Young Adult

  • Adults With Autism and Relatives Support Group

    Where: Evanston Hospital
    2650 Ridge Ave., Room 1711 (first floor, adjacent to Frank Auditorium)
    Evanston, IL 60201
    Cook County
    Email: steve-law@comcast.net
    Adults with autism, pervasive developmental disorder-NOS, nonverbal learning disabilities and other similar LDs are welcome. No formal diagnosis necessary. Significant others and close, supportive friends will be allowed to attend with adults on the spectrum. One of the main purposes of this group is to give relatives and close friends a taste of what we do in our adult AS support groups. Basic privacy policy: Identities of group members and any other personal information shared at support group meetings cannot be shared outside the group without their permission.
    When: Sundays, from 2 to 4 p.m.
    Ages: 18 years and up
    Cost: Free
    No wait list.

    GRASP Chicago-Evanston Support Group

    GRASP Chicago-Evanston Support Group
    Evanston Hospital, Room 1711, first floor 2650 Ridge Ave.
    Evanston, IL 60201
    Steven Lawson, Steve-Law@comcast.net
    Group is a peer-run, free support group for adults (18+) with autism spectrum disorder, nonverbal learning disabilities, and other similar LDs. No formal diagnosis necessary. Basic privacy policy: identities of group members and any other personal information shared at support group meetings cannot be shared outside the group without their permission. The group will discuss a variety of topics including the challenges faced in work and relationships. More information on local group at Chicago Asperger Adults & Friends Meetup site, http://www.meetup.com/aspergerChi/. 

    PASSAGE Hosted by Clearbrook

    PASSAGE (Planning Asperger Syndrome Success and Generating Experiences)
    1835 West Central Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    Phone: (847) 385-5018
    Email: tmartin@clearbrook.org
    Gatherings for adults (age 22 and up) focus on interactive communication within a social atmosphere. On occasion, speakers present on a subject of interest to the group, which may include employment, housing, transportation, independent living, and other relevant topics. Young adults are able to enjoy game nights, time to socialize, potluck appetizers or desserts, and more. Parents, professionals, and community members are provided time for networking and fellowship as well. Contact for next meeting dates and times. 

  • Aspiritech, NFP

    Moshe Weitzberg, Director
    427 Sheridan Rd., Suite 206, Highwood, IL 60040
    (312) 945-8378
    Email: info@aspiritech.org
    Aspiritech is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide a path for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum to realize their potential through gainful employment. They harness individuals' unique abilities, includng attention to detail, precision, an affinity for repetitive tasks, outstanding technology skills, to provide competitively priced software testing services. They achieve this by providing their testers a combination of intensive training, structure, and support to mitigate potential workplace challenges. They do not require prior knowledge or job experience of software programming and/or testing for software testers. Applicant must be willing to work for at least four hours a day, five days a week; be able to commute to Aspiritech's office in Highland Park or client sites (northern Chicago area); and be diagnosed with high-functioning autism for ages 21 and up. Apply here

    Arc of Illinois

    Family Manual - Transition to Employment and Adult Services for Youth with Developmental Disabilities in Illinois, The Arc of Illinois.
    The purpose of this manual is to assist families of young adults with developmental disabilities with the transition from the school system and services for children to the world of work and adult services.

    Autism2Work (Computer Aid Inc.)

    Full time employment opportunities for individuals with autism spectrum disorder that range from office operations, quality assurance, data management, and program development depending on the organization that is found to be a best fit for skill set and interests.  Email resume to the email above and an outreach specialist from CAI will contact you.

    AutonomyWorks

    5120 Belmont Road, Downers Grove IL 60515
    Email: contactus@emailautonomy.com
    AutonomyWorks was founded in 2012 with one mission: To create thousands of job opportunities for individuals with autism and other disabilities, directly and by supporting others.  We do this by filling Process Execution roles such as website maintenance, data entry, quality assurance, and other tasks for companies of all sizes.

    Clearbrook

    Tina Yurik
    (Administrative office)
    1815 W. Central Road
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28
    Employment & Training Services – A full spectrum of work services are offered that help people with intellectual/developmental disabilities learn skills, gain experience and find meaningful employment that matches their interests and skills.
    - Job Training – The community employment training program offers specialized in-house and community-based training to clients in a variety of work environments for the purpose of developing skills for supported and independent employment.
    - Supported Community Employment – Clients receive onsite training and support from a Job Coach who helps them focus on achieving success at their community-based job.
    Ages: 18 years and up

    College Internship Program (CIP)

    The Bloomington Center
    Lori Mangrum, admissions coordinator
    425 N. College Ave.
    Bloomington, IN 47404
    Phone: (812) 323-0600, ext. 16
    Monroe County
    Email: lmangrum@bloomingtoncenter.net
    CIP provides individualized, post-secondary, academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's, high-functioning autism and learning differences.
    Ages: 18-25 years
    Cost: Tuition and fees start from $38,500 (plus room and board, college/vocational courses)

    Ernst & Young: Core Business Services (CBS) team - Account Support Associate

    212 773 3549
    Jamell.Mitchell@ey.com
    Vocational program targeted to adults with ASD: As a CBS professional, individuals are given the opportunity to develop their career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. Individuals work across teams to provide the knowledge, resources and tools that help EY deliver exceptional quality service to our clients, win in the marketplace and support EY’s growth and profitability. Major teams within CBS include Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Enterprise Support Services, Brand Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Knowledge and Risk Management.

    Have Dreams

    Sara LaMontagne; Adult Services Program Coordinator
    2020 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: 847-905-0702
    Email: slamontagne@havedreams.org
    Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University: This one year business-based transition program is for young adults with ASD in their last year of high school transition, who have the goal of competitive employment.

    IPS Supported Employment Program

    El Valor
    LaMar Jenkins, Employment Specialist
    Technology Center
    1924 W. 21st St.
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (312) 391-7181
    Cook County
    Email: lamar.jenkins@elvalor.net
    IPS supports young adults with developmental disability and mental illness to get a realistic transition plan to get employment based on their interest, aptitudes and abilities. IPS supports people in their efforts to acheive steady employment in mainstream competitive jobs, either part-time or full-time. The support will focus on vocational assessments, interviewing skills training, job placement, job coaching, job carving, and job rentention.
    Ages: 18-25 years
    Cost: Free employment program

    Little City - Children's Programs

    1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
    Main Campus: 847-358-5510
    700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
    Chicago office: 773-265-1539
    Our ChildBridge Centers provide individuals up to age 21 with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and therapeutic day school, home-based supports, and foster care/adoption services.

    No Boundaries

    No Boundaries is a program of Search, Inc.
    Nicole Heimdal
    824 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: (847) 869-0000, ext. 202
    Email: nicole@jjslist.com or noboundaries@search-inc.org
    Experiential on-land and on-line training for transitioning teens through adults with disabilities to build essential skills for the workplace and for living more independently in today’s world.

    PACTT Learning Center

    Adult Vocational Services
    Chris Thomas, vocational services director
    Oak Park and Rogers Park
    Phone: (773) 299-4010
    Email: learningcenter@pactt.org or cthomas@pactt.org
    PACTT vocational services works to place people with autism in jobs that allow them to use their skills and take their place in the working world.

    Pioneer Center for Human Services

    4031 W Dayton St, McHenry, IL 60050
    Phone: (815) 344-1230
    Pioneer Center’s employment options helps adults with varying abilities, vocational skills and workplace experience to be employed.

    Spectrum Vocational Services (Little Friends)

    2302 Wisconsin Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
    630-852-7520
    The Supported Employment Program helps adults with disabilities find jobs in businesses throughout their community and provides training in the form of job coaching, transportation training, and vocational advocacy. Funded through DRS.

    Streator Unlimited, Inc.

    305 N. Sterling St, Streator, IL 61364
    Phone: (815) 673-5574
    SUCCESS serves both businesses and people with disabilities. They match those they serve to a business, by learning the individual’s skills, interests, and ideal working conditions.

    Tazewell County Resource Centers (TCRC)

    21310 Illinois Route 9, Tremont, IL 61568
    Phone: (309) 347-7148
    Email: info@tcrcorg.com
    Employment Services works to secure community employment for adults with developmental disabilities. Workers may be placed in Supported Employment (with supervision) or Competitive Employment (with limited supervision).

    Turning Pointe Career College

    Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
    1500 W. Ogden Ave.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: 630-615-6032 
    Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org
    The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum.   Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.
    Ages: 18 and up

    UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

    3100 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804
    Phone: (708) 863-3803
    Email: info@seguin.org
    The Employment Services team helps to develop and facilitate relationships at the work site that foster support networks for workers with disabilities. The Employment Services staff provides support in the research phase, job search, application process, orientation and on-going supports once a person has secured employment.

  • ACCESS at Anixter Center

    2020 N. Clybourn Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 404-5277
    Cook County
    A comprehensive primary health care facility that provides coordinated medical, psychiatric and psychological outpatient services to adults with autism.
    Ages: 18 years and up
    One- to three-week wait list for psychological and psychiatric services.

    Rush Gastroenterology – Pediatric and Adult

    Dr. Randolph McConnie, MD 
    Address: 1725 W Harrison St #710, Chicago, IL 60612
    Phone: (312) 942-3034

    Rush University Medical Center

    Drs. Carl Lambert and Paola Susan
    1700 W. Van Buren St. Suite 470, Chicago, IL 60612
    (312) 942-0400
    Adult Primary Care

    Rush University Medical Center

    Internal Medicine
    Triangle Office Building
    1700 W. Van Buren, 5th floor Chicago, IL 60612
    (312) 563-2875
    Ages: 18 years and up.
    Private & public insurance accepted.

    St. James Family Care Center

    17859 S. 80th Ave.
    Tinley Park, IL 60477
    (708) 429-9567
    Cook County
    Ages: Birth and up
    Accepting children and adult patients
    Some private & public insurance accepted
    No wait list

  • The Autism Program of Illinois

    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Where: Family Clinics
    1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Room103lf
    Chicago, IL 60612
    Contact: Cara Vaccarello, PhD
    (312) 996-3144
    Email: cvacc@uic.edu
    Cross-age mentoring program for high school students and college/graduate students with autism spectrum disorders
    This is a support group and research program. Participants will have opportunities to meet students with similar interests, discuss high school and college life in a supportive environment, and hear about topics of interest (friendships, assertiveness skills, balancing school, work, relationships, and other activities, post-high school plans, etc.). The focus of the group is to provide high school students (mentees) with guidance and support from college/graduate students (mentors) in a fun environment. Meetings will include fun activities, discussions, and snacks. As part of this research, subjects will complete two pre- and post-questionnaires in addition to a brief interview with the primary investigator. The purpose is to evaluate outcomes related to the research (e.g., postsecondary plans, self-esteem, and connectedness to school) and to obtain feedback regarding participation in this program. If you would like to participate in the cross-age mentor program, but do not want your information to be collected as part of research, you have the right to do so.
    When: Monthly

    A Better Way Forward

    Rob Davies, BA
    5N252 Elm Road, Wayne, IL 60184
    Phone: (630) 408-3945
    Email: daviesrob19@gmail.com
    Davies provides subject-specific tutoring and coaching in study and organization habits for children with ADHD or Asperger’s syndrome in the realm between school services and clinical treatment.

    Guideway Personal Support

    Judah McNiel, MA, executive director
    5707 S. Cass Ave., Suite 650 Westmont, IL 60559
    (847) 345-3352
    Email: judah@guidewaysupport.com
    Provides guidance for young men with autism spectrum disorders while teaching independent life skills, social skills and the all-around competence they need to gain more independence and experience for a more fulfilling life. Services include: therapeutic mentoring (two to three hours) of one-on-one time doing activities and talking while working on a specific goal. Socialization groups: three to five young men working out their social struggles through fun activities and conversation together and with the facilitators; serves tweens to late 20s
    Cost: insurance not accepted; $40 (hourly rate), sliding scale available

    No Boundaries

    No Boundaries is a program of Search, Inc.
    Nicole Heimdal
    824 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: (847) 869-0000, ext. 202
    Email: nicole@jjslist.com or noboundaries@search-inc.org
    Experiential on-land and on-line training for transitioning teens through adults with disabilities to build essential skills for the workplace and for living more independently in today’s world.

    • Autism Spectrum Therapies

      Kelly Namanja, MA, BCBA, Clinical Director
      670 W. Hubbard St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60654
      Phone: (312) 635-8989
      Provides home-based and center-based ABA therapy, behavior assessments, evaluations, school consultations, and parent training.

      Autism Training Center at Giant Steps Illinois

      Life Skills Vocational Program
      Mary Jo Conway
      2500 Cabot Drive
      Lisle, IL 60532
      (630) 864-3800
      DuPage County
      Program's goal is to provide an opportunity for 10 adults who have the primary diagnosis of autism, to learn life skills and have meaningful employment. Program will offer two tracks: (1) supported track where individuals work in a sheltered environment within the autism training center; (2) independent track that will offer opportunities for employment in workplace settings with the use of a job coach. Includes community outings to give participants opportunities to develop appropriate recreational and social skills.
      Ages: 22 years and up.
      Private insurace accepted.
      Cost: Please call Giant Steps for more information.
      No wait list.

      Dynamic Behavioral Services, Inc.

      Dana Affrunti, MS, BCBA
      1605 Sidener Hall, Chatham, IL 62629
      Phone: (217) 381-8487
      Email: dana@dynamicbehavioralservices.com
      Build meaningful skills through our long or short term in home & community based ABA therapy and consultation for individuals with autism and developmental disability.

      Have Dreams

      Teen Program
      Dana La Brose, MMNA
      515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
      Phone: (847) 685-0250
      email: dlabrose@havedreams.org
      A program for teens to develop daily living skills and independence in a structured environment. Each program offers activities to promote social interactions, working cooperatively, and learning new skills.

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com

      This intensive program is for preteens and teens who would benefit from a small group improving important life skills such as developing leisure skills, chores such as laundry (on site washer/dryer), reading and using train and bus schedules, independent skills, food preparation, purchasing and using money, etc. This program meets for two hours per day for five days. Preteens and teens will be introduced to a variety of age-appropriate social leisure skills as well as community outings to practice their taught life skills in the natural setting. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their child at the outing location and will be asked to pay for any tickets or entrance fees required. A schedule of the outings will be given when registering for the program. Led by a licensed clinical social worker.
      When: call for future dates.
      Ages: 6-18 years.

      Kids Can Do, Inc.

      Life Skills Group
      19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101
      Mokena, IL 60448
      (708) 478-5400
      Will County
      email: info@kidscando.org
      The OT department holds a life skills group that is targeted towards preteens and teens whom have difficulty with daily living skills. Areas that are addressed include (but are not limited to) the following: dressing/appropriateness of clothing, personal hygiene, health and nutrition, exercise, transportation, meal preparation/cooking, kitchen/home safety, household chores/clean up, safety awareness, shopping/gift giving, ordering at restaurants, advanced telephone use, working constructively within a peer group setting, money management, etc. These skills are taught in as realistic situations as possible, which may include outings to area restaurants, stores or appropriate facilities.
      Ages: 12 years and up.
      Private insurance accepted and DSCC.
      No wait list.

    • Westside Children's Therapy

      1725 S. Naperville Road - Suite 110, Wheaton, IL 60187
      Phone: (815) 469-1500
      email: admin@westsidechildrenstherapy.com
      Westside's ABA program focuses on developing good learners, building functional skills, and reducing problem behaviors. Therapists target communication, social and play skills, daily living skills, toilet training, and many other areas of skill acquisition; additional locations in Frankfurt, Joliet, and Plainfield (open in January 2019).

      BGF Performance Systems, LLC

      Nicole Cissell, MA, BCBA, clinical director
      4801 W. Peterson Ave., Suite 512, Chicago, IL 60646
      Phone: 312-806-7937
      Email: info@bgfperformance.com
      ABA therapy services for children and adults diagnosed with autism and related conditions.

      Harmony Autism Therapy

      Selma Martinez, MSEd, BCBA, CDT
      Illinois: 2104 Daybreak Dr, Lake in the Hills 60156
      (855) 690-2192
      Indiana: 10769 Broadway, Crown Point 46307
      (855) 690-2192
      learn@harmony-autism.com
      Home-based ABA therapy to children ages 2-17 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We provide qualified  1:1 therapists and BCBA supervision of the individualized program designed for your child based on the principles of ABA with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior.
      Serving Kane/McHenry County and Northwest Indiana.

      JMK Behavior Services

      Joanna M. Kooistra, MS, BCBA
      120 W. Eastman St., Suite 102, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      Phone: (847) 873-1505
      Email: info@jmkbehavior.org
      Provides home-based and clinic-based ABA/VB therapy to individuals with autism, as well as social skills groups and summer camp programs. 

      ABA Midwest Education, LTD & Associates

      Janice M. Pellecchia, M.A., psychology, BCBA, senior behavior analyst
      1530 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
      Phone: (312) 375-1000
      Provides home-based ABA-VB (verbal behavior) therapy

      ABA of Illinois

      Imran Khan, MA, BCBA
      Chicago, IL
      Phone: (773) 969-6362
      Email: ikhan@abaofillinois.org
      Provides in-home services to children and adults with autism and other related disorders. Serving counties: Cook, Lake and DuPage

      Autism Behavior & Childhood Services

      Phone: (312) 420-2093
      Email: autismbehaviorchildhoodservice@gmail.com
      Provides home-based ABA and verbal behavior therapy

      The Autism Therapy Group

      847-465-9556
      Office@theautismtherapygroup.com
      Provides home-based ABA therapy, Assessment Services, Intervention Services, 1 on 1 Treatment, Parent Training and Community Integration to young children and through adulthood.

      Autism Home Support Services Inc.

      85 Revere Drive, Suite B, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (844) 202-8855
      Email: contact@autismhomesupport.com
      Provides home and center-based ABA therapy to children with autism, focusing on skill development and behavioral interventions (e.g. non-compliance and toileting issues).

      Autism Spectrum Therapies

      Kelly Namanja, MA, BCBA, Clinical Director
      670 W. Hubbard St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60654
      Phone: (312) 635-8989
      Provides home-based and center-based ABA therapy, behavior assessments, evaluations, school consultations, and parent training.

      Behavioral Perspective Inc.

      452 N. Eola Rd., Suite A, Aurora, IL 60502
      Phone: (630) 999-0401
      Provides home-based ABA therapy.

      Blue Light ABA Consultants

      1100 E. Woodfield Rd. Suite 140, Schaumburg IL, 60173
      Office: (847) 813-7539
      Blue Light ABA Consultants provides evidence based ABA-VB (verbal behavior) programs that are specifically designed based on your child’s needs.

      BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Phone: (866) 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID)
      Email: info@byyoursideac.com
      Skill-building and behavior support programs used in-home and in-center; locations in Morton Grove, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, Glenview, Niles, Skokie, Orland, Frankfort, Mokena and more.

      Center for Autism & Related Disorders

      1801 W. Warner Ave, Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60613
      Chloe Snee
      Contact: c.snee@centerforsutism.com; 331-826-0226
      General phone: (312) 940-2190 
      Provides 1:1 home or center-based ABA therapy. Additional locations in Oak Park, Naperville, Hoffman Estates, Tinley Park, and Crystal Lake.

      Chicago Autism and Behavior Specialists (CAB)

      901 W. Hawthorn Dr., Itasca IL 60143
      Phone: 800-844-1232
      Email: info@autismbehaviorspecialists.com
      Provides comprehensive ABA treatment programs tailored to child’s individual needs.

      Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance

      PO Box 1688, Batavia (and Naperville), IL 60510
      Phone: (630)-286-0026
      Email: dloch@autismspectrumalliance.com
      Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance provides quality ABA services wherever we are needed! We serve families in the west suburbs and are looking to expanding our regions.

      Cornerstones Autism Services

      Contact: Ginny Nikiforos, Clinical Director
      8800 Bronx Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (773) 726-4832
      Email: ginny@cornerstonesil.com
      Cornerstones specializes in providing home, school, and community Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to young children up to those in adulthood that have a diagnosis of Autism.

      Mary-Claire "Marcy" DiMiceli, MS, BCBA

      4109 N. Kenmore Ave., 1A, Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (917) 324-2933
      email: marcydimiceli@gmail.com
      Provides home-based ABA programming as well as school consultation for children with autism.

      Dynamic Behavioral Services, Inc.

      Dana Affrunti, MS, BCBA
      1605 Sidener Hall, Chatham IL 62629
      Phone: (217) 381-8487
      Email: dana@dynamicbehavioralservices.com
      Offering long and short term in home, community and clinic based ABA therapy and consultation for individuals with autism and developmental disability.

      EB Pediatric Resources

      633 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (312) 458-9865
      Email: info@pediatricresources.org
      Provides home-based, school-based and center-based ABA therapy as well as intensive socialization dyads and social groups to children with behavioral management needs.

      GBC ABA

      Stephanie A. Gorbold, MA, BCBA, Founder and President
      Phone: (312) 882-1024
      Email: info@gbcaba.com
      Provides a variety of customized quality services based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), including in-home ABA therapy, early intervention (EI) services, school consultations, and social skills groups for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the greater Chicagoland area.

      Illinois Valley Autism Center

      4401 Progress Blvd., Peru, IL 61354-1109
      Phone: (815) 200-6751
      Email: info@ivautismcenter.org
      Provides center-based ABA therapy for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

      Journeys ABA

      Jennifer Sauviac Webb, MS, BCBA
      Arlington Heights, IL
      Phone: (773) 442-2485
      Email: journeysaba@gmail.com
      Provides home-based ABA evaluations and individualized therapy to children on the autism spectrum.

      Key to Hope, LLC

      Kellye M. Winbush, MA, BCBA
      Chicago, IL
      Phone: (312) 523-0728
      Email: kwinbush@keytohope.org 
      Provides quality home-based applied behavior therapy for children and adults with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury.

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      KGH offers both non-intensive and intensive programs. In this therapy, principles derived from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis will be applied to promote successful learning of new and age appropriate skills.

      Labyrinth Counseling Center

      Renee Carson, MA, BCBA
      1770 Park St., Suite 109, Naperville, IL 60563
      Phone: (630) 305-5702
      Email: renee.carson16@gmail.com
      Provides home-based ABA therapy to children and adolescents with autism as well as consultation with families.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 355-6533
      Email: info@lilfriends.com
      Provides ABA consultation to both families and schools.

      Maximum Potential Autism Directory for Illinois

      Directory for ABA therapists in Illinois.

      Mobile Therapy Centers of America

      1870 W. Winchester Rd #203 Libertyville, IL, 60048
      Phone: (847) 816-7200
      Email: info@mtcus.com
      MTC provides free developmental screenings. Speech/Language, ABA, Behavioral and Occupational Therapy services are provided either in home, at our center or in your child’s regular school or childcare setting.

      North Shore Pediatric Therapy

      Main Location: 1657 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 6062
      Other locations: Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Lake Bluff, and Hinsdale
      (877) 486-4140
      Email: info@KidsBlossom.com
      Provides ABA, Feeding, OT, PT, SLP, Psychologists, Individual & Family Therapy
      Ages: Birth to 18 years old

      Precision ABA, LLC

      1813 N. Mill St., Suite A Naperville, IL 60563
      Phone: (331) 303-8600
      Email: info@precisionaba.com
      At Precision ABA, we work with children and their families to identify goals and create a plan to achieve them. All of our families have parent coaching plans, as we believe that parents are the best teachers!

      ReachABA, LLC

      (773) 609-4076
      admin@reachaba.com
      We provide in-home ABA services to children diagnosed with ASD in Chicago and the near suburbs (Evanston, Oak Park, Wilmette).  All programs are designed by an experienced team led by a BCBA, with an emphasis on parent and family training.

      Roots Autism Solutions

      Jillian Burgard
      Phone: (312) 248-4440
      Email: burgard@rootsautismsolutions.com
      Roots Autism Solutions provides home and community based ABA therapy for children and young adults throughout the Chicagoland area.

      Steinberg Behavior Solutions, Inc.

      Sarah Steinberg, MS, BCBA
      4711 Golf Road, Suite 100, Skokie, IL 60070
      Phone: (847) 676-5398
      Email: steinbergbehaviorsolutions@gmail.com
      Sessions are conducted in the natural environment and home-based to facilitate generalization and incidental learning.

      Total Spectrum

      650 W. Grand Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126
      Phone: (630) 359-3629
      Email: info@totalspectrumcare.com
      Provides in home ABA therapy working to reduce behavior challenges, increase skills important to daily life and create an environment where your family can be comfortable and successful; locations also in Lombard and Bloomington.

      Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center

      301 Veterans Pkwy., New Lenox, IL 60451
      Phone: 815-485-6197
      Email: info@trinity-services.org
      Staff provides therapeutic home-based services on the principles of ABA. Other services include: diagnostic assessments for presence of ASD, social skills groups, facility-based behavioral therapy.

      Trumpet Behavioral Health

      Park Ridge, IL 
      Phone: (630) 225-8604
      Offers center and home-based treatment for ABA and pivitol response training services, as well as center-based social skills groups; locations in or near Chicago, Deerfield, Wilmette, Northbrook, Winnetka, Glencoe, Buffalo Grove, Park Ridge, Highland Park, and Glenview.

    • Belgrade Behavior Consulting, LLC - The Potty People

      Erica Schwab, director of potty training
      4801 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60646
      Phone: (773) 407-1121
      Provides toilet training services from consultation to home-based intensive training.

      Dynamic Behavioral Services, Inc.

      Dana Affrunti, MS, BCBA
      1605 Sidener Hall, Chatham, IL 62629
      Phone: (217) 381-8487
      Email: dana@dynamicbehavioralservices.com
      Increase continence and say bye to diapers through short-term, in home & community based toilet training.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 305-4196
      Through years of experience, Little Friends, Inc. has developed a unique visual training system that works when other methods fail.

      Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center

      Carl Indovina
      301 Veterans Pkwy., New Lenox, IL 60451
      Phone: (815) 462-4273
      Email: cindovina@trinity-services.org
      Meet with parents who have concerns about toilet training. They can provide pointers and tips and also refer to professionals who have expertise in toilet training.

  • Blue Cap

    School Program
    Marge Pyzac
    1962 Broadway St., Blue Island, IL 60406
    Phone: (708) 389-8137
    Provides educational, therapeutic, self-help and pre-vocational services to students diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including autism. An emphasis is placed on cognitive, speech, gross motor, fine motor, social and self-help skills.

