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Autism Social Skills Groups

Advanced Behavioral Solutions (ABS)
953 N. Plum Grove Road, Suite B
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 413-9001
Cook County
email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
See below description for each social skills group for children and adolescents with high functioning autism/Asperger's disorder.

Other social skills groups offered at ABS:

Young Social Skills Group at ABS
This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for girls and boys with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) or PDD-like symptoms who experience difficulties in the areas of expressive communication and social interaction. Through the use of puppets, games, arts and crafts and role play, boys and girls will practice better conversational skills, learn to show interest in others, learn the nuances of verbal and nonverbal communication, develop appropriate assertiveness and cooperative play skills, and learn how to develop and build friendships and relationships. Educational information is also provided to parents to assist their child in social situations, school, and at home.
When: Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Ages: 4-6 (boys and girls).

Social Skills Group at ABS
This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for girls and boys with PDD or PDD-like symptoms who experience difficulties in the areas of expressive communication and social interaction. Through the use of games, arts and crafts and role play, boys and girls learn better conversational skills, learn the nuances of verbal and nonverbal communication, develop appropriate assertiveness and cooperative play skills, differentiate between being a leader versus a follower, learn appropriate telephone etiquette, and learn how to develop and build friendships and relationships. Educational information is also provided to parents to assist their child in social situations, school, and at home.
When: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Ages: 7-11 (boys and girls).

Teen Social Skills Group at ABS
This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for teens with PDD or PDD-like symptoms who experience difficulties with expressive communication and social interaction. This group focuses on improving communication, learning more effective ways of handling peer pressure, dealing with siblings and/or family conflict, learning better problem-solving and decision-making skills, exploring issues related to self-image, and learning more effective ways of handling stress in school, family and social situations. Educational information is also provided to parents to assist their teen in social situations, at school and at home.
When: Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.
Ages: 12-18 (girls and boys).
Out-of-network provider.
Cost: $140 (for intake/assessment).
Cost: $40 (per session for all of the above groups listed).

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Pediatric Developmental Center
3040 N. Wilton, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-7682 (Sara Baillie)
Cook County
8 to 12 week social skills groups which target varying levels of skill.
Private and public insurance accepted.

Alexian Brothers Health System
Social Wellness Group & Co-Occurring Parent Group
The Social Wellness Group
is intended for children ages 9-12 with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children must be able to participate and gain from a 60-minute group session.
Featured topics include: communication, friendship, bullying and anger management. Led by Valerie Luxon, licensed clinical psychologist. Co-Occurring Parent Group will be held at the same time as the Social Wellness Group, for parents of the children in attendance. Two community outings will occur and may include: A local restaurant, and Bowling.
Where: Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza
1786 Moon Lake Blvd., Suite 104
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Cook County
When: call for upcoming dates, 6:30-8 p.m.
To register: (847) 755-8090.
Select option No. 5 and leave a message. Your phone call will be returned within 72 hours.
Cost: $50 for each group session, insurance accepted. Outings may be an additional $10-$20. Must provide own transportation.

Other groups at Alexian Brothers Health System:

Teen Scene
The Teen Scene Group
is intended for high school students with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. Teens must be able to participate and gain from a 60-minute group session and various community outings. Featured topics include: communication, friendship, bullying, and anger management. Led by Valerie Luxon, Psy D, and Gia Grimmitt, LCPC. Community outings will occur one time per month and will include:Woodfield Mall, a local restaurant, Bowling, and Roller-Skating.
Where: Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza
1786 Moon Lake Blvd., Suite 104
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Cook County
When: call for future dates, 6:30-8 p.m.
To register, call: (847) 755-8090.
Select option #5 and leave a message. Your phone call will be returned within 72 hours.
Cost: $50 for each group session, insurance accepted for group sessions. Outings may be an additional $10-$20. Must provide own transportation.

Alexian Brothers Interfaith Parish Support Services
Cheryl Hazek, PsyD, LCSW
25 E. Schaumburg Road, Suite 106
Schaumburg, IL 60194
(847) 230-3771
Cook County
email: interfaithsupport@alexian.net
Social skills group for children with pervasive developmental disorders: autism, Aspergers, and PDD-NOS. Through the use of stories, music, puppets, role-play, arts and crafts, and games, children will learn skills to enhance their relationships and awareness of self in a safe and compassionate environment. Parents receive educational resources and support from their licensed therapists. Periodic parental participation, which is unique to their groups, is essential for continuity of care from home, school, and social environments.
Ages: 5-10.
Cost: $25 (initial intake fee); $160 (eight sessions; payment plan available).

Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.
Let's Play Social Skills Group

Facilitator: Krista Stewart, developmental therapist
3105 N. Wilke Road, Suite H
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
(847) 255-8690, ext. 120
Cook County
Let's play together and make some friends. In this group, there will be a lot of hands on play and learning experiences. A variety of materials and play will be introduced that your child can explore. A multi-sensory approach consists of movement, body awareness, role playing, music, art and sensory exploration.
When: call for upcoming dates.
Ages: 3-6.
Cost: $112.
Class size is limited.

Other social skills classes available at Arlington Pediatric Therapy:

High School Social Skills Group
This group is geared toward higher functioning autism who are struggling in the area of social skill development. It provides an opportunity to learn about, talk about, and practice various social skills. Discussion and role playing will be the emphasis of this class. It is a place to discuss all sorts of topics and situations and do some problem-solving.
When: meets on Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Ages: high school age students and young adults.
Cost: $84 (6 weeks).

Sexuality, Relationships and Friendships Program
Contact Mary Beth Mayer at Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd., ext. 127
Social skills class focuses on how you can feel comfortable talking about your feelings, how appropriate relationships are developed and provides information on sexuality.
When: meets on Tuesdays, time and date T.B.A.
Ages: 13 and up.
Cost: $100, varies by number of weeks in program.
No wait list.

Aspire Children's Services
Eamon Shannon Center

Evon Mucek-Kucharczyk
1815 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 236-0979
Cook County
email: emucek@aspireofillinois.org
"Creating Connections: Family, Friends & Beyond" parent-child groups of children in preschool and older who have social challenges, sensory processing, autism or related disorders. Led by speech and occupational therapists, play activities focus on: taking turns, cooperation, conversational skills, increasing attention and expanding play interests. Parents will learn to facilitate social interactions and promote friendships in their children, as well as strategies to manage challenging behaviors. Groups form year round.
When: Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $300 for 10-week group.

The Autism Center for Excellence at Giant Steps Illinois
Life Skills Vocational Program
2500 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 455-5730
DuPage County
Program's goal is to provide an opportunity for ten adults who have the primary diagnosis of autism, to learn life skills and have meaningful employment. Program will offer two tracks: (1) supported track where individuals work in a sheltered environment within the Autism Training Center; (2) independent track that will offer opportunities for employment in workplace settings with the use of a job coach. Includes community outings to give participants opportunities to develop appropriate recreational and social skills.
Ages: 22 and up.
Private insurace accepted. 
Cost: Please call Giant Steps for more information.
No wait list.

Behavioral Care Associates
Virginia Seng, PhD
Amie Yanover, PsyD
999 Plaza Drive, Suite 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 619-1880, ext. 19
Cook County
email: ginseng825@yahoo.com
Social skills group for children and adolescents who have Asperger’s disorder, autism or a nonverbal learning disability who have difficulty reading non-verbal social cues, using pragmatic language (e.g. eye contact, turn taking, maintaining personal space boundaries) and maintaining friendships.
Ages: 5-7 (boys).
When: Meets on Thursdays, 4-4:50 p.m. (10-week group).
Ages: 8-10 (boys).
When: Meets on Saturdays, 9-9:50 a.m. (10-week group).
Ages: 11-13 (boys).
When: Meets on Saturdays, 10-10:50 a.m. (ten week group).
Ages: 14-16 (boys).
When: Meets on Saturdays, 11-11:50 a.m. (ten week group).
Ages: 14-16 (boys).
When: Meets on Tuesdays, 7-7:50 p.m. (ten week group).
Private insurance may be accepted.
Cost: $65 (50-minute session).
No wait list.

Behavioral Psychology Associates
Virginia M. Seng, PhD
Amie Yanover, PsyD
111 Lions Drive, Suite 220
Barrington, IL  60010
(847) 619-1880, ext. 25
Lake County
Social skills group offered for girls and boys needing assistance with skills related to making and keeping friends. Group focuses on non-verbal cues, strategies for initiating and joining other children, good listening skills, conflict-resolution/problem-solving, and self-monitoring.
When: call for upcoming groups' dates and time.
Private insurance may be accepted.
Cost: $65 (50-minute session).
No wait list.

Second location:
Virginia M. Seng, PhD
(847) 303-1881 ext. 19 or
Christine DiGangi, LCSW
(847) 303-1880 ext. 26
1920 Thoreau Drive, Suite 151
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Social skills groups offered for children and adolescents in our Schaumburg location. The groups are designed to help teach conversational (e.g., maintaining conversations, reading non-verbal social cues) and friendship skills (e.g., negotiation, dealing with bullies, empathy). Parents receive weekly agendas describing the lessons with strategies for continuing to work on the skill at home. Skills are taught through group discussion, modeling and role playing.
The follwing groups wil be offered:
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. boys  8-10 years old
10 a.m. boys 11-13 years od
11 a.m. boys 14-17 years old
12 p.m. girls 7-10 years old
11 a.m. girls 11-13 years old
Tuesday, 6 p.m. boys 8-10 years old,
7 p.m. boys 11-13 years old
Contact: Virginia Seng, PhD, for information about boys groups and 
Christine DiGangi, LCSW, for information about girls groups. Numbers above.

