Summer Jam at Concordia Place

This summer, Concordia Place is offering a series of music and entertainment events at each location for families and the community. On June 17, our Whipple location held the first event of the series with 70 families and community members in attendance. Jennifer Viets, ourRead more



From our Friends at Black Bear Academy

col·lab·o·ra-tion \kə-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun: the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

This five syllable word is a very important word in the lives of families working with a team of professionals, managing the needs of children with developmentalRead more


Concordia Place

The following article is by Jessica Trumbull, an Early Childhood Director at Concordia Place in Chicago. Concordia Place serves children, teens, adults and seniors through their multi-generational programming. For information visit their website at or call 773.463.1600.

Get Out and Play!

Children need to move –Read more


Playing Games with Your Child

From Black Bear Academy

Playing games with your child helps to encourage various areas of their development!  This includes, but is not limited to, skills such as attention, inhibition, receptive language, expressive language, sound  production, social language, and social interactions.

 Anticipatory Games


What is a sensory diet?

from Black Bear Academy

Occupational therapists determine areas of concern that are impacting a child’s functional performance and their ability to engage in meaningful activities. One major area that impacts a child’s ability to learn and play is their sensory processing skills or their ability toRead more


Sharing Books

by our friends at Black Bear Academy

“A book is a gift you can open again and again” ~Garrison Keillor

As we end another successful Scholastic Book Fair at Black Bear Academy, and we approach the gift-giving season, we wanted to share some important tips aboutRead more


Back to School Tips from Black Bear Academy


It’s back- to- school time for the kids! There is so much to talk about with your children during this exciting time of change, including new classmates, new teachers, a new classroom and for some, a new school!  In short, there are a lot ofRead more


Does your child have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?

From Black Bear Academy, 1801 W Byron St, Chicago, IL 60613

bb-33For children who have trouble falling or staying asleep, sensory strategies can be helpful to support your child's ability to self-regulate at night.  Most of the sensory strategies suggested by occupational therapists for babies can beRead more


How was your day?

From Black Bear Academy

bb-kid1Who knew this question would be so hard to answer? Many parents have shared with us the difficulty they experience getting their children to talk about their day at school. The younger the child, the more difficult this is. Often timeRead more