The Place for Children with Autism is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and barbecue at their new South Chicago location this August, where a new community initiative is set to be announced.

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer is finally here and with it comes amazing weather and plenty of reasons to be outside having fun. One of the biggest days to get out and enjoy the summer is Independence Day, the Fourth of July. Whether you’ll be out celebrating the holiday or just planning some outings or barbecues this summer, there are plenty of tips you should keep in mind to ensure a safe and fun season for the whole family. In this post we’ll discuss some of the ways to prepare for and enjoy the Fourth of July and other summer festivities with your child on the spectrum.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Place for Children with Autism is excited to announce the expansion of their center in Urbana, Illinois. Along with adding an additional 4,000 square feet to the center’s treatment space, The Place for Children with Autism expects to add several new services to the Urbana center’s offerings.

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2019

Though World Autism Awareness Day has come and gone, Autism Awareness Month is still in full swing, and with it comes plenty of opportunities to get involved and do your part to spread autism awareness and acceptance. With plenty of local events and the knowledge to spread the word in your own circles of influence, there’s still plenty to be done.

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019

As a parent or caretaker, time is a precious resource. We want the best for our children and try to fill their days with the things that support their growth. That means plenty of time for school and therapy, but what about extracurricular activities? In this post, we’ll break down some of the benefits of making time for sports and recreation in your child’s busy schedule.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” feels especially true with a child on the spectrum. Being a parent is no easy task, but some of the burden and life lessons aren’t always just in your hands. The relationships we make as a child are very important. Our children may interact with teachers, relatives, other adults, and of course, other children on a daily basis. These relationships matter, and making them meaningful can have lasting and positive impacts on your child’s development.

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

According to several studies, autism diagnosis rates vary across the board for different racial and ethnic populations. One of the populations that has some of the lowest autism diagnosis rates is the Hispanic community. Similar research also reveals that autism goes under-diagnosed in women and girls. Why is it that these underserved communities have such low autism diagnosis rates, and what can be done to help?

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2019

Nutrition, health and wellness is a topic that can feel daunting to have to explain to your children. For one, it requires an understanding and self-awareness that many of us don’t develop until we’re much older. It can also require some hard-decisions, like telling our children that their favorite foods shouldn’t be eaten too often to stay healthy.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

It’s a new year, which means new beginnings and routines for you and your family. If you follow along on our social channels, you know we do our best to share plenty of autism and sensory-friendly experiences. As we move in to 2019 and look forward to the next 12 months, we wanted to compile a list of 12 autism and sensory friendly things to do with your family in 2019. This compilation will feature autism-friendly things to do in Chicago and other areas of Illinois, but keep in mind many of the locations hosting these events host similar programs elsewhere.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

If you’re a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, you know how important your child’s environment is to their wellbeing. Between school, therapy and other social engagements or plans, there are a multitude of ways your child can be triggered into sensory overload. Ordinary activities can quickly become overwhelming to your child’s senses, especially those activities that expose them to bright lights, strong smells, loud noises or several different touch stimulations.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

If your child was just diagnosed with autism, you may be feeling overwhelmed by emotions and thoughts. As parents, you love your child and want them to lead a life filled with love and success, not hardship. You may feel your life has taken a turn, or dramatically changed for the worst. You are not alone in these feelings and thoughts.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

If you’ve ever worried about your child’s employment prospects in the future, you’re not alone. Some studies estimate that as many as 40% of adults with autism are unemployed despite the fact that many of their IQs are higher than average. Fortunately, this is changing.

Posted: Monday, January 7, 2019

Bullying is a problem that all children come into contact with in some form or another. Fortunately, education on the subject has started to make its way into the public eye as various anti-bullying events and organizations band together to bring an end to bullying nationwide. Despite those efforts, children, especially children on the autism spectrum, face daunting challenges outside of their home while navigating the social landscape. In this post, we’ll break down the ways children on the spectrum face bullying and the best ways to support them through it as parents and caregivers.

