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Social Skills Group for Adults With Autism

Adults with Asperger's DBT Social Skills Group
Tony (Antonio) Salvat
Lisle, IL
(630) 200-0168
DuPage County
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.

Aspire
Stress Management Groups for Adults
Erica Sokol, NCC, LCPC
4100 Litt Drive
Hillside, IL 60162
(709) 632-5502, x. 3889
DuPage County
email: esokol@aspirechicago.com
Aspire is making our communities better by redefining what is possible for people with autism. Stress management groups are facilitated in a safe, activities-based manner to keep learning fun and engaging. At the end of six weeks, the group celebrates successes with a small party. Meeting new friends is an added bonus to the group! Groups are a one-hour commitment for six weeks. This group is best suited for adults or young adults who are ready to transition out of school or are motivated to learn how to better mange day-to-day challenges and take the next step in gaining independence. Learn how to manage anxiety of day-to-day stressors.
Ages: 18-28 yrs.
When: Feb. 18, 5-6 p.m. (tentative date).
Cost:$25.00 (per session).

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
TAP Service Center/Chicago

1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
TAP Service Center/Rockford

1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 395-5566
Winnebago County

LMH Services
Vocational/Social Skills Group
Linda M. Hoeck

Where: 675 Regent Lane
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
(224) 489-6464
email: lmhservices4@gmail.com
Who can join the group? Young adults with social skill challenges currently seeking employment or employed. Group format provides skill instruction, opportunity to share personal experiences, and peer support. Targeted skills: self-determination, employability skills, how to get a job/the right job, how to keep a job, and problem-solving applying social thinking.
Ages: 20 yrs. and up.
Cost: $35 (per session) for seven weeks=$245.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

Naperville Adult Support Group
Contact: David Mancini or Cheryl LeClaire
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church
1105 Catalpa Lane (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.

Network 1212
Where: Pompei
1531 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
We're new to the near west side neighborhood and we want to meet you! Join us for pizza, board games and friendly conversation and learn how you can be a part of Network 1212 the newest Taylor Street Social Club coming to Chicago in 2014. For adults 18-35 with High Functioning Autism or Social/Communication Challenges; must be able to come without family support.
When: contact julie@jmtf.org
Ages: 18-35 years.
Cost: $5. No cash? Come anyway!
Sponsored by Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation.

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.
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.
Cost: $216.

University of Illinois at Chicago 
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.
Ages: 16-19 years.
Cost: free.

University of Illinois at Chicago 
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 
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 
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.