Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Children with ASD have difficulty with social communication/interaction and exhibit restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior. There is a wide range of ability among people with ASD. Some people with ASD are gifted and others need significant levels of support to ensure their health and well-being. Learn more about living with Autism.
People with ASD – at any age – can make significant progress through therapy and treatments, and can lead meaningful and productive lives. Experts agree that early diagnosis and early intervention are critical – early intervention leads to positive outcomes.
Easterseals offers many treatments and therapies for children with ASD. In addition to our core physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, our Autism Collaborative offers specialized clinics, medical partnerships, behavioral therapy, assistive technology (AT), inclusive day care, and support for parents and siblings.
Physical Therapy (PT) helps children master skills related to independent mobility and gross motor function, and is one of our core services. In PT, we work to enhance and restore mobility, functional competency and independence, and other neurological, developmental or orthopedic delays and/or disabilities.
Our licensed physical therapists utilize individualized therapy plans implementing exercise, specialized techniques/devices to encourage independence at home, school and in the community.
The primary occupation of childhood is to grow, learn and play - allowing the child to live life to their fullest potential. Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on developing sensory-processing abilities, motor skills, coordination, peer interaction, play and self-care skills to participate in daily life activities. We offer a comprehensive evaluation and customized treatment plans.
Speech-Language Therapy strengthens children’s communication and feeding skills so they can participate fully in daily activities and achieve success. Speech-Language Therapy addresses language comprehension, pragmatics, speech-sound production, voice, fluency, along with oral motor and feeding skills. Our therapists have years of experience in typical and atypical speech and language development and offer a fun and engaging environment for children to learn and develop their skills.
Assistive Technology (AT) at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley improves the functional capabilities of children with disabilities through the implementation of strategies, technologies, and products. For example, AT can assist children who need help expressing their thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. By making it easier for the child to communicate, it can reduce frustrations for the child and his or her family.
Our Autism Diagnostic Clinic provides a comprehensive evaluation to determine the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities. Led by Jennifer Gorski Ph.D. of University of Illinois at Chicago, the team is comprised of experienced and highly trained professionals, including a behavioral specialist, occupational therapist, speech-language therapist and psychologist. Families leave the clinic with a diagnosis and initial treatment guidelines that most appropriately addresses the child’s abilities and challenges.
Just like a GPS helps you navigate unfamiliar streets, our family services team helps parents and families navigate this new and unfamiliar path. We offer educational resources, networking opportunities and social activities for children, families and caregivers.
Our sibling services provide much needed support to both the typically developing sibling and the sibling with disabilities.
The Lily Garden Child Care Center at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley in Villa Park is an inclusive daycare that welcomes children with and without disabilities. Our mission is to foster independence, compassion, knowledge and respect for all children. We are committed to providing an environment where all families are valued, supported and encouraged.