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Trainings and Workshops

Autism Services Provider and Beyond
800 W. Fith Ave Ste. 106F/G
Naperville, IL 60563
www.autismserviceprovider.com
kiya.olson@gmail.com
1.630.639.1655

Chicago Education Project 
chicagoeducationproject@comcast.net
1375 Remington Rd. Ste.A
Schaumburg, Il 60173
1.847.884.7030
http://www.chicagoeducationproject.org

Little Friends Center For Autism 
140 N. Wright Street
Naperville, Il 60540
1.630.355.6533
http://www.littlefriendsinc.org

Designs for Change
info@designsforchange.org
29 E. Madison Ste. 950
Chicago, Il 60602
1.312.236.7944
http://www.designsforchange.org

Easter Seals Joliet Region 
gvalentine@joliet.easterseals.com
212 Barney Drive
Joliet, Il 60345
1.815.725.2194
http://www.easterseals.com

El Valor
info@elvalor.net
1850 W. 21st St.
Chicago, Il 60608
1.312.666.4511
http://www.elvalor.org

Family Resource Center on Disabilites
frcdtiil@ameritech.com
20 E. Jackson Blvd Rm. 300
Chicago, Il 60604 1.312.939.3515
http://www.frcd.org

Have Dreams 
kjohnsen@havedreams.org 
515 Busse Hwy Suite
150 Park Ridge, Il 60058
1.847.685.0250
http://www.havedreams.org

Jewish Children’s Bureau of Chicago 
Chicago, Il 60606
1.312.444.3090
http://www.jcbchicago.org

Keshet abbie@keshet.org 
617 Landwehr
Northbrook, Il 60062
1.847.205.1234
http://www.keshet.org

Oak/Leyden Developmental Services 
Oak Park, Il 60302 1.708.524.1050
http://www.oakleyden.org

Chicago Childrens Clinic
1333 N. Kingsbury, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642
1.312.587.1742
Chicago, North Shore, Northwest suburbs
Insurance not accepted.
www.chicagochildrensclinic.com

Skill Sprout, LLC
508 N. Main St.
Washington, IL 61571
1.800.773.1682
http://www.skillsprout.com/

Autism Society of Illinois 
info@autismillinois.org
2200 S. Main St Ste. 205
Lombard, Il 60148
1.630.691.1270
http://www.autismillinois.org
Counties Served: Statewide

Support & Tech Assist. Southern Region (STARNET) 
sgage@stclair.k12.il.us
500 Wilshire Dr.
Belleville, Il 62223
1.618.397.8930
http://www.stclair.k12.il.us/starnet/

Tap Training Center at Southern Illinois University 
rtrammel@siu.edu 625 Wham Drive RM 124
Carbondale, Il 62901 1.618.536.2122
http://www.siu.edu/~rehabbat/autism
SIUC Center for Autism

Charleston Transitional Facility (CTF)
markklaus@stfillinois.org
521 7th St. Charleston, Il 61920
1.217.352.1557
http://www.ctfilllinois.org
Counties Served: Statewide

The Family Clinic at UIC
mlgra@uic.edu
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, Il 60608
1.312.413.1490
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/idhd/familyclinic.htm
Counties Served: Statewide

Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics 
1358 W. Randolph
Chicago, Il 60607
1.800.843.6154
http://www.illinoisaap.org
Counties Served: Statewide

The Illinois Autism Project 
LaGrange Area Dept of Special Education
1500 S. Grace St.
Lombard, Il 60148
1.630.889.7398
Counties Served: Statewide

Project Choices
info@projectchoices.org
1500 S. Grace St.
Lombard, Il 60148 1.630.629.0551
http://www.projectchoices.org
Counties Served: Statewide

Support & Tech Assist North Region (STARNET) 
Northern Region-The Center
855 Mount Prospect Rd.
Des Plaines, Il 60018
1.847.803.3565
http://www.thecenterweb.org
Serves: Metro

Support & Tech Assist Sourthern Region (STARNET) 

