Center for Autism

Little Friends Center for Autism (LFCA) strives to provide a fulfilling life for your child. We have groundbreaking treatment programs and nationally respected staff to empower our clients for life. Treatment starts at diagnosis—when we create a comprehensive strategy for your child—and continues with a plan tailored to their strengths and needs, empowering your child to develop the skills necessary to flourish in their community.

Little Friends Center for Autism is located in Naperville, Illinois, 30 miles west of Chicago. In addition to our nationally recognized programs and services, we offer a wide range of trainings for teachers, parents, and others in the community.

As a leading authority in the field of autism, Little Friends Center for Autism provides the most dynamic and cutting edge therapies and resources for children living with an autism diagnosis, and their families, each and every day.

Our dedicated staff has been specializing in autism since 1982. Today, Little Friends Center for Autism is nationally recognized as a comprehensive, one-stop resource for autism, providing innovative diagnostic evaluations, speech therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), consultation services for parents and professionals, social skills groups, occupational therapy, counseling and training. Our evaluations and services rank among the best in the country.

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Our Staff

Patti Boheme M.S., LCPC is the Executive Vice-President of the Little Friends Center for Autism and has been providing services for people with autism and other intellectual disabilities for more than 30 years.  Patti has led the development of several service models for infants and toddlers, children/adolescents and adults at Little Friends Inc. She is knowledgeable in PECS, ABA, Toilet Training, Social Thinking, and Structured Teaching. She regularly does counseling, social groups, consults and presents at workshops locally and nationally and is on several professional advisory.

Patti has authored several picture systems for teaching that are used across the country. Patti is also approved as a DHS Behavior Therapist. Patti believes in empowering parents and the importance of a positive home/school relationship.

Dr. Cynthia Brouillard PsyD is the Director of The Little Friends Center for Autism Evaluation Clinic. She was trained in the gold standard autism assessments The ADOS and ADI-R at The University of Chicago. She has been specializing in testing and treating individuals with autism for over 25 years and presents regularly for schools, agencies and at conferences.

Lisa Cisek M.A. is the Applied Behavior Analysis Coordinator for The Little Friends Center for Autism. Lisa has extensive clinical experience in doing ABA and was trained at The Wisconsin Early Autism Program, a Lovaas replication site. Lisa works with children, consults and does training for schools.