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Social Skills

Children & Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Social Skills groups are forming
at UIC!

Eligible participants: Children & Teens who have a diagnosis of PDD-NOS or Asperger Syndrome who are able to verbally communicate and who do not have aggressive behavior

Groups will focus on (but are not limited to):
~Conversational skills
~Making & keeping friends
~ Problem solving skills
~ Dealing with teasing/bullying

Contact: Jessica Schultz, M.A., LCPC, at 312.996.7457 for a telephone interview and further information.

Autism Bright Futures: For Children, Adults & Their Familes
Sherry Laten, LCSW, MSW, Ph.D
Buffalo Grove, Westchester, Roselle
847.229.8864
slaten49@hotmail.com

BDI Playhouse Children’s Therapy 
Info@bditherapy.com
11141 W. 183rd St.
Orland Park, Il 60641
708.478.1820
http://www.bdiplayhouse.com

By Your Side
Autism Language Center
Contact: Craig Martin or Matthew Croke
16W361 S. Frontage Rd. Ste. 131
Burr Ridge Il, 60527
630.590.5571
www.byyoursideautismcenter.com

The Prairie Clinic 
Dr. Tim Wahlberg
101 Fabyan Parkway Ste.101
Geneva, Il 60134
630.845.9644
http://www.thepraireclinic.com

Blazing Prairie Stars 
BlazingPS@msn.com
47W635 Bieth Rd.
Maple Park, Il 60151
630.365.5550
http://www.blazingpraire.com

The Center for Enriched Living

Lauren Berndt

847.948.7001

280 Saunders, Riverwoods IL 60015

Ages: 11+ (Age varies by program)

*Private pay

The Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life.

Privately funded non-profit agency serving the social needs of people of all ages with developmental and intellectual disabilities-such as Down Syndrome, Autism, and Fragile X Syndrome.  The Center is the place that brings friends and peers together-to benefit from life-long learning and enrichment, to enjoy social activities, and to be an active part of the community.  The Center has been serving the Chicago-area for more than 44 years.

www.centerforenrichedliving.org

 

Easter Seals Dupage and The Fox Valley Region
830 S. Addison Ave
Villa Park, Il 60181
630.620.6283

Integrated Pediatric Interventions at JCFS

Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center

3145 W. Pratt Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60645

 

Elaine Kersten Children’s Center

255 Revere Dr., Suite 200

Northbrook, IL 60062

“Integrated Pediatric Interventions, a program of Jewish Child & Family Services, offers Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Developmental Therapy, Autism Assessment, Developmental Delays, Social Work, Therapeutic Groups, Sensory Integration, Aquatic Therapy, Feeding Therapy, Auditory Verbal Therapy, Family Education and Support.”

Advanced Behavioral Solutions (ABS)
953 N. Plum Grove Rd., Ste. B
Schaumburg, IL 60173
847.413.9001
Cook County
E-mail: advancedbehavioral@msn.com
See below description for each social skills group for children and adolescents with high functioning autism/Asperger’s disorder.

Young Social Skills Group at ABS
This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for girls and boys with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) or PDD-like symptoms who experience difficulties in the areas of expressive communication and social interaction. Through the use of puppets, games, arts and crafts and role play, boys and girls will practice better conversational skills, learn to show interest in others, learn the nuances of verbal and nonverbal communication, develop appropriate assertiveness and cooperative play skills, and learn how to develop and build friendships and relationships. Educational information is also provided to parents to assist their child in social situations, school, and at home.
When: Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Ages: 4-6 (boys and girls).

Social Skills Group at ABS
This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for girls and boys with PDD or PDD-like symptoms who experience difficulties in the areas of expressive communication and social interaction. Through the use of games, arts and crafts and role play, boys and girls learn better conversational skills, learn the nuances of verbal and nonverbal communication, develop appropriate assertiveness and cooperative play skills, differentiate between being a leader versus a follower, learn appropriate telephone etiquette, and learn how to develop and build friendships and relationships. Educational information is also provided to parents to assist their child in social situations, school, and at home.
When: Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Ages: 7 to 11 (boys and girls).

