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Autism Art Therapy

Autism Family Center
560 Green Bay Road
Winnetka IL 60093
(847) 814-1096
Autism Family Center provides multidisciplinary treatment including: ABA, speech therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and social skills groups. We also provide school consultations, parent training, counseling for family members, group therapy and we host exciting events like movie nights and fundraisers. All services can be done in-home, in-clinic, or in the field.
Art Therapy: Our board certified art therapist provides a unique way for individuals on the spectrum to communicate through the use of creative expression. Art therapy is also beneficial for family members of individuals on the spectrum.
When: 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday
Ages: all ages. Ask about our young adult program.
Cost: private insurance accepted, rates available upon request
No wait list

Chicago Park District
Vittum Park-Special Recreation Programming

5010 W. 50th St.
Chicago, IL 60638
Creative Arts
Take this opportunity to explore artistic expression. This class will include: drawing, painting, dance, music/multimedia, visual art and much more!
When: 5-7 p.m., Tuesdays.
Ages: all ages.
Cost: $10.

Eb Pediatric Resources
3712 N. Broadway, #250
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 458-9865
Cook County
Provides individual home-based art therapy or therapeutic center-based group sessions intended to help children calm and self-soothe, increase attention span and fine motor skills, share tools and communicate with others, reduce impulsivity, and gain self-esteem through creativity. Art therapists (ATR/LCPC) are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment.
Ages: 2-5 years.
Private insurance may be accepted.
No wait list.

Linda Lee Goldman, MEd, ATR, BC
registered and board certified art therapist
(847) 498-2738

Have Dreams
Interactive Games and Art Therapy
Dana La Brose, MMNA
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
A center-based program that introduces children to board games, card games and group games. Games are adapted to promote socialization and communication skills. Adaptations and prompts are faded as children become familiar with and understand the games, enabling them to play the games in other settings. Art is also incorporated in this program, offering children a visual means of self-expression.
Ages:  6-10 years, When: Meets on Wednesdays 4:30-6 p.m.; 11-14 years, When: Meets on Wednesdays 4:30-6 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Institute for Therapy through the Arts
Christine Hazelett
2008 Dempster St.
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 425-9708 ext 590
Cook County
Through the art-making experience and therapeutic relationship, clients express and examine feelings, learn about cause and effect relationships, improve problem-solving patterns, promote social skills, develop responsibility and independence, cope with symptoms and enhance self-esteem.
Insurance not accepted. Financial assistance may be available.
Cost: $85 hourly rate (for 50 minute individual sessions); $50 (group sessions 50 minutes); $100 hourly rate (for advanced practitioners.
No wait list.

Julie Herr & Associates, LLC
Creating Art In Community

2032 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Cook County
Summer art program for children with and without special needs. Over the course of six Saturdays, they will use pictures from their favorite books as a jumping off point to explore color and shape. The class will culminate in the creation of a group mural.
When: call to inquire.
Ages: 3-8 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $300.
No wait list. 

Elena Kaiser, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC
Counseling and Art Therapy
2956 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 337-2377
Cook County
Uses the creative process of art-making to help her clients improve and enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Kaiser uses art therapy to assess and treat the full range of emotional problems and mental illnesses. Provides home or school-based services. Offers flexible daytime, evening, and Sunday hours.
Ages: 3 years and up.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS PPO among other insurance providers).
No wait list.

A Place for Children
Art Class
Alexandra Koroleva-Regalado, MEd
7830 W. North Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
(847) 387-5342
Cook County

Additional location:
2425 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
(847) 387-5342
Cook County
Does your toddler and preschooler love to paint, draw and color? Then this is the class for them. This class is designed to let your child explore creative materials in a playful, non-structured environment.
When: Meets Tuesdays and Fridays (at Pratt location) and on Wednesdays (at Elmwood Park location) from 10 to 11 a.m.
Ages: 2-5 years.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS).
Cost: $8 (per class).
No wait list.

Trinity Services Autism & Family Resource Center
Resource Library
Katie Decker
13318 W. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
Will County
Resource library provides information about various resources, services, and upcoming community events. Families can borrow books, games, toys, and other learning aids for short periods of time. Announcing Make and Take Fridays at the Resource Room! The theme for November is Math and Counting. Children will have two crafts to choose from: Counting the Turkeys or Adding Up the Turkeys.
When: Every Friday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: One project per person is free, additional projects cost $1 to $2 each.
Library hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.