School Consultation and Advocacy Resources for Autism Caregivers

School Consultation and Advocacy Resources for Autism Caregivers

A Place For Me

Elaine Reeves-Haywood
7548 S. Cregier Ave.
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 931-9394
elainer@aplaceforme.net

Offers consultation services for family and support for the child affected by autism. The facility will observe student in the school setting and make or assist with implementation of recommendations; assist parents and teacher in implementing various computer programs; assist individual and parent in understanding and implementing communication strategies for verbal and non-verbal child; and assist in using social stories and role play for teaching social concepts.


Advanced Behavioral Solutions

2060 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 720
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 496-4693
Cook County
email: advancedbehavioral@msn.com

Provides education/school consults to teachers on topics such as classroom behavior management, working with resistant staff or parents, DSM diagnoses and the schools role. Presentations to PTA/PTO groups on topics including: psychological diagnosis and treatment planning, tips for increasing home-school collaboration, managing stress. Offers administrative training such as: stress inoculation, time management and increasing staff cohesion. Get more information on workshops and consultation services.

Ages: 5-21 years.
Cost: varies; fee for service.
No wait list.


Advocate and Instructional Expert for People with Autism

918 W Agatite, Apt. G
Chicago, IL 60640
(312) 316-2884
email: mobuti@hotmail.com

Provide supports to assists parents with the IEP process, navigating special education, reviewing IEPs, providing input and recommendations, assistance with the placement process, reviewing letters to districts, input on services and strategies, presentation needs and much more. Insurance not accepted.


Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital

Department of Developmental Pediatrics
Marjorie A. Getz, PhD
1675 W. Dempster St.
Yacktman Pavilion, third floor
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 318-9067 (Getz)

Provides independent educational evaluations, educational consultation and evaluation services.


Alfeld Educational Center 

Beverly E.S. Alfeld, MA, MFA
Academic Performance Specialist
698 Exmoor Terrace
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 459-9518
McHenry County
email: jamlady10@aol.com

Second location:
3202 Northwest Highway
Cary, IL 60013
McHenry County

Parent advocate and parent of a special needs child. Educator with twenty-three years of experience in teaching and advocacy. Classroom evaluations, file review, and expert witness services. Available for weekend hours.

Cost: $125-$185 for IEP meetings. Sliding scale fee available.
$60 (travel rate per hour).
No wait list.


Alternative Teaching, Inc.

James Kling
Chicago, IL
Phone: (847) 289-8699
Email: jim@alternativeteaching.org

Alternative Teaching provides in-home behavioral consulting services (including unlimited phone support) for parents and training for professionals who are working with children/adolescents with moderate to severe disruptive behavioral issues.


Aspire Kids

Robyn Schroud, associate director of inclusion
3235 W. Montrose Ave 
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 878-7868, ext. 3223 
Cook County
email: rschroud@aspirechicago.com

Staff attends school-based meetings on behalf of their families. They work with school staff and other community providers to advocate for the best interests of their clients. Advocacy work includes participating in a four-hour individualized education plan meeting at a Chicago Public School. Staff participates in the development of annual goals, the identification of modifications and accommodations, and work to help ensure that children receive the LRE placement and supports to which they are entitled.

Ages: 3-16 years.
Cost: call for fee schedule.
No wait list.


Autism Services Group

(800) 773-1682

Provides home-based services including behavioral consultation; school consultation; advocacy; and training. Behavior analysis consultation assists parents in taking control of their child’s learning by accurately assessing areas of skill deficit and designing highly effective instruction that maximizes your child’s learning.


Behavioral Psychology Associates

Virginia Seng, PhD
999 Plaza Drive, Suite 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 303-1880
email: ginseng825@yahoo.com
Cook County

Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.

Ages: 6-18 years.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost for initial evalution: $400.
No wait list.


Bob Rosenfeld, MD 

801 Skokie Blvd., Suite 212
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 564-1131
Cook County

Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.

