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Autism School Consultation and Advocacy

Action Advokids
Cindy L. Asselstine
612 Bayview Point
Schaumburg, IL 60194
(847) 882-1225
Cook County
email: addvokids@wowway.com
Asselstine has 11 years experience. She provides advocacy services for parents of children with special needs, such as, review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings, IEP development and parent advocacy training.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $300 (consultation fee).
Cost: $75 (hourly fee).
Payment plans available.
No wait list.

Advanced Behavioral Solutions
953 N. Plum Grove Road, Suite B
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 413-9001
Cook County
email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
Provides education/school consults to teachers on topics such as classroom behavior management, working with resistant staff or parents, DSM diagnoses and the schools 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.

Advanced Case Management, Ltd.
Catherine J. Oliver, RN, C, MSN
1951 Merritt Lane
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 615-9410
Lake County
email: cjo@interaccess.com
Provides advocacy services including review and explanation of school records, observations at school, risk assessment, IEP development, care coordination and parent education.
Ages: birth and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: call for fee schedule.
No wait list.

Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital
Department of Developmental Pediatrics
Deana Khoshaba, PsyD
Marjorie A. Getz, PhD
1675 W. Dempster St.
Yacktman Pavilion, third floor
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 723-9519 (Khoshaba)
(847) 318-9067 (Getz)
Cook County
Provides independent educational evaluations, educational consultation and evaluation services.
Ages: 2-21.
Private insurance accepted.
Current wait list.

Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Cliff Saper, PhD
1786 and 1650 Moon Lake Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 755-8046
Cook County
email: clifton.saper@abbhh.net
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Alfeld Educational Center
Beverly E.S. Alfeld, MA, MFA
Academic Performance Specialist
698 Exmoor Terrace
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 459-9518
McHenry County
email: jamlady10@aol.com

2nd location:
3202 Northwest Highway
Cary, IL 60013
McHenry County
Parent advocate and parent of a special needs child. Educator with twenty-three years of experience in teaching and advocacy. Classroom evaluations, file review, and expert witness services. Available for weekend hours.
Cost: $125-$185 for IEP meetings. Sliding scale fee available.
$60 (travel rate per hour).
No wait list.

The Autism Center for Excellence at Giant Steps Illinois
Susan Hamre
8320 S. Madison St.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 455-5730
DuPage County
Provides consultation for specific student concerns and development of IEP.
Ages: 5-18.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

The Bancroft School
Amanda Parker, MEd, BCBA
1375 Remington Road, Suite A
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 884-7030
Cook County
Education consultant: review school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Ages: 2-16.
Insurance not accepted.
Intake assessment and evaluations: $135 (hourly rate).
Reports and phone/email consultation: $85 (hourly rate).
IEP support and development: $135 for evaluation, $85 per additional hour (additional travel fees may apply).
No wait list.

Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD
P.O. Box 544
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-1251
Cook County
email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com
Beckman works with abled and disabled individuals and conducts in-depth evaluations for many disabilities, including low incidence and multiple handicaps. She assists families in writing specific goals and recommendations that are research-based and data-driven. She facilitates collaboration between the family, private providers, and schools to obtain appropriate accommodations and remediation in inclusive settings.
Ages: birth and up.
No wait list.

Behavioral Care Associates
Virginia Seng, PhD
999 Plaza Drive, Suite 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 619-1880, ext. 19
email: ginseng825@yahoo.com
Cook County
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Ages: 6-18.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost for initial evalution: $400.
No wait list.

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 attends school-based meetings on behalf of their families. They work with school staff and other community providers to advocate for the best interests of their clients. Advocacy work includes participating in a four-hour individualized education plan meeting at a Chicago Public School. Staff participates in the development of annual goals, the identification of modifications and accommodations, and work to help ensure that children receive the LRE placement and supports to which they are entitled. Learn more.
Ages: 3-16.
Cost: call for fee schedule.
No wait list.

BrainTree Neuropsychological Services
Mona Stepansky, PhD, ABPP-CN and Courtenay Ainsworth, PhD
Pediatric neuropsychologists
1101 Lake St., Suite 306
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 445-3771
Cook County
email: monastepansky@gmail.com
Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that will render a diagnosis of autism and/or common differential diagnoses. The evaluation includes a school observation, parent intake, 2-3 days of testing, and direct feedback session with the family. Each child with autism presents with varied cognitive strengths and weaknesses, so the evaluation will provide individualized recommendations for the child in the school setting and for private therapies as needed (the clinicians are also available to attend 504 or IEP meetings).
Ages: 2-21.
No insurance accepted, but will assist families in submitting to their insurance company.
No wait list.

