Adult Autism Support Joliet IL

Local resource for adult autism support in Joliet. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to information on autism or Asperger down syndrome, education for adults with autism, autism support for adults, as well as advice and content on autism services.

Elizabeth A. Zavodny, PsyD. (The Institute for Family Development)
(708) 403-3200
15010 S. Ravinia Ave., Suite 19
Orland Park, IL
Support Services
Academic Assessments, Adult Support, Advocates (Special Education), Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Educational Assessment, Job Coach, Marriage & Family Counseling, Medical, Other, Psychological Counseling, Psychological Counseling, Social Skills Training, Speech & Language, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Speech Tree, Speech & Developmental Center
(815) 725-9992
2423 Glenwood Avenue
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Private School (Integrated), Private School (Multi-disability), Schools, Ages 5 years and Up, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Hope Family Services
(815) 553-0511
150 N. Scott Street, Suite 204
Joilet, IL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization

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Mission: Clean Kids
(800) 432-0170
3714 Pandola Ave
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Health Food Stores / Markets, Helpful Websites, Products/Stores, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Shady Oaks Cerebral Palsy Camp
(708) 301-0816
16300 Parker Rd.
Homer Glen, IL
Support Services
Summer Camp/ESY

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Easter Seals Joliet Region
(815) 725-2194
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Aquatic Therapy, Assistive Technology, Doctors, Pediatrics, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Advocates United
(708) 301-6111
2112 W. Jefferson St. #242
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Support Organization

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Precison Education
(800) 432-0170
3714 Pandola Ave
Joliet, IL
Support Services
Advocates (Special Education), Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Relationship Development Intervention Consultant
(815) 725-1049
23819 W. Mill St. Suite 3
Plainfield, IL
Support Services
RDI, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Katherine Ryan
(708) 275-1898
705 Young Drive
New Lenox, IL
Support Services
Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Finding The Right Home For Your Adult Child With Autism

Finding the right home for your adult child with autism

Lisa Jo Rudy

Marianne Ehlert of Protected Tomorrows works with the families of people on the autism spectrum to plan for adult living. Available options for people on the autism spectrum vary from state to state and individual to individual. Possibilities range from complete independence to institutional living. Figuring out just what a particular individual needs, where to find it, and how to fund it, can be a complex process.

Ehlert notes that it's important to begin thinking about adult living while your child with autism is still young. In part, that's because children with autism are usually eligible for special needs and transition programs through their schools, which means that your child's educational program can be crafted to support your plans for the future. It's also because the process of thinking through, planning for and creating an ideal living situation for a person on the autism spectrum may take a long time.

Step One - Envision an Ideal Setting for Your Adult Child With Autism
All parents, Ehlert says, want their children to be "safe and happy" as adults. But every parent has a different vision of what "safe and happy" might look like. That vision, she says, depends as much on the parent's experience and attitudes as on the child's abilities and preferences. Still, it's important for parents to start thinking about their own vision for their child's future before making any concrete actions.

Where would your child thrive? In a city? On a farm? On his own? With a group? At home with parents? In essence, says Ehlert, there are five general living options available:

∗ At home with family

∗ Apartment with services that come in and check on residents (make sure they are paying bills, cleaning, etc.) These are living support services, and they could be privately or publically funded.

∗ Housing unit program/roommate -- individuals live in a house or apartment building that belongs to a structured support group; caregiver makes sure everyone is OK at night, runs programs, etc.

∗ Group home (community integrated living arrangement) -- caregiver lives on site

∗ "Dorm-style," large facilities (institutional settings, very low level workshop living)

Step Two - Determine if Your Ideal Setting Exists
Once parents (or parents and their teenage children with autism) have identified an ideal living situation, the next step is to determine whether such as setting already exists or whether the family will have to create the setting. A surprising number of parents are involved with or considering involvement with the creation of a residential setting for their child with autism. Some are funding or developing supportive living situations; others are envisioning and creating work/home settings in towns, cities, and rural areas.

Often, information about adult living situations in your state or province is available thr...

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