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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Pediatric Developmental Center
3040 N. Wilton Ave., second floor
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-7682
Cook County
email: Jennifer.Lira@advocatehealth.com
Eight- to 12-week social skills groups which target varying levels of skill.
Private and public insurance accepted.

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.

Young Social Skills Group at ABS
This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for girls and boys with pervasive developmental disorders 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: Meets on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 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: Meets on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 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: Meets on Thursdays from 7 to 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).

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
1650 Moon Lake Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
CAMP COURAGE
SUMMER PROGRAM FOR BOYS 11-14
Monday-Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m.
The CAMP COURAGE Summer Program is a three week empowerment program for boys ages 11-14. The program’s goal is to help boys build confidence during this difficult stage of life.
Session I - Focus on Self
Session II - Focus on Family
Session III - Focus on Community
Groups Include: Mindfulness/Relaxation, Cognitive Behavioral Strategies, Exercise Yoga, Nutrition, Psychoeducational Groups (self esteem, relationships), Goal-Setting, Role Playing
Registration is required
Cost: $250 per week
Total for 3 weeks (12 sessions): $750 ($650 if paid in advance)
Three Sessions available for 2014:
Session 1: 6/16-7/3
Session 2: 7/7-7/24
Session 3: 7/28-8/17
Each session is limited to 20 registrants. For more information or to register please call either:
Kathy Berger, LCSW
(847) 303-4986
Cece Horan, Psy.D.
(847) 755-8154

CAMP CONFIDENT 
SUMMER PROGRAM FOR YOUNG GIRLS 11-14  
Monday-Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m.

CAMP CONFIDENT Summer Program is a three week empowerment program for girls ages 11-14. The program’s goal is to help boys build confidence during this difficult stage of life.
Session I - Focus on Self
Session II - Focus on Family
Session III - Focus on Community
Groups Include: Mindfulness/Relaxation, Cognitive Behavioral Strategies, Exercise Yoga, Nutrition, Psychoeducational Groups (self esteem, relationships), Goal-Setting, Role Playing
Registration is Required
Cost: $250 per week
Total for 3 weeks (12 sessions): $750 ($650 if paid in advance)
Three Sessions available for 2014:
Session 1: 6/16-7/3
Session 2: 7/7-7/24
Session 3: 7/28-8/17
Each session is limited to 20 registrants. For more information or to register please call either:
Kathy Berger, LCSW
(847) 303-4986
Cece Horan, Psy.D.
(847) 755-8154

CAMP CONFIDENT
SUMMER PROGRAM FOR GIRLS 15-17
Monday to Thursday, noon to 3 p.m.
CAMP CONFIDENT Summer Program is a three week empowerment program for girls ages 15-17. The program’s goal is to help boys build confidence during this difficult stage of life.
Session I - Focus on Self
Session II - Focus on Family
Session III - Focus on Community
Groups Include: Mindfulness/Relaxation, Cognitive Behavioral Strategies, Exercise Yoga, Nutrition, Psychoeducational Groups (self esteem, relationships), Goal-Setting, Role Playing
Registration is Required
Cost: $250 per week
Total for 3 weeks (12 sessions): $750 ($650 if paid in advance)
Three Sessions available for 2014:
Session 1: 6/16-7/3
Session 2: 7/7-7/24
Session 3: 7/28-8/17
Each session is limited to 20 registrants. For more information or to register please call either:
Jamie Velazquez, M.S.W.
(847) 755-8530
Denise Styer, Psy.D.
(847) 755-8187

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. 6:30-8 p.m.
When: Wednesdays June 4, 6-7 p.m. (for 8 weeks)
Where: Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza
1786 Moon Lake Blvd., Suite 104
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
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.

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.
When: Mondays, June 2, 6-7 p.m. (8 weeks)
Community outings will occur one time per month and will include:Woodfield Mall, a local restaurant, Bowling, and Roller-SkatingOutings 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza
1786 Moon Lake Blvd., Suite 104
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
To register: (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.

