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Music Therapy for Autism

Communication Clubhouse
Music Therapy
2901 Finley Road, Suite 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 495-6800
DuPage County
Group and individual sessions. Board-certified music therapist engages kids and their caretakers with her guitar and voice. Kids become little musicians by joining in with other instruments. Music enhances communication skills, helping children cope with social and emotional challenges and improving other developmental areas.
When: meets on Thursdays from 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Ages: 3-5 years
Cost: call for rates.

Community Therapy Services, PC
Carol Hrodey, MS, OTR-L
40W310 LaFox Road, Suite 1AB
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 444-0077
Kane County
Provides music therapy and offers music therapy groups.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private and limited public insurance accepted; Blue Cross Blue Shield network provider.
Possible wait list for after school hours.

Creative Exchange Music Therapy Clinic
Craig Christiansen, MT-BC, president
Kari Christiansen, director
1527 Westchester Blvd., Suite One South
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 345-6100 or (773) 562-6202
Cook County
Music therapy clinic developed as an innovative and model communication program that serves primarily individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Their therapeutic approach relies on the use of current best practice, research based interventions including: applied behavioral analysis (ABA), picture exchange communication systems (PECS), DIR/floor time (Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based), social stories, sensory integration, relationship developmental intervention (RDI), positive behavior intervention supports (PBIS), non-violent crisis intervention and prevention, behavior modification, and various listening therapy programs. All music therapists are board certified. Services include individual and group music therapy sessions (4 children per group minimum) and specialized instrument instruction. Provide contractual music therapy services with a qualified music therapist, all instruments and equipment as well as supervision and training for all of our staff. Offer free presentations to family support organizations or groups and offer discounts to agencies or schools that are referred by our clients. All presentations are interactive and informative, teaching the concepts in which they base their therapeutic interventions and providing opportunities for all to participate. "The Naturals" - an instrumental band with young adults with autism who will play at autism conferences, special needs conferences and fundraising events. To book at your next event, call Kari Christiansen.
Ages: birth and up.
Some private and public insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 per hour (individual sessions); $35 per hour (group sessions); $75 per hour (home-based therapy); and $75 per hour (contractual services).
Individual sessions - one to two openings available. All other services - no wait list.

Eb Pediatric Resources
3712 N. Broadway, Suite #250
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 458-9865
Cook County
Board-certified music therapists provide individual home-based music therapy or therapeutic center-based group sessions intended to provide a fun and positive outlet that promotes success and confidence. Music therapy interventions incorporate a variety of modalities to increase a child’s self-awareness, readiness skills, coping skills, language, and social behavior. Music therapy playgroup involves children in singing, listening, playing with others and imitating words and gestures, and moving within their environment with confidence.
Ages: 2-5 years.
Private insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA)
Leslee Goldman
2008 Dempster St.
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 448-8334
Cook County
Therapeutic music experiences are shaped to address the needs of each individual.
Insurance not accepted. Financial assistance may be available.
Cost for individual sessions: $76 (hourly rate); groups held on-site: $66 (50 minutes); home-based treatment: $90 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

J.O.B. Music Connection, Inc.
Jeanne O. Besetzny, MA, MT-BC, NMT
Orff-Schulwerk Level III Certified
1105 N. Delphia
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 490-5514
Servicing Park Ridge and surrounding communities, including northwest Chicago area.
Provides individual home-based and community-based music therapy services utilizing neurologic music therapy techniques to address speech/language skills, including PECS; fine/gross motor skills; cognitive/academic skills (language for learning; reading mastery; math skills); social/emotional skills, including social stories. Adaptive instrument instruction for: piano, guitar, flute, recorder, band/orchestra instrument readiness, including "virtual" instrument inclusion! Community performances available for interested students. Specialty: individuals on the ASD and rare medical complications.
Pre-approved BCBS insurance accepted.
Rates for community clinic: $70 (per session); private home-based services: $85 (per session)
Ages: birth to adulthood.
No wait list.

Music as therapy for autistic children - Read this article.

Oak Leyden Developmental Services
Music Together
Chandra Dean
411 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 524-1050, ext. 132
Cook County
10-week music therapy program. Music and developmental therapist help parent(s) and child make music together. Book and CD included.
When: Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Fridays, 9:15-10 a.m., Saturdays, 10-10:45 a.m.
Ages: 3-6 years.
Private insurance accepted. Limited number of public insurance accepted.
No wait list. Call for more information.

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

Second location:
2425 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
(847) 387-5342
Cook County
This class will get you up on your feet and movin' to the beat.  This is the perfect class for the toddler and preschooler that loves to dance, sing and make noise.
When: Group meets Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (at Pratt location) and Tuesdays and Thursdays (at Elmwood Park location) from noon to 2 p.m.
Ages: 2-5 years.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS).
Cost: $8 (per class).
No wait list.

Tuned In Music Therapy Services, LLC
Meredith Harvey MT-BC, NMT
Certified Neurologic Music Therapist
600 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 622-5696
Cook County
Provides individual home-based music therapy utilizing NMT techniques to address speech and communication, motor coordination, and cognition. Adaptive music instruction for guitar and piano also offered.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
No wait list, insurance not accepted
Please contact Meredith by phone or email for more information about services and rates.

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