Additional resources and community outreach efforts:

As the African proverb says, it really does take a village to raise a child. Beyond pediatric therapy services, Individual and Family Connection is committed to making available additional resources and services to help children and families during times of change and challenging situations. Integrating information and guidance from these sources, and our community partners, can help during a child and family’s transition, and play a supportive role as families move forward.

IFC Blog

IFC’s blog gives parents and caregivers resources and information to assist with the best job of all—raising healthy, happy kids! We know that being a parent means being prepared for the unexpected, and it requires a lot of finessing. So, we want to help. Visit our blog.

IFC Social Media

Follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. You’ll find more information about our services, and additional ideas to support your children. We address topical issues to help parents communicate with their children, and make sense of what is happening in the world!

IFC Presentations and Workshops

We believe in actively engaging with the communities we serve, and so IFC reaches out, by providing workshops and delivering presentations to local businesses and groups.

  • “How to Regulate Case Involvement as an Advocate” to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County
  • “Responding to Problem Behavior in the Classroom” for the Northern Illinois District Lutheran Teachers Conference
  • “Everyday Spiritual Parenting – A day in the life of your Kindergarten and 1st Grader” for Willow Creek Community Church
  • “Play Play Play Your Troubles Away” at MommyCon Chicago 2016
  • “How Children Are Impacted by Early Trauma” at NAMI’s 2016 Annual Piecing IT All Together Conference

We invite you to contact us to discuss setting up a workshop or presentation for your business or organization.

Media and Publishing

Our expertise in pediatric therapy means we are often called upon for insight and response to issues that affect children. Click on the links below to read a few of the articles that include IFC’s input, and those we’ve authored to help parents and colleagues understand ways to help children when they’re struggling. More articles are listed in each therapist’s profile.

Advice for parents: Understanding anxiety in your child
Tween Us, Chicago Now – February 4, 2013
Julianne Neely

Chicago counseling center offers help to struggling kids and their families
Examiner- February 24, 2013
Julianne Neely

Trouble in Tween Paradise: Relating to your child under stress
Tween Us, Chicago Now – February 25, 2013
Julianne Neely

Therapists weigh in on how to tell a child their mom is sick
Yoga Mom, Chicago Now – March 8, 2013
Julianne Neely

10 ways to promote healthy body image in your home
Tween Us, Chicago Now – April 8, 2013
Julianne Neely

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY YOUR TROUBLES AWAY
Neighborhood Parent Network, May 20, 2013
Julianne Neely

10 Tips for talking to your kids about terrorism from a pediatric mental health expert
Mom Factually – January 8, 2015
Ritamaria Laird

Your kid is dating? Advice to help them navigate this rocky road
Tween Us, Chicago Now – February 6, 2015
Ritamaria Laird

Do’s and Don’ts for making the best choices for social sharing
Chicago Parent – April 2017
Ritamaria Laird

Expert Tips for Helping Children Cope with Divorce
Equitable Mediation, Featuring Erin Fisher

IFC Training Opportunities

As part of our effort to help other professionals invested in the well-being of children, IFC provides management services for individuals tasked with supervising a child who is struggling with life’s challenges. These may include therapists in training, child care professionals, teachers, coaches, mentors, and others. Please contact us to learn more.

IFC Newsletter

We publish a quarterly newsletter with helpful tips for parents, join our mailing list to read our next issue.

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