    Bridge High School (Little Friends)

    2318 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
    630-964-1722
    Therapeutic day school for children ages 14-22 with autism or other emotional, cognitive disabilities and emotions disorders that have experienced difficulty in traditional academic programs and require an alternative functional curriculum.

    Giant Steps Inc.

    Sylvia Smith
    2500 Cabot Dr., Lisle, IL 60532
    Phone: (630) 864-3801
    Email: ssmith@mygiantsteps.org
    Giant Steps Illinois day school offers a one-on-one integrated holistic approach of services for students with Austism Spectrum Disorders. 

    Have Dreams

    Adult Services Program Coordinator
    2020 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: 847-905-0702
    Email: info@havedreams.org
    Career Launch: Your First Job, Have Dreams Academy, Life SCILS

    Heartspring

    Kristina Baker, director of admissions and outreach 
    8700 East 29th Street
    Wichita, KS 67226
    (C): (316) 214-1132
    (O): (316) 634-8874
    email: kbaker@heartspring.org
    The Heartspring School is a private, not-for-profit, residential and day school, serving students impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities from across the country and around the world. Most Heartspring students also display challenging behaviors that often interfere with their educational progress, as well as their home life and community integration.
    Ages: 5-21 yrs.
    Cost: Heartspring is a school with a residential program and, therefore, charges tuition and fees. The majority of the students who attend Heartspring are placed through the students’ IEP teams and funded by their local school district. Very few students qualify for funding through insurance providers. However, on a case-by-case basis, this may be possible. Some students have multiple agencies involved in the placement and in the funding (such as a school district, a child welfare agency, adoption subsidy, etc.). For some families, paying privately and/or outside financing may be an option. 

    Krejci Academy/The Mansion (Little Friends)

    619 E Franklin Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
    (630) 355-6870
    Therapeutic day school for children ages 5-21 with autism or other emotional, behavioral or developmental disabilities.

    Little City - Adult Programs

    1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
    Main Campus: 847-358-5510
    700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
    Chicago office: 773-265-1539
    We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

    Oak Leyden Developmental Services

    Chandra Dean
    411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
    Phone: (708) 524-1050, ext. 132
    Provides developmental assessments.

    PACTT Learning Center

    Adult Vocational Services
    Chris Thomas, vocational services director
    Oak Park and Rogers Park
    Phone: (773) 299-4010
    Email: learningcenter@pactt.org or cthomas@pactt.org
    PACTT vocational services works to place people with autism in jobs that allow them to use their skills and take their place in the working world.

    Spectrum Vocational Services (Little Friends)

    2302 Wisconsin Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
    630-852-7520
    The Supported Employment Program helps adults with disabilities find jobs in businesses throughout their community and provides training in the form of job coaching, transportation training, and vocational advocacy. Funded through DRS.

    UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

    3100 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804
    Phone: (708) 863-3803
    Email: info@seguin.org
    The Life Skills Program also offers participants opportunities to engage in vocational experiences within the UCP Seguin Carr Center and at volunteer sites in the community.

    Urban Autism Solutions

    Julie Tracy, MA, CCC-SLP, QMHP
    1212 W. Flournoy St., Chicago, IL 60607
    Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17-35) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities.

  • All About Kids Dentistry

    Dr. Victoria Ursitti
    1845 E. Rand Road, Suite 203, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Phone: (847) 870-0475
    Email: Alicia@Algonquinkidsdentistry.com
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided by Michael Higgins, DDS (anesthesiologist).

    Every Tooth Counts Pediatric Dental Center

    Carmella Perry, DDS
    2711 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor, IL 60422
    Phone: (708) 799-9755
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Oral sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety.

    Glen Ellyn Pediatric Dentistry, P.C

    Lance A. Lambert, D.D.S.; Claire Garcia, D.D.S., M.S.; Joyce Koh, D.D.S.
    45 S. Park Blvd., Suite 105, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    Phone: (630) 858-8755
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety.

    Grove Dental

    160 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
    Phone: (630) 410-1766
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided in-house and at Tinley Woods Surgical Center, if necessary.

    Stephen Heaney, DDS, PC

    64 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park, IL 60462
    Phone: (708) 403-3393
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided at Hope Childrens in Oak Lawn.

    Steven T. Kuhn, DDS, Ltd.

    Dennis R. LaMonte, DDS, MS
    10313 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, IL 60423
    Phone: (815) 806-1600
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided in-house and at Christ Tinley Woods Surgery Center.

    Janice A. Lubas, DDS, PC

    6305 W. 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    Phone: (708) 424-1300
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided at Christ Hospital.

    McElroy Pediatric Dentistry, Ltd.

    William J. McElroy, DDS, FAAPD; Jennifer M Campbell, DDS, FAAPD
    231 S. Gary Ave., Suite 105, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
    Phone: (630) 948-8204
    Email: info@mcelroydds.com
    Dental care services provided for infants, children and adolescents with special needs. Hospital dentistry available for patients with special needs and considerations.

    Milestone, Inc. Dental Clinic

    275 N. Phelps Ave., Rockford, IL 61108
    (815) 484-8678
    Provides state-of-the-art dentistry designed specifically for patients with developmental disabilities; open to the community.

    Orland Park Dentistry for Children

    Patricia Liston Gannon, DDS, MS
    15300 West Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462
    Phone: (708) 403-3330
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided in-house and at Christ Tinley Woods Surgery Center.

    Pediatric Dental Associates

    Anjali Talati, DMD; Kyung-Hong Kim, DDS; George Lin, DDS
    195 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 150, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    Phone: (847) 537-7695
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided in-house and at Loyola Hospital.

    Pediatric Dental Specialty Associates, Ltd.

    19815 Governors Highway, Flossmoor, IL 60422
    Phone: (708) 799-5437
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety.

    Pediatric Dentistry Consultants

    1288 Rickert Drive, Suite 200, Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: (630) 717-KIDS
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety.

    Plainfield Pediatric Dentistry Ltd.

    24023 W. Lockport St., Plainfield, IL 60544
    Phone: (815) 439-7811
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety.

    Acierno Dental

    129 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
    Phone: (847) 807-1291
    Provides Clearbrook residents dental services to adolescents and adults with special needs.

    Ned L. Savide, DDS

    12001 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights, IL 60463
    Phone: (708) 448-6700
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided at Tinley Woods Surgery Center (part of Hope Children's Hospital through Christ).

    Small Smiles

    David Jones, DDS
    1816 Bay Scott Circle, Suite 104, Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: (630) 527-8686
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided at Edward Hospital, if necessary.

    St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center

    326 W 64th St, Chicago, IL 60621
    (773) 962-3976 – push 3 for special needs
    Sees kids and adults with autism for dentistry services, offering sedation services if necessary.

    Tall Grass Dental

    John W. Milgram, DDS
    24111 W. 103rd St., Naperville, IL 60564
    Phone: (630) 922-0005
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs.

    Fredric S. Tatel DDS and Associates, Ltd.

    16345 Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477
    Phone: (708) 633-8700
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry or valium available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety.

    Tina S. Tan, DMD, Ltd.

    214 S. Emerson St., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
    Phone: (847) 577-7500
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs.

    Yummy Dental

    Grace Yum, DDS
    3500 N. Lincoln Ave. (between Belmont and Addison), Chicago, IL 60657
    Phone: (773) 281-8100
    Email: info@yummydental.com
    Dental care services for children and adolescents with special needs. Sedation dentistry available for patients with special needs to undergo treatment without anxiety, provided at Children's Hospital.

  • Rush University Medical Center - Dietitian

    Mary Mullen, MS, RDN, LDN
    Address: 1725 W Harrison St #710, Chicago, IL 60612
    Phone: (312) 942-3034

    Fruitful Yield

    Fox Valley Mall, 4334 E. Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora, IL, 60504
    Phone: (630) 585-9200
    Locations in Aurora (Fox Valley Mall and West Aurora Plaza), Berwyn, Bloomingdale, Elmhurst, Lombard, Schaumburg, and South Elgin
    Fruitful Yield stores' product mix include foods that are organic, natural, wheat-free products, or have a lower carb content, in order to serve the special needs of those with dietary restrictions. Shopping available on-line or at store locations.

    GoPicnic

    10517 United Pkwy, Schiller Park, Illinois, 60176
    Phone: (773) 328-2490
    Email: service@gopicnic.com
    The food in GoPicnic break meals contains no trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, added MSG, or artificial flavors or colors.

    PURE Compounding Pharmacy

    Kim Gould, RPh, MS & Leslie Ferguson, RPh, PharmD
    603 E. Diehl Road, Suite 131, Naperville, IL 60563
    Phone: (630) 505-4040
    PURE makes unique dosage forms and can prepare prescriptions in many different formulations (without allergens or artificial additives). Their pharmacy practice specialty is autism.

    Zemas Madhouse Foods

    PO Box 823, Highland Park, IL 60035
    Phone: (847) 910-4512
    Email: jill@zemasfoods.com
    Great for athletes and gluten-free families; allergen-free; vegan; yeast free; sesame and rice free; no additives, preservatives or trans fats.

    • Authentic Expression LLC

      Heidi Rabe
      heidi@authenticexpressionllc.com
      Conducts AAC Evaluations for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as on-going speech and lanugage therapy services. Session occur in home.

      BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Providing in-home and in-center ABA in Morton Grove, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, and surrounding areas including Glenview, Niles, Skokie, Orland, Frankfort, Mokena and more.
      Visit www.BYYOURSIDEAC.com | Phone: 866 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID) | email: info@byyoursideac.com
      Program intended for children and young adults who currently have access to communication devices but are not realizing the full potential of the device. The objective is to teach the child to navigate through routine activities using the device and to teach the family effective and efficient management of the device. The scope of the curriculum for the child includes language concepts, basic reading skills, communication skills, social interactions and interactive play skills. The curriculum also includes device programming (how and what), maintenance (quick fixes) and effective use in the home for parents. Clients must commit to a minimum of 3 months. The BYS dedicated team has expertise in the four hallmark characteristics of autism: communication, social interactions, maladaptive behaviors, sensory, and offers a multidisciplinary approach in a variety of settings; in-home, in-center, and in-community.

      Ages: 2 years and up
      Private insurance accepted
      Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Weekends by appointment only

      Locations/Phone:
      Morton Grove

      8145 River Dr., Suite 106
      Morton Grove, IL 60053
      (224) 470-1111
      Cook County

      Tinley Park (Jan. 2018)
      8200 W 185th Street, Suite A
      Tinley Park, IL 60477
      866-4-BYS KIDS (866-429-7543)
      Cook County

      Schaumburg
      1920 Thoreau Drive, Suite 180
      Schaumburg, IL 60173
      (847) 496-5513
      Cook County

      Burr Ridge
      16W361 S. Frontage Road, Suite 131
      Burr Ridge IL, 60527-5853
      (630) 590-5571
      DuPage County

      DeKalb
      (In-Home ABA Therapy)
      DeKalb, IL & surrounding areas
      866-4-BYS KIDS (866-429-7543)
      DeKalb County

      DynaVox Technologies & Mayer-Johnson

      Rebecca Miller, MS, pediatric consultant
      Home-based office. Please contact Miller via phone
      (866) 396-2869, ext. 4073 (office)
      (312) 622-8078 (cell)
      Offers speech generating devices for individuals with speech and learning challenges. DynaVox is a communication resource that allows a person to select symbols, pictures, letters, words or phrases to generate oral communication. Some people actually develop the ability to use natural speech through using a device. For more information on communication challenges of autism.
      Ages: birth and up.
      Private and public insurance accepted.
      Cost: depends on device. Approx. $300-$8,000.
      No wait list. 2-5 week turnaround time to receive device.

      Tarle Speech

      Jennifer Tarle-Pakulski
      226-272-7039 - jennifer@tarlespeech.com
      Conducts AAC Evaluations for individuals on the autism spectrum, with a special interest in young adults with no AAC experience.

      Technology and Language Center, Inc.

      Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP
      (847) 682-1596
      talcaac@gmail.com
      Speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with children with complex communication needs.  She specializes in providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) services for children who are unable to meet their communication needs using speech alone. 

      WEE Speech, PC

      Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
      8833 Gross Point Road
      Skokie, IL 60077
      (847) 329-8226
      Cook County
      email: office@weespeech.com
      Provides augmentative and alternative communication.
      Ages: birth-18 years.
      BCBS provider. Early intervention program.
      No wait list.

      Matt Baud

      Frankfort, Illinois.
      Speech and Language Pathologist providing evaluations for speech and AAC needs.
      (708) 935-5188

    • Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD

      P.O. Box 544, Winnetka, IL 60093
      Phone: (847) 446-1251
      Email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com
      Beckman provides developmental assessments with abled and disabled individuals and conducts in-depth evaluations for many disabilities, including low incidence and multiple handicaps.

      The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

      Allison Lobel, PsyD
      16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      Phone: (630) 468-2342
      Email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Licensed P.L.A.Y Project consultant based on the D.I.R./Floortime theory originated by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, MD.

      Transitions Developmental Therapy, PC

      Bianca D. Rodriguez, DT
      225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505, Westchester, IL 60154
      Phone: (708) 296-5990
      Provides developmental assessment consultations (home or clinic-based).

      The Autism Therapy Group

      847-465-9556
      Office@theautismtherapygroup.com
      Provides home-based ABA therapy, Assessment Services, Intervention Services, 1 on 1 Treatment, Parent Training and Community Integration to young children and through adulthood.

      Autism Home Support Services Inc.

      85 Revere Drive, Suite B, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (844) 202-8855
      Email: contact@autismhomesupport.com
      Provides home and center-based ABA therapy to children with autism, focusing on skill development and behavioral interventions (e.g. non-compliance and toileting issues).

      Behavioral Perspective Inc.

      452 N. Eola Rd., Suite A, Aurora, IL 60502
      Phone: (630) 999-0401
      Provides home-based ABA therapy.

      BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Phone: 866 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID)
      Email: info@byyoursideac.com
      The BYS dedicated team has expertise in the four hallmark characteristics of autism: communication, social interactions, maladaptive behaviors, sensory, and offers a multidisciplinary approach in a variety of settings; locations include Tinley Park, Burr Ridge, Morton Grove, and Schaumburg.

      Center for Autism & Related Disorders

      1801 W. Warner Ave, Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60613
      Chloe Snee
      Contact: c.snee@centerforsutism.com; 331-826-0226
      General phone: (312) 940-2190 
      Provides 1:1 home or center-based ABA therapy. Additional locations in Oak Park, Naperville, Hoffman Estates, Tinley Park, and Crystal Lake.

      Chicago Autism and Behavior Specialists (CAB)

      901 W. Hawthorn Dr., Itasca IL 60143
      Phone: 800-844-1232
      Email: info@autismbehaviorspecialists.com
      Provides comprehensive ABA treatment programs tailored to child’s individual needs.

      Clearbrook

      Home-Based Services (Administrative Offices)
      Tina Yurik
      1835 West Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
      Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28
      With this as our mission, Clearbrook’s Home Based Services offers an array of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

      Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance

      PO Box 1688, Batavia (and Naperville), IL 60510
      Phone: (630)-286-0026
      Email: dloch@autismspectrumalliance.com
      Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance provides quality ABA services wherever we are needed! We serve families in the west suburbs and are looking to expanding our regions.

      Mary-Claire "Marcy" DiMiceli, MS, BCBA

      4109 N. Kenmore Ave., 1A, Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (917) 324-2933
      email: marcydimiceli@gmail.com
      Provides home-based ABA programming as well as school consultation for children with autism.

      Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children

      Dawn Dixon
      17314 Kedzie Ave., Hazelcrest, IL 60429
      Phone: (708) 335-0020, ext. 22
      Provides short-term home-based respite services for persons with developmental disabilities in their natural, guardian, or foster family home. Must be a resident of South Suburban Cook County.

      Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA

      1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207, Highland Park, IL 60035
      Phone: (847) 917-5385
      Email: dgould847@aol.com
      Ages: birth and up.
      Provides home-based intervention therapy using a functional analysis of child's behavior and a behavior support plan created for the home.

      Journeys ABA

      Jennifer Sauviac Webb, MS, BCBA
      Arlington Heights, IL
      Phone: (773) 442-2485
      Email: journeysaba@gmail.com
      Provides home-based ABA evaluations and individualized therapy to children on the autism spectrum.

      Key to Hope, LLC

      Kellye M. Winbush, MA, BCBA
      Chicago, IL
      Phone: (312) 523-0728
      Email: kwinbush@keytohope.org 
      Provides quality home-based applied behavior therapy for children and adults with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injury.

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      KGH offers both non-intensive and intensive programs. In this therapy, principles derived from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis will be applied to promote successful learning of new and age appropriate skills.

      Labyrinth Counseling Center

      Renee Carson, MA, BCBA
      1770 Park St., Suite 109, Naperville, IL 60563
      Phone: (630) 305-5702
      Email: renee.carson16@gmail.com
      Provides home-based ABA therapy to children and adolescents with autism as well as consultation with families.

      Catherine J. Oliver, RN, C, MSN

      1951 Merritt Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045
      Phone: (847) 615-9410
      Email: cjo@interaccess.com
      Provides home-based observations to children facing challenges of learning, emotional and social disorders. Services include care coordination, parent education, risk assessment, medication management and problem solving.

      Orange Pediatric Therapy Inc.

      Brooke Schneider MS.Ed., BCBA, Founder & Clinical Director
      5225 Old Orchard Rd Suite 15, Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (847) 779-3278
      Email: INFO@ORANGE4KIDZ.COM
      We provide clinic, home, and school based ABA/VB therapy to individuals with autism, behavior difficulties, developmental delay and educational challenges.

      Positive Behavioral Connections, Inc.

      Niki Thurkow, PhD, BCBA-D
      Emily Deeney, MEd
      2323 Naperville Road, Suite 265, Naperville, IL 60563
      Phone: (331) 457-5533
      Email: emily@connectingbehavior.com
      Provides ABA therapy delivered by highly-trained BCBAs.

      Practical Approaches Consulting, Inc.

      Nicole Todd-Melquist
      P.O. Box 7188, Romeoville, IL 60446
      Phone: (815) 436-9013
      Email: consultants@practicalapproaches.net
      Home-based parent training for families needing assistance in developing individualized supports that would enable them to provide more structure, opportunities for active communication, and activity in the home.

      Precision ABA, LLC

      1813 N. Mill St., Suite A Naperville, IL 60563
      Phone: (331) 303-8600
      Email: info@precisionaba.com
      At Precision ABA, we work with children and their families to identify goals and create a plan to achieve them. All of our families have parent coaching plans, as we believe that parents are the best teachers!

      ReachABA, LLC

      (773) 609-4076
      admin@reachaba.com
      We provide in-home ABA services to children diagnosed with ASD in Chicago and the near suburbs (Evanston, Oak Park, Wilmette).  All programs are designed by an experienced team led by a BCBA, with an emphasis on parent and family training.

      Jean Richardson, MS, BCBA

      907 E. Sayles Drive, Palatine, IL 60074
      Phone: (847) 910-2380 or (847) 202-7051
      Email: luvsbt@earthlink.net
      Provides home-based evaluations and programs.

      Anna Rooney Speech Therapy

      Anna Rooney, MHS, SLP-CCC/L
      Phone: (773) 680-6264
      Email: annasrooney@gmail.com
      Provides home-based speech and language therapy to children in Chicago who have a variety of communication needs. Anna Rooney emphasizes social-emotional development.

      Roots Autism Solutions

      Jillian Burgard
      Phone: (312) 248-4440
      Email: burgard@rootsautismsolutions.com
      Roots Autism Solutions provides home and community based ABA therapy for children and young adults throughout the Chicagoland area.

      Autism Services Group

      330 Eisenhower Ln. N., Lombard, IL 60148
      Phone (800) 773-1682
      Our ABA services are provided by skilled clinicians and support staff, either in your home or at our clinics, and tailored around your specific goals and priorities for your child.

      Social Butterfly, Inc.

      Alexandria Laris Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L
      825 Cass Avenue, Suite 311, Westmont, IL 60559
      Phone: (708) 533-1543
      Email: alexandria.zachos@gmail.com
      Provides home-based speech and language assessement and therapy.

      Steinberg Behavior Solutions, Inc.

      Sarah Steinberg, MS, BCBA
      4711 Golf Road, Suite 100, Skokie, IL 60070
      Phone: (847) 676-5398
      Email: steinbergbehaviorsolutions@gmail.com
      Sessions are conducted in the natural environment and home-based to facilitate generalization and incidental learning.

      Transitions Developmental Therapy, PC

      Bianca D. Rodriguez, DT
      225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505, Westchester, IL 60154
      Phone: (708) 296-5990
      Provides developmental assessment consultations (home or clinic-based).

      Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center

      301 Veterans Pkwy., New Lenox, IL 60451
      Phone: 815-485-6197
      Email: info@trinity-services.org
      Staff provides therapeutic home-based services on the principles of ABA. Other services include: diagnostic assessments for presence of ASD, social skills groups, facility-based behavioral therapy.

      Trumpet Behavioral Health

      Park Ridge, IL 
      Phone: (630) 225-8604
      Offers center and home-based treatment for ABA and pivitol response training services, as well as center-based social skills groups; locations in or near Chicago, Deerfield, Wilmette, Northbrook, Winnetka, Glencoe, Buffalo Grove, Park Ridge, Highland Park, and Glenview.

    • Harmony Autism Therapy

      Selma Martinez, MSEd, BCBA, CDT
      Illinois: 2104 Daybreak Dr, Lake in the Hills 60156
      (855) 690-2192
      Indiana: 10769 Broadway, Crown Point 46307
      (855) 690-2192
      learn@harmony-autism.com
      Home-based ABA therapy to children ages 2-17 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We provide qualified  1:1 therapists and BCBA supervision of the individualized program designed for your child based on the principles of ABA with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior.
      Serving Kane/McHenry County and Northwest Indiana.

      Autism Home Support Services Inc.

      85 Revere Drive, Suite B, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (844) 202-8855
      Email: contact@autismhomesupport.com
      Provides home and center-based ABA therapy to children with autism, focusing on skill development and behavioral interventions (e.g. non-compliance and toileting issues).

      ABA Midwest Education, LTD & Associates

      Janice M. Pellecchia, M.A., psychology, BCBA, senior behavior analyst
      1530 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
      Phone: (312) 375-1000
      Provides home-based ABA-VB (verbal behavior) therapy

      BGF Performance Systems, LLC

      Nicole Cissell, MA, BCBA, clinical director
      4801 W. Peterson Ave Suite 512, Chicago, IL 60646
      Phone: 312-806-7937
      Email: info@bgfperformance.com
      Provides ABA therapy services for children and adults diagnosed with autism and related conditions.

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      KGH offers both non-intensive and intensive programs. In this therapy, principles derived from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis will be applied to promote successful learning of new and age appropriate skills.

      JMK Behavior Services

      Joanna M. Kooistra, MS, BCBA
      120 W. Eastman St., Suite 102, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      Phone: (847) 873-1505
      Email: info@jmkbehavior.org
      Provides home-based and clinic-based ABA/VB therapy to individuals with autism, as well as social skills groups and summer camp programs. 

      Little City - Adult Programs

      1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
      Main Campus: 847-358-5510
      700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
      Chicago office: 773-265-1539
      We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

      Mobile Therapy Centers of America

      1870 W. Winchester Rd #203 Libertyville, IL, 60048
      Phone: (847) 816-7200
      Email: info@mtcus.com
      MTC provides free developmental screenings. Speech/Language, ABA, Behavioral and Occupational Therapy services are provided either in home, at our center or in your child’s regular school or childcare setting.

    • Lurie Children's Hospital

      Division of Neurology
      Outpatient Center
      225 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
      Phone: (800) 543-7362
      Provides comprehensive neurological assessments and follow-up testing.

      Loyola University Health System

      Pediatric Neurology
      2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, IL 60153
      (708) 216-3519
      Provides comprehensive neurological assessment and evaluation to determine diagnosis or provide follow-up testing.
      Additional location in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

      Neurotech

      1821 Walden Office Square, Suite 447, Schaumburg, IL 60173
      Phone: (866) 374-7648 (toll free)
      Phone: (262) 754-0809 (main office)
      Email: info@neurotecheeg.com
      Neurotech specializes in conducting home-based EEG studies. A 24-hour EEG or longer (Ambulatory EEG) is the preferred method to properly diagnose seizure activity and frequency.

      Kids Can Do, Inc.

      MariJo
      19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101, Mokena, IL 60448
      Phone: (708) 478-5400
      Email: info@kidscando.org
      Areas that team members are trained in include: sensory integration theory and treatment, administration of the SIPT (sensory integration and Praxis tests), NDT (neuro-developmental theory), therapeutic listening, the deep pressure/brushing protocol, and kineseotaping.

      Lumiere Children's Therapy

      811 W Evergreen, Suite 306, Chicago, IL 60642
      Phone: (312) 725-4090
      OT is conducted in the home or in the clinic. They work with children to improve their social and behavioral mannerisms by focusing on physical, fine motor, and cognitive skills.

      Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc.

      Director Becky Payne, MATCCC/SLP/HPCS
      2523 14¾ Avenue, Rice Lake, WI 54868
      Phone: (715) 859 6670
      Assessment and treatment for patients that have fine motor delays, sensory integration dysfunction, feeding challenges, assessing for adaptive equipment, difficulty attending and following direction, as well as emotional and behavioral deficits.

      NovaCare Kids LaGrange

      18 N. Catherine Ave, Lagrange, IL 60525
      Phone: (708) 482-9453
      Provides occupational therapy assessment and treatment for children Birth to 21 years of age.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Brenda Koverman, OTR-L
      1753 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-5344
      Provides occupational therapy evaluation and treatment.

      Small Friends Therapy

      Emily Romasanta, MS, OTR-L
      Phone: (773) 951-7201
      Email: smallfriendstherapy@gmail.com
      Provides occupational therapy evaluation, consultation, and treatment.

      Smart Love Family Services

      Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
      2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
      Rush Medical Office Building
      610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
      (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
      Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

      Timber Ridge Pediatric Therapy

      Laura Goltz, OT
      8707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 402 Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (847) 877-5210
      Email: goltzlaura@gmail.com
      Provides occupational therapy. Addresses fine motor skills, core strength, upper body strength, coordination, and self-regulation.

