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Advanced Behavioral Solutions (ABS)
953 N. Plum Grove Road, Suite B
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 413-9001
Cook County
email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
Provides organizational consultation and workshops to determine your organization's needs, conduct all preparatory data gathering, customize a workshop based on training goals, and deliver the workshop to your organization members. The staff has devised a number of these workshops for organizations in the past and is ready to help improve the functioning of your staff. Offers education/school consults to teachers on topics such as classroom behavior management, working with resistant staff or parents, DSM diagnoses (e.g. ASD/PDD spectrum) and the school's role. Presentations to PTA/PTO groups on topics including: psychological diagnosis and treatment planning, tips for increasing home-school collaboration, managing stress. Offers administrative training such as stress inoculation, time management and increasing staff cohesion. Get more information on workshops and consultation services
Cost: varies.
No wait list.

ABS also offers free seminars, open to the public on issues from improving relationships to advocating for your child in the schools. Staff members will share their expertise with you in an educational, interactive forum. They are always updating their list of projected seminar topics and ask that you call to reserve a seat, as space is limited. More information on free seminars
Cost: free.
No wait list.

Alexian Brothers Health System presents:
Autism Round Table Discussion
Contact: Ana Garcia
Where: Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
1650 Moon Lake Blvd., Room 2408
Hoffman Estates, IL
(847) 755-8536
email: ana.garcia-maldonado@alexian.net
Cook County
When: call for future dates.
To register please call or email Ana Garcia.

ADA Distance Learning Sessions
The Bureau of Accessibility and Job Accommodation (BAJA) and the Illinois ADA Project are inviting interested persons to participate in a training session concerning issues on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Illinois ADA Project is a steering committee of the DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center of which DHS serves as a member organization. The ADA distance learning programs being offered by Great Lakes ADA are scheduled:
When: Call for upcoming dates and programs.

The Autism Center for Excellence at Giant Steps Illinois presents:
First Responders Training
2500 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 455-5730
DuPage County
Program's goal is to educate emergency first responders on how to identify and work with an individual living with autism. Program follows a train-the-trainer model where selected first responders (trainers) attend the training and train their colleagues at a later date. In addition, because this program takes place in a school for children with autism, the trainers actually gain experience interaction with someone living with autism, as students and staff are part of the program.
Cost: please call Giant Steps for more information.
No wait list.

Autism Home Support Services, Inc. presents:
Practical Behavior Supports Workshop
Presenter: Marrea Winnega, PhD, BCBA
Where: Northern Illinois University - Naperville Campus
1120 E. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563
In this workshop, effective strategies to change a student's behavior that are humane and practical in an educational setting will be described. Time will be provided to brainstorm your student's behaviors with presenters. Participants will leave with the beginnings of an action plan for intervening on behaviors.
When: Friday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
To register: call (847) 564-0822 or
email: JMcCulloch@AutismHomeSupport.com

Autism One/Generation Rescue Conference 2012 Presents:
The Dawn of a New Decade: From Truth to Treatment
Where: Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL 60148
Contact: Jacey Smith Capurso (630) 815-9997
email: jcapurso@autismone.org
130+ speakers/presentations; three keynotes; six featured speakers
When: Call for future dates.

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)
Autism Training for Physicians
The Rural Health Network would like to invite you to participate in trainings
provided by Bennett Leventhal
held via SIU Telehealth videoconferencing.
ASD Diagnosis and Screening
May 12, 2014 8-9 a.m.
Objectives:
1. Review Diagnostic Criteria for ASD
2. Review procedures for making a definitive diagnosis of ASD
3. Review screening instruments for ASD

ASD Behavior Problems & Pharmacologic Management
June 9, 2014 8-9 a.m.
Objectives:
1. Identify the common and critical behavior problems associated with ASD
2. Identify appropriate treatments for common and critical behavior problems associated with ASD
3. Review the role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of common and critical behavior problems associated with ASD
If your site has video-conferencing equipment and wishes to connect for this event, contact Laura Watters, director of the Autism Program at Kreider Services
wattersl@kreiderservices.org or 815-288-6691 ext 226. by May 6 or June 3