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Anytime there is a change in routine or a child will be taken out of their comfort zone and thrust into a social situation with family, peers, or fellow passengers aboard a plane, there are obstacles to overcome. For many on the spectrum, the increased stimulation that this festive season is sure to bring can become overwhelming very quickly. We’ve put together some tips to make this holiday season more enjoyable for everyone.

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

With a child on the spectrum, expectations look a little different. Dealing with behavioral and developmental delays can make reaching an important milestone feel like an achievement like no other. Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is effective for several reasons, but in its simplest terms, it is a means to achieving goals in your child’s development. If we take that idea and apply it outside of therapy, you and your child can see some amazing results. This makes goal-setting with children on the spectrum an effective tool to support healthy development.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Though the two may seem distant, depression and autism have a complicated relationship. Like other disorders tied to mood, depression can affect every aspect of a person’s life. According to several studies, young adults on the spectrum have a higher chance of becoming depressed than some of their neurotypical peers. On top of the tragic symptoms and challenges that people face when dealing with clinical depression, depression can have serious consequences for people on the spectrum.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Some ABA therapy providers will offer both home-based and center-based treatment, meaning therapists will provide your child’s treatment in your own home or at the provider’s dedicated center. Others are strictly home-based or center-based. The Place for Children with Autism provides center-based ABA therapy.

Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018

Moving homes is always an undertaking. Besides the stress of finding a new place, there are a slew of logistical things to take into account when leaving your current home. Above all else, despite our best efforts, moving is disruptive to our lives. Though the excitement can carry us past this stress, moving with a family is a special challenge. As parents or caretakers of children with autism, you may face a few daunting obstacles as you prepare to uproot and move your family elsewhere.

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

As autism awareness and acceptance continues to spread, resources for families of children with autism have become more and more accessible. If you’ve visited our blog, you know that many of the resources available to parents are specifically meant to assist your child’s development. There’s no denying that all of those resources are important but, is something missing?

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Despite developments in modern medicine and the copious amounts of research on the subject, Autism is a complex phenomenon that still baffles many experts. As we come to understand more about how being on the spectrum affects development and social behavior, we seem to have a better grasp on how to support individuals on the spectrum. Yet, we still seem to be missing something when it comes to the factors that influence and “cause” a child to be on the spectrum.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

You may have seen several articles in the news over the past few months talking about an increase in the “autism rate” in the U.S. The term “autism rate” meaning the prevalence and number of diagnoses in the United States. This statistic usually refers to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) specifically. The data captured by the CDC is meant to help researchers create a baseline, and understand the need for care across the country. Unfortunately, the attempt to bring structure and organization can minimize a much bigger and complex picture of autism in children.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Many have made the connection between obesity and autism in recent years. The data paints a telling picture of the connection between being overweight and being on the spectrum, especially in children. The roots of the connection can be chalked up to autism’s underlying biology, treatments, symptoms and associated behaviors. Those factors put people on the spectrum in serious risk of becoming overweight and obese.

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Halloween is just around the corner. This family-friendly holiday is exciting for kids of all ages, as they get to dress-up as their favorite character and visit neighbors who are passing out their favorite candy. If you are the parent or guardian of a child with autism, you may be hesitant to engage in the festivities. Children on the spectrum absolutely deserve to have a fun, enjoyable and safe halloween–and there’s a few things to keep in mind to make sure that that happens.

Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018

Putting autism in the simplest terms is to describe it as a different way of processing information. Of course, the autism spectrum and its various syndromes and symptoms are much more complex than that but, thinking and information processing is at the root of autism itself. So, what is so different about the way someone on the spectrum thinks and takes in information?

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Without a doubt, autism is a puzzling phenomenon that our understanding of continues to evolve. With more knowledge and understanding however, comes plenty of questions and interpretations that may have some parents feeling led astray. In other words, the more facts and research we have available to us on the subject of autism, the more misconstrued information, myths and misconceptions arise with it. In this post, we’ll break down 5 of the most common myths and misconceptions about autism and their respective truths.

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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