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Warren Township Youth Services provides a variety of parenting and adult groups. None of the programs provide certificates of completion and no one is mandated to receive services. Limited childcare is offered for some program and must be requested at the time of the registration. If you have any questions about residency or the group material, please call 847-244-1101 ext. *401.
Warren Township Youth Services provides a variety of parenting and adult groups and workshops. Limited childcare is offered for some programs and must be requested at the time of the registration. If you have any questions about residency or the group material, please call 847-244-1101 ext. *401.
PARENTING THE ANXIOUS CHILD— How to better understand and help your child
This 3-week group provides parents a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it uniquely impacts children, role of attachment, practical strategies for parenting and tips that can help their children. Parents are encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies at home. This group is open to parents of children formally diagnosed with anxiety or whose worrying impacts their life. This group is presented by child and family therapist Alison Koehler, LCPC.
Day: W  Date: 11/1-15  Time: 6:30-8 pm Weeks: 3

Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$45 NR

PARENTING THE ADHD CHILD— A positive approach to understanding your ADHD child      
This 4-week program presents information about ADHD, embracing its strengths, common challenges and useful approaches to parenting. Parents will be encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies in the home. Facilitated by Lisa Alexoff, MS, LCPC, NCC.
Day: Th Date: 10/5-26  Time: 6:30-8  pm Weeks: 4

Childcare: 2-12 Fee+:$15R/$50 NR

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CHADD-- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
CHADD is a national non-profit group dedicated to educating, advocating and supporting those dealing with ADHD. CHADD of Northern Illinois holds monthly support and informational meetings for anyone living with ADHD, their caregivers, spouses/partners, educators, professionals and anyone wanting to learn more about ADHD. The group is facilitated by Lisa Alexoff, LPC, NCC and Eric Tivers, LCSW. For topics and info visit Group meets every Second Monday of the month from 6:45-8:30 pm at Youth Services.

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP FOR SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES— Helping families impacted by substance issues 
This weekly support group provides parents a place to receive support, information and referals for their children struggling with substance abuse. This is a free group open to anyone.  The service is facilitated by Barb Adams, MA, CADC, who can be contacted at 847-244-1101 ext. *408. The group meets every Thursday, from 6-7:30 pm at Youth Services.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. +The fee allows a spouse or co-parent to attend the parenting group for the listed dates. Need-based scholarships available.

All groups are held at 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee. No classes the week of March 27-31 .


WHY WON'T MY CHILD SLEEP-- Dealing with Children's Sleep Issues
Presented by Christine Cowen, a clinical sleep educator with the Advocate Sleep Center, parents will learn about such issues as common childhood sleep disorders, nightmares vs. sleep terrors, sleep apnea, how much sleep is needed, sleep walking, healthy sleep and teens and sleep routines. Childcare available. Focused on children under 10.
Day: Th Date: Sept 21 Time: 6:30-8pm Fee: None  Childcare: 1-12 Location: Viking Park Dance Hall, 4374 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee
Cosponsored by Gurnee Park District

Let’s face it, sometimes it’s more difficult to interest boys in reading. Michael Sullivan, author of Raising Boy Readers!, will offer practical tips and encouragement to families.

About his book: 
Raising Boy Readers provides practical approaches to promote reading to boys, addressing physical differences, such as the different rates of early brain development between boys and girls; psychological issues, such as the outward focus of boys; and social issues, such as stress and confidence. It also looks at the effects of modern schooling and how these can be counterbalanced or supplemented at home. By informing parents, teachers, and librarians what is behind boys’ reading behaviors, Sullivan helps build confidence and lower stress while suggesting ways to help boys become lifelong readers.
About the Author:
Sullivan is the author of several books, including Raising Boy Readers, Connecting Boys with Books, Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap, Fundamentals of Children’s Services, the Escapade Johnson series of children's books, and The Sapphire Knight.  He is currently the Director of the Weare Public Library in New Hampshire and completed his education at Harvard.
Day: Date: Sept 30  Time: 2-3 pm Fee: None               
Location: Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’ Plaine Rd., Gurnee
Cosponsored by Warren-Newport Public Library

THE 7 PRINCIPLES THAT MAKE A RELATIONSHIP WORK—Based on the Research of Dr. John Gottman
This presentation is an overview of Dr. John Gottman's 7 Principles that make relationship work. Dr. Gottman is the USA's leading relationship researcher, who has studied couples for nearly 45 years. His 7 principles summarize what he found makes relationships work, as summarized in his New York Times Bestselling book. Each principle involves exercises that help couples put it into action in their daily lives.

The program be presented by Adam Krieger, LCSW and may be attended by individual or couple.
Day: W  Date: Oct 11 Time: 6:30-8 pm  Fee: None Childcare: 2-12 Location: Youth Services
Dr. Patrick B. McGrath from Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health will provide parents a better understanding of their child’s anxiety and practical strategies that might help reduce the anxiety and stress related to school. This is a free workshop.
Day: T  Date: Nov 7 Time: 6:30-8 pm  Fee: None              Location: Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’ Plaine Rd., Gurnee
Cosponsored by Warren-Newport Public Library

This workshop teaches parents, teachers, coaches, scout leaders or anyone who regularly interacts with youth to know how best to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencinga mental health/addiction challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth and planned responses. Lunch will be provided. Presented by LCHD staff.
Day: Date: Dec 1 Time: 8:30 am-5 pm  Fee: $30
Location: Youth Services, 100 S. Greenleaf St., Gurnee, IL
Cosponsored by Lake County Health Department

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Childcare must be requested at the time of registration. All workshops are open to the general public (residents and non-residents) at no charge, unless noted otherwise.

Parent and Child Classes at Youth Services, faciliated by WeeBITS. Based on age, parents may be able to choose to do both classes or just one.

WeeSing and Sign Class
Most children love music and singing.  Pairing sign language and music encourages development in both hemispheres of the brain. As your child is learning to “speak,” signs give your child the “words” to communicate more specific needs/wants while the repetition of rhythm and phrases within songs reinforces learning. We use repetition within our class-repeating signs, songs, and activities to build these opportunities.

Families will practice signs during play activities, songs, and reading books.  Handouts will be provided, as well as visuals of the signs and lyrics to many songs/activities during each class.  You will also be provided with suggestions for you to practice what you learn in class at home. These classes are designed for children 6-36 months.
Day:Date: 10/14-11/4 Time: 10-10:45 am Fee: None   Location: Youth Services

WeeMove Class
Children are constantly moving. WeeMove encourages movement through activities, such as dance, obstacle courses, yoga and exercises. These activities will be paired with music, symbolic thinking, problem solving and lots of creativity.  Parents/caregivers will learn how to carry these activities over at home, especially with the weather changing and more inside time.  For children walking through 36 months.
Day: Date: 10/14-11/4 Time: 11-11:45 am  Fee: None  Location: Youth Services

Meet the author of this important book and learn what you can do to encourage a love for reading.

September 30th from 2-3 pm