The Autism Program Service Center at Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
The New Diagnosis Family Orientation
1747 W. Roosevelt Road Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County
Program is designed to assist parents and family members in understanding autism spectrum disorders. It provides an opportunity for families to ask questions about this developmental disability and to meet other families who are on the same journey. Topics covered: introduction to autism spectrum disorders, research-supported interventions and available resources.
When: contact (312) 564-4060 for upcoming sessions
Cost: free. No child care available.
 
The Autism Program (TAP) Service Center-Rockford presents:
Autism Spectrum Disorder Overview Basics of Behavior
Contact: Megan Herbig to register or for more information
(815) 395-5561 or mherbig@eastersealschicago.org
Where: The Autism Program Service Center-Rockford
(University of Illinois-Health Sciences Campus)
1601 Parkview Ave., Room S235
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 395-5566
Winnebago County
Lori Davie, Assistant Manager of the program, has been employed by Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago for 10 years and has been involved in many roles during employment. Lori is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Healthcare Administration and Child Development with an expectant graduation in 2014. She is an Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics Training and Program Consultant and Faculty of the Enhancing Developmentally Oriented Primary Care (EDOPC) project. Lori has both professional and personal expertise in understanding and working with families of children with special needs. Lori’s primary role is to synchronize the clinical services, trainings and community outreach, and coach parents of children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on a wide range of topics including coordinating relationships with providers. In addition, her primary responsibility is supporting The Autism Program (TAP) Service Center - Rockford team.
Who: Parents and Professionals
When: Wednesday, April 30, 6-8 p.m.
Check in at 5:45 p.m.
Cost: Parents: FREE, Professionals $20 check payable to Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago.("TAP Rockford") in the memo line.
Register Early Space is Limited
Participants of this training will:
- Acquire an understanding of the growing diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
- Recognize the physiological characteristics that ASD may present and how they are often misinterpreted as adverse, negative behaviors.
- Develop an understanding of basic behavioral theory.

Autism Society of Illinois presents
Special Education Advocacy
Contact: Ron Lampen
(630) 691-1270
email: ron@autismillinois.org
When you need a little more help
There are times when you need some more support when working to develop a strong Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for your child with autism. The ASI Special Education Advocate is experienced in working with schools and families to determine the best IEP outcomes based on the individual needs of the child.
Cost: The cost of the Special Education Advocacy program is $1500. You are able to write off $1,075 of the fee as a charitable contribution and $475 as an educational expense. Any meeting held more than 50 miles away from the office in Lombard will be subject to a $0.50 per mile fee.
*Payment options are available upon request.

Autism Training Solutions
Treasure Rousselo, business development consultant
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 175
Honolulu, HI 96822
(810) 923-2363
email: treasure@advancedtrainingsolutions.com 
An online education company dedicated to training professionals and paraprofessionals within the field of autism and related behavioral disabilities. Through unique partnerships with service providers, schools and families, they are able to film real children, across the spectrum, receiving evidence-based interventions within their natural environments. By combining these interactive videos with online staff assessments and supervision, they have created a dynamic approach for staff training that has improved organizational training operations and created new success stories in the field.

Belle Center of Chicago
Susan Karr, program director
1754 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-7868
Cook County
email: susan@bellecenter-chicago.org
Staff members are available to come to your school, camp or community program to provide information and training that can assist in the inclusion of children with disabilities at your site. Some workshops include: language facilitation techniques, fine motor skills and development, practical classroom strategies for sensory integration difficulties, and more. Most workshops can be modified into two-parts to accommodate schedules. Learn more.
Cost: call for fee schedule.
No wait list.

