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The Autism Program of Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago
Where: Family Clinics
1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room103lf
Chicago, IL 60612
Contact: Cara Vaccarello, PhD
Cross-Age Mentoring Program for High School Students and College/Graduate Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This is a support group and research program. Participants will have opportunities to meet students with similar interests, discuss high school and college life in a supportive environment, and hear about topics of interest (friendships, assertiveness skills, balancing school, work, relationships, and other activities, post-high school plans, etc.). The focus of the group is to provide high school students (mentees) with guidance and support from college/graduate students (mentors) in a fun environment. Meetings will include fun activities, discussions, and snacks.
As part of this research, subjects will complete two pre- and post-questionnaires in addition to a brief interview with the primary investigator. The purpose is to evaluate outcomes related to the research (e.g., postsecondary plans, self-esteem, and connectedness to school) and to obtain feedback regarding participation in this program. If you would like to participate in the cross-age mentor program, but do not want your information to be collected as part of research, you have the right to do so.
When: Monthly October 2013 through May 2014.
Guideway Personal Support
Judah McNiel, MA, executive director
5707 S. Cass Ave., Suite 650
Westmont, IL 60559
Serving: Cook and DuPage counties.
Provides guidance for young men with autism spectrum disorders while teaching independent life skills, social skills and the all-around competence they need to gain more independence and experience for a more fulfilling life. Services include: therapeutic mentoring (two to three hours) of one-on-one time doing activities and talking while working on a specific goal. Socialization groups: three to five young men working out their social struggles through fun activities and conversation together and with the facilitators.
Ages: teens to late 20's.
Cost: insurance not accepted; $40 (hourly rate), sliding scale available.
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.
The Autism Resource Center's referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the team will be adding new resources and building to our Web site. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our Web site again for any future referrals.