Arlington Pediatric Therapy
Summer Social Skills Group
Mary Beth Mayer, MS, special educator
3105 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
This class is for high school age students/young adults who are struggling in the area of social skill development. It will provide an opportunity to learn about, talk about and practice various social skills. Discussion and role playing will be the emphasis of this class.
When: Call fior future dates.
Cost: $126. (Seven weeks)

Asperger Syndrome and Related Disorders Social Skills Group
Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA

747 Lake Cook Road, Suite 213E
Deerfield, IL 60015
Lake County
second location:
4901 Forest Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(847) 917-5385
DuPage County
email: dgould847@gmail.com
Social skills instruction for school age children, teens and young adults with Asperger syndrome and related disorders. All persons start with individual therapy and then are matched with one or more social partners based on their skills and needs. Behavioral techniques and social thinking concepts are utilized. Time and schedule varies depending on the participants.
Ages: 18-24.
Cost: $65 (per session). The group should be partially covered by most insurance companies.
No wait list.

Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism Tool Kit
Anyone can download the Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism Tool Kit for free. Families whose children have been diagnosed in the last six months may request a complimentary hard copy of the 100 Day Kit or the AS/HFA Tool Kit by calling (888) AUTISM2 (888-288-4762) and speaking with an Autism Response Team coordinator.

Autism Home Support Services, Inc.
Kenn Miller
85 Revere Drive, Suite AA
Northbrook, IL 60062
(630) 544-1211
email: kennm@autismhomesupport.com
Attention western suburban families: Does your child have difficulty initiating, sustaining or understanding interactions with his/her peers? AHSS is putting together social groups of children with similar skill levels to meet weekly and work on their social activities. Groups will be facilitated by BCBAs and AHSS care team members.
Ages: all.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: call to inquire.
No wait list; scheduling depending on staff match.

The Autism Program Service Center-Rockford
A Program of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
Social Skills Group
Where: Carlson Ice Arena
4150 N. Perryville Road
Loves Park, IL 61111
A small group therapy intervention program designed to build the social skills of children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders to promote positive social relationships with their peers.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 10-12.
Cost: This free 15-week program has limited space available.
To request an intake packet, please contact Ann Bormett at (815) 395-5561 or email: abormett@eastersealschicago.org

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. (10-week group).
Ages: 14-16 (boys).
When: Meets on Saturdays, 11-11:50 a.m. (10-week group).
Ages: 14-16 (boys).
When: Meets on Tuesdays, 7-7:50 p.m. (10-week group).
Private insurance may be accepted.
Cost: $65 per session (50 minutes).
No wait list.

Center for Psychological Services
Therapeutic Group for Children with Asperger's Syndrome
Allison Fine, MS, LPC
10735 S. Cicero Ave., Suite 208
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 424-0001, ext. 2
Cook County
Therapeutic group activities specifically geared to improving interactions in social situations and enhance abilities for effective communication.
When: Meets on Sundays from 2-3 p.m.
Ages: 7-12 (expanding age group).
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $240 (six weeks).
No wait list.

Center for Psychological Services
Ritamaria Laird, MA, LPC
10735 S. Cicero Avenue, Suite 208
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 576-4027
Cook County
email: lairdrs@yahoo.com
This group aims to improve the social skills of children with Asperger's or high-functioning autism spectrum disorders who experience difficulties in the areas of expressive communication and social interaction. Through the use of role-play, modeling, reinforcement and rehearsal, children will learn how to better initiate and sustain appropriate play and communication with peers, improve their social response skills, understand verbal and nonverbal social cues, and increase their ability to foster positive relationships.
When: Six- to eight-week social skills group.
Ages: 6-9 (boys and girls).
Cost: $85 (intake/assessment); $55 (per session).
Private insurance may be accepted.
No wait list.

Charlie's Gift
Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Susan Kahan
1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130
Downers Grove, IL 60521
(630) 810-1200
DuPage County
email: charliesgift@att.net
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.