Burkhardt Services and Neurohealth Associates
Reid Schwartz, PhD
60 Orland Square Drive
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 917-0755
Cook County

Second location:
477 E. Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148
DuPage County
email: reidmschwartz@gmail.com
Provides consultation services with schools regarding placement, IEP, 504 Plan needs, and developing therapeutic milieus. Schwartz has worked with students that are placed in regular classes, special education classrooms, therapeutic day schools and residential treatment facilities.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: based on individual needs. Call for rate schedule.
Two-week wait list at Lombard location.

Jill Burstein Educational Consulting, Inc.
30 W. St. Andrews Lane
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 940-8090
Cook County
email: collegefinderjb@aol.com
Specializing in post secondary placements for students with learning disabilities.
Ages: 15-25.
Cost: upon request.
No wait list.

The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC
Allison Lobel, PsyD, P.L.A.Y Project consultant
16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 468-2342
DuPage County
email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
Provides consultation to parents and teachers on challenging classroom behaviors. Review of school records. Available to do school observations and attend IEP meetings. Counseling for parents on IEP process.
Limited private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC
Jessica K. Paganis, MSW, LSW, P.L.A.Y Project home consultant
16W241 South Frontage Road, Suites 35 & 36
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 468-2341
DuPage County
email: jessica@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
Provides support in academic areas such as building social-emotional goals into an IEP; creating appropriate behavioral intervention plans; facilitating peer/buddy playround support; clarifying classroom/teacher expectations; and improving strategies for sensory and movement breaks throughout the school day. The Center for Hope and Healing is committed to providing therapeutic interventions that optimize the social, emotional, developmental and behavioral needs of children and families affected by autism and related disorders. Business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays to be determined by parent and therapist.
Ages: birth to 14 years.
Limited private insurance accepted.
Cost: varies by service.
No wait list.

Chicago Child Psychiatry Associates
Amer Smajkic, MD
233 E. Erie St., #802
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 893-5701
Cook County
email: asmajkic@mac.com
Provides school evaluations.
Ages: 3-18.
Private insurance accepted.
2-week wait list.

The Chicago Children's Clinic, LLC
Robert Daniels, PhD
1731 N. Marcey St., Ste. 505, Chicago, IL 60614
10024 Skokie Blvd., Ste. 222, Skokie, IL 60077
778 Frontage Road, Ste. 123, Northfield, IL 60093
(312) 587-1742
Cook County
email: rdaniels@chicagochildrensclinic.com
Consultation services to help design education and treatment plans to ensure that children receive all accommodations and services to which they are entitled.
Ages: 6 months to 18 years.
Insurance not accepted. Most PPOs receive some reimbursement; however, payment is due at time of service. Claims are filed on patients' behalf.
Cost: $330 (hourly rate at PhD level).
Cost: $75-$200 (hourly rate at MA level).
No wait list.

Comprehensive Psychological Services, P.C.
Michael J. Frey, PhD
Kelly Grandt-Dudle, PsyD
John P. Frampton, PsyD
Jennifer M. Stein, PhD
Carrie Gottainer, PsyD
3233 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 208
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 632-0334
Cook County
email: shrinkcps@aol.com
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Ages: 3-18.
Limited private insurance accepted.
Cost: $150 (per session).
No wait list.

Nichole Dawson, PhD
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
40 S. Clay St., Suite 204W
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 789-0423, ext. 1
DuPage County
email: nldawsonphd@comcast.net
Provides pediatric neuropsychological evaluations. Expertise in assessment and treatment planning for autism spectrum and related disorders, including education and advocacy support for parents for IEP development.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost varies based upon services provided.
Wait list varies.

Day By Day Family Solutions
Judy L. Katz, OTR-L, special educational consultant
109 Pine St.
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 899-1551
Cook County
email: judy@daybydayfamilysolutions.com
Helping parents/family/caregivers learn how to teach your child with special needs to engage in day by day activities in your home, your community, your school. Family members will be given practical solutions and techniques such as visual supports, structured activities, and physical environment rearrangement. Other services include IEP review, workshops and in-services.
Ages: 18 months to 18 years.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

Family Behavioral Health
Matthew Parvin, MD
13246 S. Route 59, Suite 100
Plainfield, IL 60586
(815) 254-7400
Will County
email: fbhsecure@fbhchicago.com
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Ages: 2-18.
Private insurance accepted.
Four-week wait list.

