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Social Skills Group for Adults With Autism

Adults with Asperger's - therapist in Lisle starting up therapy group
Contact: Tony (Antonio) Salvat
(630) 200-0168
The group will likely use DBT skills and the topics and group focus will be determined by what everyone's needs and desires are. This group is only being started if people show interest.
Cost: $20 (per session).
For more information, contact Tony via phone.

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
email: cshinn@eastersealschicago.org

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
TAP Service Center/Rockford

Colleen Shin, program manager
1601 Parkview Avenue
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 395-5566
Winnebago County
cshinn@eastersealschicago.org

Naperville Adult Support Group
Contact: David Mancini or Cheryl LeClaire
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church
1105 Catalpa Lane (in Room 203)
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 618-9933 - Cheryl LeClaire
DuPage County
email: a.team.naper@gmail.com - David Mancini
Group discusses the joys and challenges of living with high functioning autism. Meetings address research, books, and topics presented by mental health professionals. 
When: meets the first Thursday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
Ages: 18 years and up.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Naperville Parent Support Group
Contact: Julie Parker
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church
1105 Catalpa Lane (in Room 203)
Naperville, IL 60540
(312) 909-0274
DuPage County
email: julie@jparkerlaw.com
Parents of children with high functioning autism and related disorders discuss the joys and challenges of raising children with an autism spectrum disorder. Their mission is to enrich their children's lives through sharing resources and information. Group does not meet in the summer.
When: meets the first Thursday of every other month, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Peers Social Skills Program
Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA
Fran Shapiro, NCSP
Deerfield location:
747 Lake Cook Road, Suite 213E
Deerfield, IL 60015
Westmont location:
825 N. Cass Ave., Suite 311
Westmont, IL 60559
(847) 494-3188
email: peerschicago@gmail.com
The PEERS® Social Skills Program is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. Developed by researchers at UCLA, it has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with Asperger’s syndrome, autism, and similar social and communication challenges. The group is facilitated by Diane Gould, LCSW & BCBA, and Fran Shapiro, NCSP.
When: April 15-July 29. Days: Deerfield location: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Westmont location: Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ages: 19-29 years.
Cost: $180 a week.
Insurance: out of network for insurance
No wait list.

The Second City Training Center
Improv for ASD Program - Adults Class

Lissette Hall, wellness programs assistant
1608 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 664-3959 (main)
(708) 202-9422 (mobile)
Cook County
email: lhall@secondcity.com
Improv for ASD offers a class in improvisation for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Classes will focus on ensemble and team building to help with the exploration of different relationships and social cues. Improvisational games used in this class will teach the students skills such as accessing emotions and storytelling. This will be done in a safe and fun setting where the students can explore and challenge themselves. Improvisation is a great tool to work through many types of barriers which stand in the way of creativity and socialization.
When: call for future dates.
Cost: $216.

Social Skills Group for Young Adults
Linda Hoeck, MA, autism consultant
1641 Crowfoot Circle N
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(224) 489-6464
Cook County
email: lhoeck@comcast.net
Who can join the group? Young adults with social skill challenges (typically diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder) who would like to participate in the program. Targeted skills include: flexibility, self-management (daily responsibility and stress relief), conversation norms, relationships, observation skills/situational norms and problem-solving.
When: call for future dates.
Space is limited to provide a small group experience. 

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Department of Disability and Human Development
Teen Dating Skills Group

Contact: Katie Frank, MHS, OTR/L
UIC Family Clinic
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
(312) 413-1116 or
email: kfrank7@uic.edu
Eligible participants: teens on the autism spectrum, who are able to verbally communicate, and do not display aggressive behaviors. Group will focus on (but not limited to): building & maintaining close relationships; recognizing healthy relationships; and it is not the intention of this particular group to focus on physical intimacy.
When: call for new dates.
Ages: 16-19 years.
Cost: free.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics
Exploring Dating and Relationships

1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 204 
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
Contact: Megan Swaback or Elizabeth Diaz (312) 996-3739
Eligible Participants: Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interested in learning skills for dating and relationships.
Possible Topics: different types of relationships, healthy communication, building friendships, decision making, sexual feelings and attraction, intimacy and sexuality.
Ages: 18 years and up.
When: Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 10-April 7. Group will not meet March 24 due to Spring Break.
Cost: free.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics

"I Can Do It!" Problem-Solving Group
Contact: Fraeda Friedman at (312) 413-9672
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Cook County
Eligible participants: Learn and practice ways to resolve problems and manage anger. This group is intended for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Purpose of the group: learn techniques used to resolve problems and manage anger effectively; understand emotions, including anger and how it affects you and others; develop improved self-control over thoughts and actions; and receive support from others.
Ages: 18 years and up.
When: Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m., Feb. 18-April 15. No group on March 25 (8 weekly sessions)
Cost: free.

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Department of Disability and Human Development
Self-Advocacy Social Skills Groups

Jennifer Gorski, PhD
Lana Roth, LCSW
Where: UIC, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 413-4624
Cook County
Eligible participants: Chicago-area university and community college students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (and not restricted to UIC). Groups will focus on: your rights as a student with ASD; assertiveness skills for college survival; how to talk to teachers and professors; self-disclosure about your diagnosis (when to do it, when not to do it); how to talk to others about the way ASD impacts you; finding and accessing important campus resources; and making friends who have similar interests. Contact Jennifer Gorski or Lana Roth for a telephone interview and further information.
Cost: free.

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 natalie_m_forburger@rush.edu.