BGF Performance Systems, LLC
Nicole Cissell, BCBA
5454 N. Bernard St.
Chicago, IL 60625
(312) 806-7937
email: nicole@bgfperformance.com
Cook County
BGF Performance Systems provides ABA therapy services for children and adults diagnosed with autism and related conditions. Programming focuses on effectively and efficiently increasing appropriate behaviors (including academic skills) while decreasing inappropriate behaviors. Board-certified behavior analysts will train therapists to conduct one-on-one therapy for your child in your home. Parent training is also available.
Ages: 2 and up.
Private insurance accepted.

The Birds and the Bees: Teaching human sexuality to people with ASD and other developmental disabilities
Contact: Lori Davie
Where: The Autism Program Service Center-Rockford
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 395-5566
email: ldavie@eastersealschicago.org
Winnebago County
Who should attend? Therapists, social workers, school staff, adult service providers, and parents. This workshop is designed to help educators feel more comfortable in teaching sexuality to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Speaker: Sarah Curtiss, PhD
When: Call for future dates.
Cost: $20 (includes lunch); certificate of completion; CDPUs and CEU’s provided through ISBE.

Bridges for Autism Foundation
Marcia Biordi-Brown
P.O. Box 102
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 444-0019
Cook County
email: bridgeautism@aol.com
Provides education to professionals such as medical personnel, educators and providers, as well as parents and the general public. They collaborate with special education districts in the community creating unique and specialized programs.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Celebrate Differences
Rebecca Christiansen
2758B Route 34, Suite 327
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 885-3006
Kendall County
email: info@celebratedifferences.org
Provides educational workshops and training throughout the year on various topics to educate parents and professionals to better meet a child's needs at home, in school and in the community. Parents and professionals will also receive information on and referrals to local resources for children with special needs.
When: call to inquire about next workshop date.
No wait list.

Chicago Spectrum Solutions
Cindy Johnstone
Home-based services for greater Chicagoland area
(617) 835-1174
email: info@chicagospectrumsolutions.com
We teach parents how to teach their children skills at homes and walks them through step-by-step instructions on activities and tasks that they can lead at home. If parents are struggling with a specific household issue regarding their child, C.S.S. creates a personalized system to address that issue and teaches the parents how to confront, handle and implement the plan that will address that issue.
Ages: 3-9.
Cost: determined on a case-by-case basis.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

The Child and Family Law Center of the North Shore Webinar Series presents: Extended School Year: The Law and the Reality 
Presented by: Micki Moran of the Child and Family Law Center This webinar is designed to answer your questions about Extended School year (ESY) and will include a discussion of: case law and other relevant issues; regression/recoupment; questions and answers
When: Call for upcoming evenys.
Cost: free webinar
For more information about the webinar, please call Karen Royko at 847-926-0101 or email karenr@lawforchild.com

Community Education at JCFS
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
ask@jcfs.org
There is an adage that we grow through learning: At Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS), we wholeheartedly agree. For adults who want to enhance their knowledge of issues that affect people with disabilities – working toward greater understanding, empathy, service and leadership – we offer community education courses on a wide range of topics. Past topics have covered Self-Advocacy for People with Developmental Disabilities, Futures Planning, Parenting a Child with Special Needs and more. Open to professionals, people with disabilities, and family members of people with disabilities.

Integrated Pediatric Interventions (IPI) Program at JCFS
Developmental Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy for Children with Developmental Delays
Northbrook - Elaine Kersten Children's Center
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Chicago - Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Cook County
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
ask@jcfs.org
During one of many “well-baby” doctor appointments, a parent may hear a pediatrician comment that baby’s grip isn’t as strong as it should be, or that the toddler’s speech, while understandable, may not be at the level of other toddlers of the same age. At home, a parent may see that her three-year-old doesn’t like the texture of certain foods, or may avoid touching certain surfaces or fabrics. When concerned, a parent may welcome the help of the Early Intervention specialists from Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS). Play Therapy groups focus on school-readiness, making friends, parenting special needs issues and more.