Belle Center of Chicago
Socializing in the Summer
Susan Karr, program director
1754 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-7868
Cook County
email: susan@bellecenter-chicago.org
Interactive experiences to enhance child's communication, self-esteem, and cooperative play skills through a variety of language, sensory and motor activities. Children will learn the importance of expressing thoughts, feelings and ideas, taking turns, and working within and as part of a group. Led by a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist.
When: check back for dates and times.
Ages: 3-5, 5-7 and 7-9.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Cost: $450.
No wait list.

Other social skills groups at Belle Center:

Let's Talk and Play!

In this group, communication and language skills will be encouraged and enriched through natural play. Children will have many opportunities to practice using a variety of communication skills for getting along with and playing with others. Turn-taking, as well as negotiating, sharing, giving, and requesting will be emphasized. Led by a speech-pathologist.
When: Meets on Thursdays, 9-10 a.m.
Ages: 5-6.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Cost: $450.
No wait list. 

Play Pals ... Sensory Explorers
Play Pals is a therapeutic group with the overall goal to improve each child's self-confidence and ability to work and play with others. In order to accomplish this goal, the group leader will use multi-sensory art activities, interactive projects, and games designed to assist participants in improving social peer interaction skills, sensory tolerances, processing and modulation abilities, and motor coordination. Led by an occupational therapist.
When: Meets on Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Ages: 6-8.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Cost: $450.
No wait list.

Cawn/Krantz & Associates, Ltd.
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP/L
650 Academy Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 480-8890
Cook County
email: sherrislp@cawn-krantz.com
Peer Buddies, a year-round social development group offers an opportunity for preschool-age to teenagers to be successful in developing meaningful, successful, and enjoyable social/play interactions with peers.
Ages: birth to 14 years.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC
Allison Lobel, PsyD, P.L.A.Y Project consultant
16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 468-2342
DuPage County
email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
Social interaction groups and facilitated play dates for children experiencing difficulties establishing and maintaining age-expected peer interactions.
Ages: 2 and up.
Limited private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

The Center for Hope & Healing
Jessica K. Paganis, MSW, LSW, P.L.A.Y Project home consultant
16W241 South Frontage Road, Suites 35 & 36
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 468-2341
DuPage County
email: jessica@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
Social skills groups are led by a developmental therapist and social worker. Groups focus on regulation, shared attention, social collaboration and social language skills. The Center for Hope and Healing is committed to providing therapeutic interventions that optimize the social, emotional, developmental and behavioral needs of children and families affected by autism and related disorders. Business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays to be determined by parent and therapist.
Ages: birth to 14 years.
Limited private insurance accepted.
Cost: varies by service.
No wait list.

Charlie's Gift
Diana de León, clinic manager
1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 810-1200
DuPage County
email: ddeleon@charliesgift.org
Offers social skills groups for children through pre-teens. Groups include: "Friendship Clubs" and "Arts and Friends."
Ages: 3-18.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Chatabilities, Ltd.
Social Skills Program: SEE What I'm Saying?

Julie Prato, MA, CCC-SLP
Meg Kwak, PhD
Location: Elmhurst College Speech and Language Clinic
190 Prospect Ave., 210 Circle Hall
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 270-7322
Cook County
email: julieprato@charitables.com
This group is designed to help kids who are struggling with understanding the unwritten rules of social interactions such as making friends, the art of conversation, understanding of body language and making positive impressions.
Ages: 10-15 (boys and girls).
Cost: $650 (may be covered by insurance). Cost includes: twelve hours of therapy, materials and dinner.
No wait list.

Chicago Park District
Vittum Park-Special Recreation Programming

5010 West 50th St.
Chicago, IL 60638
(773) 798-1747
Social Club
Join us for a great time. An opportunity to promote independence and socialization. This program includes: cooking classes, field trips, parties, holiday events, physical activity and games.
When: 5-7 p.m. and 12-3 p.m. Saturdays: Fridays and some Saturdays 12-3 p.m.
Ages: all ages.
Cost: $10.
Fun and Games
After school programming that is filled with physical activity, arts and crafts, games and much more. An excellent opportunity for growth in socialization, fine and gross motor and sensory integration.
When: 12-3 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Saturdays; and 12-3 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and some Saturdays.
Ages: 7-13.
Cost: $15.

