Health Professionals’ Resources
The following information is categorized so that you can quickly find services and resources to help you support the children and families that you serve. Another tool is the Health Connection Hub, a database designed to expand the resource and referral network available to health and social service providers and community members.
Click on any topic to see more information. We also have an additional library of information that you can share with parents and caregivers about early intervention and children with disabilities.
Early Intervention & Early Childhood Special Education
Important Hotline Numbers
- Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital (LFH) Perinatal Network: Postpartum Depression 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-866-3646667
- Fussy Baby Network: 1-888-431-2229 (888-431-BABY)
- American Association of Poison Control Centers (24/7): 1-800-222-1222
- Illinois Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-25A-BUSE (1-800-252-2873); TTY 1-800-358-5117
- National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7): 1-800-799-7233; hearing impaired: 1-855-812-1001; TTY: 1-800-787-3224. Online chat is also available everyday from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. central time at www.thehotline.org.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Online chat is also available.
- Pillars 24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 708-485-5245
- Pillars 24 Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 708-482-9600
- Thrive Counseling Center 24/7 Crisis Team: 708-383-7500
- The Veteran’s Crisis Line (24/7): 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; or text 838255.
Physicians Network Newsletters
View newsletters from 2016 to today by visiting the Physicians Network Newsletter Archive.
- Physicians Network Newsletter April 2015
- Physicians Network Newsletter October 2015
- Physicians Network Newsletter October 2014
- Physicians Network Newsletter May 2014
- Physicians Network Newsletter October 2013
- Physicians Network Newsletter April 2013
- Physicians Network Newsletter April 2012
- Physicians Network Newsletter October 2012
- Physicians Network Newsletter May 2011
- Physicians Network Newsletter December 2011
- Physicians Network Newsletter February 2010
- Physicians Network Newsletter November 2010
Physicians Network Presentations
Informational Documents and Articles about Sensory Processing
- Uncovering the Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders
- Sensory Processing Issues Explained
- The Debate Over Sensory Processing
- What is Sensory Defensiveness? [PDF]
- What Is Sensory Processing Disorder? [PDF]
- The Effects of Infant and Maternal Sensory Processing on Infant Fussing, Crying, and Sleep [PDF]
- The Development of Sensory Over-responsivity From Infancy to Elementary School [PDF]
- References for Sensory Processing [PDF]
Books on Sensory Processing
- Sensory Integration and the Child
- Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight
- The Out-of-Sync Child
- Sensational Kids
- Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals
Online Resource Centers for Sensory Processing Disorder
Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form
The Standardized Illinois Early Intervention Referral Form should be completed by the referring party (i.e. a physician or early childhood care and education provider) with the parent or guardian. Be sure to check (√) the appropriate boxes in Section 4 and have the parent or guardian complete and sign Section 6. This will allow the referring party to receive information about the outcome of the referral.
Fax the completed form to the appropriate Child and Family Connections (CFC) office. See the list of CFC service areas and fax #s on pages 7-10 of the Collaboration’s Developmental Referral & Services Directory.
The West Cook County area, which includes Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park, is CFC 7. The CFC 7 fax # is (708) 449-7071 or (708) 449-7173.
CFC will assign the family a service coordinator who must contact the family (usually by phone) within 2 business days. Please share this information with the parent or guardian and let them know to expect a phone call.
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