Teen Social Skills Group at ABS
This group focuses on the ABCs of social skills for teens with PDD or PDD-like symptoms who experience difficulties with expressive communication and social interaction. This group focuses on improving communication, learning more effective ways of handling peer pressure, dealing with siblings and/or family conflict, learning better problem-solving and decision-making skills, exploring issues related to self-image, and learning more effective ways of handling stress in school, family and social situations. Educational information is also provided to parents to assist their teen in social situations, at school and at home.
When: Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m.
Ages: 12-18 (girls and boys).
Out-of-network provider.
Cost: $140 for intake/assessment.
Cost: $40 per session (for all of the above groups listed).

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Pediatric Developmental Center
3040 N. Wilton, 2nd Fl.
Chicago, IL 60657
773.296.5676
Cook County
E-mail: Jennifer.Lira@advocatehealth.com
8 to 12 week social skills groups which target varying levels of skill.
Private and public insurance accepted.

Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.
Social Skills Group taught by: Special Educator and Licensed Counselor
Krista Stewart, ext. 120
3105 N. Wilke Rd., Ste. H
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
(847) 255-8690, ext. 137
Cook County
Topics include initiating and maintaining friendships, communication and socializing with others, listening/eye contact, following rules and directions, getting along with others, feeling good about oneself, respect for others/manners and problem solving.
When: Meets on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. Classes begin on September 24-November 12.
Ages: 8-10.
When: Meets on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Classes begin on September 24-November 12.
Ages: 10-13.
Cost: $115 (8 weeks).
Financial assistance available.
Class size is limited – register as soon as you can.

Other Social Skills Classes available at Arlington Pediatric Therapy:
Let’s Play

Taught by: Mindee Pinto, Early Childhood Special Educator
Social play group with hands on play and learning experiences. A variety of materials and play will be introduced that your child can explore. A multi-sensory approach consists of movement, body awareness, role playing, music, art and sensory exploration.
When: Meets on Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Ages: 3-5.
Cost: $112.

High School Social Skills Group
This class is geared toward higher functioning autism who are struggling in the area of social skill development with the opportunity to learn about, talk about and practice various social skills. Discussion and role playing will be the emphasis of this class.
When: Meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $84 (6 weeks).

Sexuality, Relationships and Friendships Program
Contact Mary Beth Mayer at Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd., ext. 127
Social skills class focuses on how you can feel comfortable talking about your feelings, how appropriate relationships are developed and provides information on sexuality.
When: Meets on Tuesdays, time and date T.B.A. Group begins in Spring, 2010.
Ages: 13 and up.
Cost: $100, varies by number of weeks in program.
No wait list.

Asperger Syndrome and Related Disorders Social Skills Group
Diane Gould, LCSW, BCBA
Elena Kaiser, MA, ATR, LCPC
5225 Old Orchard Rd., Ste. 45
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 917-5385 (Diane) or (847) 337-2377 (Elena)
Cook County
E-mail: dgould847@aol.com (Diane)
Social skills group for young adults with Asperger Syndrome, PDD, high-functioning autism, and nonverbal learning disabilities. The group will work on social thinking, social skills, friendship and relationship skills, problem solving, communication skills, sexuality, flexibility and stress management. The group will include role playing, social outings, art therapy, relaxation training and hobby/interest sharing.
When: Thursdays, September 24-November 19, 2009 from 7 to 8 p.m. (9 consecutive weeks).
Ages: 18-24.
Cost: $65 each session. The group should be partially covered by most insurance companies.
No wait list.

The Autism Center for Excellence at Giant Steps Illinois
Life Skills Vocational Program
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 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 and up.
Private insurace accepted.
Cost: Please call Giant Steps for more information.
No wait list.

