Autism is best described as a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders with a similar set of symptoms. Those disorders tend to affect verbal and nonverbal communication, relationship building, and general thinking and behavior in children. The signs that a child may be on the autism spectrum tend to vary. Parents are often in the best position to spot the early signs of autism, and as such, are in the best position to seek early intervention that can drastically improve their child’s outcomes and success later in life. We’ll break down some of the common warning signs of autism, as well as what parents and guardians can do if they recognize any of those signs in their children.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018

The weather is getting slightly cooler, and the days are starting to seem a bit short. That’s right, the school year has arrived and you may be scrambling to ensure your child is ready. Children on the autism spectrum can face a unique set of challenges at school. As such, it’s helpful to be aware of what some of these challenges might be, and how to prepare for them.

Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

With a growing movement toward recognition and representation for children on the autism spectrum, new resources are sprouting up in a variety of formats. With mobile technology’s fast evolution, mobile applications are giving parents, teachers, and caretakers new ways to teach and develop children on the spectrum’s skills and behavior.

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2018

Recent studies have shown that there exists a relationship between autism and gastrointestinal disorders. To be precise, research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that children on the autism spectrum are 3.5 times more likely to have chronic constipation or diarrhea than neurotypical children. Other studies have shown that there is a positive relationship between the symptoms of gastrointestinal problems and the severity of autism symptoms. In other words, gastrointestinal disorders could trigger or even worsen behavioral challenges in children with autism. Thus, it could be helpful for parents of children with autism to understand the connection and to seek appropriate care for their children. Below is a rundown of some of the most common gastrointestinal problems associated with autism and tips to address them.

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Many children on the autism spectrum face a variety of behavior challenges throughout their life, especially in their younger years. Studies show that positive reinforcement can be more effective than discipline. That is to say, rewarding desired behaviors in children with autism can be more effective than just punishing the undesired, repetitive behaviors. Positive reinforcement is a fundamental aspect of Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. If your child is already receiving ABA therapy, one of the best ways to build on it is to use effective reinforcement strategies at home. To use positive reinforcement, it is important to keep in mind the triggers and purposes for your child’s behavior.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018

If you’re a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, it might be overwhelming to realize just how many resources and materials are out there for you to dive into. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to deal with behavioral challenges, or just want to read the stories of other parents like you, there’s no shortage of good books for you to choose from. We did some research, and put together a short list, in no particular order, of five must-read books for you to check out.

Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Place for Children with Autism announces the opening of a new center for ABA Therapy in Urbana, IL. The new center is set to follow the same model as the previous locations currently in operation throughout the Chicagoland area.

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018



Individuals on the autism spectrum process sensory information in a different manner than their neurotypical peers. Sometimes this means that people on the spectrum take in more of that information and can become overwhelmed, especially in public settings. With a growing movement towards autism awareness and acceptance, an increasing number of businesses and people are offering their events and services with “sensory friendly” accommodations.

You may be asking yourself, what does it really mean when an event is advertised as sensory friendly? The easiest way to think about it is to equate the term sensory friendly to autism friendly. When a space or event is autism friendly, it’s been deliberately designed to take into account several factors of ...

Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Though a simple concept, neurodiversity is one of those terms that gets used a lot without much explanation. In its simplest definition, neurodiversity is the concept that when it comes to the human brain and nervous system, people don’t all end up the same. In other words, it’s a concept that describes individuality and uniqueness in cognitive functioning.

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018

Summertime means newfound freedom for children everywhere. For some parents of children with autism, this freedom and the summer activities that are sure to follow can cause some anxiety or a feeling of being overwhelmed at how much there is to do. If you’re one of those parents- you’ve come to the right place.

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

If you’re a parent or guardian of a child with autism, you celebrate the successes of your child engaging in structured environments outside of the home. Whether that be at school, daycare or receiving ABA therapy, hopefully you can feel at peace knowing they are with trained professionals who can redirect repetitive behavior and encourage positive behavior.

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018

Despite a growing movement toward people-first and positive language in the world of autism and autism awareness, many neurotypical people and experts still tend to fixate on the “negative” side of autism. In reality, many of the characteristics of people on the spectrum can be impressive and related to high intelligence.

Posted: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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