Ages: 4-18 years.
Out of network provider.
Cost: $2,000-$2,500.
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
Phone: (708) 445-3771
Email: monastepansky@gmail.com

Provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that will render a diagnosis of autism and/or common differential diagnoses.


Bridge Educational Advocacy

Contact: Ms. Pepi M. Silverman
4839 N Claremont, Unit #2, Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: (847) 903-7778
Email:  pepi@beadvocacy.com

Bridge Educational Advocacy provides project-based services, school-based services, and ongoing support services in order to ensure that ALL learners receive appropriate support services to benefit from their instruction in school.


Catherine Jaselskis, MD 

950 Skokie Blvd., Suite 305
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 559-0609
Cook County

Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.

Ages: 3 years and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Possible wait list.


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
(630) 468-2342
DuPage County
email: alobel@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com

Provides consultation to parents and teachers on challenging classroom behaviors. Review of school records. Available to do school observations and attend IEP meetings. Counseling for parents on IEP process.

Limited private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Jessica K. Paganis, MSW, LSW, P.L.A.Y Project home consultant
Suites 35 & 36
email: jessica@thecenterforhopeandhealing.com

Provides support in academic areas such as building social-emotional goals into an IEP; creating appropriate behavioral intervention plans; facilitating peer/buddy playround support; clarifying classroom/teacher expectations; and improving strategies for sensory and movement breaks throughout the school day. The Center for Hope and Healing is committed to providing therapeutic interventions that optimize the social, emotional, developmental and behavioral needs of children and families affected by autism and related disorders. Business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays to be determined by parent and therapist.

Ages: birth to 14 years.
Limited private insurance accepted.
Cost: varies by service.
No wait list.


Chicago Child Psychiatry Associates 

Amer Smajkic, MD
233 E. Erie St., #802
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 893-5701
Cook County
email: asmajkic@mac.com

Provides school evaluations.

Ages: 3-18 years.
Private insurance accepted.
2-week wait list.


Chicago Children's Clinic, LLC

Robert Daniels, PhD
1731 N. Marcey St., Suite 505
Chicago, IL 60614

10024 Skokie Blvd., Suite 222
Skokie, IL 60077

778 Frontage Road, Suite 123
Northfield, IL 60093

(312) 587-1742
Cook County
email: rdaniels@chicagochildrensclinic.com

Consultation services to help design education and treatment plans to ensure that children receive all accommodations and services to which they are entitled.

Ages: 6 months to 18 years.
Insurance not accepted. Most PPOs receive some reimbursement; however, payment is due at time of service. Claims are filed on patients' behalf.
Cost: $330 (hourly rate at PhD level); $75-$200 (hourly rate at MA level).
No wait list.


Chicago Neurodevelopmental Center

Drs. Anne Howard, Andrea Victor and Rachel Tercek
601 Skokie Blvd., Suite 203
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 272-2484
Cook County

Provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children with neurobehavioral challenges including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficits, learning disorders, and social-emotional challenges. Our psychologists also offer school-based consultation and can assist with special educational planning.

Ages: 3-18, we also work with young adults.
Insurance not accepted. Will assist families in seeking reimbursement from insurance providers.
Cost: $200 (per hour).
Possible short wait list.


Christine E. Fitzgerald, PhD, NCSP, LCPC 

Home- or community-based consultations.
(877) 947-7924

Serving Counties: Kane, McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Cook and Will

Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.

Ages: 3-18 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $125 (hourly rate).
No wait list.


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: shrinkcps@aol.com

Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.


Day By Day Family Solutions 

Judy L. Katz, OTR-L, Special Educational Consultant
109 Pine St.
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: (847) 899-1551
Email: judy@daybydayfamilysolutions.com

Helping parents/family/caregivers learn how to teach your child with special needs to engage in day by day activities in your home, your community, your school.


Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA 

1866 Sheridan Road, Suite 207
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 917-5385
Lake County
email: dgould847@aol.com

Provides school-based intervention services using a functional analysis of child's behavior and a behavior support plan created for the school setting.