Behavioral Care Associates
Virginia Seng, PhD
Amie Yanover, PsyD
999 Plaza Dr., Ste. 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 619-1880, ext. 19
Cook County
E-mail: ginseng825@yahoo.com
Social skills group for children and adolescents who have Asperger’s disorder, autism or a nonverbal learning disability who have difficulty reading non-verbal social cues, using pragmatic language (e.g. eye contact, turn taking, maintaining personal space boundaries) and maintaining friendships.
Ages: 5-7 (boys), Meets on Thursdays, 4-4:50 p.m. (10-week group)
8-10 (boys), Meets on Saturdays, 9-9:50 a.m. (10-week group)
11-13 (boys), Meets on Saturdays, 10-10:50 a.m. (10-week group)
14-16 (boys), Meets on Saturdays, 11-11:50 a.m. (10-week group)
14-16 (boys), Meets on Tuesdays, 7-7:50 p.m. (10-week group)
Private insurance may be accepted.
Cost: $65 per session (50 minutes).
No wait list.

Behavioral Psychology Associates
Virginia M. Seng, PhD
Amie Yanover, PsyD
111 Lions Dr., Ste. 220
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 619-1880, ext. 25
Lake County
Social skills group offered for girls and boys needing assistance with skills related to making and keeping friends. Group focuses on non-verbal cues, strategies for initiating and joining other children, good listening skills, conflict-resolution/problem-solving, and self-monitoring.
When: Meets Fall Term (September, 2009) (10 weeks).
Ages: 8-10 (girls), 9-9:50 a.m.
11-13 (girls), 10-10:50 a.m.
Private insurance may be accepted.
Cost: $65 per session (50 minutes).
No wait list.

Belle Center of Chicago
Socializing in the Summer
Susan Karr, Program Director
1754 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-7868
Cook County
E-mail: susan@bellecenter-chicago.org
Interactive experiences to enhance child’s communication, self-esteem, and cooperative play skills through a variety of language, sensory and motor activities. Children will learn the importance of expressing thoughts, feelings and ideas, taking turns, and working within and as part of a group. Led by a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist.
When: 6/22/09-7/31/09 (6 weeks).
Ages: 3-5, Meets on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.
5-7, Meets on Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
7-9, Meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Cost: $450.
No wait list.

Other Social Skills Groups at Belle Center:
Let’s Talk and Play!

In this group, communication and language skills will be encouraged and enriched through natural play. Children will have many opportunities to practice using a variety of communication skills for getting along with and playing with others. Turn-taking, as well as negotiating, sharing, giving, and requesting will be emphasized. Led by a speech-pathologist.
Meets on Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m.
Ages: 5-6.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Cost: $450.
No wait list.

Play Pals…Sensory Explorers
Play Pals is a therapeutic group with the overall goal to improve each child’s self-confidence and ability to work and play with others. In order to accomplish this goal, the group leader will use multi-sensory art activities, interactive projects, and games designed to assist participants in improving social peer interaction skills, sensory tolerances, processing and modulation abilities, and motor coordination. Led by an occupational therapist.
When: 6/22/09-7/31/09 (6 weeks).
Meets on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Ages: 6-8.
Private and public insurance accepted.
Cost: $450.
No wait list.

Cawn/Krantz & Associates, Ltd.
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP/L
650 Academy Dr.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 480-8890
Cook County
E-mail: sherrislp@cawn-krantz.com
Peer Buddies, a year-round social development group offers an opportunity for preschool-age to teenagers to be successful in developing meaningful, successful, and enjoyable social/play interactions with peers.
Ages: 0-14.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Charlie’s Gift
Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Susan Kahan
1048 W. Ogden Ave., Ste. 130
Downers Grove, IL 60521
(630) 810-1200
DuPage County
E-mail: charliesgift@att.net
Offers social skills groups for children through pre-teens. Groups include: “Friendship Clubs” and “Arts and Friends.”
Ages: 3-18.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Chatabilities, Ltd.
Social Skills Program: SEE What I’m Saying?
Julie Prato, MA, CCC-SLP
Meg Kwak, PhD
Location: Elmhurst College Speech and Language Clinic
190 Prospect Ave., 210 Circle Hall
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 270-7322
E-mail: julieprato@charitables.com
This group is designed to help kids who are struggling with understanding the unwritten rules of social interactions such as making friends, the art of conversation, understanding of body language, making positive impressions,
Ages: 10-15 (boys and girls).
Cost: $650 (may be covered by insurance). Cost includes 12-hours of therapy, materials and dinner.
No wait list.
Communication Clubhouse
Diane Lee
2901 Finley Rd., Ste. 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 495-6800, ext. 117
DuPage County
Group focus is developing communication and social skills of children with a diagnosis of Asperger’s disorder or autism with established verbal communication skills.
Ages: 18 months to 13 years.
Private and public insurance accepted.
No wait list.