      University of Illinois at Chicago Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic

      Multiple individual therapists (BCBA, social work, and professional counselors)
      Intake Coordinator: Ginny Griffin or Lizabeth Fernandez
      1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
      Phone: (312) 413-1490
      Email: giginny@uic.edu
      Behavior and individual therapy for clients with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness.

      Amy Zier and Associates

      Jenny Patino - office manager
      2319 N Orchard Street, Chicago, IL 60614
      Phone: (773) 755-7791
      Email: AZAOffice@gmail.com
      Amy Zier and Associates provides occupational therapy evaluation and services for individuals with sensory and emotional-regulatory challenges.

    • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

      Pediatric Developmental Center
      3040 N. Wilton, second floor, Chicago, IL 60657
      Phone: (773) 296-7682 (Sara Baillie)
      Provides occupational therapy evaluations and treatment.

      BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Providing in-home and in-center ABA in Morton Grove, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, and surrounding areas including Glenview, Niles, Skokie, Orland, Frankfort, Mokena and more.
      Phone: 866 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID)
      Email: info@byyoursideac.com
      Our occupational therapy services focus on teaching functional skills to individuals so they can effectively participate in activities of their daily life (home, school, work, play).

      Community Occupational Therapy

      3000 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60623
      Phone: (773) 277-2400
      Provides sensory integration therapy addressing attention span deficits, fine and gross motor skills, behavior modification, sensory diet program and parent training. Spanish translator on-site.

      Funtastic Gymnastic Therapy

      Patricia Ostrow, (414) 254-2291
      Kelly Donley, (224) 515-9060
      Locations include: western and northern Chicago suburbs as well as Milwaukee area.
      (414) 254-2291
      email: funtasticgymnastic@yahoo.com
      Provides one-on-one instruction for special needs children using gymnastics as a means to enhance the therapeutic experience. Classes are 30-45 minutes in length depending on the skill of your child. The goal is to graduate each child into the small group sessions. Instruction is provided from licensed therapists including occupational, physical, speech, and the aid of one or more assistants. They use balance beams, trampolines, springboards, tumbling exercises, pummel horse and swings.
      Ages: 2-21 years.
      Cost: all sessions are insurance eligible; public insurance not accepted.
      No wait list.

      KGH Autism Services

      KGH Autism Services
      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      Occupational therapy at KGH consists of identifying and treating sensory processing difficulties, motor planning/sequencing, apraxia, body tone, sensory integration dysfunction and regulation issues.

      Kids Can Do, Inc.

      MariJo
      19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101, Mokena, IL 60448
      Phone: (708) 478-5400
      Email: info@kidscando.org
      Areas that team members are trained in include: sensory integration theory and treatment, administration of the SIPT (sensory integration and Praxis tests), NDT (neuro-developmental theory), therapeutic listening, the deep pressure/brushing protocol, and kineseotaping.

      Mobile Therapy Centers of America

      1870 W. Winchester Rd #203 Libertyville, IL, 60048
      Phone: (847) 816-7200
      Email: info@mtcus.com
      MTC provides free developmental screenings. Speech/Language, ABA, Behavioral and Occupational Therapy services are provided either in home, at our center or in your child’s regular school or childcare setting.

      Vital Rehabilitation

      5820 W. Irving Park Road
      Chicago, IL 60634
      Phone: (773) 685-8482; 773-975-6830
      Email: contact@vitalrehabilitation.com
      Provides physical therapy evaluations in the clinic, home or community. Provides Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Aquatic therapy, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Cuevas MEDEK Exercise (CME). Medcaid taken only at Lakeview location.

    • Association for Individual Development
      309 W. New Indian Trail Court, Aurora, IL 60506
      Serving Aurora and McHenry 
      Phone: (630) 966-4050
      Provides child and adult services. Services for children include evaluation, psychiatry for medication management, outpatient therapy (individual, family, group, parent), and case management.  Services for adults include psychiatry for medication management, day programming, employment training and placement support, and both residential and supported living.
      Lisa Barich, PT

      9707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 402, Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (773) 616-7638
      Email: barichlisag@gmail.com
      Provides physical therapy evaluation and treatment, addressing gross motor skills, motor planning, orthotics, compression garments and biomechanics alignment.

      Kids Can Do, Inc.

      19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101, Mokena, IL 60448
      Phone: (708) 478-5400
      Email: info@kidscando.org
      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.

      Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc.

      Director Becky Payne, MATCCC/SLP/HPCS
      2523 14¾ Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868
      Phone: (715) 859-6670
      Assessment and treatment for patients that have gross motor delays and motor planning deficits, as well as assessing for adaptive equipment Private insurance accepted.

      NovaCare Kids LaGrange

      NovaCare Kids LaGrange
      18 N. Catherine Ave, Lagrange, IL 60525
      Phone: (708) 482-9453
      Provides pediatric physical therapy assessment and treatment for children birth to 21 years of age.

      Vital Rehabilitation

      5820 W. Irving Park Road
      Chicago, IL 60634
      Phone: (773) 685-8482; 773-975-6830
      Email: contact@vitalrehabilitation.com
      Provides physical therapy evaluations in the clinic, home or community. Provides Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Aquatic therapy, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Cuevas MEDEK Exercise (CME). Medcaid taken only at Lakeview location.

    • ACCESS at Anixter Center

      2020 N. Clybourn Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60614
      (773) 404-5277
      Cook County
      Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management services to adults with disabilities in the Chicago area.
      Ages: 18 years and up.
      Private and public insurance accepted.
      One- to three-week wait list for psychological and psychiatric services.

      Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center

      Rush University Medical Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management for autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults with our team of licensed psychiatrists and psychologists.

      Lurie Children's Hospital

      Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
      2300 Children’s Plaza
      Chicago, IL 60614
      (800) KIDSDOC
      Cook County
      e-mail: KIDSDOC@childrensmemorial.org
      Provides diagnostic assessments.
      Ages: 7 years and up.
      Private and public insurance accepted with referral.
      Six-month wait list is typical.

      Michael Feld, MD

      666 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 400-5806
      Provides medication management services

      The University of Illinois at Chicago

      Department of Psychiatry, Center for Cognitive Medicine
      912 S. Wood St., Eighth Floor, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 996-6139
      Provides evaluation and treatment of psychiatric, cognitive, memory, and behavioral problems that can occur following or as part of neurological and medical diseases. Provides medication management services for children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder.

      Wellspring Clinical Associates

      Thomas Dimatteo, MD
      5950 State Route 53, Unit W, Lisle, IL 60532
      Phone: (630) 541-8930
      Provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, assessments, and medication management services for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      Dinah Kotthoff
      140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 305-4196
      Provides comprehensive autism diagnostic service, that also assess cognitive strengths and weaknesses, communication, and sensory issues.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      Provides comprehensive evaluations for autism spectrum disorder and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults.

      Autism Services Group

      330 Eisenhower Ln. N., Lombard, IL 60148
      Phone (800) 773-1682
      The Autism Diagnostic Clinic consists of a multi-disciplinary team that provides a comprehensive evaluation examining all areas of function related to Autism Spectrum Disorder and a medical diagnosis, if present.

    • Advanced Behavioral Solutions

      2060 E. Algonquin Road Suite 720, Schaumburg, IL 60173
      Phone: (847) 496-4693
      Email: help@advancedbehavioralsolutions.com
      Provides comprehensive psychological evaluations to help make a diagnosis and guide in treatment and service planning. They provide recommendations for school and home environments.

      Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center

      Rush University Medical Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management for autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults with our team of licensed psychiatrists and psychologists.

      Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital

      Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
      Pediatric and Adult Neuropsychology Service Dept.
      Kris Umfress, PhD
      1675 Dempster St., 62108 Park Ridge, IL 60068
      (847) 723-6192
      Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to determine diagnosis and follow-up testing.
      Ages: 3-18 years.

      BrainTree Neuropsychological Services

      Mona Stepansky, PhD, ABPP-CN and Courtenay Ainsworth, PhD
      Pediatric neuropsychologists
      1101 Lake St., Suite 306, Oak Park, IL 60301
      (708) 445-3771
      monastepansky@gmail.com
      Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that will render a diagnosis of autism and/or common differential diagnoses.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      140 N. Wright St.
      Naperville, IL 60540
      (630) 305-4196, ext. 3
      DuPage County
      Agency providing low-cost individual counseling for children, adolescents, and individuals with Asperger's Syndrome.
      Ages: 3 years and up.
      Cost: $20 (hourly rate).
      To schedule appointment, ask for Dinah.

      Smart Love Family Services

      Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
      2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
      Rush Medical Office Building
      610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
      (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
      Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

    • Chicago Reading and Dyslexia Center

      Kim Ainis
      180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2411
      Chicago, IL 60601
      (312) 360-0805
      Cook County
      e-mail: kim@dyslexiachicago.com
      Adults and children learn tools to overcome problems with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADD/ADHD and related struggles with focusing, reading, writing, math, coordination and organization. The Davis programs help clients use their abilities to overcome their challenges.  All the Davis programs are one-on-one and intensive (generally 30 hours per week). Learn more. Ms. Ainis is also a licensed Davis Autism Approach provider. Learn more.
      Ages: 8 and up.
      Cost: depends on individual needs.

      Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

      Sierra Skelton, Center Director
      137 N. Oak Park Ave. Suite 212, Oak Park, IL 60301
      Phone: (708) 660-1860
      E-mail: chicago.center@lindamoodbell.com
      Lindamood-Bell builds the imagery-language foundation to teach students to read and comprehend to their potential.

      LEEP Forward, Inc.

      1280 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
      Phone: (312) 624-8750
      Email: info@leepforward.com
      Provides speech and language assessment and therapy.

      Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc.

      Director Becky Payne, MATCCC/SLP/HPCS
      2523 14 ¾ Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868
      Phone: (715) 859 6670
      Assessment and treatment for patients that have expressive and receptive language delays, including finding alternative forms of communication for those that have limited verbal expression, feeding and swallowing impairments, social skill deficits and pragmatic difficulties, as well as memory and cognitive delays.

      NovaCare Kids LaGrange

      NovaCare Kids LaGrange
      18 N. Catherine Ave, Lagrange, IL 60525
      Phone: (708) 482-9453
      Fax: (708) 482-9454
      Provides speech and language therapy assessment and treatment for children Birth to 21 years of age.

      OtoLing

      Willard Hooks, PhD, CCC-A/SLP
      1020 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 212, Naperville, IL 60563-8609
      Phone: (630) 305-8288
      Email: otoling@mac.com
      Provides auditory and speech-language services. See a complete list of services.

      Rush NeuroBehavioral Center

      4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100, Skokie, IL 60676
      Phone: (847) 933-9339
      Email: info@rnbc.org
      Provides assessment and speech and language therapy.

      Autism Services Group

      330 Eisenhower Ln. N., Lombard, IL 60148
      Phone (800) 773-1682
      Fax: (630) 541-3698
      Speech and Language Therapy Services focus treatment on issues related to understanding and using language and other communication skills as well as addressing any oral motor impairment that may impact the ability to eat or speak.

      Social Butterfly, Inc.

      Alexandria Laris Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L
      825 Cass Avenue, Suite 311, Westmont, IL 60559
      Phone: (708) 533-1543
      Email: alexandria.zachos@gmail.com
      Provides home-based speech and language assessement and therapy.

      Speech IRL

      Katie Gore
      73 W Monroe
      Chicago, IL 60603
      Phone number: 312-870-0352
      Email: info@speechirl.com
      Speech IRL is a speech therapy and communication consulting practice that specializes in services for teens and adults 18-65yo. Our philosophy is based on the social model of disability and neurodiversity principles. We collaborate with our clients to problem-solve day-to-day challenges presented by classroom, workplace, and personal-social environments. Many of our clients do not have an official diagnosis, but simply want to gain skills and knowledge in specific areas. Free consultations.
      Ages: Teens and adults
      We are in-network for BCBS
      No wait list

      Sweeney, Augustin and Associates

      Maureen Sweeney, PhD, CCC-SLP
      5225 Old Orchard Road, Suite 44, Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (847) 583-9492
      email: msweeney.saa@comcast.net
      Provides assessment and speech and language therapy.

      University of Illinois at Chicago Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic

      Sara Shields-Cole
      1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
      Phone: (312) 413-1490
      Speech evaluations conducted in English and Spanish for children with an intellectual or developmental disability.

    • Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Center
      Zachary Arnold, study coordinator
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 603
      Chicago, IL 60612
      email: zachary_arnold@rush.edu
      (312) 942-6331
      Study of social skills groups for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 
      Purpose of study
      Therapy groups will focus on developing social skills in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Two models of therapy will be tested: 1. A social cognitive skills group combined with the medication oxytocin - a naturally occurring hormone thought to support social connections. 2. A facilitated play group to help children interact during games and activities. The treatment you receive will be chosen by chance, like flipping a coin.
      Who can participate?
      Ages: 8-11 with autism spectrum disorder and their parents/caregivers; speak and understand English; talk in full sentences
      What is involved in participants?
      12 weekly sessions and follow-up visits with the research team at 1 and 3-months; comprehensive evaluation including diagnostic and cognitive testing, no cost to participate and you will receive compensation for study visits

      Comprehensive Speech & Pathology

      Mary Lane, MS, CCC-SLT
      140 Greenbriar East Drive
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      (847) 945-8977
      Cook County
      email: comprespla@comcast.net
      Offers social pragmatic language groups.
      Meets Friday afternoons for two hours, schedule to be determined.
      Ages: 18 months-14 years.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $120 (hourly rate).
      No wait list.

      Mary Barry and Associates, LLC

      Mary Barry
      15 Spinning Wheel Road, Suite 117, Hinsdale, IL 60521
      Phone: (630) 654-8888
      Provides speech and language evaluations and therapy as well as social language groups.

      Social Butterfly, Inc.

      Alexandria Laris Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L
      825 Cass Avenue, Suite 311, Westmont, IL 60559
      Phone: (708) 533-1543
      Email: socialbutterfly@live.com
      Summer social language/social skills groups. Groups include: "Play with Me," "Let's Talk" and "Hanging Out." Provides one-on-one and social language groups.

    • BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Providing in-home and in-center ABA in Morton Grove, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, and surrounding areas including Glenview, Niles, Skokie, Orland, Frankfort, Mokena and more.
      Phone: 866 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID)
      Email: info@byyoursideac.com
      Speech & language therapy at BY YOUR SIDE focuses on meeting the language needs of our clients by expanding the client’s repertoire of communication.

      Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning

      Northwestern University
      2315 Campus Drive
      Evanston, IL 60208
      847-491-3165
      nucasll@northwestern.edu

      Communication Is The Key

      LaChone Pitchford, MA/CCC-SLP
      2109 E. 87th St., Chicago, IL 60617
      Phone: (773) 517-7669
      Email: letmetalk2@yahoo.com
      Speech and language assessments and corresponding therapy is provided. Goals developed with support from family to help develop the whole person.

      KGH Autism Services

      KGH Autism Services
      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      Speech therapy at KGH consists of identifying and treating oral motor difficulties, language comprehension and social pragmatic issues, alternative forms of communication as well as building functional communication skills.

      Kids Can Do, Inc.

      Erica VonBehren
      19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101, Mokena, IL 60448
      Phone: (708) 478-5400
      Email: info@kidscando.org
      Provides individualized speech treatment in addition to the following programs: Co-treatment, social skills groups, Fast For Word and Therapeutic Listening.

      Mobile Therapy Centers of America

      1870 W. Winchester Rd #203 Libertyville, IL, 60048
      Phone: (847) 816-7200
      Email: info@mtcus.com
      MTC provides free developmental screenings. Speech/Language, ABA, Behavioral and Occupational Therapy services are provided either in home, at our center or in your child’s regular school or childcare setting.

      RUSH Speech-Language Pathology Services

      Orthopedic Building
      1611 W. Harrison St., Suite 530, Chicago, IL 60612
      Appointments: Phone: (312) 942-5332
      Serving patients 18 years and older.

      Tarle Speech

      Jennifer Tarle-Pakulski
      226-272-7039 - jennifer@tarlespeech.com
      Conducts AAC Evaluations for individuals on the autism spectrum, with a special interest in young adults with no AAC experience.

      Vital Rehabilitation

      5820 W. Irving Park Road
      Chicago, IL 60634
      Phone: (773) 685-8482; 773-975-6830
      Email: contact@vitalrehabilitation.com
      Provides physical therapy evaluations in the clinic, home or community. Provides Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Aquatic therapy, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Cuevas MEDEK Exercise (CME). Medcaid taken only at Lakeview location.

  • Hair Base

    Contact: Grace Nowik
    3631 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
    Phone: (773) 539-0266
    Experienced stylists provide haircuts for children and adolescents with special needs. Clients include: Have Dreams and Misericordia.

    Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

    Salon Hair Cut Program
    140 N. Wright St, Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: (630) 305-4196
    The Little Friends Center for Autism's Salon Cut Program walks the learner through the steps of getting his/her hair cut in a salon by using easy-to-follow photo sequence cards. This colorful visual guide can be used as a social story or as cue cards.

    Sports Clips

    110 E. Kensington, Mount Prospect, IL 60056
    Phone: (847) 870-8089
    All ages welcome

  • ActivStyle

    Christie Vanderslice, sales associate
    (call for a location near you)
    Chicago, IL 60622
    Phone: (800) 651-6223, ext. 3218 (for home delivery)
    Email: cvanderslice@activstyle.com
    Children with disabilities may be eligible up to 300 diapers or pull-ups per month under Illinois Medicaid.

    Adult Diaper Expert

    Linda Wilson
    Distribution centers in Illinois, Ohio, Texas and California
    Phone: (866) 446-2775
    Email: support@adultdiaperexpert.com
    Specializes in premium incontinence products and stocks many youth sizes. They take great care in finding the best solution for each individual.

    Home Products Healthcare

    Contact: Cindy Kratzer, Debbie Harrison
    Phone: (800) 425-1101, ext 103
    Email: cindy@hp4s.com or debbie@hp4s.com
    HPS provides incontinence supplies to Medicaid-eligible individuals. Supplies are delivered via UPS directly to your home/office.

    NorthShore Care Supply

    1200 Barclay Blvd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    Phone: (800) 563-0161
    Email: info@northshorecare.com
    NorthShore specializes in discreet home delivery of premium absorbency youth and adult diapers and related incontinence supplies including the hard-to-find sizes in between baby diapers and adult diapers.

    Shield Healthcare

    Free disposable medical products, including diapers and pull-ups (after 24 months), for those who qualify.

  • The Eye Specialists Center

    Benjamin Hendrik Ticho, MD
    Alex Khammar, MD
    10436 Southwest Highway, #101, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
    Phone: (708) 423-4070
    Full-service ophthalmic care facility caring for special needs children and adolescents.

    Neil N. Margolis, FCOVD

    1120 N. Arlington Heights Road Suite 200, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Phone: (847) 255-1040
    Email: drmargolis@ledererandmargolis.com
    Eye care services, including eye exams and vision therapy for children and adolescents with special needs.

    Rush University Medical Center - Pediatric Ophthalmology

    1725 W. Harrison St Suite 906, Chicago, IL 60612
    Phone: (312) 942-5315
    Provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment for pediatric eye problems. Services include: normal vision care, glasses, glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus, inflammatory conditions, retinopathy, retinoblastoma, and eye cancers.

    Rush University Medical Center - Pediatric and Adult Ophthalmology

    1725 W. Harrison St Suite 906, Chicago, IL 60612
    Phone: (312) 942-5315
    Provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment for pediatric eye problems. Services include: normal vision care, glasses, glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus, inflammatory conditions, retinopathy, retinoblastoma, and eye cancers.

  • AffordableColleges.com

    Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
    Our guide includes valuable resources for students with disabilities, such as:
    • A curated list of more than 85 disability-specific scholarships
    • Strategies for utilizing state and local financial aid resources
    • An overview of loan forgiveness and reduction options

    Autism2Work (Computer Aid Inc.)

    Full time employment opportunities for individuals with autism spectrum disorder that range from office operations, quality assurance, data management, and program development depending on the organization that is found to be a best fit for skill set and interests.  Email resume to the email above and an outreach specialist from CAI will contact you.

    Casa de Amma

    27231 Calle Arroyo, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    Phone: (949) 496-9001
    Casa de Amma nurtures the abilities and independence of adults with special needs. We provide a broad spectrum of vocational, residential, educational and social opportunities in a responsive and caring environment.

    Choices

    Website is designed to help students and parents navigate through the process of post-secondary planning. Provides autism spectrum information and post-secondary resources.

    College Internship Program (CIP)

    The Bloomington Center
    Lori Mangrum, admissions coordinator
    425 N. College Ave.
    Bloomington, IN 47404
    Phone: (812) 323-0600, ext. 16
    Monroe County
    Email: lmangrum@bloomingtoncenter.net
    CIP provides individualized, post-secondary, academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's, high-functioning autism and learning differences.
    Ages: 18-25 years
    Cost: Tuition and fees start from $38,500 (plus room and board, college/vocational courses)

    Community for Accredited Online Schools

    Higher Education for Students with Disabilities: Rights, Resources and Accredited Online Schools
    This guide helps students with disabilities and their parents better understand their rights when it comes to post-secondary education. In addition to outlining laws and regulations that apply specifically to students with disabilities, our guide offers tips and information about finding a college or university that best suits a student’s needs.

    Disability.gov - Scholarships

    Students who are planning to attend college or enroll in other postsecondary education or training have many financial aid options, including scholarships, grants and loans. Be sure to consider both public (federal, state, and local government) and private financial aid sources.

    Elmhurst College

    Elmhurst Life Skills Academy
    Tim Ahlberg
    190 Prospect Ave.
    Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296
    DuPage County
    Phone; (630) 617-3309
    Email: ahlbergt@elmhurst.edu
    ELSA offers an outstanding educational opportunity for young adults with developmental disabilities. This full-time, postsecondary program enables ELSA students to work productively and live as independently as possible.
    Ages: 18 years and up
    Cost for four-year program: $26,000
    Grants available each year
    No wait list

    Envision Unlimited

    Autism Services Program
    4919 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
    (312) 346-6230 or (773) 987-3458 (Linda Vero)
    email: lvero@chgoarc.org
    This Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. program will be designed around the interests, strengths, and needs of program participants. Program strategies will include the following: vocational training, functional curriculum, multimodal communication strategies, individualized schedules/routines, daily exercise program, positive behavioral supports and structure and consistency. Ages: 18 years and up.
    Cost: Private pay or accepts Medicaid Waiver Program.

    Ernst & Young: Core Business Services (CBS) team - Account Support Associate

    212 773 3549
    Jamell.Mitchell@ey.com
    Vocational program targeted to adults with ASD: As a CBS professional, individuals are given the opportunity to develop their career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. Individuals work across teams to provide the knowledge, resources and tools that help EY deliver exceptional quality service to our clients, win in the marketplace and support EY’s growth and profitability. Major teams within CBS include Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Enterprise Support Services, Brand Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Knowledge and Risk Management.

    Foundation for Independent Living

    1367 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33063
    Phone: (954)-968-6472
    Email: info@filinc.org
    The Foundation for Independent Living is a private, not-for-profit, community-based program for adults with varying cognitive disabilities and developmental delays.

    Have Dreams

    Sara LaMontagne; Adult Services Program Coordinator
    2020 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: 847-905-0702
    Email: slamontagne@havedreams.org
    Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University: This one year business-based transition program is for young adults with ASD in their last year of high school transition, who have the goal of competitive employment.

    Independence Center

    3640 S. Sepulveda Blvd #102, Los Angeles, CA 90034
    Phone: (310) 202-7102
    Independence Center is a nonprofit transitional mainstreamed residential program that is dedicated to developing the full potential of young adults (aged 18-30) with special needs.

    JJB Educational Consultants, Inc.

    Jill Burstein, MA, CEP, IECA member
    1441 Hemlock Knoll Terrace, Northbrook, IL 60062
    Phone: (847) 940-8090
    Email: jill@jjb-edconsultants.com
    Specializing in post-secondary placements for students with autism.

    Keshet (My Life)

    600 Academy Drive Suite 130, Northbrook, IL 60062
    Phone: (847) 205-1234
    MY Life is Keshet’s residential program.  It is designed to allow residents to become fully active members of the community in a warm and caring home that promotes independence and a meaningful life.

    Lewis and Clark Community College

    Supported College Transition
    5800 Godfrey Road Godfrey, IL 62035
    618.468.4127 -  rellington@lc.edu
    The Supported College Transition Program (SCT) was designed for students with little mainstreaming experience in high school and the academic preparation that indicates that they can be successful in smaller sections of college developmental courses with the additional support provided by a Transitions class. Students have career goals that require college credentials.

    LIFE, Inc.

    550 Lincoln Road Extension, Hyannis, MA 02601
    Phone: (508) 790-3600
    Email: info@lifecapecod.org
    LIFE is focused on enhancing program quality and addressing the evolving needs of its residents as they proceed through the stages of their adult lives.

    Little City - Adult Programs

    1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
    Main Campus: 847-358-5510
    700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
    Chicago office: 773-265-1539
    We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

    Marbridge Foundation

    2310 Bliss Spillar Road, Manchaca, TX 78652
    Phone: (512) 282-1144
    Email: info@marbridge.org
    Our vibrant community provides residential care to more than 240 adults with intellectual disabilities. Unlike group homes, our 200-acre campus consists of three interconnected communities where we provide varying levels of care—from assisted living, and semi-independent care to skilled nursing and physical rehabilitation services.

    Minnesota Life College

    7501 Logan Ave S.  STE 2A, Richfield, MN 55423
    Phone: (612) 869-4008
    Minnesota Life College (MLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vocational and life skills training program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

    Moving Forward Towards Independence

    68 Coombs Street, Building B, Napa, CA 94559
    Phone: (707) 259-1125
    Moving Forward Towards Independence is a residential program offering transitional and independent living support to adults with developmental, learning and autism spectrum disabilities.

    nAblement

    Website of SPR Companies focused on supporting the training, mentoring, networking, placement and professional growth of qualified candidates with disabilities into technology roles. nAblement fosters its own client opportunites while also collaborating closely with each of the SPR Companies three strategic companies – MPS Partners, Redpoint Technologies and Talent Acquisition Partners. Qualified candidates secure professional technology opportunities suited to their skill sets, and clients secure access to this valuable and underutilized segment of the workforce while extending their diversity profile.