JCARES Domestic Abuse Prevention and Education
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
ask@jcfs.org
JCARES is a diverse coalition that educates, advocates and collaborates to promote innovative policies and practices addressing abuse across the Jewish community and beyond. Rooted in Jewish values and empowered by the combined strength of coalition members, JCARES is a catalyst for systemic change that supports healthy relationships, homes and communities. Community Workshops have covered topics from Elder Abuse to the Connection between Addiction and Domestic Violence and more. CEU’s and CPDU’s available.

Response
9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 676-0078 or (855) ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
ResponseCounseling@jcfs.org
Response helps adolescents in the Jewish and general community develop skills in communication, decision-making and leadership necessary to deal with life’s challenges. Response’s community outreach, prevention and education workshops provide experiential, prevention-based education to teens, professionals and parents, offering participants the opportunity to learn more about current topics impacting tweens, teens and those who work with or parent them. Parent and teen education and support groups also available.

Supported Community Living Initiative
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
The Supported Community Living Initiative for people with disabilities and their families is a grass roots movement, guided by Keshet, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and Jewish Child & Family Servics, exploring a sustainable, community integrated future for people with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Town Hall Meetings cover topics from legislative issues and effective models in other cities and a strong corps of volunteers is helping to frame the need and action steps for the future.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Autism Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research - What's New?
Listening Project Clinic
Contact: Kimberly McCue
1939 W. 13th St., Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 491-4134
Cook County
email: kimberly.mccue@eastersealschicago.org
Provides a research-based intervention known as the listening project protocol (based on the polyvagal theory developed by Porges). It is designed to exercise processes involved in listening to human voice that may improve social communication by reducing hearing sensitivities and improving auditory processing. The intervention requires listening to music and stories that have been computer modified to exercise the nerves and muscles that help people listen to human voice, while dampening the distracting effects of background sounds. Based on preliminary research, the intervention best serves individuals with or with a history of auditory hypersensitivities. Involves five consecutive days, one to one and half hours per day, and optional research assessments.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $750. One time fee-for-service to be paid at initial visit.
No wait list.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago 
Autism Program Service Center
Sarah Willmert
1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County
email: swillmert@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 and to be placed on the waiting list.
Cost: free.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago - Autism Program Service Center
Training for Day Care Professionals
Mallory Smith or Sarah Willmert
1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County
Training for day care providers on the subject of autism spectrum disorders, additional resources, learning aids, and tip sheets. Information on learning styles, communicative deficits, sensory sensitivities, social impairment, and behavioral issues will be covered.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: free.

Other training programs at Easter Seals include:
Introduction to Autism: Early Identification and Intervention is Key
Training covers the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and provides information on screening, diagnosis and intervention. Early intervention providers will learn about the clinical diagnostic process and how a clinical diagnosis differs from an educational diagnosis. Training provides instruction on the intervention needs and learning styles of children with autism spectrum disorder.
For more information, contact (312) 564-4060.

Law Enforcement and Other First Responder Training
Workshop addresses growing concern among first responders and families of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder regarding special issues related to this disability. Information on the characteristics of ASD and basis response techniques are provided. Curriculum also includes critical communication cards which contain the pictures for common words and phrases that will be necessary for communication between first responders and individuals who are nonverbal or who lose communication skills when under stress.
When: training offered twice per quarter.
For more information contact (312) 564-4060.

Eb Pediatric Resources
3712 N. Broadway Ave., Suite 250
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 458-9865
Cook County
Provides home or center-based parent/sibling training services on specific autism topics and other developmental disabilities.
Hourly rate: varies.
No 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
Provides parenting skill classes.
When: call for future dates.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $150 (per couple).
No wait list.