The Art of Play
Group incorporates art as a means of therapeutic intervention for children who have experienced loss or other trauma in life. Situations such as divorce, seperation, etc. are difficult subjects to approach with children. This group opens a dialogue by allowing children to create and then reflect upon the art products and processes to increase their awareness of self and others, cope with anxiety and manage stress.
Where: 2901 Finley Rd., Ste. 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 495-6800, ext. 117
DuPage County
When: call for upcoming dates.
Ages: 3-4: Meets on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Ages: 5-7: Meets on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Cost: call for rates.
Deadline to register: Join at any time.

Slice O’Life
Group offers real life experiences in the community coupled with clinical training. Skills addressed include social referencing in new situations, problem solving and developing situation specific communication styles. This program is an opportunity to practice social skills in a therapeutic beneficial environment.
Where: 2901 Finley Rd., Ste. 102
Downers Grove, IL 60515
DuPage County
When: call for upcoming dates.
Meets on Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Ages: 11-13.
Cost: call for rates.
Deadline to register: Join at any time.

The Discovery Clinic
Gene Newton, MA
1306 Waukegan Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 901-0909
Cook County
Social skills groups for children and adolescents with Asperger’s disorder that uses specific interests of a child to teach skills that are missing to foster success in life.
6-8 sessions.
Ages: 5-18.
Out-of-network provider.
No wait list.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
Autism Program Service Center
Contact: Michelle Fieldman, M.Ed
1747 W. Roosevelt Rd, Suite 110
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 491-3952
Cook County
E-mail: AHood@eastersealschicago.org
The “Getting Along Social Skills Group” is an 8-week program developed to enhance adaptive social skills in youth with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. It is run by licensed social workers and a board certified behavior analyst.
When: 7/14/09-8/15/09. Next social skills group will be held in September, 2009.
Cost: free.
Group at capacity. To be put on waiting list, contact Abbey Hood.

Edgewood Clinical Services, LLC
1288 Rickert Dr., Ste. 120
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 428-7890
DuPage County

2nd Location:
14722 S. Naperville Rd., Ste. 112
Plainfield, IL 60544
(630) 428-7890
Will County
Social skills group.
When: Meets on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.
Ages: 8-10 (boys).
Private insurance accepted.
Possible 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
Interactive social skills group geared toward game play and art projects. Co-leader integrates occupational therapy into group.
Ages: 3-5 (alternating Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m.).
6-8 (alternating Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m.).
9-12 (Thursday nights from 5 to 6 p.m.).
13-15 (alternating Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m.).
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $30 (hourly rate per session).
No wait list.

Have Dreams Park Ridge
Cooking & Conversation
Dana La Brose, MMNA
515 Busse Hwy., Ste. 150
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
E-mail: dllabrose@hotmail.com
Cooking activities provide a natural opportunity for practicing social skills, following directions, turn taking, and reading. Games and activities, which promote conversation, comprehension and asking/answering questions, round out the program.
When: Meets on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Ages: 11-14.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Other Social Skills Programs at Have Dreams:

Interactive Games and Art Therapy
A center-based program that introduces children to board games, card games and group games. Games are adapted to promote socialization and communication skills. Adaptations and prompts are faded as children become familiar with and understand the games, enabling them to play the games in other settings. Art is also incorporated in this program, offering children a visual means of self-expression.
Ages: 6-10, Meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
11-14, Meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Music and Social Games
Interactive songs and activities will provide the framework to encourage language and social skills. Skills such as turn taking, waiting, sharing and attending will be practiced.
When: Meets on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Ages: 5-10.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.
Social Skills Program
This is a center-based program in which children are engaged in social learning opportunities and activities. Thematic units are integrated in each learning center. Learning centers include games, reading, art, gross motor activities, cooking, and music. Skills such as turn taking, waiting, sharing and attending will all be practiced. Games are adapted to promote socialization and communication skills. Adaptations and prompts are faded as students become familiar with and understand the game concepts, enabling them to play the games in other settings. Cooking activities provide a natural opportunity for practicing social skills, following directions, turn taking, and reading.
Ages: 4-7, Meets on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
6-10, Meets on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
8-11, Meets on Mondays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Social Skills Program (2nd Location)
Have Dreams

