Therapeutic Day Schools for Adults with Autism

Therapeutic Day Schools for Adults with Autism

Bridge High School & Transition Program (Little Friends)

2318 Wisconsin Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515

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

(512) 858-9900

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
(630) 864-3801

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.

Genesee Lake School

Amanda Buerger, senior admissions coordinator
36100 Genesee Lake Road Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-5510, ext. 3005

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; Accepts private pay, school, ICG, DHS, sliding scale.


Kristina Baker, director of admissions and outreach 
8700 East 29th Street Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 214-1132
(316) 634-8874

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.

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. 

Helping Hand School for Autism

Sally Wilson-Gamble
9649 W. 55th St. Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 352-3580, ext. 437

Use research-based intervention modalities and teaching methods to assure best practice to design each child's own individualized program and curriculum.

Hughes Center for Exceptional Children

Michael S. Triggs, CEO
1601 Franklin Turnpike Danville, VA 24540
(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 Friends Center for Autism, Inc.

140 N. Wright St. Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 305-4196

Services include evaluation and treatment for autism spectrum disorder, including psychological, speech, occupational therapy, and social skills. Additionally, residential services are available to both children and adults needing more supported care.

(630) 593 5500

Locations in: 

  • Bloomingdale: 64 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  • Elgin: 1435 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois 60120
  • Geneva: 1S450 Wyatt Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

Programs include Early Intervention services (Ages 0-3; 630-529-2871, ext. 2238), day school programming (Ages 3-21), day program services (Ages 18+) and residential services (all ages), and employment services for indiviudals 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.

National Deaf Academy

Deana Goldstein, CEO
19650 U.S. Highway 441 Mount Dora, FL 32757
(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
(847) 391-8000

NIA is a resdiential treatment program for male and female children, teens and young adults ages 6-21. Has 4 core programs including Autism Spectrum Disorder Program, Multi-Needs Program (co-occurring psychiatric & developmental illnesses), Social Emotional Disabilities Program, and Independent Living Skills Track. Within NIA, there is an on-site therapeutic day school in which all of our instructors are special education teachers and licensed by the state of Illinois.