Chicago Spectrum Solutions
Cindy Johnstone
Home-based services for greater Chicago area
(617) 835-1174
email: info@chicagospectrumsolutions.com
We create customized step-by-step social skill activities catered to your child's interests. Common scenarios and interpersonal relationships are explored by incorporating the child's interests and hobbies. Social skills are taught through creative lessons.
Ages: 3-9.
Cost: determined on a case-by-case basis.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

Communication Clubhouse
Diane Lee
2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 495-6800, ext. 117
DuPage County
Group 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 to 13 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

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.
Ages: 3-4.
When: Meets on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 5-7.
When: Meets on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Cost: call for rates.
Deadline to register: 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.
When: Meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 11-13.
Cost: call for rates.
Deadline to register: Join at any time.

Comprehensive SLP, LLC
Mara H. Lane, MS, CCC/SLP
666 Dundee Road, #1301
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 291-0700
email: mara.lane8@gmail.com
Our social language pragmatic language groups, facilitated by a Certified and Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, Certified School Psychologist and/or Licensed Clinical Social Worker, help children and teens who need help making friends and understanding social relationships. The groups are modeled on the social thinking curriculum of Michelle Garcia Winner, whose nationally recognized methodology of social cognitive thinking has helped many children improve their peer communication and interaction skills.
Ages: preschool-high school.
Please contact Mara Lane using the website link above for the Fall 2013 through Spring 2014 schedule.

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 Presents: Getting Along Social Skills Group
Michelle Fieldman
1001 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County
email: michelle.fieldman@eastersealschicago.org
Social skills group meets once a week for 9-consecutive weeks. Program developed to enhance adaptive social skills in youth with high-functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome. The children work with certified clinicians on a variety of topics, including understanding emotions, initiating play, receptive and expressive communication, and making new friends.
When: Get put on a wait list now.
Cost: free.  Registration is filled on a first come, first serve basis.

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. All children must attend the open house in order to participate. FYI: They are compiling a wait list for those who are interested in participating in one of their social skills groups. Groups meet once a week for nine weeks. If you have a child who would benefit from this experience, please call Ann Bormet for further information. 
Ages: 6-9.
Cost: This group is free and will be led by trained clinicians.

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: Call for upcoming dates.
Ages: 10-14.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $29 per session.
No wait list. Join at any time.

KGH Consultation and Treatment, Inc.
3100 Dundee Road, Suite 704
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-KIDS (5437)
When: Call for future dates.
Classroom Prep
Classroom Prep's goal is to help prepare a child for classroom environment (such as preschool, early childhood or kindergarten classroom). Increased social awareness and use of social language within a classroom environment will be an area of focus. Activities such as circle time (calendar, story, movement/music), art/sensory time, snack time, learning centers, and gross motor/play will incorporate a themed unit.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 3-6

The Engine Group - Self Regulation
The Engine Group helps to teach self-regulation by the analogy that their body is like a car engine with different speeds. The program will introduce and teach them how to attain, maintain or change their alertness (or 'engine') so that it is appropriate for the situation or task. This group is appropriate for students who have self-regulation weaknesses, ADD/ADHD, Asperger's or behavioral difficulties. This program is led by a licensed OT.
When: Meets on Mondays from 3-4 p.m. 
Ages: 5-10.
BCBS insurance accepted; billable to your insurance company.
Cost: $100 (hourly rate).

Girls Group
Our Girls Group is geared towards girls who are in need of strengthening their social language and enhancing their friendship skills. The girls will focus on relationship building such as reading non-verbal cues, listening skills, and participating in age-appropriate activities that are of common interest and overall development of social cognition skills. The group is facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: fourth, fifth and sixth grade

Let's Play-Matched Dyad Treatment
Let's Play is geared for children ages 5-8 with limited or emerging social relationship skills and social language skills by providing a nurturing environment to develop and enhance his//her social language, peer relationships and sensory regulation with one other child (dyad treatment). Let's Play is appropriate for children who struggle to express their thoughts and feelings independently and have had limited success with group activities. Individual dyads are led by a behavior analyst.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 5-8.

Life Skills and Leisure Group
This group is for Pre-Teens and Teens who would benefit from a small group improving important age appropriate life and leisure skills. Some life skill examples include food preparation, independent skills, and purchasing/using money. A motivation assessment will be conducted to provide recommended leisure skills to work on and teach. This group is led by an occupational therapist.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 9-18.

