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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.

ADA Distance Learning Sessions
The Bureau of Accessibility and Job Accommodation (BAJA) and the Illinois ADA Project are inviting interested persons to participate in a training session concerning issues on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Illinois ADA Project is a steering committee of the DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center of which DHS serves as a member organization. The ADA distance learning programs being offered by Great Lakes ADA are scheduled:
When: call for upcoming dates and programs.

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.

Cat & Mouse Game Store
1112 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 465-2178
Cook County
Educational toys and board games for all skill levels, host to family events and workshops.
Board Games and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A workshop on how to use tabletop games for leisure, social skill building, and language development. Taught by Beth Heile, a speech therapist with 11 years of experience working with children with ASD.
When: April 25, 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $40, for tickets and more information.

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.
When: call to inquire about next workshop date.
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.

The Child and Family Law Center of the North Shore Webinar Series presents: Extended School Year: The Law and the Reality 
Presented by: Micki Moran of the Child and Family Law Center This webinar is designed to answer your questions about Extended School year (ESY) and will include a discussion of: case law and other relevant issues; regression/recoupment; questions and answers
When: call for upcoming evenys.
Cost: free webinar.
For more information about the webinar, please call Karen Royko at (847) 926-0101 or email

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.

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 Avenue
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.
When: call for future dates.
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 Street, 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
When: call for future dates.
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.

KGH Consultation & Treatment
Parent Education & Empowerment Series
Jill Hollederer, MA, BCBA, clinical director
3100 Dundee Road, Suite 704
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-5437
Cook County
Three (2 hours/day) comprehensive training for parents and caregivers of children with ASD or related disabilities that educates and empowers parents to be more successful with their child with special needs. This interactive course includes presentations by KGH's Senior BCBA's and discussions that are specific to your child. Goal is to provide parents with information, support and confidence in order to decrease some of the main stressors of parenting a child with special needs.
When: launching in March 2015. 
Private insurance accepted.

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
This presentation discusses several aspects of autism, and answers many questions. This presentation reviews history, causes, parent issues, and discusses, in detail the differences ans similarities in the pervasivedevelopmental disorders (autism, Asperger's, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome and PDD-NOS).
When: call for future dates.

Little Friends Center for Autism
Adult Core Autism Training for Adult Providers, High School Staff and Parents

1001 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 151
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196 or email:
We have received a grant to subsidize our Six Adult Core Autism Training which we are offering to Adilt Providers, High School Staff and Parents at the subsidized rate of $54.16 per day. Along with the training comes DVDs, and our Big Book of Visual Systems manual.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders and
Latest Treatment Strategies, Part 2.

This presentation discusses successful treatment strategies which are reviewedto teach social and communication skills and deal with behavior problems through several case examples. Other areas covered include prevalence statistics, co-existing conditions, resources and lifespan issues for children and their families.
When: call for future dates.

Positive Proactive Programming for Individuals with Behavior Problems, Part 1 of 2.
Presentation will discuss principles of behavior management and how to develop positive proactive programs for individuals with behavior problems.
When: call for future dates.

Positive Proactive Strategies for Individuals with Behavior Problems Part 2 of 2.
Areas covered will be how behavior issues impact staff, and how we can inadvertently reinforce negative behavior and ways to avoid this trap. Also covered will be how the educational environment can help or negatively impact  a student and tips for organizing a classroom.
When: call for future dates.

Discrete Trial, Parts 1 & 2.
This presentation will discuss discrete trial format (DTF) in teaching children across the Autism Spectrum. Discrete Trial may be used to teach: 1.) social/play skills (i.e. imitative play, turn-taking and imitating peers), 2.) receptive and expressive language, 3.) self-help skills (i.e. toileting, dressing and undressing and oral hygiene) and 4.) academics (i.e. matching identical items, identifying shapes, colors, letters and numbers).
When: call for future dates.

Visual Strategies.
Workshop will demonstrate ways to enhance the child with autism's ability to communicate, and enhance the understanding of what is expected through the use of varios visual systems. Topics that will be covered include: using pictures to communicate, schedules and tab systems in additon to many others. Participants will come away with an understanding of how to incorporate visual strategies throughout a student's day.
When: call for future dates.

Communicative Functions of Behavior.
Workshop will examine the various means and functions (the hows and whys) of behavioral communication, and how to shape behaviors into more effective communication.
When: call for futrure dates.

