learn as much as you can about the disease. If you are made aware of how Alzheimer’s affects the brain and body, you can anticipate emerging symptoms and be ready to deal with them. Reach out for support. You can access support and information from support groups, classes and family members who are battling the same to provide additional care tailored to suit your patient’s condition. You can also make use of the tips that they provide to carry out your daily activities more efficiently while also acting as a caregiver. Connecting with others facing the same problems as you can help alleviate your stress and anxiety.  Prepare yourself. Patients with Alzheimer’s may have emotional...

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Posted on May 21, 2019 in Counseling, Education, Mental Health Awareness, News, Resources, Therapists, Therapy

How to Choose a Mental Health Provider

It is important to find a mental health provider who understands your unique needs and problems. If you have never sought out a mental healthcare professional, this can be a daunting task. Tips to help find the therapist you need Figure out what sort of mental health provider you need – Do you need – a therapist, a psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse, a physician or a professional counselor. It is easier to ask for help when you know where to go to ask for help. How do you pick? If you have health insurance, you will want to pick someone from within your plan. If you are not sure of the type of mental health professional you need, your primary care physician can usually guide you in this decision. Ask for referrals – Ask your general physician for recommendations. Ask your friends and family if they have anybody they can refer. Search internet and phonebook listings. You may even contact up local mental health awareness and care organizations. Websites...

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Posted on Aug 29, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, News, Parenting, Resources, Self Esteem, Social Skills, Teens, Therapy

Social Skills Groups Begin September 17, 2017

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are invited to join one of our Social Skills Groups, which will begin a 10-week session on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Naperville office. The Social Skills Groups will provide: Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Curriculum based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s approach to teaching social skills Individualized goals for each child to develop and practice within the home and community A foundation for developing friendships with same aged peers Three age-appropriate groups are available: Elementary Social Skills Group will meet from 11:00am until 12:00pm Middle School Social Skills Group will meet from 1:00pm until 2:00pm High School Social Skills Group will meet from 2:30pm until 3:30pm Bi-weekly parent training opportunities will also be available. Groups will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Stafiej and will meet at the Naperville location, 24024 Brancaster Drive. Fee is $90.00 per student. More Information For...

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Posted on Oct 8, 2014 in Food Pantries, News, Resources

Food Pantries

The resources listed on this page are provided as a service to visitors of this website. If you know of other local food pantries, please share by emailing the information to us. National & State Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) http://www.feedingamerica.org 35 E. Wacker Dr., #2000, Chicago, IL 60601 Food bank locator by zip code. 800-771-2303 312-263-2303 Greater Chicago Food Depository http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=member_need_food 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632 Enter zip code to locate food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter. Service Area: Chicago and Cook County 773-247-3663 Illinois Food Bank Association http://www.feedingillinois.org Enter a zip code or county for local listings Northern Illinois Food Bank http://solvehungertoday.org/ 600 Industrial Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174 Enter zip code to locate food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter. Service Area: Boone, Dekalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will, and Winnebago counties 630-443-6910 Cook County Townships Bremen Township http://brementownship.net 15350 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60462 Frankfort Township http://www.frankforttownship.com 11008 W. Lincoln Highway, P.O. Box 782,...

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Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in Magazines, Resources

Magazines

Some suggested magazines:   Exceptional Parent Magazine – http://eparent.com/ FamilyFun Magazine –  http://www.parents.com/familyfun-magazine/ Highlights For Children – https://www.highlights.com/ Parent & Child – http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/collection/parent-child-magazine Parents – http://www.parents.com/parents-magazine/ Pediatrics for Parents...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Foster Care & Adoption, Resources

Foster Care & Adoption

Foster Care and Adoption These links will take you outside of the Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc. website. These resources are not intended to replace therapy or counseling. They are provided as a an educational resources for our clients and site visitors. Illinois Mentor – http://www.thementornetwork.com – Illinois Mentor offers both adoption and medically supervised foster care services. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois – http://www.lssi.org – LSSI offers both adoption and foster care services. Adoption services focus on placing children of all ages, some with special medical or emotional needs, in a permanent, loving home. Foster Care services focus on placing children who have experienced neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse in a loving and secure home for varying lengths of time. LSSI also works with children who have special medical or emotional needs. Online Foster Care and Adoption Resources 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Foster Parents – http://adoption.about.com/od/celebrationinspiration/a/fosterresolutio.htm The Challenges of Foster Care – http://adoption.about.com/od/fostering/a/fostcarechallen.htm – Article discusses what it means to be a foster parent. The...

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