    Notre Dame College

    Gretchen Walsh, M.S.Ed, director, academic support center
    4545 College Road
    South Euclid, OH 44121
    (216) 373-5185
    email: gwalsh@ndc.edu
    Students enrolled with the academic support center take the same classes and must meet the same expectations as other Notre Dame College students. Students participating in the ASC may major or minor in any of the programs offered at the college. All students with the ASC participate in an orientation program seperate from Notre Dame College to assist them in their transition to college. The year ends with a recognition day for the academic support center students, parents and faculty. Application requirements: to participate in the academic support center you must be a full-time traditional student, and you must submit documentation of a learning disability, along with a completed application. Services offered based on individual documentation include: note-taking assistance, extended time for completing tests, alternative format for taking tests, books on audio format, use of a scribe, distraction free environment and taping of class lectures.

    PACE at National Louis University

    122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone: (312) 261-3770
    Email: paceprogram@nl.edu
    PACE at NLU is a three-year post-secondary program which is designed to meet the transitional needs for young adults with multiple intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities.

    Options for College Success

    Shoshana Axler, Director of Admissions
    1515 Maple Avenue Suite 190, Evanston, Illinois 60201
    Phone: (847) 425-4797, ext. 201
    Email: snaxler@optionsforcollegesuccess.org
    Options for College Success is a non-profit organization serving individuals 18 and older, with a mission to develop the skills, confidence, and courage to transition into living and working independently.

    Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

    OAR accepts applications on an annual basis for the Schwallie Family Scholarship program. These scholarships are for one academic year, $3,000 each, to be applied towards tuition, books, and other expenses associated with higher learning. To be eligible, students with an established autism or Asperger Syndrome diagnosis must be accepted for enrollment or pursuing undergraduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States during the fall semester. This can include four-year colleges or universities; two-year colleges; and trade, technical, or vocational training programs. For more information, please visit OAR’s website.

    Rainbow Acres

    2120 W. Reservation Loop Road, Camp Verde, AZ 86322
    Phone: (928) 567-5231
    Email: info@rainbowacres.com
    A not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. A private-pay assisted living community for individuals 18 years and above with developmental disabilities.

    Riverview School

    551 Route 6A, East Sandwich, MA 02537
    Phone: (508) 888-0489
    Email: admissions@riverviewschool.org
    Riverview School’s Post-High School Transition Program for young adults, ages 17–22, is called GROW—Getting Ready for the Outside World.

    ScenicView Academy

    5455 N. River Run Drive, Provo, UT 84604
    Phone: (801) 226-2550
    Email: info@svacademy.org
    ScenicView Academy is a Nonprofit School for Young Adults with Autism & Learning Disabilities.

    Spectrum Vocational Services (Little Friends)

    2302 Wisconsin Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
    630-852-7520
    The Supported Employment Program helps adults with disabilities find jobs in businesses throughout their community and provides training in the form of job coaching, transportation training, and vocational advocacy. Funded through DRS.

    St. Louis Life

    929 Rolling Thunder Drive, O'Fallon, MO 63368
    Phone: (636) 561-1900
    Email: Info@stlouislife.org
    St. Louis Life is a community-based, residential program for young adults with developmental disabilities.

    Stephen's Place

    501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664
    Phone: (360) 984-3600
    We partner with families to provide a loving, supportive adult care home for adults with developmental disabilities.

    Think College Illinois

    Website is meant to serve as a blueprint/toolkit for Illinois postsecondary education (PSE) institutions in developing inclusive programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is also meant to support existing programs in ongoing efforts to become more "inclusive" according to the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) standards. The background information and resources available on the site are intended to be used by students and families, as well as a general audience e.g. disability service providers.

    Treasure House

    7815 W. Aspera Blvd, Glendale, AZ 85308
    Phone: (602) 714-8189
    Email: info@treasurehouse.org
    Treasure House will be home to 24 young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as six Community Assistants as they share life together.

    Turning Pointe Career College

    Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
    1500 W. Ogden Ave.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: 630-615-6032 
    Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org
    The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum.   Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.
    Ages: 18 and up

    UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

    Building Bridges to the Future Program
    Alessandra Arreola
    3100 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804
    Phone: 708-222-4866 (Alessandra)
    Email: aarreola@seguin.org
    Some of the services they provide: Help apply for Medicaid, SSI, Guardianship; attend IEP staffings as part of each student’s interdisciplinary team; work with special education department staff to ensure the transition is part of the IEP; provide an in-service training and coaching sessions for parents, guardians and students

    • Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.

      Teen Dreams Bowling Club
      Mary Beth Mayer
      3105 N. Wilke Road, Suite H
      Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
      (847) 255-8690, ext. 127
      Cook County
      Bowling Club is for teens with special needs and offers a chance to meet new people, learn to bowl and have some fun. It's also a great way to escape the summer heat for a bit. They offer a variety of summer camps, call office for more information.
      Ages: 13 years and up.
      Cost: call for details.
      No wait list.

      Arlington Pediatric Therapy
      Summer Social Skills Group

      Mary Beth Mayer, MS, special educator
      3105 N. Wilke Road
      Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      This class is for high school age students/young adults who are struggling in the area of social skill development. It will provide an opportunity to learn about, talk about and practice various social skills. Discussion and role playing will be the emphasis of this class.
      Cost: $126. (7 weeks)

      Building Great Beginnings Family Retreat Camp

      Contact: Maria Bellantuono
      (847) 533-6224
      email: bgb@buildinggreatbeginnings.info
      Parents, siblings, and children with special needs and have the opportunity to get “survival tips”, relationship tips, participate in activities such as ziplining and rock wall climbing, and receive support from other families at Camp Henry Horner.

      Camp Hope

      Mailing Address: Camp Hope
      P.O. Box 687
      Lake Forest, IL 60045
      (312) 401-HOPE
      Lake County
      email: camphopeillinois@gmail.com
      Five-day recreational and residential summer camp for children, teenagers, and young adults who are challenged by developmental disabilities. Activities include: swimming, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, adaptive sports, cook-outs, magic show, carnival, and much more. Camp Hope will be using the Save and Bergen buildings at:
      Camp Algonquin
      1889 Cary Road
      Algonquin, IL 60102
      McHenry County
      Ages: 11 years and up.
      Cost: $300, includes 1:1 care. Scholarships are available.
      Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Accepting twenty campers per session (ten males, ten females).

      Camp Little Giant

      Contact: Vicki R. Lang, CTRS, Camp Director
      Therapeutic Recreation
      Touch of Nature Environmental Center
      SIU Carbondale Mailcode 6888
      (618) 453-1121x 231
      Camp location: Little Grassy Lake which is part of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and amongst the Shawnee National Forest. Camp Little Giant is American Camping Association (ACA) accredited and was the first camp in the nation to achieve this status. One of the founders of Special Olympics helped to establish this camp. Since we are located on a lake we offer a beach front with swimming in a shallow area as well as a floating dock for those that pass the swim test, paddle boats and a pontoon boat cruise. We also offer sports & games, expressive and traditional arts & crafts, music & drama, nature hikes and related activities, horseback riding, hayrides, talent shows, dances, special events, team building activities, fishing, campfires and of course memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.
      Ages: 8-88 years.
      Cost: $550-$2,100 (depending on the duration and if one on one assistance is required). Partial scholarships available.

      Camp Ramah

      Rabbi David Soloff
      6150 E. Buckatabon Road
      Conover, WI 54519
      (312) 606-9316
      Vilas County
      email: register@ramahwisconsin.com
      Overnight for high school graduates with special needs, including autism spectrum disorder. Program is designed to strengthen social and vocational skills to assist the transition to independent living. Services the Jewish community.
      Ages: 18-21 years (post high-school).
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $7,910 (eight-week program).
      Call about wait list.

      Camp Red Kite

      Where: Cleveland Elementary School
      3121 W. Byron Street
      Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of children on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our aim is to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN! Each day, Camp Red Kite campers will move between classes in Drama, Art, Music and Movement. Red Kite staff ensures a comfortable environment for all campers, and a highly-structured schedule that is displayed pictorially in each room. Each camper receives plenty of personal attention and is encouraged to participate in activities in his or her own unique way. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends. To apply, please click on the link above and complete the form. Once we receive your application, we will be in touch to discuss further registration procedures.
      Tuition: $825, including registration and materials fees. Financial aid available.

      Covenant Harbor Family Summer Camp

      1724 Main St., Lake Geneva, WI 53147
      Phone: (262) 248-3600
      Activities include swimming, rock climbing, arts and crafts, board games, and open gym.

      Creative Exchange Music Therapy Clinic

      Craig Christiansen, MT-BC, President
      Kari Christiansen, Director
      1527 Westchester Blvd., Suite One South, Westchester, Illinois 60154
      Phone: (708) 345-6100 or (773) 562-6202
      Email: info@creativeexchangemusic.com
      The Playing with Style group works on improving listening skills and encourages creativity by exploring different styles of music through listening games, instrument playing, and songwriting.

      Easter Seals Wisconsin - Elks Respite Camp

      101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301
      Madison, WI 53713
      (608) 277-8288 or (800) 422-2324
      Ages: 7-18 years.
      Register here.

      Also at Easter Seals Wisconsin: Camp Wawbeek
      101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301
      Madison, WI 53713
      (608) 277-8288 or (800) 422-2324
      Dane County
      Campers will experience a schedule that is structured, while offering choice and empowerment. A choice of age-appropriate, fun and challenging activities encourage a healthy lifestyle, independent living skills, socialization and transition to adulthood.
      Ages: 15-25 years.
      Cost: $840.
      Register here.

      Fox Valley Special Recreation Association

      2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
      Phone: (630) 907-1114
      Year-round recreation activities are offered to provide people with disabilities with the support and tools they need to live active and healthy lifestyles.

      Gateway Special Recreation Association

      15W431 59th St., Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      Phone: (630) 325-3857
      A variety of recreation and sports programs are offered in order to promote the health, well-being, and quality of life for people with disabilities.

      Glick Family Camp

      Contact: Tamara Besser, LCSW
      26710 W. Nippersink, Ingleside, IL 60041
      Phone: (773) 765-3159
      Camp Red Leaf provides children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families an opportunity to relax, mingle with other families, and enjoy the outdoors on 181 acres of Illinois countryside.

      Harrison Park District (Chicago Park District)

      Contact: Sylvia Herrera
      1824 S. Wood, Chicago, IL 60608
      (312) 746-5491
      email: sylvia.herrera@chicagoparkdistrict.com
      Weekly program options include special olympic swimming, young athletes, daily living skills, special olympic bowling, special olympic sports, arts & crafts, dinner & a movie, fun & games, super saturdays, adult leadership club, and learning to swim.

      Have Dreams

      Dana Fenceroy
      515 Busse Highway, Suite 150, Park Ridge, IL 60068
      Phone: (847) 905-0702
      After-school programs, day programs, and workplace training services are offered to those ages 16 months and older affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as diagnostic and family support services.

      High Ridge YMCA Summer Camp

      Contact: Amanda Goss or Dannica Williams
      2424 W. Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
      Phone: (773) 262-8300
      Activities include swimming, group games, arts and crafts, kick-ball, board games, field trips, and free play.

      Jesse Owens Park (Chicago Park District)

      Contact: Jetaune Guyton
      2031 East 88th St., Chicago, IL 60617
      Phone: (312) 747-6709
      Special recreation cooperative.

      Keshet
      3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 205-0274
      Jen Phillips, Chief Program Officer
      Marni Sommerfield, Asst. Director of Recreation & Camp
      With 18 day and overnight camp locations, Keshet has a camp program that fits nearly any interest, special need and background. We are proud to partner with JCC Chicago day and overnight camps, JCYS, Junior Gan Israel, Camp Nageela Midwest and Ramah Day Camp. Assistance is available for some families demonstrating financial need. For overnight camp, assistance is available for up to four weeks. 
      Kosciuszko Park District (Chicago Park District)

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: Megan Romberg
      2732 North Avers
      Chicago, IL 60647
      (312) 742-9954
      Cook County
      Activities include: field trips, swimming, soccer, running, softball, tennis, fishing, cooking, jumping, arts and crafts, Special Olympics training, and much more. Lunch and snacks are provided daily.
      When: Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
      Ages: 18 years and up.

      Little City - Adult Programs

      1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
      Main Campus: 847-358-5510
      700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
      Chicago office: 773-265-1539
      We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

      Lincolnway Special Recreation Association

      P.O. Box 547, Frankfort, IL 60423
      Phone: (815) 464-2811
      Special recreation cooperative.

      Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation

      Mailing address: 6820 W. Depmster St., Morton Grove, IL 60053
      Phone: (847) 966-5522
      Special recreation cooperative

      Mann Park District Summer Day Camp

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: Bill Blake
      13000 S. Carondolet
      Chicago, IL 60633
      (773) 646-0301
      Cook County
      email: mannsuperstars@yahoo.com
      Activities include: golfing, bowling ($6 extra per week), fishing at Wolf Lake, picnics, sports day, Special Olympics, field trips (e.g., Lincoln Park Zoo, camp activities, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, The Survive Alive House, Museum of Science and Industry, Nature Day, beach). Must bring your own lunch daily.
      Ages: 8 years and up.
      Camp hours: Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
      Cost: $120 (six weeks). Cash or check only.
      No wait list.

      Marquette Park District Summer Day Camp

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: Colleen Fitzgibbon
      6700 S. Kedzie Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60629
      (312) 747-6485
      Cook County
      email: colleen.fitzgibbon@chicagoparkdistrict.com
      Activities include: arts and crafts, sports, swimming, bowling, field trips, nutrition, music, board games and more.
      Ages: 25-40 years.
      Camp hours: Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Night camp: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 4-8 p.m.
      Cost: $235. Cash or check only.
      No wait list.

      Marquette Park District Night Camp
      Activities include: drama, sports, field trips, nutrition, board games and more.
      Cost: $100.
      No wait list.

      McGuane Park District Summer Day Camp

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: Chelsi Hill
      2901 S. Poplar Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60608
      (312) 747-6497
      Cook County
      Activities include: field trips (2 times per week), swimming (daily), crafts, nature walks and Special Olympics training. 1:1 aides available (assessment will be needed at time of registration).
      Ages: 8 years and up.
      Camp hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      Cost: $180. Cash or check only. Extra $60 for extended program.
      No wait list.

      Mt. Greenwood Park District Summer Camp

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: Lisa Mulcrone
      3724 W. 111th St.
      Chicago, IL 60655
      (312) 947-6565
      Cook County
      Activities include: swimming (daily), bowling, gardening, T-ball, field trips (one to two per week), crafts, low-organized games, book reading.
      Ages: 7-15 years.
      Camp hours: Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      Cost: $255 (resident); $510 (non-resident). Cash or check only.
      No wait list.

      Mt. Greenwood Sports Club
      Activities include swimming, biking, running and softball. Adolescents will compete in triathalon.
      Ages: 16 years and up.
      Cost: $20 (resident); $40 (non-resident). Cash or check only.
      No wait list.

      Mt. Greenwood Social Club
      Ages: 16 years and up.
      Cost: $50 (resident); $100 (non-resident).
      No wait list.

      Mt. Greenwood Bowling League Club
      Ages: 16 years and up.
      Cost: $50 (resident); $100 (non-resident). Cash or check only.
      No wait list.

      Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association

      1770 W. Centennial Place, Addison, IL 60101
      Phone: (630) 620-4500
      Special recreation cooperative.

      Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association

      820 E. Terra Cotta, Suite 125, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
      Phone: (815) 459-0737
      Special recreation cooperative.

      Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association

      3105 MacArthur, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 509-9400
      Special recreation cooperative.

      Northwest Special Recreation Association

      Theresa Waite
      3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
      Phone: (847) 392-2848
      Special recreation cooperative.

      Oak Lawn Park District/Special Recreation Cooperative

      4625 W. 110th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
      Phone: (708) 857-7614
      Special recreation cooperative.

      Piotrowski Park District Spring Camp

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: David Donohue
      4247 West 31st St, Chicago, IL 60623
      Phone: (312) 745-4804
      Activities include: swimming, sports, exercise, etc.

      River Valley Special Recreation Association

      1335 E. Broadway, Bradley, IL 60915
      Phone: (815) 933-7336
      email: rvsra@sbcglobal.net
      Special recreation cooperative.

      Rockford Park District

      Therapeautic Recreation
      401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101
      Phone: (815) 987-1607
      Programs based on sports and fitness, arts and leisure, and social acitivities are offered to promote the development, maintanence, and experssion of a meaningful leisure lifestyle to people with disabilities.

      SEASPAR Day Camp

      4500 Belmont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
      Phone: (630) 960-7600
      Email: info@seaspar.org
      Offers multiple day camps each summer to provide a structured environment in which to enjoy productive leisure activities.

      Shabbona Park Summer Day Camp

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: Laura LeVitus
      6935 W. Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634
      Phone: (773) 685-6205
      Activities include but are not limited to swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, baseball, and tennis. 

      South Suburban Special Recreation Association

      19910 80th Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60487
      Phone: (815) 806-0384
      SSRA is a therapeutic recreation program organized to provide individuals with disabilities or special needs the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation.

      South West Special Recreation Association

      12521 S. Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
      Phone: (708) 389-9423
      Special recreation cooperative

      Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County (SRACLC)

      290 Oakwood Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
      Phone: (847) 816-4866
      Special recreation cooperative that serves seven communities: Vernon Hills, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and Hawthorn Woods.

      Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC)

      Katie Kozuch
      2200 E. Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst, IL 60046
      Phone: (847) 356-6011
      Special recreation cooperative

      Special Recreation Services (SRS)

      1624 E. 154th St., Dolton, IL 60419
      Phone: (708) 841-1071 ext. 233
      Special recreation cooperative

      Stepping Up & Out (SUO - Aspiritech)

      Highland Park, IL: and Chicago, IL
      SUO@aspiritech.org or 312-945-8378.
      SUO is a social program that meets on Sundays from Noon-5:00 PM in Highland Park and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in Chicago, in addition to some weekday clubs from 3:30 - 5:30 PM. Programs are free, but RSVP's are required. Facebook page.

      Northern Will County Special Recreation Association

      10 Montrose Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446
      Phone: (815) 407-1819
      Email: info@nwcsra.org
      Special recreation cooperative

      Tuesday's Child Behavioral Summer Camp

      c/o DePaul College Prep
      Where: 3633 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-4602
      Phone: (773) 423-5055
      This is a great opportunity for your child to receive behavioral support in a fun, peer-based environment.

      Vittum Park-Special Recreation Programming (Chicago Park District)

      Contact: Michael Floyd
      5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
      Phone: (773) 284-6022
      An introduction to physical activity class will allow young participants to not only learn the basics of sports but increase fine and gross motor skills, socialization, coordination, and sensory integration.

      Warren Special Recreation Association

      100 S. Greenleaf, Gurnee, IL 60031
      Phone: (847) 244-6619
      Special recreation cooperative

      Welles Park Summer Day Camp

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: Chelsi Lemaster
      2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60625
      (312) 742-9536
      Cook County
      Activities include: field trips (3 times per week), bowling, museums, beach trip, Navy Pier, arts and crafts, swimming (daily), puzzles, library trips (reading program), and sport activities. Lunches included.
      Ages: 8 years and up.
      Camp hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Cost: depends on program.

      Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)

      116 N. Schmale Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188
      Phone: (630) 681-0962
      Special recreation cooperative

      West Pullman Park Summer Day Camp

      Therapeutic Recreation Activities for Daily Living
      Contact: Ron Wright
      401 W. 123rd St., Chicago, IL 60628
      Phone: (312) 747-7090
      Activities include field trips, "learn to swim" program, carnival, arts and crafts, sports and much more.

      West Suburban Special Recreation Association

      2915 Maple St., Franklin Park, IL 60131
      Phone: (847) 455-2100
      Special recreation cooperative.

    • Hippotherapy vs. Therapeutic Riding

      What is hippotherapy?

      Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. A certified therapist uses the horse's movement to provide carefully graded sensory input to improve neurological function and sensory processing. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being (American Hippotherapy Association Inc., 2007) .

      What is therapeutic riding?

      Therapeutic riding is appropriate for less involved (physically, mentally) clients who want social aspect of a sport along with strengthening, or as an adjunct to therapy for someone already receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy or sensory therapy. It is recommended that students are able to sit independently. Many of the inherent benefits to horseback riding (trunk strength, stretch to legs, modulation of sensory input) still apply. Equipment used typically encourages independent balance and riding positions/disciplines.

      Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc.

      47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
      Email: blazingps@msn.com
      Phone: (630) 365-5550
      Provides hippotherapy as a strategy for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to meet client-centered goals.

      BraveHearts

      Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
      Sarah Newland, program director
      7319 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033
      Phone: (815) 943-8226 or (815) 765-2113
      BraveHearts is a PATH International-premier accredited center (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) whose programs teach horseback riding skills to children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities as well as therapeutic carriage driving lessons and a wide variety of recreational therapy activities.

      Bull Run Equestrian Center

      Contact: Loren Gineris, PT
      email: dljjjgineris@sbcglobal.net
      P.O. Box 870, 3N065 Anderson Road, Elburn, IL 60119
      Phone: (630) 715-0354
      Strides In Motion is a program in which physical therapists work with side-walkers, horse leaders, and arena assistants to combine clinic-based treatments with hippotherapy in order to achieve a client's functional goals in a natural setting.

      Central Illinois Riding Therapy

      Judith Kruse
      305 Neumann Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
      Phone: (309) 699-3710
      email: cirt@cirt.info
      Therapeutic horseback riding for individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

      Equestrian Connection

      Diana Schnell, executive director
      600 N. Bradley Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045
      Phone: (847) 615-8696
      email: info@equestrianconnection.org
      Hippotherapy, art therapy, and therapeautic riding are offered with features such as a 16,000 square foot heated arena, riding trails, an outdoor arena, therapy rooms, job and living skill programs, after school clubs, summer and spring camps, and massage therapy for both clients and caregivers.

      EquiTherapy

      9501 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove, IL 60053
      Phone: (847) 965-1632
      Provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

      Equine Dreams

      Sharon Mason
      Mailing address: P.O. Box 372, Sandwich, IL 60548
      Phone: (815) 690-8144
      Email: ride@equinedreams.org
      Provides hippotherapy therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with special needs.

    • Brickology - Legos

      Beth Weis
      Phone: (847) 494-5346
      email: beth@bethweis.com
      Team-building projects with Legos for children with autism spectrum disorder to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and motor enrichment.

      Brooklyn Boulders

      Adaptive Climbing Group
      100 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607
      Phone: (312) 268-0002
      Email: chicago@adaptiveclimbinggroup.org
      Adaptive recreational activities good for individuals with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.

      Buddy Baseball of Buffalo Grove

      Leslie Klassman
      401 E. Aptakisic Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
      Phone: (847) 630-4358
      Two leagues each year for children with disabilites.

      Chicago Dance Therapy

      Erica Hornthal
      1516 Greenwood Ave, Deerfield, IL 60015
      Phone number: (847) 848-0697
      Email: info@northshoredancetherapy.com
      Dance therapy and counseling services provided by board-certified dance therapists and licensed clinical counselors.

      Elk Grove Gymnastics School

      775 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007
      Phone: (847) 437-3447
      Services include: field trips, cheer tumbling, birthday parties, competitive gymnastics teams that will be played at Special Olympics functions, circus classes, and beginning/intermediate/advanced gymnastics classes.

      Exercise Connection Corp.
      Amber Pantaleo
      (773) 575-5100
      Our services target neurodiverse people ages Kindergarten-Adulthood in the Chicagoland Area. We are using exercise to successfully empower the autism and special needs community to build an active lifestyle and develop an up-and-coming workforce, resulting in many untold opportunities. Reach out for class and location informaiton. 
      Family Yoga at Campanelli YMCA

      300 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
      Phone: (847) 891-9622
      A class designed to help participants build rapport and a basic understanding of yoga for the whole family; all participants do not have to be affected by autism.

      Invincible Silent Warriors

      Katie Grubba
      1341 Manor Court, Elgin, IL 60123
      Phone: (224) 800-7265
      Email: grubbacoaches.sbgil@gmail.com
      Our program is designed to help children and young adults learn self-defense skills and socialization.

      Little City - Adult Programs

      1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
      Main Campus: 847-358-5510
      700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
      Chicago office: 773-265-1539
      We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

  • Rush University Medical Center

    Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center
    1645 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
    Phone: (312) 942-0819
    Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management for autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults.

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Kate Caldwell
    (312) 996-4711
    lkcaldw3@uic.edu
    You chose a date and location in Chicago area
    This research is part of a project looking at social entrepreneurship as a pathway to employment for people with disabilities in Chicago. As part of our research, we are particularly interested in including the voices of social entrepreneurs with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Compensated $30 for participation.
    You can participate if you: have an intellectual or developmental disability; live in the Chicago area; and have a business or non-profit.

    University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Juvenile Research

    The Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) is conducting research to better understand and diagnose: autism, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders.
    Contact: Lana Roth, LCSW
    1747 W. Roosevelt Road
    Chicago, IL 60608
    Cook County
    Phone: (312) 413-4624
    Email: autism@psych.uic.edu
    Eligible participants may receive neuropsychological and socio-communicative assessments, diagnostic interviews, neurological examination, medication management services and blood draw. The overall goal of this study is to learn about the genetic influences and neurobiological substrates of autism and other autism spectrum disorders. In addition, they are studying the relationship of genes to medication response.
    Age eligibility: 5-30
    Cost: No fee. Patients will be compensated accordingly for each of the studies completed.
    Up to one-month wait

    University of Illinois at Chicago - The Simons Simplex Collection

    Institute for Juvenile Research
    Department of Psychiatry
    Contact: Lana Roth, LCSW
    1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Room 155
    Chicago, IL 60608
    Phone: (312) 413-4624
    Cook County
    Email: autism@psych.uic.edu
    This project is designed to identify genetic risk factors for autism. Goal: search will lead to a better understanding of autism and to new effective therapies. Eligible families: one or more siblings with autism spectrum disorder and both biological parents must be willing to participate. Experts will conduct a free, comprehensive evaluation of your child. Most study components, including a blood draw, will be conducted in friendly and supportive clinics. The study questionnaires can be completed in your home.
    Age eligibility: 4 and up.
    No wait list.