Communication Clubhouse
Diane Lee
2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 495-6800, ext. 117
DuPage County
Groups' focus is developing communication and social skills of children with a diagnosis of Asperger’s disorder or autism with established verbal communication skills.
Ages: 18 months-13 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Other groups at Communication Clubhouse:

The Art of Play
Group incorporates art as a means of therapeutic intervention for children who have experienced loss or other trauma in life. Situations such as divorce, seperation, etc. are difficult subjects to approach with children. This group opens a dialogue by allowing children to create and then reflect upon the art products and processes to increase their awareness of self and others, cope with anxiety and manage stress.
Where: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 495-6800, ext. 117
DuPage County
When: call for upcoming dates.
Ages: 3-4 and 5-7.
Cost: call for rates.
Join at any time.

Slice O'Life
Group offers real life experiences in the community coupled with clinical training. Skills addressed include social referencing in new situations, problem solving and developing situation specific communication styles. This program is an opportunity to practice social skills in a therapeutic beneficial environment.
Where: 2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
When: call for upcoming dates and time.
Ages: 11-13.
Cost: call for rates.

Communication Therapy Services
Jennifer Nix
55 Ascot Lane
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 499-9169
Kane County
email: jennifer@communicationtherapyservices.com
Soical skills groups are offered for children with autism spectrum disorders utilizing social thinking techniques. Children are matched for age and functioning level to maximize benefit from the groups. Summer sessions are conducted in the community for greater generalization of skills.
Ages: 2-18.
Private insurance accepted; preferred provider for BCBS only.
Possible wait list.

The Discovery Clinic
Gene Newton, MA
1306 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 901-0909
Cook County
Social skills groups for children and adolescents with Asperger's disorder that uses specific interests of a child to teach skills that are missing to foster success in life. Six to eight sessions.
Ages: 5-18.
Out-of-network provider.
No wait list.

Easter Seals - Metropolitan Chicago
Autism Program Service Center

Michelle Fieldman
1001 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County
email: michelle.fieldman@eastersealschicago.org
The "Getting Along Social Skills Group" is an eight-week program developed to enhance adaptive social skills in youth with high-functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome. It is run by licensed social workers and a board certified behavior analyst.
When: call for upcoming dates.
Cost: free.

Easter Seals - Rockford and The Autism Program (TAP) Service Center Presents: Getting Along Social Skills Group
Contact: Ann Bormett
Where: Carlson Ice Arena
4150 N. Perryville Road
Loves Park, IL 61111
(815) 395-5561
Winnebago County
This social skills group is a program developed to enhance adaptive social skills in youth with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Group will address: recognizing and regulating emotions, reading non-verbal cues, responding appropriately in conversation, monitoring personal space and understanding social rules. FYI: They are compiling a wait list who are interested in participating in one of their social skills groups. Groups meet once a week for 9 weeks. If you have a child that would benefit from this experience, please call Ann Bormett for further information.  
Ages: 6-9.
Cost: free.

Edgewood Clinical Services, LLC
2948 Artesian Road, Suite 112
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 428-7890
DuPage County

Second location:
14722 S. Naperville Road, Suite 112
Plainfield, IL 60544
(630) 428-7890
Will County
Social skills group.
When: meets on Mondays, 5-6 p.m.
Ages: 4-5 years to early-mid high school.
Private insurance accepted.
Possible wait list.

Encouraging Changes Counseling
Aimee Micetic, MA, LCPC
Registered Play Therapist
13717 S. Route 30, Suite 159
Plainfield, IL  60544
(815) 274-3416
Will County
email: amicetic@sbcglobal.net
Interactive social skills group geared toward game play and art projects. Co-leader integrates occupational therapy into group. Download other website.
Ages: 3-5 (When: alternating Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m.); Ages: 6-8 (When: alternating Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.); Ages: 9-12 (When: alternating Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.).
Ages: 13-15 (When: alternating Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.).
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $30 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Have Dreams Park Ridge
Cooking & Conversation
Dana Senceroy, MMNA
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
email: dllabrose@hotmail.com

Second location:
2020 Dempster St.
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 905-0702
Cook County
Cooking activities provide a natural opportunity for practicing social skills, following directions, turn taking, and reading. Games and activities, which promote conversation, comprehension and asking/answering questions, round out the program.
When: meets on Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m.
Ages: 11-14.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Other social skills programs at Have Dreams:

Interactive Games and Art Therapy
A center-based program that introduces children to board games, card games and group games. Games are adapted to promote socialization and communication skills.  Adaptations and prompts are faded as children become familiar with and understand the games, enabling them to play the games in other settings. Art is also incorporated in this program, offering children a visual means of self-expression.
When: Ages:  6-10, meets on Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; Ages: 11-14, meets on Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Music and Social Games
Interactive songs and activities will provide the framework to encourage language and social skills.  Skills such as turn taking, waiting, sharing and attending will be practiced.
When: meets on Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.
Ages: 5-10.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Social Skills Program
This is a center-based program in which children are engaged in social learning opportunities and activities.  Thematic units are integrated in each learning center.  Learning centers include games, reading, art, gross motor activities, cooking, and music. Skills such as turn taking, waiting, sharing and attending will all be practiced. Games are adapted to promote socialization and communication skills. Adaptations and prompts are faded as students become familiar with and understand the game concepts, enabling them to play the games in other settings. Cooking activities provide a natural opportunity for practicing social skills, following directions, turn taking, and reading.
When: Ages: 4-7, Meets on Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; Ages: 6-10, meets on Mondays, 4:15-5:45 p.m.; Ages: 8-11, meets on Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Social Skills Program (second location):
Have Dreams