Little Chefs
Little Chefs is a cooking class that works on language comprehension, sequencing skills, fine motor skills, social skills and is great for the picky eater. The little chef will have many opportunities to explore new foods in a sensory and supportive way. Many will try new foods in this type of setting! This group is led by a speech therapist and/or occupational therapist.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 3-8

On the Town
Program for middle school aged boys and girls 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. Group meets one time per week for 1-11/2 hours, depending on the community activity. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their children at the outing location and will be asked to pay for any tickets or entrance fees required. A schedule of the outings will be given at the first social group. This group is facilitated by an ABA professional.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: fifth through eighth grades.

Play Pals
Play Pals is an interactive group for 3-6 year olds, targeting social language and friendship development. Participants in this group will come together and play in our toy town. Play Pals will be led by a speech therapist.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 3-6.

Recess Rules!
Recess Rules is for students who would benefit from learning specific recess time games and outdoor socialization skills. Learning various age appropriate outdoor games, playing with friends and getting along with peers will be an area of focus. This group is led by our occupational therapist.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 5-8.

Social Thinking Group
Group is geared towards students who are in need of strengthening their social cognition skills while enhancing age appropriate friendships. The group will focus on relationship skill building while participating in age-appropriate activities that are of common interest. This group is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 7th and 8th grade.

Social Thinking Group
The goals for this group include friendship skill building, increasing pragmatic language and conversation skills, understanding and learning the skills for successful interactions at lunch time, recess time, birthday parties and play dates. This group is led by a licensed clinical social worker.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.

Social Thinking Group
Group is geared towards who are in need of strengthening the skills needed for age-appropriate friendships and social problem solving, learning social pragmatic language skills, focusing on listening to others, and understanding the non-verbal communication skills necessary for optimum peer relationships. The group will participate in curriculum and activities of common interest and work on overall development of social cognition skills. This group is led by a licensed clinical social worker.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 4th, 5th and 6th grade.

Teen Group
This group is for high school students who wish to enhance their interpersonal relationship skills with both peers and adults. It is designed for students who have Asperger’s syndrome, non-verbal learning disabilities and for those with no diagnoses but who need to learn how to better connect with friends and classmates at a young adult level. Working to increase social cognition and theory of mind skills, this group engages teens with a variety of topics in a safe, supportive and enjoyable atmosphere. This group is led by a licensed clinical social worker.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: high school students.

Totally Awesome Social Kids (TASK)
TASK is geared for children ages 5-8 who need work mastering their social relationship skills and social language skills in a peer enriched environment. TASK is appropriate for children who can maintain regulation while independently expressing their thoughts and feelings. This group is led by a speech therapist and/or behavior analyst.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 5-8

Volcano Group
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 social worker.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 6-10.

Kids Communicate
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 OT and has 25 years of dealing with students who have special needs. Learn more.
When: call for new date and time.
Ages: Grades 3 through 6.
Cost: free.

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
Social skills training for adults and children individually and in a group setting. Adult groups will focus on conversational skills, non-verbal communication, boundaries, life skills, making friends and building self-esteem. Children will focus on following a schedule, turn taking, waiting, initiating conversation, making friends and building self-esteem.
Ages: 3 months and up.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS, PPO).
Cost: $95 (hourly rate).
No wait list. 

Learning Through Play Center for Child Development
Staff includes: BCBA, Art/Music therapists, DTs, LSWs, LCPC's
633 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 458-9865 or (773) 615-3202
Cook County
Social Engagement Playgroup: uses music and art to motivate children to participate in group activities, learn to communicate with others, and gain confidence in social situations. This class is for children with autism, sensory dysfunction, or social/language deficits.
When: Meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Structured Developmental Playgroup: uses specific strategies to help children transition easily from one activity to the next. This class is for children who are high-functioning ASD/PDD or developmental delays.
Ages: 2-5.
When: Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: see website or call for information.
No wait list.