    University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Juvenile Research

    Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder
    1747 W. Roosevelt Road
    Chicago, IL 60608
    Cook County
    Phone: (312) 413-9061
    UIC is now recruiting children and adults for a research study to test how well an investigational medication works to treat symptoms assiciated with autism spectrum disorder.
    Study Information: 22-week research study comparing the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication and placebo (sugar pills); all evaluations are conducted and study medication is provided at no cost to the participants; families who participate will be reimbursed for their travel expenses; under the direction of Dr. Edwin Cook and Dr. Fedra Najjar.
    Age eligibility: 5-21

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Are you a social entrepreneur with an intellectual disability? Do you have a business, microenterprise, or non-profit?
    Contact: Kate Caldwell
    Phone: (312) 996-4711
    Email: kcaldw3@uic.edu
    Where and when? Interviews will be held in Chicago this October. You will be able to choose the date and place that works best for you. There will be two interviews. Each interview will last one hour. You can participate if you have a intellectual disability, live in the Chicago area and are self-employed, have a business or nonprofit. For more information and to learn more about the project and ask questions, come to El Valor, 1924 W. 21st St., Chicago, IL 60608, on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.
    Age eligibility: 18-64
    Cost: no cost to participants

    University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychology

    Contact: Magen Rooney, PI: Jennifer Wiley
    Email: uiccoglab@gmail.com
    Participants wanted: Adults with Asperger's are needed for research examining differences in attentional profiles.
    Participants will take part in one- to two-hour sessions in their laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
    Age eligibility: 18-24
    Cost: You will be compensated $20/hour for your participation.

  • Alan G. Ryle & Companies

    4102 Belmont Pt, Champaign, IL 61822
    Phone: (800) 880-6571
    Alan G. Ryle Companies offers two types of residences for individuals with developmental disabilities: ICF/DD (Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) and Home CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement) Home
    ICF/DD Home

    Blue Cap

    Marge Pyzac
    2155 Broadway St., Blue Island, IL 60406
    Phone: (708) 389-6578
    Offers a variety of supportive living arrangements in the community for adults with developmental disabilities. Staff provides 24-hour supervision so that the people we serve gain independence in their own homes and in the community as well.

    Cardinal Cushing Centers

    Cardinal Cushing Centers
    Contact: Michelle Markowitz
    405 Washington St.
    Hanover, MA 02339
    Phone: (781) 829-1205
    Website
    Email: mmarkowitz@cushingcenters.org
    Private, non-profit therapeutic special needs boarding school for children and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Their staff is trained in behavior management techniques based on positive behavior intervention support (PBIS), a reward-based program.
    Ages: 6-22 years
    Cost: Soon to be approved out-of-state placement option for Illinois

    Chileda Institute

    1825 Victory St., LaCrosse, WI 54601
    Phone: (608) 782-6480
    Email: info@chileda.org
    Primary focus on developmental disabilities, attachment disorders and behavioral challenges with specialization in autism and traumatic brain injury (dual issues such as cognitive and seizure disorder issues accepted).

    Cumberland Hospital, LLC

    P. Gay Brooks, CEO
    9407 Cumberland Road
    New Kent, VA 23124
    Phone: (800) 368-3472
    ISBE approved. Provides specialized care for young people whose disabilities, injuries or lifelong illnesses are compounded by behavioral problems. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation, ADHD and fetal alcohol syndrome. Program's primary philosophy: cognitive-behavioral techniques.
    Ages: 13-21 years
    Cost: Accepts Illinois Medicaid
    Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863

    Genesee Lake School

    Amanda Buerger, senior admissions coordinator
    36100 Genesee Lake Road
    Oconomowoc, WI 53066
    Phone: (262) 569-5510, ext. 3005
    Email: admissions@geneseelakeschool.com
    Genesee Lake School is a nationally recognized provider offering programs for students with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and emotional disturbances. Additionally, we offer specialized programs for students with autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and complex trauma. Our 160 acre campus is a nurturing setting where students from around the country gain the skills and experiences necessary to successfully return to their families, school districts, and communities. Our goal at Genesee Lake School is to provide an innovative and enriching environment for the students in our care to learn and experience all that life can offer. ISBE Approved and COA Certified.
    Ages: 6-21 years
    Cost: Accepts private pay, school, ICG, DHS, sliding scale
    Wait list depends on current availability

    Glenkirk
    3504 Commercial Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062
    Phone: (847) 272-5111
    info@glenkirk.org
    CILAS throughout Lake County and Northern Cook counties.
    Glenkirk Moraine Community Living Facility: Provides the support of full-time staff while allowing residents to enjoy the independence of an apartment setting; 
    Glenkirk Family Living Arrangement: Provides people with disabilities a unique opportunity to join a family and share in a home environment.
    Heartspring

    Kristina Baker, director of admissions and outreach 
    8700 East 29th Street
    Wichita, KS 67226
    (C): (316) 214-1132
    (O): (316) 634-8874
    email: kbaker@heartspring.org
    The Heartspring School is a private, not-for-profit, residential and day school, serving students impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities from across the country and around the world. Most Heartspring students also display challenging behaviors that often interfere with their educational progress, as well as their home life and community integration.
    Ages: 5-21 yrs.
    Cost: Heartspring is a school with a residential program and, therefore, charges tuition and fees. The majority of the students who attend Heartspring are placed through the students’ IEP teams and funded by their local school district. Very few students qualify for funding through insurance providers. However, on a case-by-case basis, this may be possible. Some students have multiple agencies involved in the placement and in the funding (such as a school district, a child welfare agency, adoption subsidy, etc.). For some families, paying privately and/or outside financing may be an option. 

    Housing and Residential Supports Tool Kit

    Provided by Autism Speaks, Family Services

    Hughes Center for Exceptional Children

    Michael S. Triggs, CEO
    1601 Franklin Turnpike
    Danville, VA 24540
    Phone: (434) 836-8500
    ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism, pervasive developmental disorder and mental retardation. Program's primary focus: self, family, and, community to prepare for an independent future through educational and vocational instruction and positive guidance.
    Ages: 13-22 years
    Accepts Illinois Medicaid
    Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

    Little City - Adult Programs

    1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
    Main Campus: 847-358-5510
    700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
    Chicago office: 773-265-1539
    We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

    Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

    Greer Ann Hamblet, Program Coordinator
    4840 W. Byron St, Chicago, IL 60641
    Phone: (847) 390-1422 or (630) 664-8876 (emergency)
    Email: greerann.hamblet@lssi.org
    Offers two intermediate care residences at Shady Oaks East and Shady Oaks West in Homer Glen for people with developmental disabilities.

    Maryville Academy

    Maryville Residential Treatment Center
    Maryville St. George Program
    1150 N. River Road
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (630) 736-7451 (intake)
    Specialty: psychiatric, behavioral, intellectual disabilities, self-harm, sexually acting out, autism, trauma. Multiple levels of care: moderate & severe; parenting & pregnancy teen DCFS ward section for those with children. Maryville also has inpatient psychiatric child, adolescent, young adult (18-22 years) & a deaf and hard of hearing program. Intake (847) 768-5347. Average stay is 12-18 months.
    Ages: 12-21 years (males); 12-21 years (females).
     

    Milestone, Inc. - RocVale Children's Home

    Tabitha Jindrich, Intake Coordinator
    4450 N. Rockton Ave.
    Rockford, IL 61103
    Phone; (815) 639-2955
    Winnebago County
    Email: tjindrich@milestone-inc.org
    Provides long-term care for children who have a diagnosis of a developmental disability serving children in CILA's and the entire state of Illinois.
    Ages: 6-22 years
    Cost: state and/or school funded; private pay available
    Current openings for males

    Milestone, Inc. - Adult Services

    4450 N. Rockton Ave, Rockford, IL 61103
    (815) 639-2960
    bgrahn@milestone-inc.org
    Provides long-term care and day program services for adults who have a diagnosis of a developmental disability who served in CILAs, ICF and the entire state of Illinois. Day placement also available; three locations available.

    National Deaf Academy

    Deana Goldstein, CEO
    19650 U.S. Highway 441
    Mount Dora, FL 32757
    Phone: (352) 735-9500
    ISBE approved. Population served: male/female students with autism. Specialized program using the ABA and SCERTS model along with skill acquisition training. While the program serves individuals diagnosed with deafness and autism, they also serve those with normal hearing that are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
    Ages: 5-22 years
    Accepts Illinois Medicaid
    Wait list depends on the number of open beds available. For more information, contact Christina Hawkins at (804) 928-8863.

    Northern Illinois Academy

    998 Corporate Blvd., Aurora, IL 60502
    Phone: (847) 391-8000
    Specializes in psychiatric, dual diagnosis, autism, social/emotional disorders, self-harm; length of average stay varies.

    Open Door Rehabilitation Center

    405 S Wells St, Sandwich, IL 60548
    Phone: (815) 786-8468
    The mission of the Open Door Rehabilitation Center is to provide vocational, residential, day and community support services to adults with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, in order to increase or maintain skills in the least restrictive environment and to help people achieve their maximum potential.

    Opportunity House
    357 N. California Street, Sycamore, IL 
    Phone: (815) 895-9840
    info@ohinc.org
    Not-for-profit, provides job placement, supported employment, work services, developmental training, special olympics, recreation, residential living, and respite.
    Orchard Village

    7660 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60077
    Phone: (847) 967-1800
    Email: ov@orchardvillage.org
    We serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities through our Residential, Vocational, Intermittent, Transition, Respite, Specialized Services, Orchard Academy and Seniors programs.

    Ottawa Friendship House

    1718 N. 2525 Road, Ottawa, IL 61350
    Phone: (815) 434-0737
    Email: friends@ottawafriendship.com
    Improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through informed choice and empowerment, continued education, recreation, paid work training, living supports, community integration, and community employment.

    PACTT Learning Center

    7101 N. Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
    Phone: (773) 338-9102
    Email: info@pactt.org
    To assist children and adults ages 18 and older in reaching their potential, PACTT offers 24-hour residential care in a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA).  Each group home houses 8 individuals with a primary diagnosis of autism.

    Park Lawn

    10833 S. LaPorte, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    Phone: (708) 425-7377
    Email: info@parklawn.com
    Park Lawn provides various residential opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Each is attuned to the individual needs and capabilities of the residents.

    Pioneer Center for Human Services

    4031 W Dayton St, McHenry, IL 60050
    Phone: (815) 344-1230
    Our goal is to help individuals live as independently and productively as possible throughout their lives, while receiving the support they need to live safely.

    Progressive Careers and Housing

    20180 Governors Drive Suite 300, Olympia Fields, IL 60461
    Phone: (708) 283-1530
    Our CILA homes offer a variety of housing options as well as comprehensive services to encourage individuals to grow and further their independence.

    Rimland

    1265 Hartrey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: (847) 328-4090
    Our 18 residential homes are spread throughout Chicagoland, with the majority of our homes centered in Evanston. Each residence is gender-specific and home to 3-8 individuals, with no more than 2 residents per room.

    Sertoma Centre, Inc

    4343 W. 123rd Street, Alsip, IL 60803
    Phone: (708) 371-9700
    Email: info@sertomacentre.org
    CILA - Provides 24-hour support and supervision to individuals living in a shared home in local communities. With support of house personnel, residents are empowered to take ownership of their home, participate in their local community, and learn skills that promote independence.

    Shore Community Services
    1827 Brummel St, Evanston, IL 60202
    8350 Laramie Ave. Skokie, IL 60077
    (847) 982-2030
    Shore offers a variety of residential programs for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who are semi-independent to those in need of 24-hour staff supervision.
    St. Coletta's of Illinois

    18350 Crossing Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60487
    Phone: (708) 342-5200
    The consumers receive support from the caring, highly trained staff, who provide assistance with daily routines, community integration, and behavioral therapies.

    Streator Unlimited, Inc.

    305 N. Sterling St, Streator, IL 61364
    Phone: (815) 673-5574
    SU offers five group homes which are staffed 100% of the time. They are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services as Community Integrated Living Arrangements.

    Tazewell County Resource Centers (TCRC)

    21310 Illinois Route 9, Tremont, IL 61568
    Phone: (309) 347-7148
    Email: info@tcrcorg.com
    Residential programs at TCRC provide a homelike environment and 24 hour a day supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

    The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago

    Kristin Friesen
    6245 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
    Phone: (773) 420-2891
    Coeducational residential treatment program for individuals with Asperger's disorder/high functioning autism.

    Transitions of Western Illinois

    4409 Maine Street, Quincy, IL 62305
    Phone: (217) 223-0413
    Transitions operates a number of group homes and apartments that provide safe and affordable housing to adults who have a serious mental illness or an intellectual/developmental disability.

    Trinity Services Inc.

    Jen Klouse
    2081 Calistoga Drive, Suite 1S
    New Lenox, IL  60451
    Phone: (815) 485-6197
    Will County
    Email: jklouse@trinity-services.org
    Trinity Living Centers are located near Trinity's main campus. Three 16-person residential programs enable adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential. TLC staff provide assistance in achieving greater independence in all aspects of life, including social, recreational, personal care, and daily living skills. An outcome-oriented approach is used in planning for services so each individual's personal priorities are the focus of services and support. As an alternative to institutional living, the homes are constructed so that each person has his/her own bedroom and storage space. Each individual and his/her family choose personal goals, and needed services are identified, including nursing services when appropriate. Typically, several staff members are available during the day and evening hours to work with individuals in needed areas and to provide support for recreational activities, as well as overnight staff.
    Ages: 18 years and up
    Cost: Call to inquire

    UCP Seguin Greater Chicago

    3100 South Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804
    Phone: (708) 863-3803
    Email: info@seguin.org
    UCP Seguin provides residential care to adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs in a variety of ways. UCP Seguin provides twenty-four hour residential care as well as intermittent residential care and both in-home and weekend respite care.

    Urban Autism Solutions

    Julie Tracy, MA, CCC-SLP, QMHP
    1212 W. Flournoy St., Chicago, IL 60607
    Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17-35) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities.

    Warren Achievement Center, Inc.

    1220 E. 2nd Ave, Monmouth, IL 61462
    Phone: (309) 734-3131
    Residential services are designed to enable adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enjoy the independence of having a home of their own near family and friends.

    Willowglen Academy

    701 W Lamm Rd, Freeport, IL 61032
    Phone: (815) 233-6162
    Email: contactIL@willowglen-il.com
    Our CILA certified adult group homes are licensed for eight consumers. Each group home has a 12-person passenger van for accessing the community.

  • Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.

    Super Social All-Stars
    3105 N. Wilke Road, Suite H, Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
    Phone: (847) 255-8690
    This group is designed to teach and facilitate successful communication and interactions between peers by virtue of social games, activities, and role-playing tasks.

    Aspire

    Stress Management Groups for Adults
    Erica Sokol, NCC, LCPC
    4100 Litt Drive
    Hillside, IL 60162
    Phone: (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 years
    Cost: $25 (per session)

    CORE Connection Counseling

    6040 State Route 53, Suite B, Lisle, IL 60532
    Phone: (630) 524-4000
    Email: info@coreconnectioncc.com
    We provide individual counseling, parenting and family support, social & cognitive skills groups, & emotional regulation groups which include:  Social CBT, Social Theatre ™ and Zen Zones which blends the Zones of Regulation™ curriculum  with Yoga Kids.

    Rush University Medical Center

    Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Center
    Zachary Arnold, study coordinator
    1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 603
    Chicago, IL 60612
    email: zachary_arnold@rush.edu
    (312) 942-6331
    Study of social skills groups for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 
    Purpose of study
    Therapy groups will focus on developing social skills in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Two models of therapy will be tested: 1. A social cognitive skills group combined with the medication oxytocin - a naturally occurring hormone thought to support social connections. 2. A facilitated play group to help children interact during games and activities. The treatment you receive will be chosen by chance, like flipping a coin.
    Who can participate?
    Ages: 8-11 with autism spectrum disorder and their parents/caregivers; speak and understand English; talk in full sentences
    What is involved in participants?
    12 weekly sessions and follow-up visits with the research team at 1 and 3-months; comprehensive evaluation including diagnostic and cognitive testing, no cost to participate and you will receive compensation for study visits

    Smart Love Family Services

    Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
    2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
    Rush Medical Office Building
    610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
    (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
    Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

    Stepping Up & Out (SUO - Aspiritech)

    Highland Park, IL: and Chicago, IL
    SUO@aspiritech.org or 312-945-8378.
    SUO is a social program that meets on Sundays from Noon-5:00 PM in Highland Park and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in Chicago, in addition to some weekday clubs from 3:30 - 5:30 PM. Programs are free, but RSVP's are required. Facebook page.

  • Bridge High School (Little Friends)

    2318 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515
    630-964-1722
    Therapeutic day school for children ages 14-22 with autism or other emotional, cognitive disabilities and emotions disorders that have experienced difficulty in traditional academic programs and require an alternative functional curriculum.

    The Camelot Schools

    Central Office Location
    7500 Rialto Blvd., Building 1, Suite 260, Austin, Texas 78735
    Phone: (512) 858-9900
    Email: info@cameloteducation.org
    Children participating in the autism program at Camelot’s day schools take part in a specialized curriculum that focuses on maximizing independent functioning in home, school, vocational and community settings by utilizing music therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, social skills training, prevocational and vocational instruction, and a functional academic curriculum; locations in Illinois include Garden Prarie, Bourbonnais, Hoffman Estates, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Moline, and Dekalb.

    Canopy Program at Giant Steps

    Lillian Peterson, Director
    Rich Harvest Farms
    Sugar Grove, IL
    Phone: (630) 864-3801
    Email: lpeterson@mygiantsteps.org
    Canopy works to incorporate a combination of activities, opportunities, and supports throughout each participant’s programming. This may include participation in community engagement outings, life skills opportunities, vocational readiness activities, leisure or recreational skill development including music therapy, media integration, and movement based sessions.
    Ages 22 and up

    Krejci Academy/The Mansion (Little Friends)

    619 E Franklin Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
    (630) 355-6870
    Therapeutic day school for children ages 5-21 with autism or other emotional, behavioral or developmental disabilities.

    • Vittum Park-Special Recreation Programming (Chicago Park District)

      5010 W. 50th St, Chicago, IL 60638
      Phone: (773) 798-1747
      Take this opportunity to explore artistic expression. This class will include: drawing, painting, dance, music/multimedia, visual art and much more!

      Institute for Therapy through the Arts

      2130 Green Bay Road, Evanston, IL 60201
      Phone: (847) 425-9708 ext 590
      Through the art-making experience and therapeutic relationship, clients express and examine feelings, learn about cause and effect relationships, improve problem-solving patterns, promote social skills, develop responsibility and independence, cope with symptoms and enhance self-esteem.

      Elena Kaiser, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC

      Counseling and Art Therapy
      2956 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201
      Phone: (847) 337-2377
      Email: kaiser.elena@comcast.net
      Uses the creative process of art-making to help her clients improve and enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

      Trinity Services Autism & Family Resource Center

      Resource Library
      Katie Decker
      13318 W. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, IL 60451
      Phone: (815) 462-4273
      Email: kdecker@trinity-services.org
      Resource library provides information about various resources, services, and upcoming community events. Families can borrow books, games, toys, and other learning aids for short periods of time.

    • Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center

      Rush University Medical Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management for autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults with our team of licensed psychiatrists and psychologists.

      Riverview Child & Family Therapy

      (630) 587-3777 x102
      St. Charles Campus: 111 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
      Maureen Henry, Molly stanek, Melissa Nytko, Stephanie Santo, Selena Wollach
      Batavia Campus: 13 E. Wilson Street, Batavia, IL 60510
      Lara Marlowe, Heather Kochen
      South Elgin Campus: 474 Briargate Drive, South Elgin IL 60177
      Holly Simpson
      Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model for individuals (children and adults) with ASD and their families

      CORE Connection Counseling

      6040 State Route 53, Suite B, Lisle, IL 60532
      Phone: (630) 524-4000
      Email: info@coreconnectioncc.com
      We provide individual counseling, parenting and family support, social & cognitive skills groups, & emotional regulation groups which include:  Social CBT, Social Theatre ™ and Zen Zones which blends the Zones of Regulation™ curriculum  with Yoga Kids.

      Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW

      Autism & Anxiety Therapists, Inc.
      1100 Lake St., Suite 210 E, Oak Park, IL 60301
      Phone: (847) 338-2525
      dlabrose@aatherapists.com
      Provides therapy to kids, teens, adults and families utilizing a variety of methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Social Thinking Model and the Structured TEACCH Method. Specialities include ASD, anxiety and ADHD.

      Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA

      1866 Sheridan Road Suite 207, Highland Park, IL 60035
      Phone: (847) 917-5385
      Email: dgould847@aol.com
      Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Ann Hartlage, PhD
      2150 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-6283
      Provides couples therapy.
      Private and public insurance accepted.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center
      Westgate Building
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603
      Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819

      Smart Love Family Services

      Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
      2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
      Rush Medical Office Building
      610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
      (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
      Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

      Wellspring Clinical Associates

      Kary Pekarek, LCSW
      5950 S. Lincoln Ave., Unit W, Lisle, IL 60532, US
      Phone: (630) 541-8930
      Kary treats all ages with special experience in working with individuals with autism; she employs a cognitive-behavioral approach and focuses on the strengths of each individual client.

    • Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD

      P.O. Box 544, Winnetka, IL 60093
      Phone: (847) 446-1251
      Email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com
      Beckman provides developmental assessments with abled and disabled individuals and conducts in-depth evaluations for many disabilities, including low incidence and multiple handicaps.

      The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

      Allison Lobel, PsyD
      16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      Phone: (630) 468-2342
      Email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Licensed P.L.A.Y Project consultant based on the D.I.R./Floortime theory originated by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, MD.

      Learning Through Play Center for Child Development

      633 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (312) 458-9865
      Email: ebpr@att.net
      Feeding group run by OT and SLP — Group feeding therapy is a fun way for kids with difficulty tolerating various sensory and social aspects of eating to improve their ability to tolerate and enjoy mealtimes.

      Learning Through Play Center for Child Development

      633 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (312) 458-9865
      Email: ebpr@att.net
      Feeding group run by OT and SLP — Group feeding therapy is a fun way for kids with difficulty tolerating various sensory and social aspects of eating to improve their ability to tolerate and enjoy mealtimes.

    • Ann & Robert Lurie’s Children Hospital of Chicago - Feeding Therapy

      Dr. Maria Green
      467 W Deming Pl, Chicago, IL 60614
      Phone: 312-227-4200
      Fax: 312-227-9645

      BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Providing in-home and in-center ABA in Morton Grove, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, and surrounding areas including Glenview, Niles, Skokie, Orland, Frankfort, Mokena and more.
      Phone: 866 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID)
      Email: info@byyoursideac.com
      These services are provided by a speech language pathologist or occupational therapist who has been trained in SOS feeding protocol. Feeding therapy is appropriate for individuals who have a restricted repertoire of preferred foods.

      Cawn/Krantz & Associates, Ltd.

      Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP/L
      605 Academy Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 480-8890, ext. 13
      Email: caroline@cawn-krantz.com
      An in-depth assessment of a child's eating patterns which can include evaluation of their oral motor structure, oral motor skills (swallowing, chewing, jaw/tongue control and mobility), respiratory patterns, sensory processing and nutrition (child's current diet).

      Chicago Speech Therapy

      Karen George, MS, CCC-SLP
      1422 W. Willow, Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60642
      Phone: (312) 399-0370
      Email: quinnniego@gmail.com
      Provides home-based pediatric feeding therapy services in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Free, no obligation, in- home feeding therapy consultation provided by expert therapist.

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      Food sensitivities will be supported where the goals of this program include desensitizing the individual's sensory system to being open to trying and consuming novel foods while addressing any maladaptive behavioral responses around meal time.

      Learning Through Play Center for Child Development

      633 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (312) 458-9865
      Email: ebpr@att.net
      Feeding group run by OT and SLP — Group feeding therapy is a fun way for kids with difficulty tolerating various sensory and social aspects of eating to improve their ability to tolerate and enjoy mealtimes.

      WEE Speech, PC

      Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
      8833 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (847) 329-8226
      Email: office@weespeech.com
      Provides group therapy. Therapy sessions run 45 minutes to one hour. Group enrollment is based on individual needs.

      Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

      28W051 Liberty St., Winfield, IL 60190
      Phone: (630) 588-8543
      email: info@ftea.org
      Provides individualized therapuetic activities for people with disabilities.

      Heather Ridge Farm

      Cheryl Case
      31309 E. 2500 N. Road, Cabrey, IL 60919
      Phone: (630) 853-9813
      email: heatherridgestables@yahoo.com
      Provides individualized therapuetic riding for people with disabilities. Get more information about services and fees.

      Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding NFP

      Nicholas Coyne or Paula Lundell
      1181 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
      Phone: (847) 234-2411
      email: nick@horsefeatherscenter.org or paula.m.lundell@horsefeatherscenter.org
      Equine-assisted treatment programs for people of all ages and all abilities conducted one-on-one to enhance skills that are generalizable for daily life and for boosting self-esteem.

      Manhattan Meadows

      Lisa Rizzo, Owner
      Route 52 and Huff Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
      Phone: (815) 919-4149
      Provides private therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

      Midwest Center for Children's Development NFP

      Beth Saip, DPT Clinical Director
      4701 N. Oak St, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
      Phone: (815) 788-1020
      Email: info@mccdtherapy.com
      Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services with an equine assisted model.

      Mobile Therapy Centers of America

      1870 W. Winchester Rd #203 Libertyville, IL, 60048
      Phone: (847) 816-7200
      Email: info@mtcus.com
      MTC provides free developmental screenings. Speech/Language, ABA, Behavioral and Occupational Therapy services are provided either in home, at our center or in your child’s regular school or childcare setting.

      New Kingdom Trailriders

      18929 81st. St., Sherrard, IL, 61281
      Phone: (309) 764-4220
      Email: info@nktriders.org
      Provides therapeutic horse riding and motion therapy.

      Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center

      18146 East Country Road 750 N., Charleston, IL, 61920
      (217) 232-0022
      email: petcenter2007@yahoo.com
      Specialized therapeautic horse riding sessions created for each individual by a therapeutic riding instructor or a health professional.

      Partners for Progress NFP

      Amanda Braden
      email: amanda@partnersforprogressnfp.org
      23525 W. Milton Road, Wauconda, IL, 60084
      Phone: (847) 438-5400
      Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.

      Pegasus Special Riders, Inc.

      6668 S. Carthage Road, P.O. Box 293, Oregon, IL 61061
      Phone: (815) 973-3177
      email: admin@pegasusspecialriders.org
      Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals with the help of physical therapists, trained instructors, medical experts, and volunteers.