Dana Senceroy, MMNA
Park School
828 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
email: dllabrose@hotmail.com
This is a center-based program in which children are engaged in social learning opportunities and activities.  Thematic units are integrated in each learning center.  Learning centers include games, reading, art, gross motor activities, cooking, and music. Skills such as turn taking, waiting, sharing and attending will all be practiced. Games are adapted to promote socialization and communication skills. Adaptations and prompts are faded as students become familiar with and understand the game concepts, enabling them to play the games in other settings. Cooking activities provide a natural opportunity for practicing social skills, following directions, turn taking, and reading.
When: Ages: 6-10, meets on Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m.; Ages: 6-10, meets on Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Pre-Teen Social Group (second location):
Have Dreams

Dana La Brose, MMNA
Park School
828 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
email: dllabrose@hotmail.com
Each program offers activities to promote social interactions, working cooperatively, and learning new skills. Each week introduces units (units are tailored based on feedback from the teens regarding their interests such as movies, pop music, comic books, etc.), adapted sports and games (kickball, basketball, bean bags, etc.), group language activities, table games, cooking and conversations, and fitness and healthy-living. All activities promote peer relationships, communication, and independence.
When: meets on Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m.
Ages: 10-14.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Hope Delivery Systems
Social Skills Groups
Inspire Business Center
1016 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 985-7723
Cook County
email: info@hopedeliverysystems.com 
Focus is on building pre-school/kindegarten skills, sitting and attending to activities, following directions, circle time (calendar, weather, seasons), turn taking/games/play skills, familiarizing children with pre-school songs/nursery rhymes.
Ages: 3-5.
Focus is on building positive social skills for home, school, and in the community; listening/following directions; positive social behavior; coping skills; feelings identification.
Ages: 6-9.
Focus is on building positive social skills for home, school, and in the community; non-verbal communication/reading social cues; feelings identification; coping skills; and problem solving.
Ages: 10-12.
Focus is on building positive social relationships and looking towards the future; friendship skills; coping skills; and interest inventory/future planning for transition from school to work or higher education.
Ages: 13-17.
Private and public insurance not accepted.
Cost: $420 (8-week session). Payment options/plans available.
No current wait list.

KGH Consultation & Treatment, Inc.
Melissa Menn, MSW
3100 Dundee Road, Suite 704
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-5437, ext. 20
Cook County
email: melissamenn@kghconsultation.org
Social skills group for students with high-functioning autism/PDD, Asperger's disorder, executive functioning deficits and/or non-verbal learning disability. Goals for this group include enhancing social and relationship development to encourage students to seek support from peers, to facilitate social conversations between students and facilitate social engagement (e.g. small talk) in various age-appropriate activities.
When: meets on Fridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages: 10-14.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $29 (per session).
No wait list. Join at any time.

Other groups at KGH Consultation & Treatment, Inc.:

Volcano Group
(847) 498-5437, ext. 12 (to register call Kim).
Does your child have intense feelings and explode like a volcano? This volcano group is appropriate for ADD/ASD or Asperger's students, who need support with anger management, peer conflict, and self-control. This group is facilitated by a licensed occupational therapist.
When: call for upcoming dates.
Ages: 5-10.
BCBS accepted; billable to your insurance.

Post-Summer School & Camp Intensive Program: Parent & Child Training Intensive
Comprehensive parent & child training program educates and empowers parents to feel and be more successful with their child with ASD, developmental delay and/or behavior problems. This program meets for three hours per day for five days. The first hour your child is in a session with a behavior specialist as the parent(s) are receiving course content. The remainder of the time will be spent actively coaching the parents to help them create successful interactions with their child, eliminate problematic behavior, increase positive behavior as well as promote independence with your child.
When: call for upcoming dates and time.
Ages: 2-5.

On The Town
On the Town is a great program for children, who have social skill knowledge and have had practice with relationship and social development in structured settings but who would benefit from support in applying these skills to natural community environments more consistently.
Meets: one time per week for one hour, depending on the community activity. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their children at the outing location and willbe asked to pay for any tickets or entrace fees required. A schedule of the outings will be given at the first social group. This group is facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
When: call for upcoming dates and time.
Ages: 8-16.