Dana La Brose, MMNA
Park School
828 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
E-mail: dllabrose@hotmail.com
This is a center-based program in which children are engaged in social learning opportunities and activities. Thematic units are integrated in each learning center. Learning centers include games, reading, art, gross motor activities, cooking, and music. Skills such as turn taking, waiting, sharing and attending will all be practiced. Games are adapted to promote socialization and communication skills. Adaptations and prompts are faded as students become familiar with and understand the game concepts, enabling them to play the games in other settings. Cooking activities provide a natural opportunity for practicing social skills, following directions, turn taking, and reading.
Ages: 6-10, Meets on Mondays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
6-10, Meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Pre-Teen Social Group (2nd Location)
Have Dreams
Dana La Brose, MMNA
Park School
828 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
E-mail: dllabrose@hotmail.com
Each program offers activities to promote social interactions, working cooperatively, and learning new skills. Each week introduces units (units are tailored based on feedback from the teens regarding their interests such as movies, pop music, comic books, etc.), adapted sports and games (kickball, basketball, bean bags, etc.), group language activities, table games, cooking and conversations, and fitness and healthy-living. All activities promote peer relationships, communication, and independence.
When: Meets on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Ages: 10-14.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

KGH Consultation & Treatment, Inc.
Melissa Menn, MSW
3100 Dundee Rd., Ste. 704
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-5437 ext. 20
Cook County
E-mail: melissamenn@KGHconsultation.org
Social skills group for students with high-functioning autism/PDD, Asperger’s disorder, executive functioning deficits and/or non-verbal learning disability. Goals for this group include enhancing social and relationship development to encourage students to seek support from peers, to facilitate social conversations between students and facilitate social engagement (e.g. small talk) in various age-appropriate activities.
When: Call for upcoming dates.
Meets on Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ages: 10-14.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $29 per session.
No wait list. Joint at any time.

Kids Communicate
Contact: Bridgette Nicholson
Where: Streamwood, IL
Cook County
E-mail: bnicholson@customsolutions.us
Social skills group for children who have Aspergers or high functioning autism. The group is also for children who have challenges with verbal and/or written communication, but good intelligence. The group will focus on written/verbal communication and social interaction/social skills. Sessions will involve the following activities: exercise warm-up with music, drama, role play and acting, writing, creating PowerPoint presentations and giving presentations, creating videos and playing. Group leader is an OT and has 25 years of dealing with students who have special needs. Learn more.
When: Begins June 2009.
Ages: Grades 3 through 6.
Cost: free.

Learning Through Play Center for Child Development
Staff includes: BCBA, Art/Music Therapists, DTs, LSW, LCPC
633 W. Addison
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 458-9865 or (773) 615-3202
Cook County
Social Engagement Playgroup: uses music and art to motivate children to participate in group activities, learn to communicate with others, and gain confidence in social situations. This class is for children with autism, sensory dysfunction, or social/language deficits.
Meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Structured Developmental Playgroup: uses specific strategies to help children transition easily from one activity to the next. This class is for children who are high-functioning ASD/PDD or developmental delays.
Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.
Ages: 2-5.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: see web site or call for info.
No wait list.

Life Team Partners, LLC
Brian R. King, LCSW
Allison Cotton, LCSW
1601 Bond St., Ste. 300
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 995-9559
DuPage County
Specialized groups for children and adolescents with Asperger’s disorder to enhance social-emotional awareness and promote relationship skills that are customized to their unique strengths and needs.
Boys’ Elementary: (4th to 5th graders): Meets on Mondays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. or Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m. (8 weeks)
Boys’ Jr. High: Meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (8 weeks)
Boys’ High School: Meets on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (8 weeks)
Girls’ Middle School: Meets on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Girls’ High School: Meets on Saturdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Young Women’s Group (Meets in Spring 2009, T.B.A.)
Women’s Groups (Meets in Spring 2009, T.B.A.)
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $40 per session.
No wait list.