Communication Training, Part 1 of 2.
Workshop will address how to utilize pictures as a way to train functional communication skills. Participants will learn to teach children to be spontaneous when communicating, to discriminate between pictures, and expand the length and complexity of phrases and sentences.
When: call for future dates.

Communication Training, Part 2 of 2.
Various visual communication systems will be discussed including the use of choice boards, stop cards, and conversation boards. In addition, the six phases of PECS (the Picture Exchange Communication System) will have extensive training in PECS to further develop their skills and understanding. This training is not a substitute for the two-day PECS training workshop offered by Pyramid.
When: call for future dates.

Characteristics and Behavioral Issues in Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Part 1 of 2.
Presenter will discuss the characteristics of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome from a diagnostic and behavioral perspective. Presenter will discuss a range of behavior problems that are often seen with individuals with Asperger's and strategies to prevent and change problem behavior.
When: call for future dates.

Characteristics and Behavioral Issues in Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Part 2 of 2.
Presenter will cover ways to structure environments and present information to lower anxiety and facilitate better communication and understanding. Strategies to teach social understanding will also be covered.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Parent's Perspective.
This training will help staff to better understand the many challenges parents face while raising a child with autism.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Walk in My Autism.
This workshop helps parents and professionals experience what it is like to walk in the footsteps of individuals who live with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Based on the book, Walk Awhile in My Autism, by Nan Negri and Kate McGinnity, the workshop will give basic information to siblings, grandparents, and other extended family members, regular education teachers, support and ancillary staff, and classmates.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Structured Teaching (TEACCH), Parts 1 & 2.
This presentation will discuss the TEACCH progam, their philosophy and present how to do structured teaching. Worshop will explain the step by step process of using structured teaching and demonstrate its effectiveness through video tapes and examples of visual teaching systems. Participants will practice the different stages of structured teaching including assessment, one to one work and independent work. Participants will also make and take home a structured teaching system.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $105 (per person for both days).

Organizational Supports for High-Functioning Autism.
Presenter will discuss organizational problems that are commonly seen in individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and HFA. Several strategies will be presented to help these individuals organize their lives at home and at school. Ways to organize completing school work, homework and day to day activities will be discussed.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

Sensory Processing.
A leading expert in the field of occupational therapy will discuss the challenging sensory issues for individuals with autism. She will discuss how sensory issues affect the individual cognitively, educationally, functionally, and behaviorally. Practical strategies will be given for home, school and community.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $38 (per person).

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.

Milestones 10th Annual Autism/Asperger's Conference
Life-Long Strategies for Success

Contact: Dena Balk
Cleveland Public Auditorium & Conference Center
500 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 464-7600
Conference for Parents & Professionals-Best Practices in Education, Behavior & Communication Strategies.
70 plus evidence-based workshops for new diagnosis through adulthood; practical strategies for shcool, work, home and community; future trends in technology with hands-on demos in a classroom of the future; organization for Autism Research speakers presenting cutting-edge research; and professional development credits in multiple disciplines.
When: call for upcoming dates.

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.

Oakland University Center for Autism Research Education and Support Presents:
Residential Living and Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Where: Marriott Auburn Hills
3600 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, MI 48341
(800) 228-9290
email: (248) 370-2424
Who Should Attend? Educators, parents/caregivers, social workers, professionals, employers, students and adults living with ASD.
Their expert presenters will share information on how to best prepare individuals with ASD for the world of employment and residential living.
When: call for future dates.

Parent and Professional Networking Conference
LaGrange Highlands Middle School
1850 West Plainfield Road
LaGrange, IL 60525
The Parent and Professional Networking Conference provides opportunities to network with parents, family members, and professional from across the state and visit exhibits that will provide information about Autism, support groups, service providers and organizations. This networking conference will help you gain information and support to assist you in the quest to make a difference in your own life or in the lives of those whom you love, teach, and support with Autism.
When: call for upcoming dates and programs.

This is a family outing, and the entire family as well as friends are welcome to join.
When: call for future dates.
Outing Activity: GameWorks
Place: Streets of Woodfield
601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 115
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 330-9675
Cost: varies on the type of card purchased.
Immediately following we will meet at:
Outing Dinner: Meatheads
Place: Streets of Woodfield
601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 324
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 706-6608
Time: meet at 3:30 p.m.
Cost: what you order off the menu.
PASSAGE is unable to provide transportation, so please make arrangements prior to the date. If you can only join us for GameWorks or Meatheads, that would be just fine as well.
Please RSVP to

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.

