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Autism Training for Parents and Professionals

Advanced Behavioral Solutions (ABS)
953 N. Plum Grove Road, Suite B
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 413-9001
Cook County
Provides organizational consultation and workshops to determine your organization's needs, conduct all preparatory data gathering, customize a workshop based on training goals, and deliver the workshop to your organization members. The staff has devised a number of these workshops for organizations in the past and is ready to help improve the functioning of your staff. Offers education/school consults to teachers on topics such as classroom behavior management, working with resistant staff or parents, DSM diagnoses (e.g. ASD/PDD spectrum) and the school's role. Presentations to PTA/PTO groups on topics including: psychological diagnosis and treatment planning, tips for increasing home-school collaboration, managing stress. Offers administrative training such as stress inoculation, time management and increasing staff cohesion. Get more information on workshops and consultation services
Cost: varies.
No wait list.

ABS also offers free seminars, open to the public on issues from improving relationships to advocating for your child in the schools. Staff members will share their expertise with you in an educational, interactive forum. They are always updating their list of projected seminar topics and ask that you call to reserve a seat, as space is limited. More information on free seminars
Cost: free.
No wait list.

Alexian Brothers Health System presents:Autism Round Table Discussion
Contact: Ana Garcia
Where: Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
1650 Moon Lake Blvd., Room 2408
Hoffman Estates, IL
(847) 755-8536
Cook County
When: call for future dates.
To register please call or email Ana Garcia.

The Autism Center for Excellence at Giant Steps Illinois presents:
First Responders Training

2500 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 455-5730
DuPage County
Program's goal is to educate emergency first responders on how to identify and work with an individual living with autism. Program follows a train-the-trainer model where selected first responders (trainers) attend the training and train their colleagues at a later date. In addition, because this program takes place in a school for children with autism, the trainers actually gain experience interaction with someone living with autism, as students and staff are part of the program.
Cost: please call Giant Steps for more information.
No wait list.

Autism Society of Illinois presents: Special Education Advocacy
Contact: Ron Lampen
(630) 691-1270
There are times when you need some more support when working to develop a strong Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for your child with autism. The ASI Special Education Advocate is experienced in working with schools and families to determine the best IEP outcomes based on the individual needs of the child.
Cost: The cost of the Special Education Advocacy program is $1500. You are able to write off $1,075 of the fee as a charitable contribution and $475 as an educational expense. Any meeting held more than 50 miles away from the office in Lombard will be subject to a $0.50 per mile fee.
*Payment options are available upon request.

Autism Training Solutions
Treasure Rousselo, business development consultant
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 175
Honolulu, HI 96822
(810) 923-2363
An online education company dedicated to training professionals and paraprofessionals within the field of autism and related behavioral disabilities. Through unique partnerships with service providers, schools and families, they are able to film real children, across the spectrum, receiving evidence-based interventions within their natural environments. By combining these interactive videos with online staff assessments and supervision, they have created a dynamic approach for staff training that has improved organizational training operations and created new success stories in the field.

Belle Center of Chicago
Susan Karr, program director
1754 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-7868
Cook County
Staff members are available to come to your school, camp or community program to provide information and training that can assist in the inclusion of children with disabilities at your site. Some workshops include: language facilitation techniques, fine motor skills and development, practical classroom strategies for sensory integration difficulties, and more. Most workshops can be modified into two-parts to accommodate schedules. Learn more.
Cost: call for fee schedule.
No wait list.

BGF Performance Systems, LLC
Nicole Cissell, BCBA
5454 N. Bernard St.
Chicago, IL 60625
(312) 806-7937
Cook County
BGF Performance Systems provides ABA therapy services for children and adults diagnosed with autism and related conditions. Programming focuses on effectively and efficiently increasing appropriate behaviors (including academic skills) while decreasing inappropriate behaviors. Board-certified behavior analysts will train therapists to conduct one-on-one therapy for your child in your home. Parent training is also available.
Ages: 2 years and up.
Private insurance accepted.

