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Social Skills Group for Adults With Autism

Adults with Asperger's - therapist in Lisle starting up therapy group
Contact: Tony (Antonio) Salvat
(630) 200-0168
The group will likely use DBT skills and the topics and group focus will be determined by what everyone's needs and desires are. This group is only being started if people show interest.
Cost: $20 (per session).
For more information, contact Tony via phone.

Asperger Syndrome and Related Disorders Social Skills Group
Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA
Elena Kaiser, MA, ATR, LCPC
5225 Old Orchard Road, Suite 45
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 917-5385 (Diane) or (847) 337-2377 (Elena)
Cook County
email: dgould847@aol.com (Diane)
Social skills group for young adults with Asperger syndrome, PDD, high-functioning autism and nonverbal learning disabilities. The group will work on social thinking, social skills, friendship and relationship skills, problem solving, communication skills, sexuality, flexibility and stress management. The group will include role playing, social outings, art therapy, relaxation training and hobby/interest sharing.
When: Call for upcoming dates (9 consecutive weeks).
Ages: 18-24.
Cost: $65 each session. This group should be partially covered by most insurance companies.
No wait list.

The Second City Training Center
Improv for ASD Program - Adults Class

Lissette Hall, wellness programs assistant
1608 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 664-3959 (main)
(708) 202-9422 (mobile)
Cook County
email: lhall@secondcity.com
Improv for ASD offers a class in improvisation for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Classes will focus on ensemble and team building to help with the exploration of different relationships and social cues. Improvisational games used in this class will teach the students skills such as accessing emotions and storytelling. This will be done in a safe and fun setting where the students can explore and challenge themselves. Improvisation is a great tool to work through many types of barriers which stand in the way of creativity and socialization.
When: Oct. 17 to Dec. 12 (8 weeks), 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $216.

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.
Space is limited to provide a small group experience. 

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Department of Disability and Human Development
Teen Dating Skills Group

Contact: Katie Frank, MHS, OTR/L
UIC Family Clinic
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
(312) 413-1116 or
email: kfrank7@uic.edu
Eligible participants: teens on the autism spectrum, who are able to verbally communicate, and do not display aggressive behaviors. Group will focus on (but not limited to): building & maintaining close relationships; recognizing healthy relationships; and it is not the intention of this particular group to focus on physical intimacy.
When: call for new dates.
Ages: 16-19.
Cost: free.

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

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Department of Disability and Human Development
Self-Advocacy Social Skills Groups

Jennifer Gorski, PhD
Lana Roth, LCSW
Where: UIC, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 413-4624
Cook County
Eligible participants: Chicago-area university and community college students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (and not restricted to UIC). Groups will focus on: your rights as a student with ASD; assertiveness skills for college survival; how to talk to teachers and professors; self-disclosure about your diagnosis (when to do it, when not to do it); how to talk to others about the way ASD impacts you; finding and accessing important campus resources; and making friends who have similar interests. Contact Jennifer Gorski or Lana Roth for a telephone interview and further information.
Cost: free.