Autism Seminars Bloomington IL

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Speech & Language Connections (Bloomington)
(309) 452-6868
3901 GE Road Suite 4
Bloomington, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Education, Lindamood Bell, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Autism Society of McLean County
(309) 661-9440
PO Box 1644
Bloomington, IL
Support Services
Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Marriage & Family Counseling, Summer Camp/ESY, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Easter Seals: Therapeutic Day School--Tinley Park and After School Program
(708) 802-9050
7400 West 183rd St.
Tinley Park, IL
Support Services
Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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PROUDD
(630) 978-1615
560 Waterbury Dr
Aurora, IL
Support Services
Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Theraplay Institute (Gayle Christensen)
(847) 256-7334
3330 Old Glenview Rd.
Wilmette, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Products/Stores, Research, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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PowerToolz, Inc. (Jamie Powers, President)
(309) 261-2343
1115 Bull Street
Normal, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Products/Stores, Speech Therapy, Support Organization, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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LYNX Therapeutics Pediatric Therapy
(847) 791-1631, (847) 966-1505
Morton Grove, IL
Support Services
Educational Advocacy, Interactive Metronome, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Sarah Weiler, M.S., CCC-SLP
(630) 346-7411
876 Manchester Course
Geneva, IL
Support Services
Other, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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National Lekotek Center
847-328-0001; 1-800-366-PLAY
2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL
Support Services
Other, Training/Seminars

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DuPage Center for Independent Living
(630) 469-2300
739 Roosevelt Road, Building 8, Suite 109
Glen Ellyn, IL
Support Services
Disability Advocacy, Other, Residential, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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The Meaning Of Advocacy

The meaning of advocacy

Jeff Katz

One of the first, and in retrospect most important, lessons that Karen and I learned, way back when we first met Phyllis Kupperman, was “be Nate’s advocate.” We were new to the world of autism and hyperlexia, and, besides having to become amateur speech therapists and twice-weekly visitors to the Center for Speech and Language Disorders, now we had to become “advocates.” What did it mean?

No doubt, it means different things to different people. Perhaps some interpret it this way:

“Look, my child is no different from yours. Don’t call him/her autistic, don’t label him/her as someone with special needs.” That tack is usually accompanied by much yelling.

Or this:

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. He/she doesn’t mean to be disruptive.” This is often part of a strategy that involves taking your child away from the scene of the incident, avoiding embarrassment the top priority.

Here’s what we did: always, always, make sure that Nate’s improvement was addressed first and foremost. I can recall the first school meeting in Lincolnshire, IL when labeling Nate autistic was put on the table. Some parents genuinely recoil at that label. It hurt, sure, but what did it matter if, by categorizing Nate as such, he would get the services and extra help he needed to succeed. We asked questions regarding privacy, and making sure his personal information was not fair game, and the answers were satisfactory.

Would we have changed our acceptance of the label if the answers weren’t good enough? Probably not, because what he received as a result of the autism tag was what he needed. Our damaged feelings were inconsequential compared to the big picture of helping Nate. We always saw ourselves as partners with the school in the grand cause that is Nate Katz; we were never adversaries.

I went through a transformation when Nate took, in effect, the same math course for three years straight. I was a solid math student and was upset that Nate was, except for a few units here and there, subjected to identical material in grades 6-8. The epiphany, my V-8 slap in the head moment, came unexpectedly, but it came. Nate’s stagnant math career was of no consequence to his overall development. It was a problem for me and another adjustment of expectations. I look back at that as an important moment of separating my needs from Nate’s

Even now, we are fighting the good fight. As a recent post noted, Nate has a new test reader at SUNY-Cobleskill. He got one bad grade and we’re unsure on the other. Nate puts a lot of effort into studying, but he may get anywhere from 0 to 100 (and has). All we care about is that he is given the best chance at showing his skills to the best of his ability. We’re always in the process of making that happen.

Look, everyone meets their challenges in different way. I’m not suggesting your way is wrong, and ours is right. You can only do what you’re capable of. Yet, at the core, every parent of an autistic child...

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