Life Skills & Leisure Program
This intensive program is for pre-teens and teens who would benefit from a small group improving important life skills such as developing leisure skills, chores such as laundry (on site washer/dryer), reading and using money, etc. This program meets for two hours per day for five days. Pre-teens and teens will be introduced to a variety of age-appropriate social leisure skills as well as community outings to practice their taught life skills in the natural setting.  Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their child at the outing location and will be asked to pay for any tickets or entrace fees required. A schedule of the outings will be given when registering for the program. Led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
When: call for upcoming dates and time.
Ages: 6-18.

Let's Get Organized!
This program is a great opportunity for pre-teens and teens to take responsibility, with a little support, to independently prepare and organize for their upcoming school year. Students will go shopping to collect supplies, organize their supplies as well as create an effective organizational system for their backpack and homework. Age appropriate visual schedules/calendars will be introduced and practiced.
When: call for upcoming dates and time.
Ages: 8-18.

Kids Communicate
Contact: Bridgette Nicholson
Where: Streamwood, IL
Cook County
email: bnicholson@customsolutions.us
Social skills group for children who have Aspergers or high functioning autism. The group is also for children who have challenges with verbal and/or written communication, but good intelligence. The group will focus on written/verbal communication and social interaction/social skills. Sessions will involve the following activities: exercise warm-up with music, drama, role play and acting, writing, creating PowerPoint presentations and giving presentations, creating videos and playing. Group leader is an occupational therapist and has twenty-five years of dealing with students who have special needs. Learn more.
When: call for upcoming dates and time.
Ages: grades 3 through 6.
Cost: free.

Kreider Services, Inc.
Laura Watters
P.O. Box 366
Dixon, IL 61021
(815) 288-6691, ext. 226
Lee County
What is the definition of bullying? What are the different types of bullying? What do I do if I experience bullying? They are looking for children first grade and above with an autism spectrum disorder or their peers who might be interested in a 6-week social skills group addressing the issues of bullying. If your child is interested in participating in this type of group on a Monday or Thursday late afternoon this fall, please contact Laura Watters with the following: child's name, date of birth, gender, and grade level as well as the best way to reach you with more detailed information in the future.

Learning Through Play Center for Child Development
Staff includes: BCBA/Behavior Therapists, Music Therapists, Developmental Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists
633 W. Addison
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 458-9865 or (773) 615-3202
Cook County

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.
Fall Play & Friendship Groups

1001 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 151
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196
email: kronan@lilfriends.com
DuPage County
Ages: 6-13.
When: call for future dates.

Other groups at Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.:

Play Date Group
This group will be developing the skills to have a friend over to play - greeting, sharing, turn taking, staying with a friend, flexibility in how a game or activity is done. During group, we will have a snack and play a board game as well.
When: call for future dates.
Ages: 6-7
Cost: $360; $60 per session.

Social Detective
As part of this social group, participants will learn to identify the facial expressions for different emotions; what makes them feel that emotion; how others might feel when they display that emotion; and what they can do when they feel that emotion. A special workbook goes along ith this group and parents are given activities to work on at home.
Cost: $360; $60 per session.
 
Friendship Group -  Conversation Skills
This group will work on conversation skills such as how to recognize when: someone is confused about what you are saying, recognizing when someone does not believe you, judging when to give another person the opportunity to talk, introducing a new topic, figuring out how to be a part of the conversation through body language, understanding facial expressions and gestures, and learning how to give and accept compliments. Participants will learn to create file folders in their heads about the likes and dislikes of the people they most frequently interact with. Working together, they will make and serve a simple snack. Each session ends with playing a turn-taking game.
Cost $360; $60 per session.

Friendship Groups "I Can Do It"
Children will work on a number of essential skills when participating in the Center's Friendship Groups. Our younger participants will practice appropriate behaviors during challenging situations such as losing a game, working as a team, trying something new, and going to and having a birthday party. Our older students will work on Conversation Skills such as when to start a conversation; knowing when someone is interested in talking and when they are not; how to start a conversation, how to stay on topic; and how to maintain a conversation. All sessions will end with a structured group activity.
Cost: $360; $60 per session.

"We Can Make It Better" Dealing with Conflict Resolution
These groups will have children and adolescents practicing problem solving around conflict resolution regarding problems they may face in everyday life. The groups will read stories where they identify problem behavior and each child will determine how to make the situation better. The story will then be rewritten showing how the problem will be resolved. The children will role play the new story. Parents will receive materials so they can practice the skills at home.
Cost: $360; $60 per session.

Teen Social Group
The Teen Social Group is a structured group utilizing the Social Thinking concepts in which participants learn how to communicate effectively in a supportive social environment. Activities will include role play, video modeling, and community outings.
When: Call for future dates.
Cost: $360; $60 per session.

