Schedule an Autism Diagnostic Evaluation
Connect with a Provider in Illinois
In order for insurance to cover autism therapy (e.g., ABA therapy), a formal medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is required.
Finding an available autism diagnosis provider in Illinois can be a struggle for many families. Given the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, getting waitlisted for an appointment can have detrimental consequences. That’s why The Place for Children with Autism maintains close partnerships with diagnostic providers in Chicago and throughout Illinois to help you get an appointment with little to no wait.
What to Expect
Soon after you contact us via the form above, a member of our outreach team will reach out to you either by phone or email. Depending on the providers available for your child, we will either send a list of available providers, or most likely connect you with a clinician directly.
At your child’s appointment, a licensed provider will conduct an evaluation which includes direct observation of your child and a parent interview to determine whether the child has autism. Diagnostic providers will use formalized assessment tools to determine any delays in achieving milestones. This allows the provider to identify if your child either has autism, rule out autism, or provide a diagnosis of a different developmental disorder which will help point your family in the right direction of next steps in terms of therapy.
If your child is diagnosed with autism, this opens the door up for a variety of therapies and educational supports. If you choose to pursue ABA therapy services with The Place for Children with Autism, we will work closely with your family to begin the process of enrolling in services so we can begin working on increasing critical skills such as communication, social skills, independent living skills (e.g., toilet training, feeding, etc.), reducing challenging behavior, and preparing your child for school.
In other words, once your child has a formal medical diagnosis of autism, we can begin to close the gap between your child and their same age peers.