      Rainbow Riders

      822 200th Ave., Monmouth, IL, 61462
      Phone: (309) 734-4849
      email: karenangotti@gmail.com
      Therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs that provides safe, professional, and affordable therapeutic horseback riding opportunities that contribute to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of each child.

      Ray Graham Association

      Hanson Center Horsemanship Program
      Email: horsemanship@raygraham.org
      Phone: (630) 620-2222
      Therapeautic riding lessons for individuals with a wide range of disabilities including physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and social.

      Rocky Lane Farms

      Joanie Keyes
      2044 Walnut Grove
      Decatur, IL 62526
      (217) 428-9255
      Macon County
      Program just begun. Competitive riding for Special Olympics (three competitions). Learn more.
      Ages: 8 and up.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Cost: $10 (One-hour sessions every other week).

      Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center

      Barbara Mulry
      24861 S. 88th Ave., Frankfort, IL, 60423
      Phone: (708) 539-3078
      Email: bmulry@gmail.com
      Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals.

      School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding (STARR)

      3180 S. Mount Zion Road, Decatur, IL 62521
      Phone: (217) 864-2463
      Therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs.

      Walk On

      Mary Illing
      26665 W Cuba, Barrington, IL 60010
      Phone: (847) 381-4231
      Email: walkonfarm@walkonfarm.org or milling@walkonfarm.org
      Equine assisted activities for people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities.

      White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center

      Whiteside County Fairgrounds
      201 W. Winfield St. Morrison, IL 61270
      Phone: (815) 772-2669
      email: rideatwhoa@yahoo.com
      Provides recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for persons with disabilities by virtue of interactions with horses.

    • Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Center
      Zachary Arnold, study coordinator
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 603
      Chicago, IL 60612
      email: zachary_arnold@rush.edu
      (312) 942-6331
      Study of social skills groups for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 
      Purpose of study
      Therapy groups will focus on developing social skills in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Two models of therapy will be tested: 1. A social cognitive skills group combined with the medication oxytocin - a naturally occurring hormone thought to support social connections. 2. A facilitated play group to help children interact during games and activities. The treatment you receive will be chosen by chance, like flipping a coin.
      Who can participate?
      Ages: 8-11 with autism spectrum disorder and their parents/caregivers; speak and understand English; talk in full sentences
      What is involved in participants?
      12 weekly sessions and follow-up visits with the research team at 1 and 3-months; comprehensive evaluation including diagnostic and cognitive testing, no cost to participate and you will receive compensation for study visits

      Advanced Behavioral Solutions

      2060 E. Algonquin Rd., Suite 720, Schaumburg, IL 60173
      Phone: (847) 496-4693
      Email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
      Therapy conducted in a group setting to develop certain social skills. Groups are tailored to meet the needs of individuals who are participating.

      Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD

      P.O. Box 544, Winnetka, IL 60093
      Phone: (847) 446-1251
      Email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com
      Provides group therapy depending on individual needs, using a cognitive-behavioral approach.

      Behavioral Psychology Associates

      Locations in Arlington Heights, Barrington and Schaumburg
      847-303-1880
      Provides individual, group and family therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model for children, teens and adults.

      Healing Connections Counseling, PC

      Paula Sejut-Dvorak, MA, LCPC
      13717 South Route 30, Unit 153, Plainfield, Illinois 60544
      Phone: 815-676-6811
      Email: info@hcctherapy.com
      HCC provides group social skills training for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety and depression.

      Nowell and Associates Counseling Firm

      Nefertiti L. Nowell, PhD
      1979 N. Mill St., Suite 202, Naperville, IL 60563
      Phone: (630) 428-2344
      Provides individual and group therapy.

      Ray Graham Association

      Hanson Center Horsemanship Program
      Email: horsemanship@raygraham.org
      Phone: (630) 620-2222
      Therapeautic riding lessons for individuals with a wide range of disabilities including physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and social.

      Roots Autism Solutions

      Jillian Burgard
      Phone: (312) 248-4440
      Email: burgard@rootsautismsolutions.com
      Roots Autism Solutions provides home and community based ABA therapy for children and young adults throughout the Chicagoland area.

      Smart Love Family Services

      Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
      2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
      Rush Medical Office Building
      610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
      (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
      Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

      SociAbility

      Genevieve Thorton, PsyD
      899 Skokie Blvd., Suite 204, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (773) 562-9151
      Provides individual and group therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model

      Trumpet Behavioral Health

      Park Ridge, IL 
      Phone: (630) 225-8604
      Offers center and home-based treatment for ABA and pivitol response training services, as well as center-based social skills groups; locations in or near Chicago, Deerfield, Wilmette, Northbrook, Winnetka, Glencoe, Buffalo Grove, Park Ridge, Highland Park, and Glenview.

      Jean Richardson, MS, BCBA

      907 E. Sayles Drive, Palatine, IL 60074
      Phone: (847) 910-2380 or (847) 202-7051
      Email: luvsbt@earthlink.net
      Provides home-based evaluations and programs.

      WEE Speech, PC

      Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
      8833 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (847) 329-8226
      Email: office@weespeech.com
      Provides group therapy. Therapy sessions run 45 minutes to one hour. Group enrollment is based on individual needs.

    • Hippotherapy vs. Therapeutic Riding

      What is hippotherapy?

      Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. A certified therapist uses the horse's movement to provide carefully graded sensory input to improve neurological function and sensory processing. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being (American Hippotherapy Association Inc., 2007) .

      What is therapeutic riding?

      Therapeutic riding is appropriate for less involved (physically, mentally) clients who want social aspect of a sport along with strengthening, or as an adjunct to therapy for someone already receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy or sensory therapy. It is recommended that students are able to sit independently. Many of the inherent benefits to horseback riding (trunk strength, stretch to legs, modulation of sensory input) still apply. Equipment used typically encourages independent balance and riding positions/disciplines.

      Blazing Prairie Stars, Inc.

      47W635 Beith Road, Maple Park, IL 60151
      Email: blazingps@msn.com
      Phone: (630) 365-5550
      Provides hippotherapy as a strategy for occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy to meet client-centered goals.

      BraveHearts

      Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
      Sarah Newland, program director
      7319 Maxon Road, Harvard, IL 60033
      Phone: (815) 943-8226 or (815) 765-2113
      BraveHearts is a PATH International-premier accredited center (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) whose programs teach horseback riding skills to children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities as well as therapeutic carriage driving lessons and a wide variety of recreational therapy activities.

      Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

      28W051 Liberty St., Winfield, IL 60190
      Phone: (630) 588-8543
      email: info@ftea.org
      Provides individualized therapuetic activities for people with disabilities.

      Ray Graham Association

      Hanson Center Horsemanship Program
      Email: horsemanship@raygraham.org
      Phone: (630) 620-2222
      Therapeautic riding lessons for individuals with a wide range of disabilities including physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and social.

      Heather Ridge Farm

      Cheryl Case
      31309 E. 2500 N. Road, Cabrey, IL 60919
      Phone: (630) 853-9813
      email: heatherridgestables@yahoo.com
      Provides individualized therapuetic riding for people with disabilities. Get more information about services and fees.

      Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding NFP

      Nicholas Coyne or Paula Lundell
      1181 Riverwoods Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
      Phone: (847) 234-2411
      email: nick@horsefeatherscenter.org or paula.m.lundell@horsefeatherscenter.org
      Equine-assisted treatment programs for people of all ages and all abilities conducted one-on-one to enhance skills that are generalizable for daily life and for boosting self-esteem.

      Manhattan Meadows

      Lisa Rizzo, Owner
      Route 52 and Huff Road, Manhattan, IL 60442
      Phone: (815) 919-4149
      Provides private therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

      Midwest Center for Children's Development NFP

      Beth Saip, DPT Clinical Director
      4701 N. Oak St, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
      Phone: (815) 788-1020
      Email: info@mccdtherapy.com
      Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services with an equine assisted model.

      Rocky Lane Farms

      Joanie Keyes
      2044 Walnut Grove
      Decatur, IL 62526
      (217) 428-9255
      Macon County
      Program just begun. Competitive riding for Special Olympics (three competitions). Learn more.
      Ages: 8 and up.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Cost: $10 (One-hour sessions every other week).

      School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding (STARR)

      3180 S. Mount Zion Road, Decatur, IL 62521
      Phone: (217) 864-2463
      Therapeutic horseback riding for children with special needs.

      Sojourn Therapeutic Riding Center

      Barbara Mulry
      24861 S. 88th Ave., Frankfort, IL, 60423
      Phone: (708) 539-3078
      Email: bmulry@gmail.com
      Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals.

      Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center

      18146 East Country Road 750 N., Charleston, IL, 61920
      (217) 232-0022
      email: petcenter2007@yahoo.com
      Specialized therapeautic horse riding sessions created for each individual by a therapeutic riding instructor or a health professional.

      Partners for Progress NFP

      Amanda Braden
      email: amanda@partnersforprogressnfp.org
      23525 W. Milton Road, Wauconda, IL, 60084
      Phone: (847) 438-5400
      Provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.

      Pegasus Special Riders, Inc.

      6668 S. Carthage Road, P.O. Box 293, Oregon, IL 61061
      Phone: (815) 973-3177
      email: admin@pegasusspecialriders.org
      Provides equine assisted therapy to physically, mentally and/or emotionally challenged individuals with the help of physical therapists, trained instructors, medical experts, and volunteers.

      Rainbow Riders

      822 200th Ave., Monmouth, IL, 61462
      Phone: (309) 734-4849
      email: karenangotti@gmail.com
      Therapeutic horseback riding program for children with special needs that provides safe, professional, and affordable therapeutic horseback riding opportunities that contribute to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of each child.

      Walk On

      Mary Illing
      26665 W Cuba, Barrington, IL 60010
      Phone: (847) 381-4231
      Email: walkonfarm@walkonfarm.org or milling@walkonfarm.org
      Equine assisted activities for people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional disabilities.

      White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center

      Whiteside County Fairgrounds
      201 W. Winfield St. Morrison, IL 61270
      Phone: (815) 772-2669
      email: rideatwhoa@yahoo.com
      Provides recreational, educational, therapeutic, and social opportunities for persons with disabilities by virtue of interactions with horses.

    • Harmony Autism Therapy

      Selma Martinez, MSEd, BCBA, CDT
      Illinois: 2104 Daybreak Dr, Lake in the Hills 60156
      (855) 690-2192
      Indiana: 10769 Broadway, Crown Point 46307
      (855) 690-2192
      learn@harmony-autism.com
      Home-based ABA therapy to children ages 2-17 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We provide qualified  1:1 therapists and BCBA supervision of the individualized program designed for your child based on the principles of ABA with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior.
      Serving Kane/McHenry County and Northwest Indiana.

      Autism Home Support Services Inc.

      85 Revere Drive, Suite B, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (844) 202-8855
      Email: contact@autismhomesupport.com
      Provides home and center-based ABA therapy to children with autism, focusing on skill development and behavioral interventions (e.g. non-compliance and toileting issues).

      Autism Home Support Services Inc.

      85 Revere Drive, Suite B
      Northbrook, IL 60062
      (847) 564-0822
      Serving: Lake, Cook, Kane, DuPage County
      email: contact@autismhomesupport.com
      Provides home-based respite services to children with autism such as safe instructional care and play, maintaining IEP basic skills, and daily observational records.
      Ages: 2 years and up.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Cost: $25/$40/$65/$99 (hourly rate depeding on service level).
      Possible wait list; scheduling depends on staff match.

      BGF Performance Systems, LLC

      Nicole Cissell, MA, BCBA, clinical director
      4801 W. Peterson Ave Suite 512, Chicago, IL 60646
      Phone: 312-806-7937
      Email: info@bgfperformance.com
      Provides ABA therapy services for children and adults diagnosed with autism and related conditions.

      KGH Autism Services

      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      KGH offers both non-intensive and intensive programs. In this therapy, principles derived from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis will be applied to promote successful learning of new and age appropriate skills.

      Little City - Adult Programs

      1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
      Main Campus: 847-358-5510
      700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
      Chicago office: 773-265-1539
      We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

      Mobile Therapy Centers of America

      1870 W. Winchester Rd #203 Libertyville, IL, 60048
      Phone: (847) 816-7200
      Email: info@mtcus.com
      MTC provides free developmental screenings. Speech/Language, ABA, Behavioral and Occupational Therapy services are provided either in home, at our center or in your child’s regular school or childcare setting.

    • Ameliorate Massage & CranioSacral

      Theresa Winters, LMT, NCBTMB
      826 S. Third St, St. Charles, IL 60174
      Phone: (630) 253-0576
      Email: theresa@amelioratemassage.com
      CranioSacral therapy is a light-touch, fully-clothed session that releases tension and restriction in the dural tube and fascia to allow the body to relax and self-correct.

      Aspire Kids

      Contact: Evon Mucek-Kucharczyk
      1815 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
      Phone: (708) 236-0979
      Email: emucek@aspireofillinois.org
      Periodic courses for parents/caregivers and their babies who are not yet crawling on massage techniques that promote bonding, aid release of tension and strengthen primary systems.

      Life Worth Living

      Jim Kowal, PhD
      1220 Hobson Road, Suite 244
      Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 637-4002
      DuPage County
      Provides neurobiofeedback therapy and treatment.
      Ages: 8 years and up.
      Private insurance accepted.
      No wait list.

    • Creative Exchange Music Therapy Clinic

      Craig Christiansen, MT-BC, president & Kari Christiansen, director
      1527 Westchester Blvd., Suite One South, Westchester, IL 60154
      Phone: (708) 345-6100 or (773) 562-6202
      Email: info@creativeexchangemusic.com
      Music therapy clinic developed as an innovative and model communication program that serves primarily individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

      J.O.B. Music Connection, Inc.

      Jeanne O. Besetzny, MA, MT-BC, NMT, Orff-Schulwerk Level III Certified
      1105 N. Delphia, Park Ridge, IL 60068
      Phone: (847) 490-5514
      Email: jobmusic@comcast.net
      Provides individual home-based and community-based music therapy services utilizing neurologic music therapy techniques to address speech/language skills, including PECS; fine/gross motor skills; cognitive/academic skills (language for learning; reading mastery; math skills); social/emotional skills, including social stories.

      Dynamic Lynks

      1100 Lake Street, Suite 100C, Oak Park, IL 60301
      Phone: (708) 620-2373
      Email: info@dynamiclynks.com
      Dynamic Lynks provides comprehensive therapeutic sessions and classes to spark lasting change in the unique mind-body connection of Autism. Through music therapy and adaptive yoga, we give your child the opportunity to succeed without intimidation or isolation.

    • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

      Pediatric Developmental Center
      3040 N. Wilton, second floor, Chicago, IL 60657
      Phone: (773) 296-7682 (Sara Baillie)
      Provides occupational therapy evaluations and treatment.

      BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Providing in-home and in-center ABA in Morton Grove, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, and surrounding areas including Glenview, Niles, Skokie, Orland, Frankfort, Mokena and more.
      Phone: 866 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID)
      Email: info@byyoursideac.com
      Our occupational therapy services focus on teaching functional skills to individuals so they can effectively participate in activities of their daily life (home, school, work, play).

      Charlie's Gift

      Center for Autism and Related Disorders
      1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60521
      Phone: (630) 323-7500 x239
      Email: charliesgift@att.net
      Provides occupational therapy evaluation, treatment and group services for children and teens.

      Community Occupational Therapy

      3000 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60623
      Phone: (773) 277-2400
      Provides sensory integration therapy addressing attention span deficits, fine and gross motor skills, behavior modification, sensory diet program and parent training. Spanish translator on-site.

      Funtastic Gymnastic Therapy

      Patricia Ostrow, (414) 254-2291
      Kelly Donley, (224) 515-9060
      Locations include: western and northern Chicago suburbs as well as Milwaukee area.
      (414) 254-2291
      email: funtasticgymnastic@yahoo.com
      Provides one-on-one instruction for special needs children using gymnastics as a means to enhance the therapeutic experience. Classes are 30-45 minutes in length depending on the skill of your child. The goal is to graduate each child into the small group sessions. Instruction is provided from licensed therapists including occupational, physical, speech, and the aid of one or more assistants. They use balance beams, trampolines, springboards, tumbling exercises, pummel horse and swings.
      Ages: 2-21 years.
      Cost: all sessions are insurance eligible; public insurance not accepted.
      No wait list.

      KGH Autism Services

      KGH Autism Services
      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      Occupational therapy at KGH consists of identifying and treating sensory processing difficulties, motor planning/sequencing, apraxia, body tone, sensory integration dysfunction and regulation issues.

      Kids Can Do, Inc.

      MariJo
      19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101, Mokena, IL 60448
      Phone: (708) 478-5400
      Email: info@kidscando.org
      Areas that team members are trained in include: sensory integration theory and treatment, administration of the SIPT (sensory integration and Praxis tests), NDT (neuro-developmental theory), therapeutic listening, the deep pressure/brushing protocol, and kineseotaping.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 305-4196
      Provides occupational therapy evaluation. Evaluations are done in cooperation with the public school system.

      Mobile Therapy Centers of America

      1870 W. Winchester Rd #203 Libertyville, IL, 60048
      Phone: (847) 816-7200
      Email: info@mtcus.com
      MTC provides free developmental screenings. Speech/Language, ABA, Behavioral and Occupational Therapy services are provided either in home, at our center or in your child’s regular school or childcare setting.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Brenda Koverman, OTR-L
      1753 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-5344
      Provides occupational therapy evaluation and treatment.

      University of Illinois at Chicago Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic

      Multiple individual therapists (BCBA, social work, and professional counselors)
      Intake Coordinator: Ginny Griffin or Lizabeth Fernandez
      1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
      Phone: (312) 413-1490
      Email: giginny@uic.edu
      Behavior and individual therapy for clients with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness.

      Vital Rehabilitation

      5820 W. Irving Park Road
      Chicago, IL 60634
      Phone: (773) 685-8482; 773-975-6830
      Email: contact@vitalrehabilitation.com
      Provides physical therapy evaluations in the clinic, home or community. Provides Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Aquatic therapy, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Cuevas MEDEK Exercise (CME). Medcaid taken only at Lakeview location.

      Amy Zier and Associates

      Jenny Patino - office manager
      2319 N Orchard Street, Chicago, IL 60614
      Phone: (773) 755-7791
      Email: AZAOffice@gmail.com
      Amy Zier and Associates provides occupational therapy evaluation and services for individuals with sensory and emotional-regulatory challenges.

    • Association for Individual Development
      309 W. New Indian Trail Court, Aurora, IL 60506
      Serving Aurora and McHenry 
      Phone: (630) 966-4050
      Provides child and adult services. Services for children include evaluation, psychiatry for medication management, outpatient therapy (individual, family, group, parent), and case management.  Services for adults include psychiatry for medication management, day programming, employment training and placement support, and both residential and supported living.
      Lisa Barich, PT

      9707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 402, Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (773) 616-7638
      Email: barichlisag@gmail.com
      Provides physical therapy evaluation and treatment, addressing gross motor skills, motor planning, orthotics, compression garments and biomechanics alignment.

      Kids Can Do, Inc.

      19100 S. Crescent Drive, Suite 101, Mokena, IL 60448
      Phone: (708) 478-5400
      Email: info@kidscando.org
      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.

      Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc.

      Director Becky Payne, MATCCC/SLP/HPCS
      2523 14¾ Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868
      Phone: (715) 859-6670
      Assessment and treatment for patients that have gross motor delays and motor planning deficits, as well as assessing for adaptive equipment Private insurance accepted.

      NovaCare Kids LaGrange

      NovaCare Kids LaGrange
      18 N. Catherine Ave, Lagrange, IL 60525
      Phone: (708) 482-9453
      Provides pediatric physical therapy assessment and treatment for children birth to 21 years of age.

      Vital Rehabilitation

      5820 W. Irving Park Road
      Chicago, IL 60634
      Phone: (773) 685-8482; 773-975-6830
      Email: contact@vitalrehabilitation.com
      Provides physical therapy evaluations in the clinic, home or community. Provides Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Aquatic therapy, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Cuevas MEDEK Exercise (CME). Medcaid taken only at Lakeview location.

    • ACCESS at Anixter Center

      2020 N. Clybourn Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60614
      (773) 404-5277
      Cook County
      Provides individual psychotherapy to adults with autism in the Chicago area.
      Ages: 18 years and up.
      Private and public insurance accepted.
      One- to three-week wait list.

      Advanced Behavioral Solutions

      2060 E. Algonquin Road Suite 720, Schaumburg, IL 60173
      Phone: (847) 496-4693
      Email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
      Provides individual psychotherapy using a cognitive-behavioral approach for children on the ASD/PDD spectrum.

      Advocate Illinois Masonic Behavioral Health

      Chicago: 938 W. Nelson St, Chicago, IL 60657
      Phone: (773) 296-3220
      Oak Lawn: 4700 W 95th St Suite LL5, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
      (800) 216-1110
      Bolingbrook:  440 Quadrangle Drive, Suite K Bolingbrook, IL 60440
      The Behavioral Health Services team at Advocate provides a comprehensive array of inpatient services for children, adolescents and adults, as well as intensive outpatient services for teens (13-17) and adults with well-developed verbal skills and co-morbid depression and/or anxiety. 

      Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

      Pediatric Developmental Center
      3040 N. Wilton Ave., 2nd floor
      Chicago, IL 60657
      Phone: (773) 296-7682 (Sara Baillie)
      Provides individual therapy using behavioral management strategies.

      Ashley Allis Therapy

      Address: 708 Church Street Suite 221 Evanston, IL 60201
      Email: ALLISTHERAPY@GMAIL.COM
      Phone: (262) 215-6506
      Ages: Pre-teens to Adults
      Provides outpatient therapy to teenagers, young adults, and adults with high functioning autism. I also provide psychoeducation and support to the family members using a strength-based approach to therapy.

      Aspire

      Erica Sokol, LCPC
      4100 Litt Drive
      Hillside, IL 60162
      (708) 632-5502, ext. 3889
      DuPage County
      email: esokol@aspirechicago.com
      Aspire’s licensed professionals are experienced working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Using a combination of therapies, person centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, and expressive therapy to address concerns and support individuals to achieve a life of independence.
      Ages: 18 years and up.
      Cost: sliding scale, cash or credit card accepted.
      No wait list.

      Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Resource Center

      Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza
      1786 Moon Lake Blvd., Suite 202, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
      Phone: (847) 755-8536
      Email: brianne.lukowski@alexian.net
      This center provides individual therapy for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

      Autism Home Support Services Inc.

      85 Revere Drive, Suite B, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 247-7222
      Email: contact@autismhomesupport.com
      Provides home and center-based ABA therapy to children with autism, focusing on skill development and behavioral interventions (e.g. non-compliance and toileting issues); will work with your school and existing therapy team, such as your developmental, occupational, and speech therapists.

      Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD

      P.O. Box 544, Winnetka, IL 60093
      Phone: (847) 446-1251
      Email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com
      Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral approach.

      Behavioral Psychology Associates

      Locations in Arlington Heights, Barrington and Schaumburg
      847-303-1880
      Provides individual, group and family therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model for children, teens and adults.

      Bellosa Counseling, LLC

      Christine Bellosa, MA, LCPC
      Therapist for Individuals, Couples &  Families
      350 S. Northwest Highway, Suite 300, Park Ridge, IL 60068
      847.656.5259
      Christine@BellosaCounseling.com
      Provides individuals with ASD of all ages therapy, and well as with couple & family counseling, sibling support and help in other areas such as IEP education.

      The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

      Allison Lobel, PsyD, P.L.A.Y Project consultant
      16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      Phone: (630) 468-2342
      Email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Provides individual psychotherapy utilizing a psychodynamic, developmental, and systems approach.

      Charlie's Gift

      Center for Autism and Related Disorders
      1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60521
      Phone: (630) 323-7500 x239
      Email: charliesgift@att.net
      Provides individual therapeutic services based on behavioral and ABA principles.

      Comprehensive Psychological Services, P.C.

      Michael J. Frey, PhD
      3233 N. Arlington Heights Road Suite 208, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      Phone: (847) 632-0334
      Email: MFrey@psych4kids.com
      Provides individual therapy utilizing a variety of interventions including a DIR and cognitive-behavioral model.

      CORE Connection Counseling

      6040 State Route 53, Suite B, Lisle, IL 60532
      Phone: (630) 524-4000
      Email: info@coreconnectioncc.com
      We provide individual counseling, parenting and family support, social & cognitive skills groups, & emotional regulation groups which include:  Social CBT, Social Theatre ™ and Zen Zones which blends the Zones of Regulation™ curriculum  with Yoga Kids.

      Nichole Dawson, PhD

      Pediatric neuropsychologist
      40 S. Clay St., Suite 204W, Hinsdale, IL 60521
      Phone: (630) 789-0423, ext. 1
      Email: nldawsonphd@comcast.net
      Provides pediatric neuropsychological evaluations. Expertise in assessment and treatment planning for autism spectrum and related disorders, including education and advocacy support for parents for IEP development.

      Edgewood Clinical Services, LLC

      1288 Rickert Drive, Suite 120, Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 428-7890
      Provides individual therapy using a goal-directed approach.

      Empathic Counseling Center

      Ivy Lynn, LCSW
      1601 Sherman Avenue, Suite 510, Evanston, IL 60201
      Phone: 847-565-8083
      Email: ivy@empathiccounselingcenter.com
      I provide individual psychotherapy to support individuals with Asperger's disorder and high-functioning autism.

      The Finestra Center, LLC

      4659 Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
      Phone: (773) 435-6740
      Email: info@finestracenter.com
      Provides individual therapy in English and Spanish to adults, teens, children and families facing issues related to adjustment to life stressors including developmental, medical, or psychiatric diagnosis of a child or family member.

      Riverview Counseling Services

      (630) 587-3777 x102
      St. Charles Campus: 111 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
      Maureen Henry, Molly stanek, Melissa Nytko, Stephanie Santo, Selena Wollach
      Batavia Campus: 13 E. Wilson Street, Batavia, IL 60510
      Lara Marlowe, Heather Kochen
      South Elgin Campus: 474 Briargate Drive, South Elgin IL 60177
      Holly Simpson, Melissa Nytko
      Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model for individuals (children and adults) with ASD and their families

      Jennifer Gorski, PhD

      1100 Lake St. Suite 210A, Oak Park, IL 60301
      (708) 866-1693
      info@jennifergorski.com
      Provides comprehensive diagnostic and psychoeducational evaluations, and consultation for children, adolescents, and adults with social learning differences.