Family Matters
Parent Training & Information Center
Karrie Potter, Information Specialist
Lincolnland Building
1901 S. 4th St., Suite 209
Effingham, IL 62401
(866) 436-7842
Serving: Kankakee County
email: kpotter@fmptic.org or info@fmptic.org
Family Matters supplies information and training for parents and professionals who provide special education and related services to children with disabilities. Topics include: special education rights and responsibilities, IEP planning and participation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, No Child Left Behind, alternate assessments, behavior and discipline, parent/school collaboration, conflict resolution, transition from early intervention to early childhood services and others.
Cost: free.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)
Training & Upcoming Events
20 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 939.3513
When: call for future dates.
Cost: free classes.

Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA
1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 917-5385
Lake County
email: dgould847@aol.com
Provides staff training on autism, behavioral issues, social skills and other topics.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $180 (hourly rate).
No wait list. Evening and weekend hours available.

KGH Consultation & Treatment
Kim Garvey Hoehne, MA, BCBA
3100 Dundee Road, Suite 704
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-5437
email: kim@kghconsultation.org
Cook County
Intensive four-week parent training program that educates and empowers parents to be more successful with their child with autism spectrum disorder. This interactive course includes discussions that are specific to your child. Numerous video examples will be shown to bring these difficult concepts to life in order to offer practical, hands-on support. 
When: call to inquire for upcoming dates. 
Two classes per week at KGH, one session per week in your home.
Cost: $1,395 for up to two caregivers. Includes materials, resources and home visits.

Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW
Autism Consultant for Children and Adults
1101 Lake St., Suite 405A
Oak Park, IL 60301
(847) 338-2525
Cook County
email: dawnlabrose@comcast.net
The approach focuses on training parents on best practice interventions to support success in the home and community settings using Structured Teaching. Areas of focus include: building communication skills, play skills and daily living skills with emphasis on reduction of challenging behaviors.
Ages: 18 months and up.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS PPO).
Cost: $95 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Life Team Partners, LLC
Brian R. King, LCSW
Allison Cotton, LCSW
1601 Bond St., Suite 300
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 995-9559
DuPage County
Provides staff training on autism and development of social skills programs.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $120 (hourly rate for teleconference or videoconferencing).
Cost: $150 (hourly rate for on-site consulting, plus cost of travel).
No wait list.

Little Friends Center for Autism
140 N. Wright St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 281-1895 
DuPage County
email: kronan@lifefriends.com
This presentation discusses several aspects of autism, and answers many questions. This presentation reviews history, causes, parent issues, and discusses, in detail the differences ans similarities in the pervasivedevelopmental disorders (autism, Asperger's, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome and PDD-NOS).
When: call for future dates.

Little Friends Center for Autism
Adult Core Autism Training for Adult Providers, High School Staff and Parents
1001 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 151
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196 or lfca@lilfriends.com
We have received a grant to subsidize our Six Adult Core Autism Training which we are offering to Adilt Providers, High School Staff and Parents at the subsidized rate of $54.16 per day. Along with the training comes DVDs, and our Big Book of Visual Systems manual.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders and
Latest Treatment Strategies, Part 2.
This presentation discusses successful treatment strategies which are reviewedto teach social and communication skills and deal with behavior problems through several case examples. Other areas covered include prevalence statistics, co-existing conditions, resources and lifespan issues for children and their families.
When: call for future dates.

Positive Proactive Programming for Individuals with Behavior Problems, Part 1 of 2.
Presentation will discuss principles of behavior management and how to develop positive proactive programs for individuals with behavior problems.
When: call for future dates.

Positive Proactive Strategies for Individuals with Behavior Problems Part 2 of 2.
Areas covered will be how behavior issues impact staff, and how we can inadvertently reinforce negative behavior and ways to avoid this trap. Also covered will be how the educational environment can help or negatively impact  a student and tips for organizing a classroom.
When: call for future dates.

