It’s no secret that having a child on the autism spectrum can be challenging in a variety of ways. One such challenge that is often overlooked, is having to explain to other children and siblings why things are different for a child on the spectrum.

It can already be complicated explaining to other adults what the autism spectrum is, let alone the steps you have to take in your daily life to accommodate your child’s needs and skills. When the rules of the house are different for a child on the spectrum versus their neurotypical siblings, conflicts may arise. Luckily, there are many resources and techniques available to parents who are having trouble with explaining autism to the neurotypical children in their life.

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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018

Early intervention can sound a bit scary. Some professionals are even hesitant to diagnose autism too young, for fear of “labeling.” But the truth is, studies show that early intervention can benefit children with autism in some amazing ways. Let’s break down why.

General Development Evaluation

For Children with autism, behavioral signs can emerge as early as 6 to 12 months. Most professionals will wait until 18 months to officially diagnose, as symptoms can continue to emerge or dissipate in that time. However, between 18 months and 24 months, symptoms can re-emerge, like children showing signs of regression.

That back and forth can be a lot to worry and wonder about. However, If a parent is concerned about the general development of ...

Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018

We hear it all the time. “The Autism Spectrum,” but...what does it mean?

If you’ve asked yourself this same question, you’re not alone. Many parents of children with autism don’t hear the term for the first time until their child is diagnosed. Some even later than that. To understand the spectrum, first we need to understand how the diagnosis of autism has evolved over time.

The History of the Autism Diagnosis

Leo Kanner, a psychiatrist and physician initially described autism in 1943 as an emotional disturbance that had little to do with actual cognition. Shortly after, the second edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) described autism as a form of childhood schizophrenia.

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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Children on the autism spectrum tend to process information differently than other children of the same age. This can challenge their ability to communicate and interact with others. As a result, children with autism can display repetitive behavioral issues that can intensify depending on their environment and diagnosis. Fortunately, there are proven methods which can help improve these behaviors in children while building on their social skills and learning capacity. Through early diagnosis and early action, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy, also known as ABA therapy, can help children with autism lead independent and fulfilling lives.

What is ABA Therapy?

Applied behavior analysis therapy is the leading methodology proven to bring about positive changes in the ...

Posted: Monday, June 4, 2018

Univision Chicago featured us on a story about our work in the Latino community and shares the magnificent story of our therapist Maria.

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Thanks to Alderman Danny Solid and Mayor Rahm Emanuel for presenting a Resolution on behalf of The Place.

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Goodman Theatre will have a sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 30, 2017.

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Place for Children with Autism were featured on ABC 7 Chicago during their 8AM broadcast on 7/30/17.

Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017

We held our 1st Annual Summer BBQ on July 15th, 2017. It was an incredible time with all of our friends and family. Check out some of the pictures of the day.

Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017

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