St. Clair County ROE
sgage@stclair.k12.il.us
500 Wilshire Dr.
Belleville, Il 62223
1.618.397.8930
http://www.stclair.k12.il.us/starnet/ Counties
Served: Statewide
Advanced Behavioral Solutions (ABS)
953 N. Plum Grove Rd., Ste. B
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 413-9001
Cook County
E-mail: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
Provides organizational consultation and workshops to determine your organization’s needs, conduct all preparatory data gathering, customize a workshop based on training goals, and deliver the workshop to your organization members. The staff has devised a number of these workshops for organizations in the past and is ready to help improve the functioning of your staff. Offers education/school consults to teachers on topics such as: classroom behavior management, working with resistant staff or parents, DSM diagnoses (e.g. ASD/PDD spectrum) and the school’s 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. More information on workshops and consultation services
Cost: varies.
No wait list.

ABS also offers free seminars, open to the public on issues from improving relationships to advocating for your child in the schools. Staff members will share their expertise with you in an educational, interactive forum. They are always updating their list of projected seminar topics and ask that you call to reserve a seat, as space is limited. More information on free seminars
Cost: free.
No wait list.

Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA)
National Town Meeting
University of Illinois Chicago Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60607
(217) 525-8332
Cook County
E-mail: AFAA@thehopeinstitute.us
The meeting will be a thoughtful, outcomes-oriented discussionand will not include long-winded speakers or panelists. The meeting will consist of small, group discussions providing each participant the opportunity to give direct, substantive feedback. Network computers and wireless keypad technology will transform the individual discussions into synthesized recommendations representative of the whole room. Working together, the small group discussions and technologies will create a clear set of shared priorities and recommendations to shape the next steps. The AFAA National Town Meeting will answer the following questions critical for the future of individuals with autism: (i) What is currently considered state-of-the-art in residential, vocational, recreational, and transitional programming? (ii) Where do we as a society want to go? What new models will allow individuals with autism to have full and meaningful lives? (iii) How will we get there? What projects, initiatives, strategic and policy changes will get us to where we want to go?
When: November 13, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 (per person).
Register here.

The Autism Center for Excellence at Giant Steps Illinois
First Responders Training
Contact: Susan Tybon
2500 Cabot Dr.
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 455-5730
DuPage County
E-mail: stybon@atc-gsi.org
Program’s goal is to educate emergency First Responders on how to identify and work with an individual living with autism. Program follows a train-the-trainer model where selected first responders (trainers) attend the training and train their colleagues at a later date. In addition, because this program takes place in a school for children with autism, the trainers actually gain experience interaction with someone living with autism, as students and staff are part of the program.
Cost: Please call Giant Steps for more information.
No wait list.

Belle Center of Chicago
Susan Karr, Program Director
1754 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-7868
Cook County
E-mail: susan@bellecenter-chicago.org
Staff members are available to come to your school, camp or community program to provide information and training that can assist in the inclusion of children with disabilities at your site. Some workshops include: Language Facilitation Techniques, Fine Motor Skills and Development, Practical Classroom Strategies for Sensory Integration Difficulties, and more. Most workshops can be modified into two-parts to accomodate schedules. Learn more.
Cost: call for fee schedule.
No wait list.

Bridges for Autism Foundation
Marcia Biordi-Brown
P.O. Box 102
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 444-0019
Cook County
E-mail: bridgeautism@aol.com
Provides education to professionals such as, medical personnel, educators, and providers, as well as parents and the general public. They collaborate with special education districts in the community creating unique and specialized programs.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Celebrate Differences
Rebecca Christiansen
2758B Rte. 34, Ste. 327
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 885-3006
Kendall County
E-mail: info@celebratedifferences.org
Provides educational workshops and training throughout the year on various topics to educate parents and professionals to better meet a child’s needs at home, in school and in the community. Parents and professionals will also receive information on and referrals to local resources for children with special needs.
When: call to inquire about next workshop date.
No wait list.