Bridges for Autism Foundation
Marcia Biordi-Brown
P.O. Box 102
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 444-0019
Cook County
Provides education to professionals such as medical personnel, educators and providers, as well as parents and the general public. They collaborate with special education districts in the community creating unique and specialized programs.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Celebrate Differences
Rebecca Christiansen
2758B Route 34, Suite 327
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 885-3006
Kendall County
Provides educational workshops and training throughout the year on various topics to educate parents and professionals to better meet a child's needs at home, in school and in the community. Parents and professionals will also receive information on and referrals to local resources for children with special needs.
No wait list.

Chicago Spectrum Solutions
Cindy Johnstone
Home-based services for greater Chicagoland area
(617) 835-1174
We teach parents how to teach their children skills at homes and walks them through step-by-step instructions on activities and tasks that they can lead at home. If parents are struggling with a specific household issue regarding their child, C.S.S. creates a personalized system to address that issue and teaches the parents how to confront, handle and implement the plan that will address that issue.
Ages: 3-9 years.
Cost: determined on a case-by-case basis.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

Community Education at JCFS
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
There is an adage that we grow through learning: At Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS), we wholeheartedly agree. For adults who want to enhance their knowledge of issues that affect people with disabilities – working toward greater understanding, empathy, service and leadership – we offer community education courses on a wide range of topics. Past topics have covered Self-Advocacy for People with Developmental Disabilities, Futures Planning, Parenting a Child with Special Needs and more. Open to professionals, people with disabilities, and family members of people with disabilities.

Integrated Pediatric Interventions (IPI) Program at JCFS
Developmental Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy for Children with Developmental Delays
Northbrook - Elaine Kersten Children's Center
255 Revere Drive, Suite 200
Northbrook, IL 60062
Chicago - Joy Faith Knapp Children's Center
3145 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Cook County
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
During one of many “well-baby” doctor appointments, a parent may hear a pediatrician comment that baby’s grip isn’t as strong as it should be, or that the toddler’s speech, while understandable, may not be at the level of other toddlers of the same age. At home, a parent may see that her three-year-old doesn’t like the texture of certain foods, or may avoid touching certain surfaces or fabrics. When concerned, a parent may welcome the help of the Early intervention specialists from Jewish Child & Family Services (JCFS). Play Therapy groups focus on school-readiness, making friends, parenting special needs issues and more.

Other programs at JCFS:

JCARES Domestic Abuse Prevention and Education
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
JCARES is a diverse coalition that educates, advocates and collaborates to promote innovative policies and practices addressing abuse across the Jewish community and beyond. Rooted in Jewish values and empowered by the combined strength of coalition members, JCARES is a catalyst for systemic change that supports healthy relationships, homes and communities. Community Workshops have covered topics from Elder Abuse to the Connection between Addiction and Domestic Violence and more. CEU’s and CPDU’s available.

9304 N. Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 676-0078 or (855) ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
Response helps adolescents in the Jewish and general community develop skills in communication, decision-making and leadership necessary to deal with life’s challenges. Response’s community outreach, prevention and education workshops provide experiential, prevention-based education to teens, professionals and parents, offering participants the opportunity to learn more about current topics impacting tweens, teens and those who work with or parent them. Parent and teen education and support groups also available.