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc
Teen Social Group
Facilitated by: Kathy Evangelista, MS, CCC-SLP/L & Karly Bartolucci, MS, CCC-SLP/L
1001 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 151
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196
DuPage County
email: kronan@lilfriends.com
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. Children must be able to participate in the group without their parents present. Children must not display aggressive or self injurious behaviors, and children must have cognitive skills which enable them to interact with like peers. Diagnosis: high-functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome.
When: Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.
Ages: 13-16 and 5-7 (boys and girls).
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $720 (must be paid in full before the group begins). No refunds for missed sessions.
No wait list.

Other Social Groups at:
Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.
140 N. Wright Street
Naperville, IL 60540
email: kronan@lilfriends.com
(630)281-1895
Du Page County
Social Detective Level One
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 10-12.
Participants will learn to identify the facial expressions for happy, sad, and angry; what makes them feel emotion; how and what they can do when they feel that emotion. Each participant will receive a notebook for the feelings explored. Snacks will be provided. There will be activities to do at home.
Cost: $360 (due at first group)

Getting to Know Your Way Around the Kitchen
Participants in this group will learn basic kitchen skills such as pouring, scooping, spreading, measuring, and using small appliances in the process of making a snack. In addition to cooking projects they will work on kitchen safety, working as a team, and communicating with each other.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 13-15.
Cost: $360 (due at first group)

Friendship Group
Using "I Can Do It" from the Model Me video series, children will practice appropriate behavior during challenging situations such as losing, working as a team, trying something new, and going to and having a birthday party. The children make a simple snack that entails using small appliances, making choices, scooping and spreading. Our sessions end with playing a board game.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 6-7.
Cost: $360 (due at first group)

Friendship Group-Conversation Skills
This group will work on Conversation Skills such as when to start a conversation; 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. The participants will learn to work together as they make a simple snack. Each session ends with the playing of a board game.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 9-10.
Cost: $360 (due at first group).
 
Ann Maxwell, PhD
125 S. East Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-3480
Cook County
email: apmaxwell@sbcglobal.net
Ages: 3-18.
Provides social skills groups.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Network 1212
We're new to the near west side neighborhood and we want to meet you!
Join us for pizza, board games and friendly conversation and learn how you can be a part of Network 1212 the newest Taylor Street Social Club coming to Chicago in 2014. For adults 18-35 with High Functioning Autism or Social/Communication Challenges; must be able to come without family support.
When: Call for future dates.
Where: Pompei
1531 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Contact: RSVP Ann (312) 942-4450 or ann_hermes-tudor@rush.edu or
julie@jmtf.org
Cost: $5.00 No Cash? Come anyway!
Sponsored by Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation

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.

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.

Rush NeuroBehavioral Center
Education Presents Student Executive Function Workshops
4711 Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60076
Contact: Cate Gonley
(847) 933-9339
Email: cgonley@rush.edu
Instruction is based on the Executive Functions Curriculum developed by Dr. Georgia Bozeday and the RNBC Team. It provides lesson-based activities designed to integrate sound executive function practices into general learning. These lessons will give students opportunities to see executive functions used in practical applications based on concrete examples which they successfully manage. Ap-plying executive function principals in this manner helps students generalize these skills to other areas.
This workshop will: Model lessons from the RNBC Executive Functions Curriculum including material and time management, study strate-gies, initiating tasks and setting goals. Teach task analysis and developing a study plan with an emphasis on long term projects. Indentify various study strategies including test preparation methods and note-taking options.
Good candidates are students who are typically developing and aware that their lack of organization, time management and/or study skills is impacting their ability to perform well in school. These students are motivated and are actively seeking new strategies to help them succeed in school. Doing well in school should be a high priority for them. They should be able to sustain attention for 15-20 minutes at a time, work well with peers in small groups and be willing to share their own school experiences with the group.
When: Call for future dates.
Cost: $500. (includes materials)

Rush University Medical Center
Social Skills for Children & Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder
2150 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Contact: Natalie Forburger (312) 563-2272
Cook County
email: natalie_m_forburger@rush.edu
The main goal of groups is making real friendships that continue after group ends. Groups cover a set of social thinking and communications skills, as well as specific areas of need identified for each participant. Groups are separated based on age and skill levels to maximize learning opportunities. Groups are led by ASD specialists with many years of experience.
When: Groups begin Tuesdays, Feb. 18-May 27 (4-5 p.m.-Ages: TBA; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages:16-20).
Ages: 4 and up.
Cost: Private and public insurance accepted.