Ages: birth and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $180 (hourly rate).
No wait list.
Evening and weekend hours available.


Evanston CASE

1940 Sherman Ave. Suite A
Evanston, IL 60201 
(847) 556-8676 
mail@evanstoncase.org

Provides community, advocacy, support, and education services to improve the lives of Evanston families impacted by disability.  We serve parents and caregivers with children aged 3 to 22, with any disability, who attend Evanston public and private schools by providing consultation and coaching services. 


Family Behavioral Health

Matthew Parvin, MD
24821 W. 135th St.
Plainfield, IL 60586
(815) 254-7400
Will County
email: fbhsecure@fbhchicago.com

Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.

Ages: 2-18 years.
Private insurance accepted.
Four-week wait list.


From Advocacy to Action 

Pam Labellarte, special education advocate
231 Bingham Circle
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 401-5053
email: plabellarte@gmail.com

Serving Illinois counties: Lake, McHenry, Cook, DuPage & Kane

Serving Wisconsin counties: Kenosha and Walworth

Special education advocate and parent of two children with a disability. Provides the educational/transition process. Services include: education, peer counseling, 504 plan multiple disciplinary conference (MDC-3 year evaluation, manifestation determination-discipline and mediation).

Cost: call for fee schedule.
No wait list.


HOPE Consulting, Inc. (Helping Others Progress and Excel) 

Amy Dodsworth-Sachs, BA, BCABA
1414 W. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(630) 921-1063
amydods@aol.com

Works with a variety of school districts, providing assessments, recommendations and trainings to district employees.

Ages: 2-18 years.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $120 (hourly rate); $25 (hourly rate for travel time).


Jeanne D. Beckman, PhD

P.O. Box 544
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-1251
Cook County
email: techpsych@techpsychologist.com

Beckman works with abled and disabled individuals and conducts in-depth evaluations for many disabilities, including low incidence and multiple handicaps. She assists families in writing specific goals and recommendations that are research-based and data-driven. She facilitates collaboration between the family, private providers, and schools to obtain appropriate accommodations and remediation in inclusive settings.

Ages: birth and up.
No wait list.


JJB Educational Consultants, Inc.

Jordan Burstein, IECA member
1441 Hemlock Knoll Terrace
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 940-8090
Email: jordan@jjb-edconsultants.com

JJB Educational Consultants specializes in finding appropriate educational placements for students with autism spectrum disorders. As independent educational consultants, we find the best match for each family and student to provide a successful educational experience.


KGH Autism Services

Phone: (224) 326-2206
Email: intake@kghautismservices.com
1161 Lake Cook Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015

Specializing in developmental-based ABA therapy (NDBI, ESDM) for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with ASD, in the home or at their specialized center. Providing therapeutic preschool and kindergarten, SLP, OT, mental health, parent training, sibling support, social groups, community support, significant problematic behavior support (FA) from early childhood through young adulthood. KGH also offers a Teen & Young Adult Center with a teaching apartment for teaching life skills. Serving Chicagoland, North Shore, West Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs, and Far North Suburbs. KGH has been supporting children and families for over 19 years.


Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc. 

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

DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook County.

Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.

Ages: birth to 18 years.
Insurance not accepted.
No wait list.


Nichole Dawson, PhD

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

Provides pediatric neuropsychological evaluations.


NorthShore University HealthSystem

Evanston Hospital
Rebecca Nelson, Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychologist
2650 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 570-2208

Provides diagnostic services.


Orland Family Institute, LLC 

Martins Adeoye, MD
15030 S. Ravinia Ave., Suite 30
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 364-0580 ext. 0 (Kim)
Cook County

Review of school records and recommendations for school programs.

Ages: birth to 18 years.
Private insurance accepted.
Six-week wait is typical.


Oto Ling

Willard Hooks, PhD, CCC-A/SLP
1020 East Ogden Ave., Suite 212
Naperville, IL 60563-8609
(630) 305-8288
otoling@mac.com

Available for consultation to families, as a means of facilitating test interpretation, implementation of goals, and the specialized strategies. This service is for a fixed fee, at a two-hour maximum. Call for more details. 