Supported Community Living Initiative
855-ASK-JCFS (855-275-5237)
The Supported Community Living Initiative for people with disabilities and their families is a grass roots movement, guided by Keshet, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and Jewish Child & Family Servics, exploring a sustainable, community integrated future for people with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Town Hall Meetings cover topics from legislative issues and effective models in other cities and a strong corps of volunteers is helping to frame the need and action steps for the future.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
TAP Service Center/Chicago

Colleen Shinn, program manager
1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County
Training opportunities include: new diagnosis family orientation; first responder training; early intervention training; care providers/day care training; and early detection training for pediatric residents.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
Illinois Autism Partnership

Kathy Gould, program manager
1939 West 13th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(847) 340-0570
Cook County
Provides training, coaching, and consulting to local school districts for effective programming to students with autism spectrum disorders. These services enable students on the spectrum to be educated in their community schools, be included with their typical peers, and engaged with their parents and family members as active participants in planning their education.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
TAP Service Center/Rockford

Colleen Shinn, program manager
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 395-5566
Winnebago County
Training opportunities include: new diagnosis family orientation; first responder training; early intervention training; care providers/day care training; and early detection training for pediatric residents.

Eb Pediatric Resources
3712 N. Broadway Ave., Suite 250
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 458-9865
Cook County
Provides home or center-based parent/sibling training services on specific autism topics and other developmental disabilities.
Hourly rate: varies.
No wait list.

Encouraging Changes Counseling
Aimee Micetic, MA, LCPC, registered play therapist
13717 S. Route 30, Suite 159
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 274-3416
Will County
Provides parenting skill classes.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $150 (per couple).
No wait list.

Family Matters
Parent Training & Information Center

Karrie Potter, Information Specialist
Lincolnland Building
1901 S. 4th St., Suite 209
Effingham, IL 62401
(866) 436-7842
Serving: Kankakee County
email: or
Family Matters supplies information and training for parents and professionals who provide special education and related services to children with disabilities. Topics include: special education rights and responsibilities, IEP planning and participation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, No Child Left Behind, alternate assessments, behavior and discipline, parent/school collaboration, conflict resolution, transition from early intervention to early childhood services and others.
Cost: free.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)
Training & Upcoming Events

20 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 939.3513
Cost: free classes.

Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA
1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 917-5385
Lake County
Provides staff training on autism, behavioral issues, social skills and other topics.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $180 (hourly rate).
No wait list. Evening and weekend hours available.

Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW
Autism Consultant for Children and Adults

1101 Lake St., Suite 405A
Oak Park, IL 60301
(847) 338-2525
Cook County
The approach focuses on training parents on best practice interventions to support success in the home and community settings using Structured Teaching. Areas of focus include: building communication skills, play skills and daily living skills with emphasis on reduction of challenging behaviors.
Ages: 18 months and up.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS PPO).
Cost: $95 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Life Team Partners, LLC
Brian R. King, LCSW
Allison Cotton, LCSW
1601 Bond St., Suite 300
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 995-9559
DuPage County
Provides staff training on autism and development of social skills programs.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $120 (hourly rate for teleconference or videoconferencing); $150 (hourly rate for on-site consulting, plus cost of travel).
No wait list.

Little Friends Center for Autism
140 N. Wright St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 281-1895 
DuPage County
Provides training for parents and professinals.  Training topics include: adult core autism training for adult providers, high school staff and parents; understanding autism spectrum disorders and latest treatment strategies; positive proactive programming and strategies for individuals with behavior problems; discrete trial; visual strategies; communicative functions of behavior; communication training; characteristics and behavioral isssues in individuals with autism; parent's perspective; walk in my autism; structured teaching (TEACCH); organizational supports for high-functioning autism; and sensory processing.

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Julie Bogdanski, MA, center director
137 N. Oak Park Ave., Suite 212
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 660-1860
Cook County

Second location:
Karen Rappaport, MEd, center director
405 Lake Cook Road, Suite 207
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 412-1841
Cook County
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes provides on-site workshops, live video conference workshops, and comprehensive school/district partnerships for phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, orthography, writing, critical thinking and math. Learn more about workshops.
Cost: varies depending on workshops.