Family Matters Presents: Keeping It Positive-Meeting Behavior Needs in the IEP
Presenter: Tiffany Leischner
Where: Bourbonnais Public Library
250 E. John Casey Road
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Participants will learn at workshop how behaviors should be assessed; how to deveolop positive behavior goals for students; and what should be included in a behavior intervention and support plan.
When: Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: free event.
To register, call (866) 436-7842, ext. 107.

Christine E. Fitzgerald, PhD, NCSP, LCPC
Home- or community-based consultations.
(877) 947-7924
Serving Counties: Kane, McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Cook and Will
Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.
Ages: 3-18.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $125 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

From Advocacy to Action
Pam Labellarte, special education advocate
Law Office of Charles P. Fox
3710 Commercial Ave., Suite 6
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 205-9897
Lake County
email: spedadvocate@earthlink.net
Special education advocate and parent of two children with a disability. Provides the educational/transition process. Services include: education, peer counseling, 504 plan multiple disciplinary conference (MDC-3 year evaluation, manifestation determination-discipline and mediation).
Cost: Get more information about fee schedule.
No wait list.

Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA
1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 917-5385
Lake County
email: dgould847@aol.com
Provides school-based intervention services using a functional analysis of child's behavior and a behavior support plan created for the school setting.
Ages: birth and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $180 (hourly rate).
No wait list. Evening and weekend hours available.

H.O.P.E. Consulting, Inc. (Helping Others Progress and Excel)
Amy Dodsworth-Sachs, BA, BCABA
1414 W. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(630) 921-1063
Cook County
email: amydods@aol.com
Works with a variety of school districts, providing assessments, recommendations and trainings to district employees.
Ages: 2-18.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $120 (hourly rate).
Cost: $25 (hourly rate for travel time).
Wait list varies.

Catherine Jaselskis, MD
950 Skokie Blvd., Suite 305
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 559-0609
Cook County
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Ages: 3 and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Possible wait list.

KGH Consultation & Treatment, Inc.
3100 Dundee Road, Suite 704
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-5437
Cook County
Provides social skills treatment and consultation services in your child's classroom and offer social/adaptive recommendations as well as supervision/treatment of therapeutic playdates.
Tricare insurance accepted.
Cost: cost varies - travel expenses included.
No wait list.

Ruth Kraus, PhD
910 Skokie Blvd., Suite 235
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 559-0595
Cook County
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Ages: 3 and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $225 (hourly rate).
6 to 8-week wait list.

Life Team Partners, LLC
Brian R. King, LCSW
1601 Bond St., Suite 300
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 995-9559
DuPage County
Available for ongoing consulting to assist school staff and implementation of strategies in order to maximize effectiveness for children with who are on the autism spectrum. Services include trainings for staff as well as students; participating in staffings (preferably via conference call); development of social skills programs; and working with mainstream students to foster a more inclusive environment.
Ages: 5-18.
Insurance not accepted.
Teleconference or videoconferencing: $120 (hourly rate).
On-site consulting, plus cost of travel: $150 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc
Dinah Kotthoff
1001 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 151
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196
DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook County.
email: pboheme@lilfriends.com
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

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
Therapist consults with child's teachers and school officials to ensure that child is receiving all accommodations and services to which they are entitled.
Out-of-network provider.
Cost for evaluation: $288, plus travel expenses.
Cost: $144 per additional hour.
No wait list

NorthShore University HealthSystem
Department of Pediatrics, Developmental Follow-Up Clinic
Rebecca Nelson, Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychologist
Evanston Hospital
2650 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Cook County
(847) 570-2208
Ages: 6 months to 5 years
Provides diagnostic services, including infant and young child developmental assessment for at at-risk populations (e.g., prematurity and other pre or perinatal conditions or injuries), pre- and post-adoption consultation and assessment, assessment of school readiness, early learning or cognitive challenge, developmental delay, speech and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, mixed developmental disorders, other atypical development concerns, and early intervention or other therapies and early childhood special education review and planning specific for an individual child’s needs.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Wait List: varies, typically one month.

Orland Family Institute, LLC
Martins Adeoye, MD
15030 S. Ravinia Ave., Suite 30
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 364-0580 ext. 0 (Kim)
Cook County
Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private insurance accepted.
six-week wait is typical.

Oto Ling
Willard Hooks, PhD, CCC-A/SLP
1020 East Ogden Ave., Suite 212
Naperville, IL 60563-8609
(630) 305-8288
DuPage County
email: otoling@mac.com
Available for consultation to families, as a means of facilitating test interpretation, implementation of goals, and the specialized strategies. This service is for a fixed fee, at a two-hour maximum. Call for more details. See a complete list of services.
Ages: three and up.
Accepts Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurance only.
Possible wait list.