Discrete Trial, Parts 1 & 2.
This presentation will discuss discrete trial format (DTF) in teaching children across the Autism Spectrum. Discrete Trial may be used to teach: 1.) social/play skills (i.e. imitative play, turn-taking and imitating peers), 2.) receptive and expressive language, 3.) self-help skills (i.e. toileting, dressing and undressing and oral hygiene) and 4.) academics (i.e. matching identical items, identifying shapes, colors, letters and numbers).
When: call for future dates.

Visual Strategies.
Workshop will demonstrate ways to enhance the child with autism's ability to communicate, and enhance the understanding of what is expected through the use of varios visual systems. Topics that will be covered include: using pictures to communicate, schedules and tab systems in additon to many others. Participants will come away with an understanding of how to incorporate visual strategies throughout a student's day.
When: call for future dates.

Communicative Functions of Behavior.
Workshop will examine the various means and functions (the hows and whys) of behavioral communication, and how to shape behaviors into more effective communication.
When: call for futrure dates.

Communication Training, Part 1 of 2.
Workshop will address how to utilize pictures as a way to train functional communication skills. Participants will learn to teach children to be spontaneous when communicating, to discriminate between pictures, and expand the length and complexity of phrases and sentences.
When: call for future dates.

Communication Training, Part 2 of 2.
Various visual communication systems will be discussed including the use of choice boards, stop cards, and conversation boards. In addition, the six phases of PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System) will have extensive training in PECS to further develop their skills and understanding. This training is not a substitute for the two-day PECS training workshop offered by Pyramid.
When: call for future dates.

Characteristics and Behavioral Issues in Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Part 1 of 2.
Presenter will discuss the characteristics of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome from a diagnostic and behavioral perspective. Presenter will discuss a range of behavior problems that are often seen with individuals with Asperger's and strategies to prevent and change problem behavior.
When: call for future dates.

Characteristics and Behavioral Issues in Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Part 2 of 2.
Presenter will cover ways to structure environments and present information to lower anxiety and facilitate better communication and understanding. Strategies to teach social understanding will also be covered.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Parent's Perspective.
This training will help staff to better understand the many challenges parents face while raising a child with autism.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Walk in My Autism.
This workshop helps parents and professionals experience what it is like to walk in the footsteps of individuals who live with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Based on the book, Walk Awhile in My Autism, by Nan Negri and Kate McGinnity, the workshop will give basic information to siblings, grandparents, and other extended family members, regular education teachers, support and ancillary staff, and classmates.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Structured Teaching (TEACCH), Parts 1 & 2.
This presentation will discuss the TEACCH progam, their philosophy and present how to do structured teaching. Worshop will explain the step by step process of using structured teaching and demonstrate its effectiveness through video tapes and examples of visual teaching systems. Participants will practice the different stages of structured teaching including assessment, one to one work and independent work. Participants will also make and take home a structured teaching system.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $105 (per person for both days).

Organizational Supports for High-Functioning Autism.
Presenter will discuss organizational problems that are commonly seen in individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and HFA. Several strategies will be presented to help these individuals organize their lives at home and at school. Ways to organize completing school work, homework and day to day activities will be discussed.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Sensory Processing.
A leading expert in the field of occupational therapy will discuss the challenging sensory issues for individuals with autism. She will discuss how sensory issues affect the individual cognitively, educationally, functionally, and behaviorally. Practical strategies will be given for home, school and community.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Julie Bogdanski, MA, Center Director
137 N. Oak Park Ave., Suite 212
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 660-1860
Cook County
email: jbogdanski@lblp.com

Second Location:
Karen Rappaport, MEd, center director
405 Lake Cook Road, Suite 207
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 412-1841
Cook County
email: lblpdeerfield@lblp.com
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes provides on-site workshops, live video conference workshops, and comprehensive school/district partnerships for phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, orthography, writing, critical thinking and math. Learn more about workshops.
Cost: varies depending on workshops.