NIA Comprehensive Center for Developmental Disabilities
Parenting Class Program

Janice Eros
1808 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616-1611
(312) 949-1808, ext. 26
Cook County
Provides weekly parenting classes that offers hands-on parenting instruction. Learn effective discipline, potty-training, health care, child safety, nutrition, milestones for children's development and growth, or a sleep schedule system. Guest speakers will be invited to the parent class for presenting some workshops and in service trainings.
When: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for 6 months.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Pay It Forward For Autism (PIFFA)
Gemma Nissen, founder
836 S. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 162
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Cook County
Provides peer support, education and networking for children with autism and their families.
Meeting location: Elk Grove Library
1001 Wellington Ave.
Elk Grove, IL
Cost: no fee.

Positive Behavioral Connections, Inc.
Niki Thurkow, PhD, BCBA-D
Emily Cain, MS Ed
907 N. Main St.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 495-3441
Serving Counties: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook
Provides hands-on staff training education and training in human service settings including pre-schools, Sunday schools and day care centers to help maintain and improve a high level of staff performance. Also provides workshops tailored to families, professionals and educational organizations. Topics include: behavior basics, functional behavior assessments, implementing positive programming for behavioral concerns, Asperger syndrome, autism, sensory processing and verbal behavior.
Cost: $125 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

REST (Respite Education & Support Tools)
Become a REST Companion
Lisa Esposito, REST Coordinator (630) 397-5656
Jenna Olznoi, IL REST Statewide Coordinator (630) 397-5662
Where: Marklund Day School - Ann Haskins Center
164 S. Prairie Ave.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
REST is a unique, interactive training program, where you will receive the education and tools needed to be confident and successful in providing respite care to adults and children.
When: Saturday, March 5, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. OR Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $50. Lunch and snacks will be provided. IDHS has approved the REST Companion Course for 6.75 CE hours.

Scenario Learning
Kam Hau
2135 Dana Ave, Suite 300
Cincinnati, OH 45207
New online professional development system that makes training easier for all educators who support students with exceptionalities. Find evidence-based, special education-related training on ADHD, autism, behavior, IEPs, transition, special education law and more. Every multimedia-rich course is written by one of the nation’s leading experts and includes interventions; author and practitioner interviews; and scenarios that bring the content to life.
Ages: 18+ (geared toward teachers, administrators, parents, and any adults who work with children who have special needs)
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $49.99 per course with discounts for bulk purchases.
No wait list.

Trumpet Behavioral Health Presents: Teaching Community Safety Skills for Autism
Where: Fitchburg Public Library
5530 Lacy Rd.
Fitchburg, WI 53711
Open to all members of the community. Join Kristen Cooper, MA, LMFT, BCBA, Clinical Director with Trumpet Behavioral Health for a presentation on common concerns and strategies for building independence in individuals with special needs. Participants will learn: teaching a child to seek help when lost in public; responding to advances made by a stranger; and strategies to teach pedestrian safety. Stick around for Q&A after the presentation where participants are free to ask questions.
When: Wednesday, March 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: free event

Tuesday's Child
Contact: JoAnne or Katie
4028 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, Illinois 60641
(773) 423-5055
Cook County
Parents work on individualized behavioral and goal planning activities, with group sessions led by a clinical psychologist and individual time with trained peer mentors. While parents are in session children are placed in the child center which uses the same developmentally appropriate, behavior management strategies taught to parents. Emphasis is placed on cooperating with the teacher and interactive play with peers. Programs are offered in English and Spanish.
When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon; Wednesdays, 1-3:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Ages: 18 months to 6 years.
Cost: Insurance not accepted; provides a sliding scale fee schedule based on household income - starting as low as $120/month.
No wait list for the weekday program.

WEE Speech, PC
Julie Levin, speech pathologist
8833 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 329-8226
Cook County
Provides continuing education workshops and educational advocacy pertaining to children with special needs and their families.
Ages: birth to 18 years.
BCBS provider. Credentialed as an early intervention provider.
No wait list.

If you are interested in adding your organization or would like to make changes to a current listing on our website, please contact Natalie Forburger, LCPC, at (312) 563-2272 or