PACTT Learning Center
Paula Jablonski, principal
7101 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
email: learningcenter@pactt.org
ISBE approved. PACTT's consultation and outreach program provides in-service training in a large-group setting for schools and districts, as well as individual behavioral consultation for specific students. Individualized classroom consultation includes: direct observation and review of previous interventions and behavioral strategies, development and recommendation of positive behavioral strategies based on proven methodologies, and personnel training on approved strategies.
Ages: 3-21.
Cost: varies, call for more information. 

A Place for Children
Alexandra Koroleva-Regalado, MEd
2425 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
(847) 387-5342
Cook County
email: sasha@aplaceforchildren.com

Second Location:
7830 W. North Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Cook County
Helps parents with the preparation for their child's IEP meeting. Therapist will attend the IEP meeting with the family, and make visits to the school to help implement new strategies to maximize your child's success at school.
Ages: birth to 10 years.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS).
No wait list.

A Place For Me
Elaine Reeves-Haywood
7548 S. Cregier Ave.
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 931-9394
Cook County
email: elainer@aplaceforme.net
Offers consultation services for family and support for the child affected by autism. The facility will observe student in the school setting and make or assist with implementation of recommendations; assist parents and teacher in implementing various computer programs; assist individual and parent in understanding and implementing communication strategies for verbal and non-verbal child; and assist in using social stories and role play for teaching social concepts.
Ages: 3-18.
Cost: based on a sliding scale fee.
No wait list.

Project CHOICES
Project CHOICES assists school districts and communities in developing and expanding inclusive options for children and youth with disabilities. Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. There are two components to the project: CHOICES, which supports school-age children; and Early CHOICES, which supports preschool-age children. Consultants work in teams of four geographical regions of the state. To request support and to learn more.

Bob Rosenfled, MD
801 Skokie Blvd., Suite 212
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 564-1131
Cook County
Ages: 4-18.
Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.
Out-of-network provider.
Cost: $2,000-$2,500.
No wait list.

Rush Neurobehavioral Center
4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100
Skokie, IL 60676
(847) 933-9339
Cook County
email: info@rnbc.org
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $125-$150 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Rush University Medical Center
Educational and Emotional Health Evaluation Program
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-4450
Cook County
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $225 (hourly rate).
three-month wait list.

Skill Sprout
(800) 773-1682
Skill Sprout provides home-based services including behavioral consultation; school consultation; advocacy; and training.
Skill Sprout’s behavior analysis consultation assists parents in taking control of their child’s learning by accurately assessing areas of skill deficit and designing highly effective instruction that maximizes your child’s learning.
Cost: competitive hourly rates.
Skill Sprout accepts payment from most major health insurance companies.

The Special Educator
Lisa Drucker
(312) 204-7242
email: spedcares@yahoo.com
Serving: Chicago and suburbs.
Ms. Drucker works with families and other IEP team members to facilitate appropriate goals and provide grounded expectations for students with autism. She facilitates the ground work and puts together the pieces of a child's special needs life from meeting and managing their educational goals to successfully bridging the gaps between home, school and private therapy specialists.
Ages: birth to 22 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $40 (hourly rate; flexible fees are available).
No wait list.

Steinberg Behavior Solutions, Inc.
Sarah Steinberg, MS, BCBA
6719 N. Sacramento Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 330-1200
Cook County
email: steinbergbehaviorsolutions@gmail.com
Sessions are conducted in the natural environment and home-based to facilitate generalization and incidental learning. Evaluations made using the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) approach along with a written comprehensive ABA program to target the child's skill deficits. Other services include: school consultations for children with and without diagnosis, school behavior plans, curriculum modifications, IEP representation, potty training, sleep consultations, feeding therapy, parent coaching, home behavior plans, and social skills.
Ages: 2-18.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $125 (hourly rate for BCBA); $35 (hourly rate for direct therapist).
No wait list. Curently accepting new families.

Transitions Developmental Therapy, PC
Bianca D. Rodriguez, DT
225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 296-5990
DuPage County
Ages: 3-18.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

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Linda Cervenka, SLT, CCC-SLP
225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 473-2576
DuPage County
Provides consultation and training services to parents and school districts to help design a treatment plan for speech and language development concerns.
Ages: birth to 16 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $165 (hourly rate).
Possible wait list.

WEE Speech, PC
Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
8833 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 329-8226
Cook County
email: office@weespeech.com
Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings and consult with personnel.
Ages: Birth-18.
BCBS provider. Credentialed Early Intervention providers.
No wait list.