Milestones 10th Annual Autism/Asperger's Conference
Life-Long Strategies for Success
Contact: Dena Balk
Cleveland Public Auditorium & Conference Center
500 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 464-7600
Conference for Parents & Professionals-Best Practices in Education, Behavior & Communication Strategies.
70 plus evidence-based workshops for new diagnosis through adulthood; practical strategies for shcool, work, home and community; future trends in technology with hands-on demos in a classroom of the future; organization for Autism Research speakers presenting cutting-edge research; and professional development credits in multiple disciplines.
When: Call for upcoming dates.

NIA Comprehensive Center for Developmental Disabilities
Parenting Class Program
Janice Eros
1808 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616-1611
(312) 949-1808, ext. 26
Cook County
Provides weekly parenting classes that offers hands-on parenting instruction. Learn effective discipline, potty-training, health care, child safety, nutrition, milestones for children's development and growth, or a sleep schedule system. Guest speakers will be invited to the parent class for presenting some workshops and in service trainings.
When: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for 6 months.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Oakland University Center for Autism Research Education and Support Presents:
Residential Living and Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Where: Marriott Auburn Hills
3600 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, MI 48341
(800) 228-9290
email: oucares@oakland.edu (248) 370-2424
Who Should Attend? Educators, parents/caregivers, social workers, professionals, employers, students and adults living with ASD.
Their expert presenters will share information on how to best prepare individuals with ASD for the world of employment and residential living.
When: Call for future dates.

Parent and Professional Networking Conference
LaGrange Highlands Middle School
1850 West Plainfield Rd.
LaGrange, IL 60525
The Parent and Professional Networking Conference provides opportunities to network with parents, family members, and professional from across the state and visit exhibits that will provide information about Autism, support groups, service providers and organizations. This networking conference will help you gain information and support to assist you in the quest to make a difference in your own life or in the lives of those whom you love, teach, and support with Autism.
When: Call for upcoming dates and programs.

PASSAGE Outing
This is a family outing, and the entire family as well as friends are welcome to join.
When: call for future dates.
Outing Activity: GameWorks
Place: Streets of Woodfield
601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 115
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 330-9675
Cost: Varies on the type of card purchased.
Immediately following we will meet at:
Outing Dinner: Meatheads
Place: Streets of Woodfield
601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 324
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 706-6608
Time: Meet at 3:30 p.m.
Cost: What you order off the menu.
PASSAGE is unable to provide transportation, so please make arrangements prior to the date. If you can only join us for GameWorks or Meatheads, that would be just fine as well.
Please RSVP to dduasik@aol.com.

Pay It Forward For Autism (PIFFA)
Gemma Nissen, founder
836 S. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 162
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
email: info@piffa.org
Cook County
Provides peer support, education and networking for children with autism and their families.
Meeting location: Elk Grove Library
1001 Wellington Ave.
Elk Grove, IL
Cost: no fee.

Positive Behavioral Connections, Inc.
Niki Thurkow, PhD, BCBA-D
Emily Cain, MS Ed
907 N. Main St.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 495-3441
Serving Counties: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook
email: emily@connectingbehavior.com
Provides hands-on staff training education and training in human service settings including pre-schools, Sunday schools and day care centers to help maintain and improve a high level of staff performance. Also provides workshops tailored to families, professionals and educational organizations. Topics include: behavior basics, functional behavior assessments, implementing positive programming for behavioral concerns, Asperger syndrome, autism, sensory processing and verbal behavior.
Cost: $125 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Practical Behavioral Support
Facilitator: Marrea Winnega, PhD, BCBA
Where: Elmhurst College
Alexander Room/ Frick Center
190 S. Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Winnega heads the Autism Home Support Services School Consulting Practice. She earned her PhD in psychology from UIC, where she is an assistant professor. She has a BCBA with 20 years experience.
When: Call for upcoming dates.
Questions: call (847) 564-0822 or LauraM@AutismHomeSupport.com