PACTT Learning Center

Paula Jablonski, principal
7101 N. Greenview Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Email: learningcenter@pactt.org

ISBE approved. PACTT's consultation and outreach program provides in-service training in a large-group setting for schools and districts, as well as individual behavioral consultation for specific students.


Progress Center for Independent Living

Main Office: 7521 Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
708-209-1500
info@progresscil.org

Satellite Office in Blue Island: 
12940 S. Western Ave.
Blue Island, IL 60406
708-388-5011

Provides assistance in advocacy, housing issues, independent living skills training, and resources for personal support workers. Also provide services and activities designed to prepare young people with disabilities for the transition to higher education and employment.


Project CHOICES

Project CHOICES assists school districts and communities in developing and expanding inclusive options for children and youth with disabilities. Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. There are two components to the project: CHOICES, which supports school-age children; and Early CHOICES, which supports preschool-age children. Consultants work in teams of four geographical regions of the state. To request support and to learn more.


Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD)

RCADD at FAST West
Garfield Community Service Center
10 South Kedzie, Room 202
Chicago, IL 60612
P 312-746-5447
F 312-743-0391

RCADD at FAST South
King Community Service Center
4314 South Cottage Grove, Room 103
Chicago, IL 60653
P 312-747-8571
F 312-747-8991

The Resource Center shares resources, referral information and trainings for families and educators of children with developmental disabilities.


Rush NeuroBehavioral Center

4711 W. Golf Road, Suite 1100
Skokie, IL 60676
(847) 933-9339
Cook County
email: info@rnbc.org

Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings. Bi-lingual therapy services offered (Spanish).

Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $125-$150 (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

Provides diagnostic assessments and medication management for autism spectrum disorders and other psychiatric conditions for individuals from early childhood through adults.


Ruth Kraus, PhD 

910 Skokie Blvd., Suite 235
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 559-0595
Cook County

Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.

Ages: 3 years and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $225 (hourly rate).
6 to 8-week wait list.


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.


Steinberg Behavior Solutions, Inc.

Sarah Steinberg, MS, BCBA
6719 N. Sacramento Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 330-1200
steinbergbehaviorsolutions@gmail.com

Sessions are conducted in the natural environment and home-based to facilitate generalization and incidental learning. Evaluations made using the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) approach along with a written comprehensive ABA program to target the child's skill deficits. Other services include: school consultations for children with and without diagnosis, school behavior plans, curriculum modifications, IEP representation, potty training, sleep consultations, feeding therapy, parent coaching, home behavior plans, and social skills.


Supported Futures

625 W Butterfield Road
Oak Brook IL 60523     
Phone: (630) 518-9095  
Email:  info@supportedfutures.com

Supported Futures is special needs planning and advocacy firm specializing in creating care plans. Educational Advocacy is treated as a non-confrontational team approach.


Transitions Developmental Therapy, PC 

Bianca D. Rodriguez, DT
225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 296-5990
DuPage County
3-18 years.

Linda Cervenka, SLT, CCC-SLP
225 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2505
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 473-2576

Provides consultation and training services to parents and school districts to help design a treatment plan for speech and language development concerns.

Birth to 16 years.


WEE Speech, PC 

Julie Levin, Speech Pathologist
8833 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 329-8226
office@weespeech.com

Review of school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings and consult with personnel.

Ages: birth-18 years.
BCBS provider. Credentialed early intervention providers.


The Winston Knolls School

2353 Hassell Rd., Ste. 110
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 884-7030
Cook County

Education consultant: review school records, recommendations for school programs, available to attend school meetings.

Ages: 2-16 years.
Insurance not accepted.
Intake assessment and evaluations: $135 (hourly rate).
Reports and phone/email consultation: $85 (hourly rate).
IEP support and development: $135 for evaluation, $85 per additional hour (additional travel fees may apply).
No wait list.