      Healing Connections Counseling, PC

      Paula Sejut-Dvorak, MA, LCPC
      13717 South Route 30, Unit 153, Plainfield, Illinois 60544
      Phone: (815) 676-6811
      Email: info@hcctherapy.com
      HCC provides individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults using age and developmentally appropriate techniques such as play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

      Individual & Family Connections

      Ritamaria Laird MA, LCPC, NCC
      2865 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
      Phone: (773) 270-0469
      Email: hello@ifccounseling.com
      Provides play-based therapy to help children on the autism spectrum increase their engagement, attachment, and social skills.

      Elena Kaiser, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC

      Counseling and Art Therapy
      2956 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
      Phone: (847) 337-2377
      Email: kaiser.elena@comcast.net
      Uses the creative process of art-making to help her clients improve and enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

      Michelle M. Kator, LCSW

      Certified RDI Consultant
      ACP Consultants

      2604 Dempster St.  Suite 510, Park Ridge, IL 60068
      Phone: (847) 824-1235, ext. 7
      Email: mkator208@wideopenwest.com
      Provides individual therapy using RDI for children with autism.

      Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW

      Autism & Anxiety Therapists, Inc.
      1100 Lake St., Suite 210 E, Oak Park, IL 60301
      Phone: (847) 338-2525
      dlabrose@aatherapists.com
      Provides therapy to kids, teens, adults and families utilizing a variety of methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Social Thinking Model and the Structured TEACCH Method. Specialities include ASD, anxiety and ADHD.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      Dinah Kotthoff
      140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 305-4196, ext. 3
      Email: pboheme@lilfriends.com
      Services include parent interviews, psychological testing designed to diagnose an autism spectrum disorder, speech evaluation, occupational therapy evaluation, conference with the family, including diagnosis, recommendations, and a review of available resources.

      Karin McNicholas, MSW, LCSW

      425 S. Main St. Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148
      Phone: (630) 629-0297
      Provides individual therapy.

      Mindful Path Behavioral Health and Wellness Inc.

      Jillian Poteshman
      jillian@mindfulpathbhw.com
      53 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1301
      Chicago, IL 60604
      (847) 440-4592
      Jillian supports adolescents and emerging adults (18-29) who are experiencing struggles such as anxiety, depression, trauma, perfectionism, difficulties relating to others, and motivational issues (school and work). She specializes in working with those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, those in relationships with these individuals, as well as their families.
       

      Restorative Counseling

      Katie Jackson, LCPC
      155 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 608
      Chicago, IL 60601
      (312) 874-5928
      email: kjackson@rcchicago.org
      Provides individual, couples, and family counseling for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their loved ones. Uses an eclectic model of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Family Systems Theory to improve social skills, executive functioning, affect management, communication skills, and parenting skills for adolescents and adults.
      Private insurance accepted: Aetna, BCBS, BlueChoice, Cigna, Magellan, United, Optum

      Lana Roth, LCSW, ACSW

      666 Dundee Road Suite 1302, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 486-1036
      Email: lanaroth@sbcglobal.net
      Provides individual therapy to high-functioning adolescents and young adults facing social and emotional challenges.

      Rush Neurobehavioral Center

      4711 W. Golf Road Suite 1100, Skokie, IL 60676
      Phone: (847) 933-9339
      Email: info@rnbc.org
      Provides individual therapy.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment & Services (AARTS) Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center at Rush is a supportive program with unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

      Smart Love Family Services

      Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
      2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
      Rush Medical Office Building
      610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
      (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
      Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

      Seth Solway, PsyD

      4256 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (678) 765-9294
      Email: sethsolwaypsyd@gmail.com
      Provides individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental delays, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.

      SociAbility

      Genevieve Thorton, PsyD
      899 Skokie Blvd., Suite 204, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (773) 562-9151
      Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model.

      The LodeStone Center for Behavioral Health

      1110 North Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60301
      Phone: (708) 927-0279
      Provides individual therapy.

      University of Illinois at Chicago Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic

      Multiple individual therapists (BCBA, social work, and professional counselors)
      Intake Coordinator: Ginny Griffin or Lizabeth Fernandez
      1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
      Phone: (312) 413-1490
      Email: giginny@uic.edu
      Behavior and individual therapy for clients with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness.

    • BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Providing in-home and in-center ABA in Morton Grove, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, and surrounding areas including Glenview, Niles, Skokie, Orland, Frankfort, Mokena and more.
      Phone: 866 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID)
      Email: info@byyoursideac.com
      Speech & language therapy at BY YOUR SIDE focuses on meeting the language needs of our clients by expanding the client’s repertoire of communication.

      KGH Autism Services

      KGH Autism Services
      1161 Lake Cook Rd.
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      847-498-5437
      email: info@kghautismservices.com
      Speech therapy at KGH consists of identifying and treating oral motor difficulties, language comprehension and social pragmatic issues, alternative forms of communication as well as building functional communication skills.

      LEEP Forward, Inc.

      1280 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
      Phone: (312) 624-8750
      Email: info@leepforward.com
      Provides speech and language assessment and therapy.

      Lumiere Children’s Therapy

      811 W Evergreen, Suite 404, Chicago, IL 60642
      Phone: (312) 242-1665
      Email: admin@lumierechild.com
      Speech therapy is conducted in the home or clinic-based. They focus on improving the child’s speech and language through expressive language and phrenology therapy.

      Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc.

      Director Becky Payne, MATCCC/SLP/HPCS
      2523 14 ¾ Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868
      Phone: (715) 859 6670
      Assessment and treatment for patients that have expressive and receptive language delays, including finding alternative forms of communication for those that have limited verbal expression, feeding and swallowing impairments, social skill deficits and pragmatic difficulties, as well as memory and cognitive delays.

      RUSH Speech-Language Pathology Services

      Orthopedic Building
      1611 W. Harrison St., Suite 530, Chicago, IL 60612
      Appointments: Phone: (312) 942-5332
      Serving patients 18 years and older.

      Tarle Speech

      Jennifer Tarle-Pakulski
      226-272-7039 - jennifer@tarlespeech.com
      Conducts AAC Evaluations for individuals on the autism spectrum, with a special interest in young adults with no AAC experience.

      Vital Rehabilitation

      5820 W. Irving Park Road
      Chicago, IL 60634
      Phone: (773) 685-8482; 773-975-6830
      Email: contact@vitalrehabilitation.com
      Provides physical therapy evaluations in the clinic, home or community. Provides Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Aquatic therapy, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and Cuevas MEDEK Exercise (CME). Medcaid taken only at Lakeview location.

    • Authentic Expression LLC

      Heidi Rabe
      heidi@authenticexpressionllc.com
      Conducts AAC Evaluations for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as on-going speech and lanugage therapy services. Session occur in home.

      BY YOUR SIDE Autism Therapy Services

      Providing in-home and in-center ABA in Morton Grove, Tinley Park, Schaumburg, Burr Ridge, and surrounding areas including Glenview, Niles, Skokie, Orland, Frankfort, Mokena and more.
      Visit www.BYYOURSIDEAC.com | Phone: 866 429-7543 (866 4-BYS KID) | email: info@byyoursideac.com
      Program intended for children and young adults who currently have access to communication devices but are not realizing the full potential of the device. The objective is to teach the child to navigate through routine activities using the device and to teach the family effective and efficient management of the device. The scope of the curriculum for the child includes language concepts, basic reading skills, communication skills, social interactions and interactive play skills. The curriculum also includes device programming (how and what), maintenance (quick fixes) and effective use in the home for parents. Clients must commit to a minimum of 3 months. The BYS dedicated team has expertise in the four hallmark characteristics of autism: communication, social interactions, maladaptive behaviors, sensory, and offers a multidisciplinary approach in a variety of settings; in-home, in-center, and in-community.

      Ages: 2 years and up
      Private insurance accepted
      Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Weekends by appointment only

      Locations/Phone:
      Morton Grove

      8145 River Dr., Suite 106
      Morton Grove, IL 60053
      (224) 470-1111
      Cook County

      Tinley Park (Jan. 2018)
      8200 W 185th Street, Suite A
      Tinley Park, IL 60477
      866-4-BYS KIDS (866-429-7543)
      Cook County

      Schaumburg
      1920 Thoreau Drive, Suite 180
      Schaumburg, IL 60173
      (847) 496-5513
      Cook County

      Burr Ridge
      16W361 S. Frontage Road, Suite 131
      Burr Ridge IL, 60527-5853
      (630) 590-5571
      DuPage County

      DeKalb
      (In-Home ABA Therapy)
      DeKalb, IL & surrounding areas
      866-4-BYS KIDS (866-429-7543)
      DeKalb County

      Tarle Speech

      Jennifer Tarle-Pakulski
      226-272-7039 - jennifer@tarlespeech.com
      Conducts AAC Evaluations for individuals on the autism spectrum, with a special interest in young adults with no AAC experience.

      Technology and Language Center, Inc.

      Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP
      (847) 682-1596
      talcaac@gmail.com
      Speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with children with complex communication needs.  She specializes in providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) services for children who are unable to meet their communication needs using speech alone. 

    • Comprehensive Speech & Pathology

      Mary Lane, MS, CCC-SLT
      140 Greenbriar East Drive
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      (847) 945-8977
      Cook County
      email: comprespla@comcast.net
      Offers social pragmatic language groups.
      Meets Friday afternoons for two hours, schedule to be determined.
      Ages: 18 months-14 years.
      Insurance not accepted.
      Cost: $120 (hourly rate).
      No wait list.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment & Services (AARTS) Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center at Rush is a supportive program with unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

      • Compass Health Center
        Chicago: 773-649-5403 
        Northbrook: 224- 803-2358 
        info@compasshealthcenter.net
        Provides support via partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programming, supporting children (ages 5 and up), adolscents, and adults. See age-based programming on website for more information. 
        Linden Oaks Behavioral Health (Edward-Elmhurst Health)
        Three Locations:
        Naperville: 852 West Street, Naperville, IL 60540
        (630) 305-5027
        IOP/PHP - Adolescents: Linden Oaks Behavioral Health provide in-patient and intensive outpatient services to individuals 12 and up with high functioning autism and anxiety and/or other mood disorders.
        Medication management: Children, adolescents and adults
         
        Mokena: 9697 W. 191st St., Mokena, IL
        (630) 305-5027
        IOP/PHP - Adults: Linden Oaks Behavioral Health provide in-patient and intensive outpatient services and partial hospitalization programs to adults with anxiety and/or other mood disorders.
        Medication management: Children, adolescents and adults
         
        Orland Park: 11512 W 183rd Place, Suite NW Orland Park IL
        603-646-6433
        Individual Therapy: Dan S. and Megan Cummens provide individual therapy to children and adults with ASD.
        Riveredge Hospital

        8311 W. Roosevelt  Rd, Forest Park, IL 60130
        Phone: (708) 771-7000
        Riveredge Hospital offers Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs for children, adolescents and adults. They also have an adult unit that specializes in working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.

        Acadia Healthcare - Children's Behavioral Solutions

        55 Basin Creek Road, Butte, MT 59701
        Phone: (877) 297-7957
        Specialty: self-injury, PTSD, FASD, Autism, psychiatric/dual abuse issues; IQ>60 required, offers separate children's & non-coed adolescent program tracks; average stay varies.

        Acadia Healthcare - Children's Behavioral Solutions

        Options
        5602 Caito Dr.
        Indianapolis, IN 46226
        (800) 431-1114
        Specialty: psychiatric, behavioral, autism, lower-functioning. Secured unit; IQ<75 only; severe psychiatric/behavioral issues & sexually acting out behaviors; offers secured autism unit (IQ 48-70). Average stay varies; diagnostic work-up available for 30-90 days.
        Ages: 11-18 years.
        Cost: accepts insurance, school, cost-sharing; call to discuss fees.Will assist with trasnportation fees/needs.

      • Linden Oaks Behavioral Health (Edward-Elmhurst Health)
        Three Locations:
        Naperville: 852 West Street, Naperville, IL 60540
        (630) 305-5027
        IOP/PHP - Adolescents: Linden Oaks Behavioral Health provide in-patient and intensive outpatient services to individuals 12 and up with high functioning autism and anxiety and/or other mood disorders.
        Medication management: Children, adolescents and adults
         
        Mokena: 9697 W. 191st St., Mokena, IL
        (630) 305-5027
        IOP/PHP - Adults: Linden Oaks Behavioral Health provide in-patient and intensive outpatient services and partial hospitalization programs to adults with anxiety and/or other mood disorders.
        Medication management: Children, adolescents and adults
         
        Orland Park: 11512 W 183rd Place, Suite NW Orland Park IL
        603-646-6433
        Individual Therapy: Dan S. and Megan Cummens provide individual therapy to children and adults with ASD.
        Rogers Behavioral Health - Outpatient program

        4711 Golf Road, Suite 600
        Skokie, IL 60076
        224-470-4100 
        Rogers Behavioral Health also has a Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) for individuals with high functioning autism and anxiety, OCD or other mood-related disorders; age 6-18.

        Rush University Medical Center

        Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center
        1645 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
        Phone: (312) 942-0819
        Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management for autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults.

        University of Illinois at Chicago

        Michael Schrift, DO, director of neuropsychiatry
        Department of Psychiatry, Center for Cognitive Medicine
        912 S. Wood St., 8th floor
        Chicago, IL 60612
        Phone: (312) 996-6139
        Cook County
        Email: jschrift@psych.uic.edu
        Provides evaluation and treatment of psychiatric, cognitive, memory, and behavioral problems that can occur following or as part of neurological and medical diseases; provides medication management services.
        Ages: 4 years and up
        Private and public insurance accepted
        Five-month wait list

        Shubhrajan Wadyal, M.D.

        Amita Behavioral Health Outpatient Group
        1786 Moonlake Blvd Suite 104, Hoffman Estates, IL
        Phone: 855-383-2224
        Dr. Wadyal evaluates the patient to see if there’s an autism diagnosis. If diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor sees if medication is needed for treatment.

    • Rush Neurology – Adult Care

      Michael Smith, MD
      Address: 1725 W Harrison St #885, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-5936
      Appointments: rush.edu

      Michael Feld, MD

      666 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 400-5806
      Provides medication management services

      Lurie Children's Hospital

      Division of Neurology
      Outpatient Center
      225 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
      Phone: (800) 543-7362
      Provides comprehensive neurological assessments and follow-up testing.

    • ACCESS at Anixter Center

      2020 N. Clybourn Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60614
      (773) 404-5277
      Cook County
      Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management services to adults with disabilities in the Chicago area.
      Ages: 18 years and up.
      Private and public insurance accepted.
      One- to three-week wait list for psychological and psychiatric services.

      Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center

      Rush University Medical Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management for autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults with our team of licensed psychiatrists and psychologists.

      Michael Feld, MD

      666 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 400-5806
      Provides medication management services

      Benjamin Shain, MD, PhD

      NorthShore University HealthSystem
      49 S. Waukegan Road, Suite 200
      Deerfield, IL 60015
      Phone; (847) 425-6400
      Lake County
      Provides medication management services
      Ages: 12-40 years.
      Private insurance accepted (BCBS & Aetna)
      Not taking new patients at this time

      Shubhrajan Wadyal, M.D.

      Amita Behavioral Health Outpatient Group
      1786 Moonlake Blvd Suite 104, Hoffman Estates, IL
      Phone: 855-383-2224
      Dr. Wadyal evaluates the patient to see if there’s an autism diagnosis. If diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor sees if medication is needed for treatment.

      Wellspring Clinical Associates

      Thomas Dimatteo, MD
      5950 State Route 53, Unit W, Lisle, IL 60532
      Phone: (630) 541-8930
      Provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, assessments, and medication management services for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

      The University of Chicago Medical Center

      Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
      Sharon Hirsch, MD
      5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077
      Chicago, IL 60637
      (773) 834-4093 (main) or (773) 702-3858 (new patients)
      Cook County
      email: shirsch@uchicago.edu
      Ages: 2-17 years.
      Private insurance accepted.
      Current wait list.

      University of Illinois at Chicago

      Michael Schrift, DO, director of neuropsychiatry
      Department of Psychiatry, Center for Cognitive Medicine
      912 S. Wood St., 8th floor
      Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 996-6139
      Cook County
      Email: jschrift@psych.uic.edu
      Provides evaluation and treatment of psychiatric, cognitive, memory, and behavioral problems that can occur following or as part of neurological and medical diseases; provides medication management services.
      Ages: 4 years and up
      Private and public insurance accepted
      Five-month wait list

    • ACCESS at Anixter Center

      2020 N. Clybourn Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60614
      (773) 404-5277
      Cook County
      A comprehensive primary health care facility that provides coordinated medical, psychiatric and psychological outpatient services to adults with autism in the Chicago area.
      Ages: 18 years and up.
      Private and public insurance accepted.
      One- to three-week wait list.

      Advanced Behavioral Solutions

      953 N. Plum Grove Road, Suite B
      Schaumburg, IL 60173
      (847) 413-9001
      Cook County
      email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
      Provides comprehensive psychological evaluations to clarify diagnosis to determine the parameters of one's functioning (e.g. intelligence and learning difficulties), and inform treatment/service planning. Facility offers testing in several domains relevant to psychological functioning including personality, emotional, behavioral, intellectual, academic and neuropsychological assessment measures. They customize a testing battery on the basis of issues presented and goals of the evaluation, conduct the assessment, gather other relevant data, synthesize and interpret data, write a comprehensive report with specific recommendations to remediate any identified problems, and hold a feedback session to clarify results.
      Ages: 2 years and up.
      Cost for intake/assessment: $280 (full record review).
      Cost for testing: varies.
      No wait list.

      Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital

      Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
      Pediatric and Adult Neuropsychology Service Dept.
      Kris Umfress, PhD
      1675 Dempster St., 62108 Park Ridge, IL 60068
      (847) 723-6192
      Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to determine diagnosis and follow-up testing.
      Ages: 3-18 years.

      Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders Resource Center

      Alexian Brothers Medical Plaza
      800 Biesterfield Rd., Brock Bldg. STE 4007, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
      Phone: (847) 593-8553
      This center provides individual therapy for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

      Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD

      P.O. Box 544
      Winnetka, IL 60093
      (847) 446-1251
      Cook County
      email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com
      Provides in-depth evaluations for many disabilities, including low incidence and multiple handicaps. Beckman specializes in assistive technology (e.g. text-to-speech; voice recognition).
      Ages: birth and up.
      Insurance not accepted. Out-of-network provider.
      Cost: $200 (60 minutes); $180 (45 minutes).
      No wait list.

      BrainTree Neuropsychological Services

      Mona Stepansky, PhD, ABPP-CN and Courtenay Ainsworth, PhD
      Pediatric Neuropsychologists
      1101 Lake St., Suite 306, Oak Park, IL 60301
      (708) 445-3771
      monastepansky@gmail.com
      Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that will render a diagnosis of autism and/or common differential diagnoses.

      Hoover & Associates

      16325 S. Harlem Ave., Suite 200, Tinley Park, IL 60477
      Phone: (708) 429-6999
      Counseling and psychological services (insert link to services page) covering a wide variety of mental health concerns.

      The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

      Allison Lobel, PsyD
      16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      Phone: (630) 468-2342
      Email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).

      Nichole Dawson, PhD

      Pediatric neuropsychologist
      40 S. Clay St. Suite 204W, Hinsdale, IL 60521
      Phone: (630) 789-0423
      Provides pediatric neuropsychological evaluations.

      Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region

      Autism Diagnostic Clinic
      830 S Addison Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181
      Phone: (630) 620-4433
      Provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluations for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities for individuals from early childhood through early adolescence.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research & Treatment Services (AARTS) Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      Provides comprehensive evaluations for autism spectrum disorder and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults.

      Comprehensive Psychological Services, P.C.

      Michael J. Frey, PhD
      3233 N. Arlington Heights Road Suite 208, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
      Phone: (847) 632-0334
      Email: MFrey@psych4kids.com
      Provides individual therapy utilizing a variety of interventions including a DIR and cognitive-behavioral model.

      Nichole Dawson, PhD

      Pediatric neuropsychologist
      40 S. Clay St., Suite 204W, Hinsdale, IL 60521
      Phone: (630) 789-0423, ext. 1
      Email: nldawsonphd@comcast.net
      Provides pediatric neuropsychological evaluations. Expertise in assessment and treatment planning for autism spectrum and related disorders, including education and advocacy support for parents for IEP development.

      Edgewood Clinical Services, LLC

      1288 Rickert Drive, Suite 120, Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 428-7890
      Provides individual therapy using a goal-directed approach.

      The Finestra Center, LLC

      4659 Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
      Phone: (773) 435-6740
      Email: info@finestracenter.com
      Provides individual therapy in English and Spanish to adults, teens, children and families facing issues related to adjustment to life stressors including developmental, medical, or psychiatric diagnosis of a child or family member.

      Riverview Counseling Services

      (630) 587-3777 x102
      St. Charles Campus: 111 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
      Maureen Henry, Molly stanek, Melissa Nytko, Stephanie Santo, Selena Wollach
      Batavia Campus: 13 E. Wilson Street, Batavia, IL 60510
      Lara Marlowe, Heather Kochen
      South Elgin Campus: 474 Briargate Drive, South Elgin IL 60177
      Holly Simpson, Melissa Nytko
      Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model for individuals (children and adults) with ASD and their families

      Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA

      1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207, Highland Park, IL 60035
      Phone: (847) 917-5385
      Email: dgould847@aol.com
      Ages: birth and up.
      Provides home-based intervention therapy using a functional analysis of child's behavior and a behavior support plan created for the home.

      Healing Connections Counseling, PC

      Paula Sejut-Dvorak, MA, LCPC
      13717 South Route 30, Unit 153, Plainfield, Illinois 60544
      Phone: (815) 676-6811
      Email: info@hcctherapy.com
      HCC provides individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults using age and developmentally appropriate techniques such as play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

      Individual & Family Connections

      Ritamaria Laird MA, LCPC, NCC
      2865 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
      Phone: (773) 270-0469
      Email: hello@ifccounseling.com
      Provides play-based therapy to help children on the autism spectrum increase their engagement, attachment, and social skills.

      Elena Kaiser, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC

      Counseling and Art Therapy
      2956 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201
      Phone: (847) 337-2377
      Email: kaiser.elena@comcast.net
      Uses the creative process of art-making to help her clients improve and enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

      Michelle M. Kator, LCSW

      Certified RDI Consultant
      ACP Consultants

      2604 Dempster St.  Suite 510, Park Ridge, IL 60068
      Phone: (847) 824-1235, ext. 7
      Email: mkator208@wideopenwest.com
      Provides individual therapy using RDI for children with autism.

      Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW

      Autism & Anxiety Therapists, Inc.
      1100 Lake St., Suite 210 E, Oak Park, IL 60301
      Phone: (847) 338-2525
      dlabrose@aatherapists.com
      Provides therapy to kids, teens, adults and families utilizing a variety of methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Social Thinking Model and the Structured TEACCH Method. Specialities include ASD, anxiety and ADHD.

      Learning through Play Center for Child Development

      633 West Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (312) 458-9865
      Provides individual speech therapy, occupational therapy, developmental therapy, music therapy, and behavioral therapy.

      Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

      Dinah Kotthoff
      140 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540
      Phone: (630) 305-4196, ext. 3
      Email: pboheme@lilfriends.com
      Services include parent interviews, psychological testing designed to diagnose an autism spectrum disorder, speech evaluation, occupational therapy evaluation, conference with the family, including diagnosis, recommendations, and a review of available resources.

      Karin McNicholas, MSW, LCSW

      425 S. Main St. Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148
      Phone: (630) 629-0297
      Provides individual therapy.

      Mindful Path Behavioral Health and Wellness Inc.

      Jillian Poteshman
      jillian@mindfulpathbhw.com
      53 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1301
      Chicago, IL 60604
      (847) 440-4592
      Jillian supports adolescents and emerging adults (18-29) who are experiencing struggles such as anxiety, depression, trauma, perfectionism, difficulties relating to others, and motivational issues (school and work). She specializes in working with those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, those in relationships with these individuals, as well as their families.
       

      Nowell and Associates Counseling Firm

      Nefertiti L. Nowell, PhD
      1979 N. Mill St., Suite 202, Naperville, IL 60563
      Phone: (630) 428-2344
      Provides individual therapy.

      Orland Family Institute, LLC

      Martins Adeoye, MD
      15030 S. Ravinia, Suite 30, Orland Park, IL 60462
      Phone: (708) 364-0580
      Provides individual therapy.

      Lana Roth, LCSW, ACSW

      666 Dundee Road Suite 1302, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (847) 486-1036
      Email: lanaroth@sbcglobal.net
      Provides individual therapy to high-functioning adolescents and young adults facing social and emotional challenges.

      Rush Neurobehavioral Center

      4711 W. Golf Road Suite 1100, Skokie, IL 60676
      Phone: (847) 933-9339
      Email: info@rnbc.org
      Provides individual therapy.

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment & Services (AARTS) Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center at Rush is a supportive program with unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

      Seth Solway, PsyD

      4256 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60613
      Phone: (678) 765-9294
      Email: sethsolwaypsyd@gmail.com
      Provides individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental delays, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.

      Sinha Clinic

      1400 Lincoln Highway, Suite C, St. Charles, IL 60174
      Phone: (630) 762-9606
      Provides individual therapy from a holistic perspective.

      Smart Love Family Services

      Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
      2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
      Rush Medical Office Building
      610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
      (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
      Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

      SociAbility

      Genevieve Thorton, PsyD
      899 Skokie Blvd., Suite 204, Northbrook, IL 60062
      Phone: (773) 562-9151
      Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model.

      The LodeStone Center for Behavioral Health

      1110 North Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60301
      Phone: (708) 927-0279
      Provides individual therapy.

      University of Illinois at Chicago Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic

      Multiple individual therapists (BCBA, social work, and professional counselors)
      Intake Coordinator: Ginny Griffin or Lizabeth Fernandez
      1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
      Phone: (312) 413-1490
      Email: giginny@uic.edu
      Behavior and individual therapy for clients with a dual diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disability and mental illness.

      WEE Speech, PC

      Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
      8707 Skokie Blvd Suite 402, Skokie, IL 60077
      Phone: (847) 329-8226
      Email: office@weespeech.com
      Provides intensive individualized therapy. Therapy sessions run forty-five minutes to one hour. Children may be seen one to three times per week.