Community Support Services, Inc.
9021 Ogden
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 354-4547, ext. 189 (Tonya White)
Cook County
Offering free legal consultation with Daniel Contreras, J.D. from Equip for Equality. Consultation themes include special education and IEP, power of attorney for healthcare, power of attorney for property, supplementary security income (SSI), wills, transition planning for adolescents.
Call for future events.
Cost: free.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Autism Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research -What’s New?
Listening Project Clinic
Contact: Kimberly McCue
1939 W. 13th St., Ste. 203
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 491-4134
Cook County
E-mail: kimberly.mccue@eastersealschicago.org
Provides a research-based intervention known as the Listening Project Protocol (based on the Polyvagal Theory developed by Dr. Porges). It is designed to exercise processes involved in listening to human voice that may improve social communication by reducing hearing sensitivities and improving auditory processing. The intervention requires listening to music and stories that have been computer modified to exercise the nerves and muscles that help people listen to human voice, while dampening the distracting effects of background sounds. Based on preliminary research, the intervention best serves individuals with or with a history of auditory hypersensitivities. Involves 5 consecutive days, 1-1.5 hours per day, and optional research assessments.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $750. One time fee-for-service – to be paid at initial visit.
No wait list.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Autism Therapeutic School
The New Diagnosis Family Orientation
Katie Hench
1939 W. 13th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County
Program is designed to assist parents and family members in understanding autism spectrum disorders. It provides an opportunity for families to ask questions about this developmental disability and to meet other families who are on the same journey. Topics covered: introduction to autism spectrum disorders, research-supported interventions and available resources.
When: Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: free. Breakfast and lunch provided. For more information or to RSVP please contact Katie Hench (limited space available).

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago – Autism Program Service Center
Training for Day Care Professionals
Katie Hench
1001 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 564-4060
Cook County
E-mail: KHench@eastersealschicago.org
Training for day care providers on the subject of autism spectrum disorders, additional resources, learning aids, and tip sheets. Information on learning styles, communicative deficits, sensory sensitivities, social impairment, and behavioral issues will be covered.
For cost, date/time, or additional information, contact Katie Hench at (312) 564-4060.

Other Training Programs at Easter Seals include:
Introduction to Autism: Early Identification and Intervention is Key
Training covers the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and provides information on screening, diagnosis and intervention. Early intervention providers will learn about the clinical diagnostic process and how a clinical diagnosis differs from an educational diagnosis. Training provides instruction on the intervention needs and learning styles of children with ASD.
For more information, contact Katie Hench at at (312) 564-4060.

The New Diagnosis Family Orientation
Training is designed to assist parents and family members in understanding autism spectrum disorders. It provides an opportunity for families to ask questions and to meet other families who are on the same journey. Topics covered include introduction to ASD’s, research-supported interventions, and available resources. For more information, contact Katie Hench at at (312) 564-4060.

Law Enforcement and Other First Responder Training
Workshop addresses growing concern among first responders and families of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder regarding special issues related to this disability. Information on the characteristics of ASD and basis response techniques are provided. Curriculum also includes “critical communication” cards which contain the pictures for common words and phrases that will be necessary for communication between first responders and individuals who are nonverbal or who lose communication skills when under stress.
Training offered twice per quarter.
For more information, contact Katie Hench at at (312) 564-4060.

Eb Pediatric Resources
3712 N. Broadway, Ste. 250
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 458-9865
Cook County
Provides home or center-based parent/sibling training services on specific autism topics and other developmental disabilities.
Hourly rate: varies.
No wait list.

Encouraging Changes Counseling
Aimee Micetic, MA, LCPC
Registered Play Therapist
13717 S. Rte. 30, Ste. 159
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 274-3416
Will County
E-mail: amicetic@sbcglobal.net
Provides parenting skill classes.
When: Begins November 11, 2009 at 7 p.m. for 9 weeks.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $150 (per couple).
No wait list.