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc
Friendship Groups
Contact: Mary Crissman
1001 E. Chicago Ave., Ste. 151
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196
DuPage County
Social skills group addressing children with high-functioning autism, PDD, or Asperger’s disorder. Group works on basic friendship skills (such as using eye contact, greeting others, taking turns, and practicing conversation) and social skills with a lot of individualized attention. The group will include games and snacks.
When: Meets on Mondays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
3 age groups: 5-6
10-12 (boys)
13-15

Ann Maxwell, PhD
125 S. East Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-3480
Cook County
E-mail: apmaxwell@sbcglobal.net
Ages: 3-18.
Provides social skills groups.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

North Shore Pediatric Therapy
1308 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025, Cook County
1700 W. Cortland, Chicago, IL 60622, Cook County
1442 Old Skokie Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035, Lake County
(877) 486-4140
E-mail: info@nspt4kids.com
Provides social skills groups.
Ages: varies.
Out-of-network provider.
Cost: $144.
No wait list.

Potanos and Associates
Social Skills Groups
Jenny Potanos, MA, CCC/SLP-L
1N031 Coventry Dr.
Wheaton, IL 60188
(630) 510-8021
DuPage County
E-mail: jpotanos@speakeasy.net
Cosley Zoo Play Camp
Ages: preschool to 3rd grade (summer group-7 weeks, 2 hrs., 1x per week).
Bowling with Friends
Ages: 3rd grade to middle school (summer group-7 weeks, 2 hrs., 1x per week).
Integrated Play Groups
Ages: 0-18 (group meets all year long).
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: varies; will work with families on this.
Possible wait list. Contact Ms. Potanos around April to get into summer groups.

Rush NeuroBehavioral Center
4711 W. Golf Rd., Ste. 1100
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 933-9339
Cook County
E-mail: info@rnbc.org
Ages: 4-17.
Provides children with specific social skills necessary for developing successful and long-lasting social relationships. Children will be grouped with peers of the same age and who demonstrate similar social concerns.
Insurance not accepted.
Rates available upon request.
Wait list varies. Groups available throughout the year.

Genevieve Thorton, PsyD
899 Skokie Blvd., Ste. 204
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 559-3240
Cook County
Social perspective-taking group that focuses on behavior and how it impacts others.
When: Meets Thursdays and Fridays, time varies.
Ages: 2-18.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Social Thinking Therapeutic Group for Teenage Girls
Social skills group for teen girls who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome or non-verbal learning disability. Group will benefit from learning perspective taking skills and opportunities to practice skill acquisition in a supportive therapeutic environment.
When: Meets on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. (10 weeks).
Ages: 14-18.
5 person maximum.
Scholarships available.

TMS Psychological Services, PC
Facilitated by: Erin Marek, PsyD and Helen Jonas, MA
1515 N. Harlem Ave., Ste. 304
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-3405, ext. 10
Cook County
E-mail: stafftms@sbcglobal.net
Social skills group designed for children who have difficulty communicating and getting along with their peers or siblings. It will help children build skills in a variety of areas including: communication and listening, understanding boundaries and personal space, friendship building and peer interactions, cooperation and teamwork, problem solving, and management of frustration and anger.
When: Meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Ages: 8-12.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 per session.
No wait list.

Other Social Skills Groups Offered at TMS:

Emotion Management (including Anger) Group
Facilitated by: Erin Marek, PsyD and Helen Jonas, MA
Group is designed for children who have difficulty managing emotions and using appropriate ways to express feelings (including anger). Group will help children build skills in a variety of areas including: recognition and communication (both verbal and nonverbal) of feelings, cooperation, good sportsmanship, problem solving, and management of frustration.
Group meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Ages: group designed for children and/or teens.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 per session.
No wait list.

Creative Skills Group
Facilitated by Daniel Kelly, PsyD
Group’s focus is to facilitate emotional growth and self-awareness through creative and artistic expression. The skills acquired in this group will lead to more effective emotional regulation and social interaction. Participants are challenged to engage in self-exploration and gain a deeper understanding of themselves, while witnessing and supporting similar experiences in other group members.
When: Meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Ages: group designed for children, teens, or adults.
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 per session.
No wait list.

