Autism Therapy at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Children with ASD may have difficulty with social communication/interaction and exhibit restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior. People with ASD – at any age – can make significant progress through therapy and treatments, and can lead meaningful and productive lives. We understand that early diagnosis and early intervention are critical – early intervention leads to positive outcomes.

Easterseals offers many services for children with ASD. In addition to our core physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, we offer an Autism Diagnostic Clinic and other specialized clinics, medical partnerships, assistive technology (AT), inclusive daycare, and support for parents and siblings. With advanced clinical training on services including DIRFloortime, children with ASD will grow relationships with their caregivers and expand their emotional, social and cognitive skills.

DIR Floortime Therapy

DIRFloortime has become most widely known as an approach to support children with ASD. At Easterseals, DIR can be included when a child takes part in occupational therapy, speech language or mental health support services. The services are tailored to best reach a child’s needs and their family’s goals to improve relationships and abilities at home, at school and their community. Learn more here.

Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley offers these services at our centers in Villa Park, Naperville, and Elgin. To get started or learn more, contact or call us at 630.282.2022.

Occupational Therapy for a Child with Autism

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.

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Speech-Language Therapy for a Child with Autism

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.

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Assistive Technology Therapy for a Child with Autism

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.

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Autism Diagnostic Clinic

Our Autism Diagnostic Clinic provides a comprehensive evaluation to determine the presence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities. Our team is comprised of experienced and highly trained professionals, including a psychologist, occupational therapist and speech-language therapist. Families leave the clinic with a diagnosis and initial treatment guidelines that most appropriately address the child’s abilities and challenges.

Learn more about the Autism Diagnostic Clinic at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley and other specialized clinics.

Support for the Whole Family: Mental Health & Family Support Services

Our counseling services and support can help children better manage a wide variety of behavioral issues. The team consists of a psychologist and social workers who focuse on helping parents effectively deal with behavioral challenges by providing education, strategies, counseling, and support. Parents of young children often struggle with acting-out behaviors that can manifest at home, school or in public. Many challenging behaviors can be indicative of underlying needs, such as anxiety, stress or sensory struggles. Working with the entire family, our team can identify each child’s unique strengths and challenges and tailor a plan to meet those needs. Our Mental Health and Family Support Services can help children and their families thrive together.

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Physical Therapy
 for a Child with Autism

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.

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Support for the Whole Family: Inclusive Child Care

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.

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