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Physical Therapy for Autism

Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.
Krista Stewart, ext. 120
3105 N. Wilke Road, Suite H
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
(847) 255-8690
Cook County
Offers standardized evaluation of motor skills and function, neuro-developmental treatment, manual therapy (myofascial release,  craniosacral therapy and joint mobilization), etc.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private and limited public insurance accepted.
Possible wait list for after school hours.

Aspire Children's Services
Eamon Shannon Center
Contact: Kathy Ruffulo
1815 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL 60162
(708) 236-0979
Cook County
Provides pediatric assessment and physical therapy services, including Lite Gait therapy.
Ages: birth to 14 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Association for Individual Development
Debbie Ortiz
309 W. New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 966-4050
Kane County
Provides physical therapy evaluation and treatment. The PT uses a multi-faceted approach including a variety of fun and engaging activities to work on muscle strengthening, balance, coordination, standing, and walking. Families are included in the therapy experience. Other features of the PT program include: aquatic therapy for coordination and balance while developing strength; lite gait for partial-weight-bearing gait training; treadmill training for muscle re-education; cardiovascular fitness and endurance training; and Nintendo Wii video games to encourage movement and promote coordination.
Ages: 3 years and up.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Wait list (call for length).

Lisa Barich, PT
8833 Gross Point Road, Suite 307
Skokie, IL 60077
(773) 616-7638
Cook County
Provides physical therapy evaluation and treatment, addressing gross motor skills, motor planning, orthotics, compression garments and biomechanics alignment.
Ages: birth to 25 years.
Cost: $97.50 (45 minutes); $130 (60 minutes).
BCBS provider. Early intervention program.
Wait list for after school hours.

Community Therapy Services, PC
Carol Hrodey, MS, OTR/L, Clinic Director
40W310 LaFox Road, Suite 1AB
St. Charles, IL  60175
Kane County
email: or
Provides evaluation and physical therapy treatment services.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private and limited public insurance accepted; BCBS network provider.
Possible wait list for after school hours.

Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center
Pediatric Rehabilitation Physician Clinic
Sally Wilson-Gamble
9649 W. 55th St.
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3580, ext. 437
Cook County
Outpatient clinic for children with a wide array of disabilities and delays. Clinic provides individuals with physical therapy evaluation and treatment.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Imagine Pediatric Therapy
Alicia Andry, PT
606 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 588-5050
Cook County
Provides assessment and physical therapy services. Therapists work on gross motor development such as walking, crawling, or sitting on own.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $180 (evaluation); $120 (60-minute session).
No wait list for morning or daytime appointment. Possible wait list for evening appointments.

Kids Can Do, Inc.
19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 478-5400
Will County
Provides a variety of treatment interventions for children who are faced with medical and/or developmental challenges including: developmental activities, therapeutic exercise, balance and coordination activities, adaptive play activities, mobility training, safety and prevention programs, and activities to promote overall wellness. Offers the following treatment techniques: neuro developmental treatment (NDT), Kinesio taping, TheraTogs, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), myofascial release, stabilizing pressure input orthosis (SPiO), sensory integration techniques and the use of the LiteGait for partial weight bearing gait training.
Ages: birth and up.
Private insurance accepted and DSCC.
Cost: $170 (hourly rate).
Wait list for after school hours.

La Rabida Children's Hospital
Pam Northrop
East 65th Street at Lake Michigan
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 256-5957
Cook County
Provides assessment and physical therapy services.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private and public insurance accepted. HMOs not accepted.
Three-month wait list. Prescription from referring doctor needed to make appointment.

Maximum Potential Autism Directory for Illinois
Directory for physical therapists in Illinois.

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc.
Director Becky Payne, MATCCC/SLP/HPCS
2523 14¾ Ave.
Rice Lake, WI 54868
(715) 859 6670
Barron County
Ages: birth to geriatric.
Assessment and treatment for patients that have gross motor delays and motor planning deficits, as well as assessing for adaptive equipment Private insurance accepted. Animal assisted therapy and horticulture therapy are incorporated into skilled medical therapy to provide functional and motivational response to the medical treatment plan.
No wait list.

North Shore Pediatric Therapy
1308 Waukegan Road, Suite 103, Glenview, IL 60025
950 Lee St., Suite 210, Des Plaines, IL 60016
2530 Ridge Ave., Lower Level, Suite 103, Evanston, IL 60201
4433 W. Touhy Ave., Suite 335, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
1657 W. Cortland, Chicago, IL 60622
1442 Old Skokie Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
(877) 486-4140
Provides physical therapy evaluation and treatment for the following conditions: gross motor delay, torticollis, athletic injuries, toe walking, physical activity for weight management and functional limitations due to obesity, hypotonia, orthopedic disorders, and neurologic disorders.
Cost for evaluation: $576; $144 (per additional hour).
Out-of-network provider.
No wait list.

Oak Leyden Developmental Services
Chandra Dean
411 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 524-1050, ext. 132
Cook County
Provides physical therapy evaluation and treatment.
Ages: 3-6 years.
Private insurance accepted. Limited number of public insurance accepted.
Current wait list. Call for more information.

Oak Tree Developmental Center
Suzanne Trumbower, MS-PT
1640 N. Wells Ave., #103
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4300
Cook County
Provides physical therapy evaluation and treatment and small groups.    
Ages: birth to 12 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Three-week wait list.

Vital Rehabilitation
5820 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 685-8482
Cook County
Provides physical therapy evaluations in the clinic, home or community. Aquatic therapy, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Cuevas MEDEK Exercise (CME).
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private insurance accepted.
Wait list for aquatic therapy.

Westside Children's Therapy
10257 W. Lincoln Highway
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-1500
Will County
PTs use one-on-one, hands-on therapy designed to help children who display delays or deficits in gross motor development, mobility, gait, strength, and posture, or those who display pain or injury. The goal of our physical therapy is to achieve long-term results for our children that will sustain through adulthood. Westside offers free 30-minute screenings for physical therapy.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
Accept private insurance (Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Humana, Silver Cross Managed Care, Tricare, United Healthcare, and UMR).
No wait list.

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