Asperger’s Specialist Lombard IL

Named after Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician who identified the condition in 1944, Asperger’s syndrome falls on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorders is an umbrella term covering a host of disorders, including classic autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified.

Autism Center for Excellence, Inc.
(630) 455-5730
8320 South Madison Avenue
Burr Ridge, IL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Aspire Childrens Services
(708) 236-0979
1815 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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BDI Playhouse Childrens Therapy
(708) 478-1820
Naperville, IL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Auditory Integration Therapy, Camps, Floortime, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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ABA Therapy
(847) 486-4140
Glenview, Chicago and Highland Park
Illinois, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Lindamood Bell, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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MedCare Rehab
(847) 724-7600
3633 W Lake Ave
Glenview, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Residential, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY, Therapy Providers

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Milestones—For Kids Success (Janet Puderbaugh)
(630) 792-1800
2901 Finley Rd., Ste. 101
Downers Grove, IL
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Aspire
(708) 547-3575
9901 Derby Lane
Westchester, IL
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Floortime, Helpful Websites, Independent Living Centers, Job Coach, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Residential, Respite, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,Adult

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Easter Seals: Lee A. Daniels Center
(630) 357-9699
698 South Route 59
Naperville, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers

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North Shore Pediatric Therapy
(877) 486-4140
1308 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavorial Intervention, Floortime, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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ABA, Floortime, RDI, OT, PT, Speech, Nutrition, Social Groups
847-486-4140 or 773-278-6500
North Shore Pediatric Therapy
Glenview, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Isolated by Chaos

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By Catherine Guthrie

Lisa Everitt first noticed something awry with her son, Mark, when he turned three. An active and happy infant, he was becoming anxious and depressed. Doctors fingered Everitt’s looming divorce as the source of her son’s moodiness, but the Colorado mom suspected a more profound problem.

Her fear was confirmed when Mark started first grade. Overwhelmed by the chaos of the classroom, she says, he spent much of his time lying on the floor with his hands clapped over his ears. Not knowing where to turn for help, Everitt found herself immersed in a maze of medical jargon and misdiagnoses. “A string of people gave Mark the diagnosis du jour,” she says. “Everyone had an idea of what was wrong with him, and no two people agreed.” Over the next few years, she and Mark hopscotched from one doctor’s office to another. Then, when Mark was in fifth grade, a cognitive behavioral therapist correctly diagnosed him with Asperger’s syndrome. For the first time, Everitt felt like someone understood what she and Mark had been going through. “It was a huge relief,” she says.

Today, Mark is a sophomore in high school and learning what it means to be a typical 16-year-old boy. Like most children with Asperger’s, Mark is bright and articulate but socially awkward. “It’s never the academic stuff that’s a struggle for him,” says Everitt. “It’s more basic than that.” For instance, in the elementary school cafeteria, Mark would stuff his mouth full of food until he literally couldn’t swallow. “It was like he never learned how to chew with his back teeth. No one would sit with him at lunch because he shoved food into his mouth until he choked,” Everitt says. An occupational therapist spent three years teaching Mark how to chew his food.

But as soon as one problem resolves, another springs up to take its place. His Asperger’s makes Mark stand out from the crowd at an age when standing out isn’t cool. “Like many kids with Asperger’s, he’s just not interested in what other people think,” says Everitt. “That can be a good thing when people snub him or tease him,” but it can also be socially isolating.

Asper-what?

Named after Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician who identified the condition in 1944, Asperger’s syndrome falls on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorders is an umbrella term covering a host of disorders, including classic autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified. Unlike kids with classic autism—often first signaled by a language delay—those with Asperger’s hone their language skills early and develop average or above-average intelligence. Mark began talking at 8 months and spoke in complete sentences before his first birthday.

Another clue of Asperger’s is a child’s near-obsession with a singular topic, such as Civil War battles or trading cards. Over the years, Mark’s obsessive tendencies have taken different shapes. Where once it was...

Author: Catherine Guthrie

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