Peer Pairs
Peer Pairs are ideal for children who are not quite ready to socailize as part of one of our existing structured groups. As part of a peer pair, two children will be matched up to work on social skills. Children or adolescents will be selected for peer pairs that have similar needs to maximize the therapy time.
Cost: $360; $60 per session.

Confidence and Bully Prevention
The participants in this social group will be learning why a person is a bully and how to deal with them. While the group members are learning about "bully proofing" themselves they will develop tools for self-advocacy. Group members will also enjoy a snack, conversation, working together, and playing a board game.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 8-9
Cost: $360; $60 per session.

Preschool CLAP Group
The Preschool CLAP (Communication, Language, And Play) group is for children ages 3-4 with Autism, PDD, and other related conditions. The group will focus on building communication skills, follwing routines, and participating in play-based activities such as songs, games, and sensory play.
Cost: $360; $60 per session.

Functional Life Skills Social Group - Kitchen Skills
This group is for teens with High Functioning Autism/Asperger's who like to eat, but lack skills in the kitchen. The group will focus on participants learning their way around the kitchen by following a recipe, using tools and small appliances, and cleaning up afterwards.
Cost: $360; $60 per session.

LMH Services
Social Skills Group for Young Adults

Linda M. Hoeck, MA, autism consultant
1641 Crowfoot Circle N
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(224) 489-6464
Cook County
email: lhoeck@gmail.com
Young adults with social skill challenges (typically diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder) who would like to participate . Targeted kills include: flexibility, self-management (daily responsibility and stress relief), conversation norms, relationships, observation skills/situational norms and problem-solving.
When: Call for future dates.
Cost: $30 per session for seven weeks = $210.

North Shore Pediatric Therapy
1308 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025
Cook County
1700 W. Cortland, Chicago, IL 60622, Cook County
1442 Old Skokie Road, Highland Park, IL 60035,
Lake County
(877) 486-4140
email: info@nspt4kids.com
Provides social skills groups.
Ages: varies.
Out-of-network provider.
Cost: $144.
No wait list.

Potanos and Associates
Social Skills Groups

Jenny Potanos, MA, CCC/SLP-L
1N031 Coventry Drive
Wheaton, IL 60188
(630) 510-8021
DuPage County
email: jpotanos@speakeasy.net
Cosley Zoo Play Camp
Ages: preschool to third grade.
Bowling with Friends
Ages: third grade to middle school.
Integrated Play Groups
Ages: birth-18 years (group meets all year long).
When: call for future dates and time.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: varies; will work with families on this. 
Possible wait list.

Rush NeuroBehavioral Center
4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 933-9339
Cook County
email: info@rnbc.org
Provides children with specific social skills necessary for developing successful and long-lasting social relationships. Children will be grouped with peers of the same age and who demonstrate similar social concerns.
Ages: 4-17.
Insurance not accepted.
Rates available upon request.
Wait list varies. Groups available throughout the year.

Social Butterfly, Inc.
Alexandria Laris Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L
1010 Jorie Blvd., Suite 112
Oakbrook, IL 60523
(708) 533-1543
DuPage County
email: socialbutterfly@live.com
Serving the Western Suburbs.
Summer social language/social skills groups. Groups include: "Play with Me," "Let's Talk" and "Hanging Out." Provides one-on-one and social language groups.
When: call for future dates and time.
Ages: 3-18.
Some insurance accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield and Humana.
Cost: call for fee schedule.

The Social Skills Place
464 Central Avenue, Suite #6
Northfield, IL 60093
(847) 446-7430
email: susan@socialskillsplace.com
Ages: K-12 grade.
Social skills group for mainstreamed children, adolescents, and high school students and young adults who are on the austim spectrum.

Genevieve Thorton, PsyD
899 Skokie Blvd., Suite 204
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 559-3240
Cook County
Social perspective-taking group that focuses on behavior and how it impacts others.
When: meets Thursdays and Fridays, time varies.
Ages: 2-18.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Other group available with Genevieve Thorton:

Social Thinking Therapeutic Group for Teenage Girls
Social skills group for teen girls who have a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome or non-verbal learning disability. Group will benefit from learning perspective taking skills and opportunities to practice skill acquisition in a supportive therapeutic environment.
When: meets on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. (10 weeks).
Ages: 14-18 (5-person maximum).
Scholarships available.

TMS Psychological Services, PC
Facilitated by: Erin Marek, PsyD and Helen Jonas, MA
1515 N. Harlem Ave., Suite 304
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-3405, ext. 10
Cook County
email: stafftms@sbcglobal.net
Social skills group designed for children who have difficulty communicating and getting along with their peers or siblings. It will help children build skills in a variety of areas including: communication and listening, understanding boundaries and personal space, friendship building and peer interactions, cooperation and teamwork, problem solving, and management of frustration and anger.
When: meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Ages: 8-12.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 (per session).
No wait list.

