July McHenry Special Needs Calendar

Events for Children and Families with Special Needs

The McHenry County Special Needs Calendar is sponsored by Pediatric Interactions and Therapeutic Links offering services together and individually in Speech, Occupational and developmental therapies in Lake and McHenry Counties.

Families that have a child with special needs don’t need to miss out on regular fun and open play. The McHenry County Special Needs Calendar rounds up this month’s events for families and children with special needs all in one place. Unless otherwise stated, all events require preregistration. See the event listings for more information and to register.

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July Events for Children with Special Needs

Weekly Events for Children with Special Needs

Links are provided to the first event in the series.

Open Play
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm St., McHenry
Families and their friends are invited to the playhouse for playtime. Open play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down syndrome, creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends, and provides support and networking for families. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time! Open to families with children of all ages and their friends.

Monkey Group – Summer Session*registration required*
8 July – 1 August, Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Pediatric Interactions, 665 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL 60050 | (847) 223-7433
*registration required* 
A pre-preschool alternative or addition to an early preschool class providing a supportive environment for a child’s first time away from parents in a structured program. The group includes implementation of individualized supports, facilitated by a speech/language pathologist and developmental therapists. For children ages 2-3, $35 per day.

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Special Events for Children with Special Needs

Teen Tastic
5 July 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm Street, McHenry | (815) 385-7529 
Focuses on building social skills with friends without Down syndrome by participating in team-based activities in a casual and fun setting. 
Recommended for ages 13 -17 years old.

Kids Club
13 July, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm St., McHenry
This program is designed to support the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting! Kids Club supports gross motor skills through active games, fine motor, and self- help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities. Our Kids Club program is recommended for 8—12 year olds

AMC Sensory Friendly Films 
13 & 27 July, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
AMC Theatres in Lake in the Hills and South Barrington
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the theaters turn the lights up and turn the sound down, so you can get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! 

Sensory Storytime *RR*
13 July, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
* registration required *
Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 Paddock Street, Crystal Lake | (815) 459-1687
This storytime, designed for children with special needs, features movement, music, stories, and hands-on activities. Siblings are welcome. Registration required.

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Sensory Saturday: Space Spectacular *registration required*
20 July, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
* registration required*
McHenry Public Library District, 809 Front St., McHenry
A sensory event designed for children with disabilities, their families, and friends! Our space theme will feature movement, music, stories, and hands-on activities. For children in grades K through 12.

Perspective Play *RR*
22 July, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
* registration required *
Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr., Algonquin | (847) 458-6060
Move, groove, communicate and interact. Lead by Preston Brown from Behavioral Perspective, this program is designed for children with autism and others who may benefit from these interactions. All abilities are welcome. For children between the ages of 3 and 7.

LMNOP
28 July, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm St., McHenry
Language Music N’ Our Peeps LMNOP is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities.  LMNOP is recommended for ages Newborn-36 months.  Fun new theme each month!

Do you know of a program or event we missed? Share it in the comments so we can add it!


Therapeutic Links is an Occupational Therapist owned and directed private practice with over 25 years of experience. Their highly trained staff is dedicated to helping individuals and their families link mind, body, and movement to improve functioning utilizing specialized treatment approaches and meaningful interaction. They pride themselves on working collaboratively with your child’s team of teachers, private professionals, and caregivers.

Therapeutic Links

Grayslake
998 Progress Drive., Grayslake, IL 60030

McHenry
665 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL 60050

(847) 548-3458 | sharon@therapeuticlinks.com
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Pediatric Interactions is a Speech and Language Clinic located in Grayslake and McHenry that engages and empowers families and their children. Pediatric Interventions provides FREE developmental screenings, individual and group therapy, Early Intervention, classes, workshops, and other community resources to help children better communicate.

Pediatric Interactions
Speech/Language and Developmental Therapies

Grayslake
649 Barron Blvd., Grayslake, IL 60030

McHenry
665 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL 60050

(847) 223-7433 | info@pediatricinteractions.com
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Disclosure: Pediatric Interactions and Therapeutic Links are the paid advertising partners of the Special Needs Calendar. All thoughts and opinions are that of the writer. Interested in having your business featured? Contact us today.

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