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Caryn Sachs Burstein & Associates
Pediatric Speech & Language Pathology Service

Caryn Burstein, MS, CCC-SLP
Julie Kahn, MA, CCC-SLP
Yogita Chaddha, MS, CCC-SLP
480 Elm Place, Suite 105B
Highland Park, IL  60035
(847) 681-0251
Lake County
Social pragmatic language group.
Meets Saturdays, hours are open.
Ages: 4-13.
Insurance not accepted. Out-of-network provider.
Cost: $90.
Possible wait list.

Communication Clubhouse
Pragmatics in Action
4958 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
Cook County
(630) 495-6800
Group helps kids develop social communication skills such as turn taking and reciprocity, understanding the perspective of others, and body language recognition, through fun, theme-based activities. Participants in group must have adequate learning skills to carry on a conversation, be able to follow directions independently, and be independent when participating in a group.
When: Meets on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ages (2 groups): 4-6 and 7-9.
Cost: call for rates.

Same class offered at second location:
2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
When: Meets on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 4-7,  Asperger's group.
8-10, (day and time TBD).
Cost: call for rates.

Language and Lyrics [offered at Chicago location]
Speech pathologist and clinical social worker offer a music-based pragmatics group. Many children have difficulty in traditional speech and counseling settings. Music will be used to develop a foundation of social/emotional skills, communication, and language competency. Children will work toward social competency, emotional understanding, coping strategies and taking the perspective of others.
When: Meets on Thursdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. (Ages 2-3).
Ages: 3-5 (date and TBD).
Cost: call for rates.

Same class offered at second location:
2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
When: Meets on Thursdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m.
Ages: 2-3, Asperger's group.
Cost: call for rates.

Chatter Club [offered at Chicago location]
Speech and language set in play, with theme-based classes that focus on increasing expressive communication and sound production. Our therapists use music, art, and other exciting activities to enhance participation and peer interaction through verbal language. Participants should be independent in group.
When: Meets on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Meets on Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meets on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Meets on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m.
Ages: 2-3.
Cost: call for rates.

Same class offered at second location:
2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
When: Meets on Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Ages: 2-3, Asperger's group.
When: Meets on Tuesdays from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Ages: 4-5, Asperger's group
Cost: call for rates.

Sing and Swing [offered at Chicago location]
Group helps children cope with sensory, motor and communication challenges. Natural play with peers is used to foster improved interaction and overall increased ability to cope with the environment. Kids enjoy the gym, art room, Clubhouse Cafe and music adventures.
When: Meets on Mondays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 2-3.
Cost: call for rates.

Body Talk [offered at Chicago location]
Language development, motor skills, sensory integration and preschool skills are the combined focus of this group. Picture schedules, music, gym time, and circle time help this little crowd to get ready for school.
Also offered at second location:
2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
When: Meets on Mondays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 2-3, Asperger's group.
Cost: call for rates.

Friendship, Fun and Games [offered at Chicago location]
Group participates in fun and games while the speech therapists guide them in refining their peer interaction skills like turn taking, dealing with winning and losing, "chatting," perspective taking, respecting the feeling of others, and self-regulation. Participants should be fully independent and ready to focus on "fine-tuning" their social skills.
Also offered at second location:
2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
When: Meets on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.
Ages: 3-5, Asperger's group.
Cost: call for rates.

Communication Therapy Services
Jennifer Nix
55 Ascot Lane
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 499-9169
Kane County
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.

Comprehensive Speech & Pathology
Mary Lane, MS, CCC-SLT
140 Greenbriar East Drive
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 945-8977
Cook County
Offers social pragmatic language groups.
Meets Friday afternoons for two hours, schedule to be determined.
Ages: 18 months-14 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $120 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Lina Lendraitis
720 Lake St., Suite 201
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 466-2211
Cook County
Asperger group: Focus is on initiating appropriate topics of conversation, conversational turns, topic maintenance, interrupting, listening, initiating and reciprocating questions, making comments, stating opinions, accepting winning or losing a game, sharing, and problem solving social situations.
When: Meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-10.
Autism group: Consists of seven to eight structured activities/games-beginning with a few minutes of exercise, then moving on to making music with instruments, reading a social story, a building game/activity, using a telephone, and a game that one or more client shares from home with the group. The focus is participating in the group through appropriate turn taking, requests, answering questions, initiating questions and conversation, staying on topic, and attending to and participating in all games and activities through verbal and non-verbal communication.
When: Meets on Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Ages: 5-7.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $75. Out-of-pocket expenses: $40.
Possible wait list.

Julie Prato, MA, BCC-SLP
New office location soon
(630) 270-7322
DuPage County
"See What I Am Saying" is a pragmatic social skills group for children and adolescents with higher functioning autism and Asperger's disorder.
When: Meets for 6 Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Ages: 11-15.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $650
No wait list.

Mary Barry & Associates, LLC
Mary Barry
15 Spinning Wheel Road, Suite 117
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 654-8888
DuPage County
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Offers social language groups.
Private insurance accepted.
Possible wait list.

Social Butterfly, Inc.
Alexandria Laris Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Darien, IL
(708) 533-1543
DuPage County
Serving the Western Suburbs.
Summer social language/social skills groups. Groups include "Play with me," "Let's Talk" and "Hanging Out." 
When: 3 to 6 week groups run early June and end July.
Ages: 3-18.
Some insurance accepted.
Cost: call for fee schedule.

Speech Tree
Peach Pals

2423 Glenwood Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 725-9992
Will County
Peach Pals is a specialized, developmental program geared toward children with mild to moderate communication delays. Structured classroom environment providing opportunities for activities such as music, dramatic play, circle time, sensory/discovery area, art, gym, library, and free play.
When: Two-day program, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $179; payment plans available.
When: Three-day program, M, W, F from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m..
Ages: 3-5.
Private insurance may be accessed if group therapy is covered.
Cost: $259; payment plans available.
No wait list.

WEE Speech, PC
Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
8833 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 329-8226
Cook County
"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: Groups will begin in September and will last for eight consecutive weeks.
Ages: Birth-18.
BCBS provider. Early intervention program.
No wait list.

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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.


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