Other social skills groups offered at TMS:

Emotion Management (including Anger) Group
Facilitated by: Erin Marek, PsyD and Helen Jonas, MA
Group is designed for children who have difficulty managing emotions and using appropriate ways to express feelings (including anger). Group will help children build skills in a variety of areas including: recognition and communication (both verbal and nonverbal) of feelings, cooperation, good sportsmanship, problem solving, and management of frustration.
When: meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Ages: group designed for children and/or teens.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 (per session).
No wait list.

Creative Skills Group
Facilitated by Daniel Kelly, PsyD
Group focus is to facilitate emotional growth and self-awareness through creative and artistic expression. The skills acquired in this group will lead to more effective emotional regulation and social interaction. Participants are challenged to engage in self-exploration and gain a deeper understanding of themselves, while witnessing and supporting similar experiences in other group members.  
When: meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Ages: group designed for children, teens, or adults.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 (per session).
No wait list.

Wii Based Social Skills Group
Facilitated by: Daniel Kelly, PsyD
Group's focus is to help children understand how to create, nurture, and sustain quality relationships. The creation of these relationships will be facilitated by a shared interest in the Wii. Problem solving, confliction resolution, de-escalation and sharing will be targeted as specific skills to be established through the group experience.
When: meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Ages: 8-12 (boys and girls).
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 (per session).
No wait list.

Transitions Developmental Therapy, PC
Bianca D. Rodriguez, DT
225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 296-5990
DuPage County
Group focuses on building and developing social skills.
Ages: 3-18.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center
Carl Indovina, clinical psychologist/center director
13318 W. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
Will County
email: cindovina@trinity-services.org
Empirically-based interventions are used to teach social skills to small groups of individuals with similar needs. The parent training component allows parents/guardians to promote generalization of the targeted skills.
Ages: 2-18.
Insurance not accepted.
Sliding scale fee available.
No wait list.

Turning Point Behavioral Health
Lori Gerber
8324 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077-2545
(847) 933-0051, ext. 461
Cook County
Asperger's disorder group focuses on building and developing social skills.
Private and public insurace accepted.
Possible wait list.

UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic
Groups for Children & Teens

Contact: Ginny Griffin or Liz Fernandez
Where: UIC Family Clinic
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 413-1490
Cook County
Groups offered:
Social Skills Groups: School age and high school groups offered. Learn about social skills in a fun and interactive environment. Skills targeted vary depending on client needs.
Social Language Group: Children learn to initiate interactions, increase their attention during play activities, and to enjoy, interpret, use and sustain non-verbal and verbal interactions with peers during play.
Early Learners Group: Structured group geared toward younger children with less language who are learning to engage in dyadic and small group activities. Skills targeted include sharing, turn-taking, and engaging with peers in the context of fun routines.
When: TBD (days and times will depend on participant availability).

UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic
Groups for Teens & Adults

Contact: Ginny Griffin or Liz Fernandez
Where: UIC Family Clinic
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 413-1490
Cook County
Groups offered:
• Anger Management Group: Learn to understand anger and how it affects you and others, while learning techniques to manage anger effectively.
• Wise Mind Group: Learn mindfulness, distress tolerance/emotional regulation, and how to maintain and build relationships.
• Dating Skills Group: Learn to develop healthy relationships, how to build conversations, and sexual education.
Autism Spectrum People in Education (ASPiE) Group: Peer support group for college students with ASD which focuses on peer interactions, support, and shared interests to build relationships in a fun environment. Join at meetup.com.
When: TBD (days and times will depend on participant availability).

WEE Speech, PC
Julie Levin, speech pathologist
8833 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 329-8226
Cook County
email: office@weespeech.com
Back to school social language group provides children with fun opportunities to experience peer relationships in a positive and supportive environment. Groups are run by a team of professionals, including a licensed speech-language pathologist and social worker. Small groups are designed to help children navigate through building peer relationships, integrate their speech and language skills in a social setting, and form lasting friendships with other children.
When: call for upcoming dates and time.
Ages: birth-18 years.
BCBS provider. Credentialed early intervention program.
No wait list.

Youth Services of Glenview
Sara Mischler, LCPC
3100 W. Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 724-2620
Cook County
Social skills group for children and adolescents with non-verbal learning disability and/or Asperger's disorder. Children in the explorers program engage in a wide variety of activities designed to enhance their social outlets as well as build their ability to navigate peer interactions. Explorer kids work with staff from youth services to develop social goals and evaluate and modify these goals after every activity.
When: Explorer Groups meet year round, two Saturdays a month.
Age groups: grades 3 through 5; grades 6 through 8; grades 9 through 12.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $300 (six sessions).
Wait list: grades 3 through 5.