    • Advanced Behavioral Solutions

      2060 E. Algonquin Road Suite 720, Schaumburg, IL 60173
      Phone: (847) 496-4693
      Email: help@advancedbehavioralsolutions.com
      Provides comprehensive psychological evaluations to help make a diagnosis and guide in treatment and service planning. They provide recommendations for school and home environments.

      Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital

      Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
      Pediatric and Adult Neuropsychology Service Dept.
      Kris Umfress, PhD
      1675 Dempster St., 62108 Park Ridge, IL 60068
      (847) 723-6192
      Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to determine diagnosis and follow-up testing.
      Ages: 3-18 years.

      BrainTree Neuropsychological Services

      Mona Stepansky, PhD, ABPP-CN and Courtenay Ainsworth, PhD
      Pediatric neuropsychologists
      1101 Lake St., Suite 306, Oak Park, IL 60301
      (708) 445-3771
      monastepansky@gmail.com
      Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that will render a diagnosis of autism and/or common differential diagnoses.

      The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

      Allison Lobel, PsyD
      16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
      Phone: (630) 468-2342
      Email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
      Certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).

      Rush University Medical Center

      Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment & Services (AARTS) Center
      1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
      Phone: (312) 942-0819
      The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center at Rush is a supportive program with unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

      Smart Love Family Services

      Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
      2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
      Rush Medical Office Building
      610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
      (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
      Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

  • Rush University Medical Center

    Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment & Services (AARTS) Center
    1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
    Phone: (312) 942-0819
    The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center at Rush is a supportive program with unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    ACCESS at Anixter Center

    2020 N. Clybourn Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 404-5277
    Cook County
    Provides individual psychotherapy to adults with autism in the Chicago area.
    Ages: 18 years and up.
    Private and public insurance accepted.
    One- to three-week wait list.

    Advanced Behavioral Solutions

    2060 E. Algonquin Road Suite 720, Schaumburg, IL 60173
    Phone: (847) 496-4693
    Email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
    Provides individual psychotherapy using a cognitive-behavioral approach for children on the ASD/PDD spectrum.

    Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

    Pediatric Developmental Center
    3040 N. Wilton Ave., 2nd floor
    Chicago, IL 60657
    Phone: (773) 296-7682 (Sara Baillie)
    Provides individual therapy using behavioral management strategies.

    Autism Home Support Services Inc.

    85 Revere Drive, Suite B, Northbrook, IL 60062
    Phone: (847) 247-7222
    Email: contact@autismhomesupport.com
    Provides home and center-based ABA therapy to children with autism, focusing on skill development and behavioral interventions (e.g. non-compliance and toileting issues); will work with your school and existing therapy team, such as your developmental, occupational, and speech therapists.

    Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD

    P.O. Box 544, Winnetka, IL 60093
    Phone: (847) 446-1251
    Email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com
    Provides individual therapy using a cognitive-behavioral approach.

    Behavioral Psychology Associates

    Locations in Arlington Heights, Barrington and Schaumburg
    847-303-1880
    Provides individual, group and family therapy using a cognitive-behavioral model for children, teens and adults.

    Bellosa Counseling, LLC

    Christine Bellosa, MA, LCPC
    Therapist for Individuals, Couples &  Families
    350 S. Northwest Highway, Suite 300, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    847.656.5259
    Christine@BellosaCounseling.com
    Provides individuals with ASD of all ages therapy, and well as with couple & family counseling, sibling support and help in other areas such as IEP education.

    The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

    Allison Lobel, PsyD, P.L.A.Y Project consultant
    16W241 S. Frontage Road, Suite 35, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
    Phone: (630) 468-2342
    Email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com
    Provides individual psychotherapy utilizing a psychodynamic, developmental, and systems approach.

    Charlie's Gift

    Center for Autism and Related Disorders
    1048 W. Ogden Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60521
    Phone: (630) 323-7500 x239
    Email: charliesgift@att.net
    Provides individual therapeutic services based on behavioral and ABA principles.

    Comprehensive Psychological Services, P.C.

    Michael J. Frey, PhD
    3233 N. Arlington Heights Road Suite 208, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Phone: (847) 632-0334
    Email: MFrey@psych4kids.com
    Provides individual therapy utilizing a variety of interventions including a DIR and cognitive-behavioral model.

    CORE Connection Counseling

    6040 State Route 53, Suite B, Lisle, IL 60532
    Phone: (630) 524-4000
    Email: info@coreconnectioncc.com
    We provide individual counseling, parenting and family support, social & cognitive skills groups, & emotional regulation groups which include:  Social CBT, Social Theatre ™ and Zen Zones which blends the Zones of Regulation™ curriculum  with Yoga Kids.

    Nichole Dawson, PhD

    Pediatric neuropsychologist
    40 S. Clay St., Suite 204W, Hinsdale, IL 60521
    Phone: (630) 789-0423, ext. 1
    Email: nldawsonphd@comcast.net
    Provides pediatric neuropsychological evaluations. Expertise in assessment and treatment planning for autism spectrum and related disorders, including education and advocacy support for parents for IEP development.

    Edgewood Clinical Services, LLC

    1288 Rickert Drive, Suite 120, Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: (630) 428-7890
    Provides individual therapy using a goal-directed approach.

    Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW

    Autism & Anxiety Therapists, Inc.
    1100 Lake St., Suite 210 E, Oak Park, IL 60301
    Phone: (847) 338-2525
    dlabrose@aatherapists.com
    Provides therapy to kids, teens, adults and families utilizing a variety of methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Social Thinking Model and the Structured TEACCH Method. Specialities include ASD, anxiety and ADHD.

    Smart Love Family Services

    Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
    2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
    Rush Medical Office Building
    610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
    (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
    Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

    Wellspring Clinical Associates

    Kary Pekarek, LCSW
    5950 S. Lincoln Ave., Unit W, Lisle, IL 60532, US
    Phone: (630) 541-8930
    Kary treats all ages with special experience in working with individuals with autism; she employs a cognitive-behavioral approach and focuses on the strengths of each individual client.

  • KGH Autism Services

    1161 Lake Cook Rd.
    Deerfield, IL 60015
    847-498-5437
    email: info@kghautismservices.com
    This is a comprehensive, 3 hour training for parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder or related disabilities that educates and empowers them to be more successful with their child with special needs.  This interactive course includes presentations by KGH's Senior level clinicians and discussions specific to your child. Our 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.
    Cost: $150.00

    Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

    140 N. Wright St.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    (630) 305-4196
    DuPage County
    Parent group will be facilitated by a licensed counselor, Eileen Lane, MS, LCPC. The focus of the groups will be to discuss issues, feelings and emotions with other parents and/or couples. Parents will meet others who can relate to their situations and explore common situations in families. In the group, parents will have the opportunity to work through problems they face every day in the schools, at home, with extended family and in the community. The ultimate goal of the group will be to identify the positive aspects of each family in order to best support their children's development.
    When: call for future dates.

    Rush University Medical Center

    Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment & Services (AARTS) Center
    1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60612
    Phone: (312) 942-0819
    The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, & Services (AARTS) Center at Rush is a supportive program with unparalleled expertise in diagnosing and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    Smart Love Family Services

    Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
    2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
    Rush Medical Office Building
    610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
    (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
    Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

  • Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

    Phone: (773) 524-6995
    Offers learning disabled instruction and home-based support programs.

    Idea Tutors

    Phone: (858) 480-7727
    Email: info@ideatutors.com
    Provides in-home and online tutoring for students of all ages.

    The Special Educator

    Lisa Drucker
    Serving: Chicago and suburbs.
    Phone: (312) 204-7242
    Email: spedcares@yahoo.com
    Ms. Drucker works with families and other IEP team members to facilitate appropriate goals and provide grounded expectations for students with autism.

    No Boundaries

    No Boundaries is a program of Search, Inc.
    Nicole Heimdal
    824 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: (847) 869-0000, ext. 202
    Email: nicole@jjslist.com or noboundaries@search-inc.org
    Experiential on-land and on-line training for transitioning teens through adults with disabilities to build essential skills for the workplace and for living more independently in today’s world.

    PACTT Learning Center

    Adult Vocational Services
    Chris Thomas, vocational services director
    Oak Park and Rogers Park
    Phone: (773) 299-4010
    Email: learningcenter@pactt.org or cthomas@pactt.org
    PACTT vocational services works to place people with autism in jobs that allow them to use their skills and take their place in the working world.

    Sertoma Centre, Inc.

    Autism Services Program
    Nicole Todd-Melquist, Program Manager
    4343 W. 123rd St, Alsip, IL 60803-1807
    Phone: (708) 371-9700, ext. 266
    Email: ntodd@sertomacentre.org
    This program provides opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum to participate in functional and meaningful activities within a structured environment.

    Smart Love Family Services

    Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center
    2222 N. Kedzie Blvd. -  Chicago, IL 60647
    Rush Medical Office Building
    610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601 -  Oak Park, IL 60304
    (773) 665.8052 ext. 4
    Smart Love offers counseling services for children, adults and families, as well as parent education classes and coaching. Our services include play and individual therapy, group therapy, parent counseling, couples therapy, and a range of assessment and evaluation services.

    Turning Pointe Career College

    Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
    1500 W. Ogden Ave.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: 630-615-6032 
    Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org
    The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum.   Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.
    Ages: 18 and up

    Urban Autism Solutions

    Julie Tracy, MA, CCC-SLP, QMHP
    1212 W. Flournoy St., Chicago, IL 60607
    Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17-35) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities.

  • Fun and Function

    Website for professionals and parents that provides sensory toys and therapy equipment for special needs children to help learn adaptive responses for what they may lack or crave

    Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

    140 N. Wright St.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    (630) 305-4196
    DuPage County
    Staff create personalized visual training systems to assist parents and teachers in teaching particular skills.
    Ashley Can Tie Her Shoes: A visual system to help individuals learn to tie their shoes. Cost: $34.50.
    Bathing Board: A visual system for teaching the skills needed to shower independently. Cost: $23.31.
    Blood Draw Sequence Book: A visual system to help prepare and/or guide individuals through getting their blood drawn. Cost: $23.31.
    Brush Teeth: A visual system to teach individuals how to brush their teeth independently. Cost: $20.51.
    Combination First, Next, Then & Transition Board: Designed to help individuals with disabilities transition from one activity to the next. Cost: $14.92.
    Fingernail Clipping: A visual guide to the steps involved in getting one's fingernails clipped. Cost: $24.24.
    Grocery Store Shopping Book: A visual teaching tool for grocery shopping. Cost: $13.99.
    Grooming: This comprehensive visual system features six programs for teaching basic grooming skills. Cost: $60.61.
    Hand Washing Ring: A visual system to teach good hand washing skills. Cost: $13.99.
    Hand Washing Strip: A visual system for teaching individuals how to wash their hands. Cost: $10.26.
    Handicap Tag and Behavior Intervention System: For use in the community by parents of children with autism or other disabilities. Cost: $10.26.
    Menstrual Care: A visual system to teach menstrual care to women with autism or other disabilities. Cost: $29.84.
    Number Tab Board: A tool to help individuals with disabilities understand how much or how long an activity will last. Cost: $13.99.
    Relaxation Routines Book: A visual system for teaching relaxation routines. Cost: $18.65.
    Salon Hair Cut Program: A visual guide to the steps involved in getting a haircut. Cost: $23.31.
    Salon Shampoo Program: A visual guide to the steps involved in getting a shampoo. Cost: $23.31.
    Shaving: A visual guide to the steps involved in shaving. Cost: $23.31.
    Survival Kit: A visual system offering the tools for basic communication in the community. Cost: $16.73.
    Toilet Training Kit: A visual training system for teaching toileting skills. Cost: $34.50.
    Visual Social Manager Wheel: A tool to help teach and define social cues. Cost: $13.05.
    When I Sneeze: A visual guide to teach individuals how to use a tissue when they sneeze. Cost: $6.53.
    Wiping Board: A visual system designed to teach the learner how to independently wipe after toileting. Cost: $12.12.
    Ages: birth and up.
    Insurance not accepted.

    A Place For Me

    Elaine Reeves-Haywood
    7548 S. Cregier
    Chicago, IL 60649
    (773) 931-9394
    elainer@aplaceforme.net
    Home-based support assisting parents or caregivers to make visual learning aids for child or adolescent.

     

    Have Dreams

    Sara LaMontagne; Adult Services Program Coordinator
    2020 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: 847-905-0702
    Email: slamontagne@havedreams.org
    Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University: This one year business-based transition program is for young adults with ASD in their last year of high school transition, who have the goal of competitive employment.

    JJB Educational Consultants, Inc.

    Jill Burstein, MA, CEP, IECA member
    1441 Hemlock Knoll Terrace, Northbrook, IL 60062
    Phone: (847) 940-8090
    Email: jill@jjb-edconsultants.com
    Specializing in post-secondary placements for students with autism.

    nAblement

    Website of SPR Companies focused on supporting the training, mentoring, networking, placement and professional growth of qualified candidates with disabilities into technology roles. nAblement fosters its own client opportunites while also collaborating closely with each of the SPR Companies three strategic companies – MPS Partners, Redpoint Technologies and Talent Acquisition Partners. Qualified candidates secure professional technology opportunities suited to their skill sets, and clients secure access to this valuable and underutilized segment of the workforce while extending their diversity profile.

    Notre Dame College

    Gretchen Walsh, M.S.Ed, director, academic support center
    4545 College Road
    South Euclid, OH 44121
    (216) 373-5185
    email: gwalsh@ndc.edu
    Students enrolled with the academic support center take the same classes and must meet the same expectations as other Notre Dame College students. Students participating in the ASC may major or minor in any of the programs offered at the college. All students with the ASC participate in an orientation program seperate from Notre Dame College to assist them in their transition to college. The year ends with a recognition day for the academic support center students, parents and faculty. Application requirements: to participate in the academic support center you must be a full-time traditional student, and you must submit documentation of a learning disability, along with a completed application. Services offered based on individual documentation include: note-taking assistance, extended time for completing tests, alternative format for taking tests, books on audio format, use of a scribe, distraction free environment and taping of class lectures.

    PACE at National Louis University

    122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone: (312) 261-3770
    Email: paceprogram@nl.edu
    PACE at NLU is a three-year post-secondary program which is designed to meet the transitional needs for young adults with multiple intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities.

    Options for College Success

    Shoshana Axler, Director of Admissions
    1515 Maple Avenue Suite 190, Evanston, Illinois 60201
    Phone: (847) 425-4797, ext. 201
    Email: snaxler@optionsforcollegesuccess.org
    Options for College Success is a non-profit organization serving individuals 18 and older, with a mission to develop the skills, confidence, and courage to transition into living and working independently.

    Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

    OAR accepts applications on an annual basis for the Schwallie Family Scholarship program. These scholarships are for one academic year, $3,000 each, to be applied towards tuition, books, and other expenses associated with higher learning. To be eligible, students with an established autism or Asperger Syndrome diagnosis must be accepted for enrollment or pursuing undergraduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States during the fall semester. This can include four-year colleges or universities; two-year colleges; and trade, technical, or vocational training programs. For more information, please visit OAR’s website.

    Think College Illinois

    Website is meant to serve as a blueprint/toolkit for Illinois postsecondary education (PSE) institutions in developing inclusive programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is also meant to support existing programs in ongoing efforts to become more "inclusive" according to the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) standards. The background information and resources available on the site are intended to be used by students and families, as well as a general audience e.g. disability service providers.

    Turning Pointe Career College

    Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
    1500 W. Ogden Ave.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: 630-615-6032 
    Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org
    The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum.   Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.
    Ages: 18 and up

    UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

    Building Bridges to the Future Program
    Alessandra Arreola
    3100 S. Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804
    Phone: 708-222-4866 (Alessandra)
    Email: aarreola@seguin.org
    Some of the services they provide: Help apply for Medicaid, SSI, Guardianship; attend IEP staffings as part of each student’s interdisciplinary team; work with special education department staff to ensure the transition is part of the IEP; provide an in-service training and coaching sessions for parents, guardians and students

  • Autism2Work (Computer Aid Inc.)

    Full time employment opportunities for individuals with autism spectrum disorder that range from office operations, quality assurance, data management, and program development depending on the organization that is found to be a best fit for skill set and interests.  Email resume to the email above and an outreach specialist from CAI will contact you.

    Autism Training Center at Giant Steps Illinois

    Life Skills Vocational Program
    Mary Jo Conway
    2500 Cabot Drive
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (630) 864-3800
    DuPage County
    Program's goal is to provide an opportunity for 10 adults who have the primary diagnosis of autism, to learn life skills and have meaningful employment. Program will offer two tracks: (1) supported track where individuals work in a sheltered environment within the autism training center; (2) independent track that will offer opportunities for employment in workplace settings with the use of a job coach. Includes community outings to give participants opportunities to develop appropriate recreational and social skills.
    Ages: 22 years and up.
    Private insurace accepted.
    Cost: Please call Giant Steps for more information.
    No wait list.

    Blue Cap

    Adult Day Services
    Carla Harris
    2155 Broadway St.
    Blue Island, IL 60406
    (708) 389-6578
    Cook County
    Offers individualized support and education to persons with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on vocational training and the teaching of daily living skills. Workshop provides a supervised work environment in which adults are trained to do a variety of jobs contracted from local industries. Supported employment offers individualized support to adults who are interested in community job placement, while providing local businesses with quality employees.
    Ages: 18 years and up.
    Cost: state funded.
    No wait list.

    Canopy Program at Giant Steps

    Lillian Peterson, Director
    Rich Harvest Farms
    Sugar Grove, IL
    Phone: (630) 864-3801
    Email: lpeterson@mygiantsteps.org
    Canopy works to incorporate a combination of activities, opportunities, and supports throughout each participant’s programming. This may include participation in community engagement outings, life skills opportunities, vocational readiness activities, leisure or recreational skill development including music therapy, media integration, and movement based sessions.
    Ages 22 and up

    Chinese American Service League - Balancing Incentive Program

    Felicia Li, employment specialist
    2141 S. Tan Court
    Chicago, IL 60616
    (312) 791-0418, ext. 3607
    Cook County
    The pre-employment training program helps people with disabilities with interview preparation, resume writing, and assistance with online job applications. They target individuals who are transitioning out of high school or who are ready to work. To qualify, the individual must have a low income and a developmental disability or a mental illness. The employment specialists will bring clients to job fairs and provide job matching, based on the client’s interest. They also serve as a job coach, where they learn the client’s job and assist in training the client on his or her job. Employment specialist will check with the employer and follow up very closely for the first one or two months. Follow up is up to one year.
    Ages: 14 years and up.
    No wait list.
    Cost: state funded.

    Clearbrook

    Tina Yurik
    (Administrative office)
    1815 W. Central Road
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    Phone: (847) 653-6635 ext 28
    Workshop Services (DT-Getz) – Located in Palatine, clients perform jobs in a workshop setting and are paid based on their individual levels of productivity.  Jobs in the workshop are designed to help each individual prepare for a real work environment, either supported or independent.
    Ages: 18 years and older

    Day programs
    Tina Yurik 
    Phone: 847-653-6635 ext 28
    Clearbrook has a range of weekday community based services designed to support and guide our adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to lead full, rich and productive lives in their communities.  Individual needs and choices drive the services and supports.
    -Developmental Training, Riley 1 (Schaumburg) and Riley 2 (Rolling Meadows) – An individualized program plan is developed around each client, resulting in services that blend instruction, interaction with peers, interventions, activities, socialization and community participation.
    -Autism Services (Palatine and Park Ridge) – Clearbrook’s Autism Program (CAP) provides a highly structured schedule emphasizing community integration, recreational activities and opportunities for community-based employment experiences.  The staff ratio of 1:3.
    -CHOICE (Park Ridge and McHenry) – Clearbrook’s CHOICE program supports adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to identify and choose areas of interest while utilizing community-based opportunities for volunteering, employment, leisure activities and socializing.
    -PURSUIT (Rolling Meadows and Hanover Park) – PURSUIT is a collaborative program between Clearbrook and NWSRA, providing services that offer a variety of recreational and leisure activities and experiences in a structured setting.
    -ACES Senior Day Services (50 and over)– Activities and creative experiences for seniors, this program enhances the quality of life for its participants by providing programs and choices to meet the individual’s needs.
    Ages: 18 years and older

    Ernst & Young: Core Business Services (CBS) team - Account Support Associate

    212 773 3549
    Jamell.Mitchell@ey.com
    Vocational program targeted to adults with ASD: As a CBS professional, individuals are given the opportunity to develop their career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. Individuals work across teams to provide the knowledge, resources and tools that help EY deliver exceptional quality service to our clients, win in the marketplace and support EY’s growth and profitability. Major teams within CBS include Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Enterprise Support Services, Brand Marketing and Communications, Business Development, Knowledge and Risk Management.

    Have Dreams

    Adult Services Program Coordinator
    2020 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: 847-905-0702
    Email: info@havedreams.org
    Career Launch: Your First Job, Have Dreams Academy, Life SCILS

    Little City - Adult Programs

    1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067
    Main Campus: 847-358-5510
    700 N Sacramento, Ste 201 Chicago, IL 60612
    Chicago office: 773-265-1539
    We provide adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities with supports, programs and services that help increase their potential for lifelong productivity and success. Services include residential and employment, home-based supports, recreation and leisure programs.

    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 years and up
    Cost: $35 (per session), $245 for seven weeks
    Insurance not accepted
    No wait list

    Marriott Foundation-Bridges Program

    Kelly Pavich
    850 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60607  
    Phone: (312) 432-6240 ext 0
    Email: kelly.pavich@marriott.com
    We provide job-readiness training, resume building, interview preparation, retention and advancement employment services to individuals with disability. We help you find the right job match customized to meet your specific needs.

    Midwest Asian Health Association - Balancing Incentive Program

    230 W Cermak Road, 2nd floor
    Chicago, IL 60616
    (312) 225-8708
    The free pre-employment training program helps people with disabilities (14 years and up) with interview preparation, resume writing, and assistance with online job applications. They target individuals who are transitioning out of high school or who are ready to work. To qualify, the individual must have a low income and a developmental disability or a mental illness. The employment specialists will bring clients to job fairs and provide job matching, based on the client’s interest. They also serve as a job coach, where they learn the client’s job and assist in training the client on his or her job. Employment specialist will check with the employer and follow up very closely for the first one or two months. Follow up is up to one year. 

    No Boundaries

    No Boundaries is a program of Search, Inc.
    Nicole Heimdal
    824 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202
    Phone: (847) 869-0000, ext. 202
    Email: nicole@jjslist.com or noboundaries@search-inc.org
    Experiential on-land and on-line training for transitioning teens through adults with disabilities to build essential skills for the workplace and for living more independently in today’s world.

    PACTT Learning Center

    Adult Vocational Services
    Chris Thomas, vocational services director
    Oak Park and Rogers Park
    Phone: (773) 299-4010
    Email: learningcenter@pactt.org or cthomas@pactt.org
    PACTT vocational services works to place people with autism in jobs that allow them to use their skills and take their place in the working world.

    Sertoma Centre, Inc.

    Autism Services Program
    Nicole Todd-Melquist, Program Manager
    4343 W. 123rd St, Alsip, IL 60803-1807
    Phone: (708) 371-9700, ext. 266
    Email: ntodd@sertomacentre.org
    This program provides opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum to participate in functional and meaningful activities within a structured environment.

    Spectrum Vocational Services (Little Friends)

    2302 Wisconsin Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
    630-852-7520
    The Supported Employment Program helps adults with disabilities find jobs in businesses throughout their community and provides training in the form of job coaching, transportation training, and vocational advocacy. Funded through DRS.

    Turning Pointe Career College

    Ketra Kuniej, Career College Director/HR
    1500 W. Ogden Ave.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    Phone: 630-615-6032 
    Email: kkuniej@turningpointeaf.org
    The Career College is an educational and career exploration opportunity for adults with ASD, social and communication challenges and other learning differences.  Our goal at the Career College is for students to gain skills that prepare them for independent employment. We offer a highly individualized learning and training environment focusing on individual strengths, skills and areas of challenge. The Career College format is based on our C.O.P.E.S.™ model of instruction.  These core components (Communication, Organization, Positive Behavior Supports, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills and Sensory Needs) are the focus of our curriculum.   Additionally, we offer a Summer C.O.P.E.S.™ Course that will start in June of 2017.
    Ages: 18 and up

    Urban Autism Solutions

    Julie Tracy, MA, CCC-SLP, QMHP
    1212 W. Flournoy St., Chicago, IL 60607
    Founded in 2012, Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is dedicated to changing outcomes for young adults (17-35) with autism through an integrated community life that advances social and vocational opportunities.

What are some of the challenges faced by young adults?

Employment and housing are among the most pressing needs for young adults. Few services exist and those that are available may be inadequate or unable to accept all applicants.

Overall, lack of adult programming is a major issue in our country. Particularly for those people with ASD who had special education plans throughout school, the transition to adulthood can be jarring. In Illinois, special education services end at graduation or, for those who require more specialized intervention, when the individual turns 22. When the educational, vocational and therapeutic services provided through the individualized education plan (IEP) go away, quite often there are not sufficient adult services to meet the individual’s needs. Many young people abruptly go from having a full day of programming to, quite literally, sitting at home. 

Where can I get help for mental health issues?

Mental health issues can be another concern. In addition to anxiety and depression, which are common but serious problems often observed in teens with autism, early adulthood is a time when other psychiatric symptoms may present for the first time. It is important to seek evaluation and treatment if new psychiatric symptoms present.

What about college options?

It is important to carefully consider the interests, skills and needs of a student in order to help him or her decide on the right course for life after high school.

For many young people with ASD, college is an appropriate option after high school. Some people require supports in order to be successful in the college environment. Weekly check-ins with an on-campus counselor are sufficient for some, while others need all-inclusive specialized programs that address self-care skills and socialization, as well as academic needs. It is important to evaluate the individual’s needs in the 12 to 18 months leading up to a transition to college in order to develop an appropriate plan.

What about vocational training?

Some people enter the workforce directly from high school and do not attend any secondary education programs. College may not be a good match for their interests or skills, and for them a vocational or professional training program is a better match.

How do I plan for my young adult’s independence?

Start early! Throughout your child’s life, encourage independence and clearly teach the skills that one requires to lead an adult life. Go back and read the independence sections for the other age ranges. What are you missing?