Musical Therapy for Autism Chicago IL

Musical therapy for autism helps autistic patients with social skills, language comprehension and more. See below for local music therapists in Chicago that give access to therapy which has effects such as non-communicative speech reduction and echolalia reduction as well as advice and content on art therapy for autism and how to find music therapists for autism.

All Bright Therapies
(773) 698-6535
Chicago, IL
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, Auditory Integration Therapy, Early Intervention, Floortime, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
Preschool

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High Five Kids, Inc.
(414) 303-8847
1234 W. Grace St.
Chicago, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Robyn Ackerman, B.A.
(847) 673-4332
8718 Kimball Ave.
Skokie, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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Autism Center for Excellence, Inc.
(630) 455-5730
8320 South Madison Avenue
Burr Ridge, IL
Support Services
Behavorial Intervention, Education, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Music Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Social Butterfly, Inc.
(708) 590-0891
PO Box 266
Clarendon Hills, IL
Support Services
Camps, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Speech Therapy, Summer Camp/ESY
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Attune, Inc.
(773) 363-5450
1525 E. 55th St.
Chicago, IL
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Speech Kids
(847) 234-0688
1619 Halsted St.
Chicago, IL
Support Services
Play Therapy, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers

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Katey Tesdall
(773) 775-9867
6755 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Play Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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North Shore Pediatric Therapy
(877) 486-4140
1308 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Behavorial Intervention, Floortime, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, QEEG / EEG / Neurofeedback, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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ABA, Floortime, RDI, OT, PT, Speech, Nutrition, Social Groups
847-486-4140 or 773-278-6500
North Shore Pediatric Therapy
Glenview, IL
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Art Therapy, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Educational Advocacy, Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, RDI, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support Group Meetings, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Living with autism: two programs, one heart

Elaine Hall

Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of experiencing first hand each other's nonprofit organizations. As the L.A.-based The Miracle Project expanded to New York and the N.Y.-based Music for Autism expanded to L.A., we were immediately struck by the shared motivations and core values of our programs.

Music for Autism aims to improve quality of life for those with autism and their families by organizing fully subsidized, interactive concerts with extraordinary professional musicians. As long as no one or no instrument gets hurt, all reactions to the live music are welcome by concert participants with autism who are guided by exceptional volunteers to conduct the musicians and play along with percussion instruments to the live music they experience. Similarly creating a world that does not judge, The Miracle Project is an acting, music and art program for children with special needs that taps into the sometimes hidden talents and potential of those in this community and culminates in live performances of original works by its participants, their typically developing siblings and committed volunteers. Shy children come out of their shells; overzealous children become part of a group. Through shared experiences a dynamic, creative community is built.

Both programs use the arts as a vehicle to allow those with special needs to express themselves freely -- in an environment where no one will be embarrassed by unpredictable behaviors and responses to external stimuli that make life in public spaces so challenging for families with a special needs child. As the mother of six-year-old Connor, Kathleen Kitts, put it, following Music for Autism's West Coast debut performance in collaboration with The Help Group, "I was astounded and thrilled at how the children were moved by the music and how I was moved by the spirit of acceptance. As a parent of a child with autism, I am used to being on guard for behaviors which require me to remove Connor from situations. At the Music for Autism concert, I didn't have to do this... Connor was allowed, encouraged even to express himself, and I was able to relax at a public event for the first time in five years." Through The Miracle Project and Music for Autism, we aim to create a capsule of love that we wish all of society would emulate for all those marginalized like the populations we serve.

It is Mother Theresa's comment on doing good in the world that has pr...

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