The Autism Center for Excellence at Giant Steps Illinois The Rec Center: After School Program for Children With Autism 2500 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
Provides children with year round after school activities designed to supplement education. Programs will be customized to fit each student's needs within five service domains: cognitive, communication, social/emotional, motor and creative. Students will have access to the computer lab, sensory and motor rooms, dance and yoga studios, art and express yourself centers, piano and other music lessions, canine training, and fitness training and pool areas. Students can be enrolled at Giant Steps Illinois or in any local public or private school. Transportation to and from Giant Steps will be arranged by families and/or school districts. When: Hours: Monday-Friday, end of the school day to 6 p.m.
Summer Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 1 to 6 p.m. Weekend/Holiday hours: Periodic weekend programs available.
Ages: 5 to 22.
Private insurace accepted for add-on therapy services only.
Cost: $100 (one-time registration fee). Cost varies for 5-day, 3-day and 2-day program and if you would like any add-on services for your child (e.g. OT, social work, speech, music, ABA, academic tutoring). Please call Giant Steps for more information.
No wait list.
Diana de León, Clinic Manager
1048 Ogden Ave., Suite 130
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Group focuses on building social, play and daily living skills. When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (7 weeks).
Ages: 8 to 15.
No wait list.
Chicago Park District
Vittum Park-Special Recreation Programming 5010 W. 50th St.
Chicago, IL 60638
773-798-1747 Homework Help and Reading Program This program not only provides help with homework but also an adaptive reading program for comprehension, reading and ability levels. When: 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ages: 8 years and up.
LEEP Forward, Inc.
After-School Social Groups Lorell Marin, MST, DT, Founder
2320 N. Damen Ave., Suite 2F
Chicago, IL 60647
The goal is to foster spontaneous, mutually enjoyed, reciprocal interactions between members of a peer group. Through discussions, modeling, and interactive activities such as gross motor and games, they build on each child's ability to initiate play, respond to friends' initiations, and maintain and expand interactions. They introduce vocabulary and concepts in the following areas: emotional regulation, monitoring internal states, self-concept and self-esteem, character development, social awareness, negotiation and compromise. Therapists utilize DIR/Floortime, PECS, social stories and Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Curriculum.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: depends on the size and needs of the group.
No wait list.
Autism is a complex disorder. Our Web site provides information and resources for families with a child with autism. If you feel your child is experiencing behavior and/or symptoms that may be associated with autistic spectrum disorders, please contact your pediatrician or a licensed physician. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed from a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and other professionals.
The Autism Resource Center's referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the team will be adding new resources and building to our Web site. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our Web site again for any future referrals.