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Autism Early Intervention Programs

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Pediatric Developmental Center

3040 N. Wilton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-7340
Cook County
Provides speech, occupational, and physical therapy, and medical diagnosis to help diagnose for autism.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Several wait lists-depends on program; call to inquire.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Early Intensive Home Based Treatment: The PUENTES Program

3040 N. Wilton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-7340
Cook County
Twelve-month early intensive home-based treatment for young children with autism. The program begins with intensive parent training at the center, followed by therapy in the home three times per week with parents actively involved in the child's treatment. Over the 12-month period, consultation with the child's school program is initiated to assure that the child is doing well in all environments. Following the PUENTES program, children move from individual treatment to social groups where they can utilize their communication and social skills with peers. The full range of services is available in Spanish-English.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Ages: 3-7 years.
Possible wait list. Call to inquire.

A.E.R.O.
Early Childhood Program
Lisa Poe, principal
7600 S. Mason Ave.
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 496-3330
Cook County
Half or full-day education program designed for children who exhibit severe to moderate delays in one or more areas of development. Program utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis for skill acquisition and behavior management and TEACCH for communication and structure.
Ages: 3-6 years.
Child must be screened first and given a case study evaluation with parent consent in order to enter the program.
No wait list.

Aspire Children's Services
Early Intervention Services
The Eamon Shannon Center
1815 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 236-0979
Cook County - Western Suburban area
email: dmayo@aspireofillinois.org
Provides pediatric therapies and specialized services that help infants and toddlers, improve their functioning in order to reach important developmental milestones. Early intervention services are home-based or facility-based. Services include: developmental evaluations; developmental, occupational, physical and speech and language therapy; parent-child groups for speech, feeding or overall child development; and family education and support throughout the year.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted. Certain number of slots limited on accepting children with Medicaid insurance.
No wait list.

Chicago Spectrum Solutions
Cindy Johnstone
Home-based services for greater Chicago
(617) 835-1174
email: info@chicagospectrumsolutions.com
We create customized solutions to help tackle common household routine problems such as breaking down multi-step directions, creating personal space awareness, compliance with non-preferred activities, etc.
Ages: 3-9 years.
Cost: determined on a case-by-case basis.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#2)
Program of Lake County Health Department
3010 Grand Ave., 2nd floor
2424 Washington St., Suite 210
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 377-8900
Serving: Lake County
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home. Office hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#4)
DayOne Network
Ellana Mavromatis
1551 E. Fabyan Parkway
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 879-2277
Serving Counties: Kane and Kendall
email: info@dayonenetwork.org
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#5)
PACT, Inc.
Lorri Orr, program manager
750 Warrenville Road, Suite 300
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 493-0400
Serving: DuPage County
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#6)
Brenda DeVito, program manager
Melissa Pitts, intake coordinator
1835 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 385-5070
Serving: Cook County North Suburban
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#7)
Suburban Access, Inc.
Laverne Davis
1 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite A640
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 449-0625
Serving: Cook County Central Suburban
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Wait list for speech and language therapy services.

Child and Family Connections (#8)
Easter Seals Society of Metropolitan Chicago

Marlene Stroube
9455 S. Hoyne Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 233-1799
Cook County
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#9)
Hektoen Institute for Medical Research
Cook County Children’s Hospital

Grace Ortiz
1901 W. Harrison St.
Fantus Clinic – Room 209
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 864-6575
Serving Counties: Cook County Central/West
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#10)
La Rabida Children's Hospital

Carol Muhammad
1525 E. 55th St., Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 324-7434
Serving: Cook County Southeast
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child's delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#11)
Maria Cajigas
945 W. George St., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 942-7800
Serving: Cook County
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#12)
Peter Byrne
17300 S. Ozark Ave., North Bldg.
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 429-8231
Serving: South Suburban Cook County
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child's delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#15)
2300 Glenwood
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 730-2617
Serving Counties: Grundy, LaSalle, Kankakee and Will
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child’s delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Child and Family Connections (#25)
Options and Advocacy
365 Millennium Drive, Suite A
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 477-4720
McHenry County
Provides free developmental screenings and evaluations for infants or toddlers with possible developmental delays. If a child is determined eligible, an individual family plan is developed to address the child's delay with services being provided primarily in their home.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Community Therapy Services, PC
40W310 LaFox Road, Suites A1-B1
St. Charles, IL  60175
(630) 444-0077
Kane County
emails: info@ctspediatrics.com or cdcts@ctspediatrics.com
Offers free developmental screenings for children ages 4 months to 5 years. Please call for an appointment. Services include: speech, occupational, and physical therapy, and AAC (augmentative/alternative communication) evaluations.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private and limited public insurance accepted; Blue Cross Blue Shield network provider. AETNA and some HMO groups accepted. DSCC (Division of Specialized Care for Children). In order to qualify, you must have a specific diagnosis.
Possible wait list for after school hours.

Good Shepherd Center
17314 S. Kedzie Ave.
Hazel Crest, IL 60429
(708) 355-0020
Cook County
Provides home and center-based services for Early Intervention including physical, occupational, speech and developmental therapy, parent support and sign language for families. Free infant and toddler development screenings; resource lending library; child care training and support.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Cost: free initial consultation; state funded.
No wait list.

Illinois Bureau of Early Intervention
Department of Human Services

401 S. Clinton St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(800) 447-6404
Cook County
Infants and toddlers are tested for delays in movement, learning, and behavior self-help skills. Use the Department of Human Services office locator online to find the Early Intervention office in your area or call. For automated service, call (800) 323-GROW.
Ages: birth to 3 years.

Marklund Respite
Carol Sloan
164 S. Prairie Ave.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
(630) 529-2871, ext. 2238
DuPage County
email: csloan@marklund.org
Early Intervention services are available for infants and toddlers who exhibit a 30 percent developmental delay. Designed to ease the transition to preschool and kindergarten, Early Intervention services are provided in your home or day care center to promote strong family involvement. Early intervention specialists have a 100 percent success rate of helping children maintain or exceed their developmental goals.
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list. 

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
Rachel Wood, division chief
411 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 524-1050, ext. 107
Cook County
Provides developmental evaluation and direct developmental, occupational, physical, and speech and language therapy for infants and toddlers, parent education, parent support through parent liaison services, social events and parent-to-parent linkages. For more information.
Ages: birth to 5 years.
Private insurance accepted. Limited number of public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Playworks Therapy
2155 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(847) 977-3399
Cook County
email: info@playworkschicago.com
Ages: birth to 5 years.
Private insurance accepted, BCBS & Aetna.
Provides developmental therapy, speech and language therapy, social work/counseling, and occupational therapy.

Ray Graham Association
901 Warrenville Rd., Suite 500
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 620-2222
DuPage County
email: homeandcommunity@raygraham.org
Ages: birth to 3 years.
Early intervention program involves developmental therapy only.

WEE Speech, PC
Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
8833 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 329-8226
Cook County
email: office@weespeech.com
Provides early intervention services. Therapists have expertise in a wide range of clinical specialties including but not limited to the following areas: articulation/phonology, augmentative communication, fluency, language disorder, oral motor/feeding, pragmatic language, sensory processing, strengthening, written language, orthotics and neurodevelopmental treatment.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
BCBS provider.
No wait list.