Family Matters
Parent Training & Information Center
Karrie Potter, Information Specialist
Lincolnland Building
1901 S. 4th St., Ste. 209
Effingham, IL 62401
(866) 436-7842
Serving: Kankakee County
E-mail: kpotter@fmptic.org or info@fmptic.org
Family Matters supplies information and training for parents and professionals who provide special education and related services to children with disabilities. Topics include: special education rights and responsibilities, IEP planning and participation, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, No Child Left Behind, alternate assessments, behavior and discipline, parent/school collaboration, conflict resolution, transition from early intervention to early childhood services and others.
Cost: free.

Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA
1866 Sheridan Rd., Ste. 207
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 917-5385
Lake County
E-mail: dgould847@aol.com
Provides staff training on autism, behavioral issues, social skills and other topics.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $180 (hourly rate).
No wait list. Evening and weekend hours available.

Life Team Partners, LLC
Brian R. King, LCSW
Allison Cotton, LCSW
1601 Bond St., Ste. 300
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 995-9559
DuPage County
Provides staff training on autism and development of social skills programs.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $120 (hourly rate for teleconference or videoconferencing).
Cost: $150 (hourly rate for on-site consulting, plus cost of travel).
No wait list.

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes
Julie Bogdanski, MA, Center Director
137 N. Oak Park Ave., Ste. 212
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 660-1860
Cook County
E-mail: jbogdanski@lblp.com

2nd Location:
Karen Rappaport, MEd, Center Director
405 Lake Cook Rd., Ste. 207
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 412-1841
Cook County
E-mail: lblpdeerfield@lblp.com
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes provides on-site workshops, live video conference workshops, and comprehensive school/district partnerships for phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, orthography, writing, critical thinking and math. Learn more about workshops.
Cost: varies depending on workshops.

Monahan & Cohen
Transition Planning and a New IEP Process: The Paradigm Shift
Presented by: Matt Cohen
Where: Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center
1551 N. Thoreau Dr.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 303-4100
Cook County
E-mail: mdcspedlaw@earthlink.net
When: November 8-10, 2009.

NIA Comprehensive Center for Developmental Disabilities
Parenting Class Program
Janice Eros
1808 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616-1611
(312) 949-1808, ext. 26
Cook County
Provides weekly parenting classes that offers hands-on parenting instruction. Learn effective discipline, potty-training, health care, child safety, nutrition, milestones for children’s development and growth, or a sleep schedule system. Guest speakers will be invited to the parent class for presenting some workshops and in service trainings.
When: First meeting – November 18, 2009. Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for 6 months.
Cost: no fee.
No wait list.

Positive Behavioral Connections, Inc.
Niki Thurkow, PhD, BCBA-D
Emily Cain, MS Ed
907 N. Main St.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 495-3441
Serving Counties: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook
E-mail: emily@connectingbehavior.com
Provides hands-on staff training education and training in human service settings including pre-schools, Sunday schools and day care centers to help maintain and improve a high level of staff performance. Also provides workshops tailored to families, professionals and educational organizations. Topics include: behavior basics, functional behavior assessments, implementing positive programming for behavioral concerns, Asperger syndrome, autism, sensory processing and verbal behavior.
Cost: $125 (hourly rate).
No wait list.

Spectrum Training Systems, Inc.
Presents: “Autism Across the Spectrum”
Presenters: Temple Grandin and Jed Baker
Where: Holiday Inn Crystal Lake
800 S. IL Route 31
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 477-7000
McHenry County

Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center
Nancy Samardzic
13318 W. Lincoln Hwy.
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
Will County
Parents should call ahead to register. Upcoming topics include: applied behavior analysis, increasing appropriate behavior, functional language training, managing challenging behavior.
When: Meets every third Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: no fee. Please contact if childcare is required at least 3 days before presentation.
No wait list.

WEE Speech, PC
Laura Drower, Julie Levin
8833 Gross Point Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 329-8226
Cook County
E-mail: info@weespeech.com
Provides continuing education workshops and educational advocacy pertaining to children with special needs and their families.
BCBS provider. Credentialed Early Intervention provider.
No wait list.

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