Protected Tomorrows
103 Schelter Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
What would life be like if you had your own home?
Join us to learn about supportive housing opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Supportive housing is affordable housing with supportive services. Tenants have their own home/apartment.
Self-advocates, families, service providers and interested parties are invited!
When: Wednesday, May 28, 10 a.m.-12 noon or 6-8 p.m
To register for either session email: tbodeman@protectedtomorrows.com
Sponsored by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities and Facilitated by CSH and the Supportive Housing Providers Association 
Want more information? Visit us online at www.csh.org/il/dd

Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays (RCADD)
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 746-5447
Cook County
The Resource Center shares resources, referral information and trainings for families and educators of children with developmental disabilities. RCADD hosts a lending library filled with free material to borrow including; books, software, games, home teaching kits, visual supports & informational handouts/resources.
Library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: birth to 5 years.
Cost: no fee. Two-week checkout for resources.

Self Advocacy Council of Northern Illinois (SACNI) presents:
An overview of the Ligas Consent Decree by
Tony Records, Court Monitor
Contact: Cathy Christensen, advisor
(815) 382-1530
email: clchristensen100@aol.com
Where: B-166-167, McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2738
The disability system in Illinois is changing and knowing about these new changes in service planning will offer individuals more opportunities for community inclusion and new living opportunities!
When: Call for future dates.

Township High School District 211 Transition Services Presents:
Seventh Annual The Future Begins Today

Contact: Bernie Ogurek (847) 755-1848 email: bogurek@d211.org
Where: Palatine High School
1111 Rohlwing Road, Palatine, IL 60074
Informational evening for parents and guardians of individuals with  a wide-range of disabilities. Information is provided from over 30 adult service providers and community resource agencies. The public is invited to attend this community event. Community Alternatives Unlimited (CAU); Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS); self-advocacy; financial planning; entitlement programs (SSI/Medicaid); guardianship; job skill training; post-secondary education options; independent living; home-based services; residential options; recreation and leisure; transportation; and mobility.
When: Call for future dates.

Training Opportunity-New Diagnosis Family
Where: University of Illinois-Rockford Auditorium
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL 61107
Winnebago County
(815) 395-5561
email: abormett@eastersealschicago.org
The New Diagnosis Family Orientation training is designed to assist family members in understanding autism spectrum disorders. The training provides opportunities for family members to ask questions about developmental disability and to meet other families who are on the same journey.
When: call for future dates.

Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center
New Diagnosis Family Orientation Program
Contact: Katie Decker
Where: 13318 W. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
email: kdecker@trinity-services.org
Program is designed to assist family members in understanding autism spectrum disorders. The program provides an opportunity for families to ask questions about this developmental disability and to meet other families who are on the same journey. Program topics include Session One: Introduction to ASD; Session Two: Research-Supported Interventions; and Session Three: Available Resources and Parent Tools.
When: call for future dates.
If you would like additional information, call Katie Decker.

Tuesday's Child
Contact: JoAnne or Katie
4028 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60641
(773) 423-5055
Cook County
email: bmcombs@tuesdayschildchicago.org
Parents work on individualized behavioral and goal planning activities, with group sessions led by a clinical psychologist and individual time with trained peer mentors. While parents are in session children are placed in the child center which uses the same developmentally appropriate, behavior management strategies taught to parents. Emphasis is placed on cooperating with the teacher and interactive play with peers. Programs are offered in English and Spanish.
When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - 9:30 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays – 1-3:30 p.m.; Saturday program operates from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Ages: 18 months to 6 years.
Cost: Insurance not accepted; provides a sliding scale fee schedule based on household income - starting as low as $120/month.
No wait list for the weekday program.

WEE Speech, PC
Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
8833 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 329-8226
Cook County
email: office@weespeech.com
Provides continuing education workshops and educational advocacy pertaining to children with special needs and their families.
Ages: Birth-18.
BCBS provider. Credentialed as an early intervention provider.
No wait list.


 


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