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 first months and years of your child’s life are an exciting time, and arguably some of the most important. When your child is young, they develop skills and learn things quickly, practicing their motor skills and communication with everything they do. If your child is on the autism spectrum, that development can look different and be delayed. As such, it is very important for parents to understand developmental milestones and how to measure their child’s developmental progress.

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Children develop their communication skills in a variety of ways. They start small and work their way into more complex language and strategies of communicating as they grow. Children on the autism spectrum are no different in this regard, though the pace at which they learn may differ.

Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

When it comes to seeking care for your child on the autism spectrum, there’s no such thing as being too careful. We all want to ensure our children are in the best hands possible at all times. Therapy can be a large part of our weekly routines, so knowing who your child is spending that time with is important.

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Transitions are tough for just about anyone. The transition to middle school is just one of those changes. Though it is challenging for any child, it can be an especially tough time for children on the autism spectrum.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

For children on the spectrum, early intervention is a crucial step in supporting their healthy development. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a therapeutic strategy that is widely regarded as the best early intervention therapy there is for children with autism. We’ve already divided into what makes ABA therapy effective before. In this post, we’ll expand on that to talk about some of the hidden benefits of ABA therapy and how this treatment serves your child and family beyond therapy.

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

As a parent or family member of a child on the spectrum, much of your time can be spent caring for your child’s needs. Often, it feels like every extra moment is spent thinking about them and how you can support their growth, development, and independence. Though this is important, it’s arguably just as important to take you and your family’s needs into account as well.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Children have an inherent sense of creativity that grows and stretches as their minds develop. Children on the autism spectrum in particular can display a deep sense of creativity and imagination.

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 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

A staple of today’s family photos, pets can feel like family members and friends now more than ever. Most children will likely go through one or several phases of wanting a furry friend and if your household is free of any serious allergies and has the situation/space equipped to keep a pet healthy, it may be a serious consideration for you.

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

It’s no secret that having a child on the autism spectrum can change your life. You take all the steps necessary to make sure your child is supported as they develop and grow. It requires a lot of sacrifice which makes dealing with bias or judgement from peers, relatives, and the general public especially difficult. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can adopt to deal with autism bias, stereotypes and judgement.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

As the parent or caretaker of a child on the spectrum you may hear plenty of terminology and verbiage to describe a lot of complex concepts and symptoms. One of those is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). SPD is a neurological disorder that can cause challenges with processing information from the five senses. It can also affect information from the sense of movement.

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

One of the things all parents have in common is a desire to see their children are happy, healthy and safe throughout their lives and in everything they do. Though it sounds simple, it’s usually quite complex to guarantee these things as we foster independence and choice in our children. It can be even more challenging with a child on the spectrum. We can, however, take certain measures to ensure our children on the spectrum are safe in their day-to-day.

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spring is in the air. If you’ve been experiencing the unpredictable midwest weather like we have, it may not seem like it, but spring has arrived and it’s time to thaw out and get outside. Many children on the spectrum thrive when they have a routine. One of the hardest parts about the weather change is that our routines tend to change as well.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dealing with an autism diagnosis can be incredibly challenging and emotionally taxing. For one, it signifies a tough road ahead for parents of young diagnosed children. The stress can extend far beyond that as well, as other family members are forced to adjust to a new lifestyle that can help accommodate their loved one on the spectrum. Despite the challenges of the experience, it can also be incredibly rewarding, as families work together to support their loved one in becoming an independent and happy individual.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 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

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