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Living Skills Training

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

Lake County Center For Independent Living
377 N. Seymour Ave.
Mundelein, Il 60060

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
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.

Have Dreams
Teen Program

Dana La Brose, MMNA
515 Busse Hwy., Ste. 150
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
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. Each week involves cooking (i.e. planning a meal, shopping, cooking, eating together and cleaning up), units (e.g. safety, pop music, manners, nutrition, shopping mall), exercise, and independent/partner work activities. Participants also go on outings in the community (restaurants, movies, mall, bowling, etc.) to practice skills learned in class.
When: Meets on Fridays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Ages: 14 and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Independent Living at Have Dreams
This pre-teen/teen program provides the opportunity to develop daily living skills, such as cooking, group names and independent leisure. Participants practice pre-vocational skills, preparation, job awareness and work stamina.
When: Meets on Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 10 and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Kids Can Do, Inc.
Life Skills Group

19100 S. Crescent Dr., Ste. 101
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 478-5400
Will County
The OT department holds a life skills group that is targeted towards pre-teens 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 and up.
Private insurance accepted and DSCC.
No wait list.

Little Friends Center for Autism, Inc.
Life Skills BASICS

1001 E. Chicago Ave., Ste. 151
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 305-4196
Serving Counties: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Cook.
The BASIC Model is designed to instruct parents on how to teach their child basic life skills using visual systems and discrete trial. Consultation is provided in the home by a life skills consultant who will assist the parent in developing goals, teaching the child, monitoring goals and progress, and advancing the child’s skills. Parents interested in applying for the BASICS Program need to click on application.
Ages: 3-10.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost for home assessment : $150 (plus travel).
Individual program development cost: $90 (per hour plus materials).
Consultant travel cost: $30 (per hour).
No wait list.
Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW
Therapist for Adults & Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders/Anixiety Disorders

1101 Lake Street, Suite 405A
Oak Park, Il 60301
Phone: (847)338.2525 

Life Skills Unlimited
Robin Rhode


Northwest Behavioral Health Services, PC.

Brooke Einhorn M.S. Ed

Behavior Analyst and Learning Behavior Specialist

121 South Wilke Road, Suite 200

Arlington Heights, IL 60005


Ages: 2 and up

Services Provided: ABA Therapy (Clinic and In-Home), Comprehensive neuropyschological assessment for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Social Skills Groups, Educational Tutoring


Special Bridge

(844) 222-5777

Special Bridge is a safe, private, and fun online social community for adults with disabilities. Through a friendly and supportive environment, people of all ability levels can make new friends in an interactive and welcoming setting.

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