Social Skills Group for Young Adults
Linda Hoeck, MA, Autism Consultant
1641 Crowfoot Circle N
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(224) 489-6464
Cook County
email: lhoeck@comcast.net
Who can join the group? Young adults with social skill challenges (typically diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder) who would like to participate in the program. Targeted skills include: flexibility, self-management (daily responsibility and stress relief), conversation norms, relationships, observation skills/situational norms and problem-solving.
When: Call for future dates.
Ages: 18-25.
Cost: $210 (for seven weeks).
Space is limited to provide a small group experience.   

Therapy Group at Susan Myket, PhD & Associates
Autism Spectrum Social Skills Groups
Susan Myket, PhD & Associates
www.myketandassociates.com
1415 Bond Street, Suite 127
Naperville, Illinois 60563
(630)355-9002
Elementary, Middle School and High School groups provide specific instruction for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related issues to learn and practice social skills.
When: After school and Saturday groups are available.

Genevieve Thorton, PsyD
Social Thinking Therapeutic Group for Teenage Girls
899 Skokie Blvd., Suite 204
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 559-3240
Cook County
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. 5 person maximum.
When: Meets on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. (10 weeks).
Ages: 14-18.
Private insurance accepted. Scholarships available.
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
Katie Decker
13318 W. Lincoln Hwy.
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
Will County
email: kdecker@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.

Trumpet Behavioral Health
Paige Raetz, PhD, BCBA-D, Clinical Director
3851 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
(872) 208-7893
Trumpet's social skills groups are designed and led by Behavior Analysts to enhance social skills development in children. Programs are uniquely designed to facilitate the following: social problem solving, friendship development, nonverbal and verbal communication skills, idiomatic language, and pragmatic skills.
Ages: 9-13
No wait list
Accepts private insurance

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.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics
Exploring Dating and Relationships
1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 204
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
Contact: Megan Swaback or Elizabeth Diaz (312) 996-3739
Eligible Participants: Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interested in learning skills for dating and relationships.
Possible Topics: different types of relationships, healthy communication, building friendships, decision making, sexual feelings and attraction, intimacy and sexuality.
Ages: 18 +
When: Mondays 10-11:30 a.m. Feb 10-April 7*
*Group will not meet March 24 due to Spring Break
Cost: FREE

UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic
Groups for Children & Teens
Where:
UIC Family Clinic
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
When: TBD (days and times will depend on participant availability)
Contact: Ginny Griffin or Liz Fernandez 312.413.1490
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.

UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic
Groups for Teens & Adults
Where
: UIC Family Clinic
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
When: TBD (days and times will depend on participant availability)
Contact: Ginny Griffin or Liz Fernandez 312.413.1490
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! http://www.meetup.com/Autism-Spectrum-People-in-Education-ASPiE/

Youth Services of Elk Grove Township
Contact: Renee Dorn
(847) 981-0373
email: rdorn@elkgrovetownship.com 
A Social Skills Group for Children and Adolescents. Our program empowers participants to grow effective social skills so they can feel successful with their peers. Through a combination of activities, games, and processing, participants practice life skills that help them manage their day.
When: Monday January 27, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. once a week for 11 weeks during the winter semester. We will be focusing on the following social skills:
1) Improve Social Interactions and Friendship skills with peers
2) Develop awareness of how their peers perceive them
3) Develop Healthy Coping Skills 
Cost: $110.00 for the winter semester. Partial Scholarships maybe available.
If you believe your child would benefit from this program, please use the contact information above.
Space is limited.
 
Youth Services of Glenview
Sara Mischler, LCPC
3100 West 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.
Three age groups: third through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; and ninth through 12th grade.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $300 (6 sessions).
Wait list: 3rd through 5th grade.


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