Wii Based Social Skills Group
Facilitated by: Daniel Kelly, PsyD
Group’s focus is to help children understand how to create, nurture, and sustain quality relationships. The creation of these relationships will be facilitated by a shared interest in the Wii. Problem solving, confliction resolution, de-escalation and sharing will be targeted as specific skills to be established through the group experience.
When: Meets once a week for 6 to 8 weeks.
Ages: 8-12 (boys and girls).
Private insurance accepted.
Cost: $50 per session.
No wait list.

Transitions Developmental Therapy, PC
Bianca D. Rodriguez, DT
225 Enterprise Dr., Ste. 2505
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 296-5990
DuPage County
Group focuses on building and developing social skills.
Ages: 3-18.
Private insurance accepted.
No wait list.

Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center
Nancy Samardzic
13318 W. Lincoln Hwy.
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
Will County
Ages: 2-18.
Empirically-based interventions are used to teach social skills to small groups of individuals with similar needs. The parent training component allows parents/guardians to promote generalization of the targeted skills.
Insurance not accepted.
Sliding scale fee available.
No wait list.

Turning Point Behavioral Health
Lori Gerber
8324 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077-2545
(847) 933-0051, ext. 461
Cook County
Asperger’s disorder group focuses on building and developing social skills.
Private and public insurace accepted.
Possible wait list.

University of Illinois Institute for Juvenile Research Developmental Disabilities Clinic
Lana Roth, LCSW

1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 413-4624
Cook County
Age group and duration of social skills groups vary.
Private and public insurance accepted.
3-6 month 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
“Back to School” social language group provides children with fun opportunities to experience peer relationships in a positive and supportive environment. Groups are run by a team of professionals, including a licensed speech/language pathologist and social worker. Small groups are designed to help children navigate through building peer relationships, integrate their speech and language skills in a social setting, and form lasting friendships with other children.
When: Groups will begin in September and will last for 8 consecutive weeks.
Ages: 2-10.
BCBS provider. Credentialed early intervention program.
No wait list.

Youth Services of Glenview
Sara Mischler, LCPC
3100 West Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 724-2620
Cook County
Social skills group for children and adolescents with non-verbal learning disability and/or Asperger’s disorder. Children in the explorers program engage in a wide variety of activities designed to enhance their social outlets as well as build their ability to navigate peer interactions. Explorer kids work with staff from Youth Services to develop social goals and evaluate and modify these goals after every activity.
Explorer Groups meet year round, two Saturdays a month.
Age Groups: Grades 3 through 5
Grades 6 through 8
Grades 9 through 12
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $300 (6 sessions).
Wait list: grades 3 through 5.

Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW
Therapist for Adults & Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder/ Anxiety Disorders
1101 Lake Street, Suite 405A
Oak Park, IL 60301
Email: Dawnlabrose@comcast.net
Phone: (847) 338-2525

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

Social Skills Website
http://jillkuzma.wordpress.com
Site offers free social skills materials, PDF downloads of visuals, lesson ideas and more. No membership required

Right Turn Program

Riverview Counseling Services
226 State Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Office: 630-587-3777
Fax: 630-587-3791
cheryl@riverviewcounselingservices.com

Advance Communication
Teresa K. Armstrong PhD CCC-SLP
825 W. State Street
Suite 119 C
Geneva, Illinois
60134

Email: taccc@aol.com
Phone: 1-630-801-9909

.Woodallkids Outreach Program – Wheaton
PO Box 1556
Wheaton, IL 60187
www.woodallkids.org/programs.html
Phone:972-800-3712
Email: bethany@woodallkids.org

Skill Sprout, LLC

www.SkillSprout.com

800.773.1682

Clinic Locations: Lombard, Washington, Peoria, Springfield and Normal.

In-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services offered throughout the state.

Skill Sprout provides integrated, multi-disciplinary services to families and children with a wide range of ability levels.  Skill Sprout offers Free Autism Screenings, Diagnostic Services, ABA Services, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

 

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