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Activities of Daily Living Training for Autism

Autism Training Center at Giant Steps Illinois
Life Skills Vocational Program

Mary Jo Conway
2500 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 864-3800
DuPage County
Program's goal is to provide an opportunity for 10 adults who have the primary diagnosis of autism, to learn life skills and have meaningful employment. Program will offer two tracks: (1) supported track where individuals work in a sheltered environment within the autism training center; (2) independent track that will offer opportunities for employment in workplace settings with the use of a job coach. Includes community outings to give participants opportunities to develop appropriate recreational and social skills.
Ages: 22 years and up.
Private insurace accepted.
Cost: Please call Giant Steps for more information.
No wait list.

Chicago Spectrum Solutions
Cindy Johnstone
Home-based services for Chicago area
(617) 835-1174
We create customized home solutions that help target your child's specific areas of need. Much of the work we focus on has to do with daily living routines such as your child's morning routine, getting ready for school, chores, dinner routine, bedtime routine, etc. We create a customized plan that will help your child navigate their way through these daily routines in a way that speaks to them and makes sense to them. We break down the daily living activities into easy-to-follow steps and put a fun spin on it to ensure that your child remains connected.
Ages: 3-9 years.
Cost: determined on a case-by-case basis.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

Dynamic Behavioral Services, Inc.
Dana Affrunti, MS, BCBA
1605 Sidener Hall
Chatham IL 62629
(217) 381-8487
Serving Central Illinois
Build meaningful skills through our long or short term in home & community based ABA therapy and consultation for individuals with autism and developmental disability. Offering hands on parent education and therapists with the training to meet RBT standards. 
Ages: all ages.
Most insurance plans with ABA benefit accepted including tri-care, and the Illinois medicaid waver. Private pay is also accepted. Contact us for rates.
No wait list.

Have Dreams
Teen Program

Dana La Brose, MMNA
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
A program for teens to develop daily living skills and independence in a structured environment. Each program offers activities to promote social interactions, working cooperatively, and learning new skills. Each week involves cooking (i.e. planning a meal, shopping, cooking, eating together and cleaning up), units (e.g. safety, pop music, manners, nutrition, shopping mall), exercise, and independent/partner work activities. Participants also go on outings in the community (restaurants, movies, mall, bowling, etc.) to practice skills learned in class.
When: meets on Fridays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Ages: 14 years and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Independent Living at Have Dreams
This pre-teen/teen program provides the opportunity to develop daily living skills, such as cooking, group names and independent leisure. Participants practice pre-vocational skills, preparation, job awareness and work stamina.
When: Meets on Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 10 years and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

KGH Consultation & Treatment, Inc.
Kim Hoehne, MA, BCBA

3100 Dundee Road, Suite 704
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-KIDS (5437)
Life Skills & Leisure Program
This intensive program is for preteens and teens who would benefit from a small group improving important life skills such as developing leisure skills, chores such as laundry (on site washer/dryer), reading and using train and bus schedules, independent skills, food preparation, purchasing and using money, etc. This program meets for two hours per day for five days. Preteens and teens will be introduced to a variety of age-appropriate social leisure skills as well as community outings to practice their taught life skills in the natural setting. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their child 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 when registering for the program. Led by a licensed clinical social worker.
When: call for future dates.
Ages: 6-18 years.

Kids Can Do, Inc.
Life Skills Group

19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 478-5400
Will County
The OT department holds a life skills group that is targeted towards preteens and teens whom have difficulty with daily living skills. Areas that are addressed include (but are not limited to) the following: dressing/appropriateness of clothing, personal hygiene, health and nutrition, exercise, transportation, meal preparation/cooking, kitchen/home safety, household chores/clean up, safety awareness, shopping/gift giving, ordering at restaurants, advanced telephone use, working constructively within a peer group setting, money management, etc. These skills are taught in as realistic situations as possible, which may include outings to area restaurants, stores or appropriate facilities.
Ages: 12 years and up.
Private insurance accepted and DSCC.
No wait list.

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.
Life Skills BASICS

140 N. Wright St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196
Serving Counties: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook.
The BASIC model is designed to instruct parents on how to teach their child basic life skills using visual systems and discrete trial. Consultation is provided in the home by a life skills consultant who will assist the parent in developing goals, teaching the child, monitoring goals and progress, and advancing the child's skills.
Ages: 3-10 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost for home assessment : $150 (plus travel).
Individual program development cost: $90 (per hour plus materials).
Consultant travel cost: $30 (per hour).
No wait list.

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