Practical Behavioral Support
Facilitator: Marrea Winnega, PhD, BCBA
Where: Elmhurst College
Alexander Room/ Frick Center
190 S. Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Winnega heads the Autism Home Support Services School Consulting Practice. She earned her PhD in psychology from UIC, where she is an assistant professor. She has a BCBA with 20 years experience.
When: call for upcoming dates.
Questions: call (847) 564-0822 or

Protected Tomorrows
103 Schelter Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
What would life be like if you had your own home?
Join us to learn about supportive housing opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Supportive housing is affordable housing with supportive services. Tenants have their own home/apartment.
Self-advocates, families, service providers and interested parties are invited!
When: Wednesday, May 28, 10 a.m.-12 noon or 6-8 p.m
To register for either session email:
Sponsored by the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities and Facilitated by CSH and the Supportive Housing Providers Association 
Want more information? Visit us online at

Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays (RCADD)
10 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 746-5447
Cook County
The Resource Center shares resources, referral information and trainings for families and educators of children with developmental disabilities. RCADD hosts a lending library filled with free material to borrow including; books, software, games, home teaching kits, visual supports & informational handouts/resources.
Library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ages: birth to 5 years.
Cost: no fee. Two-week checkout for resources.

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.

Self Advocacy Council of Northern Illinois (SACNI) presents:
An overview of the Ligas Consent Decree by
Tony Records, Court Monitor

Contact: Cathy Christensen, advisor
(815) 382-1530
Where: B-166-167, McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Highway 14
Crystal Lake, IL 60012-2738
The disability system in Illinois is changing and knowing about these new changes in service planning will offer individuals more opportunities for community inclusion and new living opportunities!
When: call for future dates.

Township High School District 211 Transition Services Presents:
Seventh Annual The Future Begins Today
Contact: Bernie Ogurek (847) 755-1848 email:
Where: Palatine High School
1111 Rohlwing Road, Palatine, IL 60074
Informational evening for parents and guardians of individuals with  a wide-range of disabilities. Information is provided from over 30 adult service providers and community resource agencies. The public is invited to attend this community event. Community Alternatives Unlimited (CAU); Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS); self-advocacy; financial planning; entitlement programs (SSI/Medicaid); guardianship; job skill training; post-secondary education options; independent living; home-based services; residential options; recreation and leisure; transportation; and mobility.
When: call for future dates.

Training Opportunity-New Diagnosis Family
Where: University of Illinois-Rockford Auditorium
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL 61107
Winnebago County
(815) 395-5561
The New Diagnosis Family Orientation training is designed to assist family members in understanding autism spectrum disorders. The training provides opportunities for family members to ask questions about developmental disability and to meet other families who are on the same journey.
When: call for future dates.

Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center
New Diagnosis Family Orientation Program

Contact: Katie Decker
Where: 13318 W. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
Program is designed to assist family members in understanding autism spectrum disorders. The program provides an opportunity for families to ask questions about this developmental disability and to meet other families who are on the same journey. Program topics include Session One: Introduction to ASD; Session Two: Research-Supported Interventions; and Session Three: Available Resources and Parent Tools.
When: call for future dates.
If you would like additional information, call Katie Decker.

Tuesday's Child
Contact: JoAnne or Katie
4028 W. Irving Park Rd.
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.; Saturday program operates from 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.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Parent Advocacy Training for Spanish-Speaking Families of Children with Autism
Marlene Garcia
(312) 355-0692
Parents who participate in this training will be able to understand and navigate the special education process. Training will cover the individuals with disabilities act, no child left behind, and conducting non-adversarial advocacy techniques. Parents must self-identify as latino and have a child with autism.
When: trainings will be held in March and October.
Cost: free.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Child & Family Development Center & Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic

Deborah Thomas
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 3rd Floor, Room 307
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 413-1347
Cook County
Early autism therapeutic program for children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders led by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric therapists. Offering interventions for your child; training and support for parents and caregivers; and hands-on practice with your child.
When: Mondays and Wednesdays, March 16-May 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 3-5 yrs.
Cost: tuition-based program, private pay program. Call for more information.

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.

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