Monthly Archives: November 2012

As The Weather Turns Colder Here in Illinois, Start Thinking About The AutismOne Conference!

The temps are dropping and the Holidays are near!  Not exactly my favorite time a year since cold temps make me irritable!  I long for the day that i can hang my Christmas lights on a palm tree and cook my turkey Christmas dinner on the grill while in a t-shirt and flip flops but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon!

One way i deal with the winter here in Chicago is by anticipating the AutismOne conference in May!  I get excited this time a year when i start seeing the posts coming in describing the conference tracks and presentations.  It’s an “autismmom’s dream”……..who is going to be there, what new therapies and interventions will be unveiled i wonder?

Start making your plans to attend friends!  If you are not local, start your saving plan and line up your caregivers!  Childcare will be available on site, details to come soon.

***Please note……..the new location this year…..the conference will be held at The Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare

The AutismOne conference is a once a year “mega conference” dedicated to helping families find answers…….it is all about “hope, information, inspiration and answers”…….if you only attend ONE conference in your life……this is the one to attend!

Peace, love and happiness always!




Thanksgiving Week at The Hideout!:)

Thanksgiving is just days away and we have a week filled with activities!

Monday November 19th – Wednesday November 21st

Social Play Groups 10:30 am AND Noon, including Parent Support meetings (general topics)

Drop in play anytime between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Friday November 23rd

Forget about the crowded “big box” stores….shop in Downtown Glen Ellyn, there are many unique and trendy shops offering great deals!

We are offering “respite care” from 11am to 2pm for your children as long as you remain in the Downtown area.

Social Play Groups 11 am AND 1pm, including Parent Support meetings.

Santa Visits Glen Ellyn at 6 pm to Light The Holiday Tree!

Join us starting at 5pm to play, then go upstairs (right on the corner) to watch Santa light the Holiday tree, kicking off the Holiday Season.  Cookies (gluten free also) and refreshments will be served afterward.  There are many activities to join in around the Downtown area that evening.


Saturday November 24th

Social Play Groups 11am AND 1pm

Parent Support Meeting 11am and 1pm

Tween/Teen Social Skills Support Group 2pm

General play anytime from Noon to 4pm

“Date Night Respite”  5:30pm-8pm (by appointment please)


Sunday November 25th

Social Play Groups Noon AND 2pm

Parent Support Meeting 1pm

Teen/Tween Social Skills Support Group 1pm

General Play anytime from Noon to 3pm

We have much to be Thankful for at Kaitlin’s Hideout…..our health, jobs, homes, food and YOU, our families who have supported us all along and who also support other families…we are all in this together!:)

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

Peace, love and happiness always!



Going All The Way to The Ocean For You……

The Trade Winds Resort, St. Pete’s Beach Florida….home of the annual NAA conference.

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! :)  We will be traveling to St. Pete’s Beach Florida to attend the National Autism Association’s annual conference next week,

The Hideout will be closed November 6-11, 2012 to allow us and our volunteers to attend this “mega conference”.

I am so excited to attend presentations from many well respected professionals in the field including….

Eustacia Cutler

Martha Herbert, MD, PhD

Devin Houston, PhD

Raun K. Kaufman

Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP

Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP

William Shaw, PhD

Theoharis C. Theoharides, Ph.D., M.D.

Anju Usman, MD

Andrew J. Wakefield, MD

And many more……

We will return on November 12, 2012 refreshed and fully educated on all the latest research, therapies and information to help your child.  We will also be obtaining a huge amount of new resources to share with all! :)

Peace, love and happiness always!