Time Matters in the Life of a Child’s Development

Little Friends Center for Autism diagnoses and treats children as young as 18 months old.  Helping your child is not just about a label. It is understanding how they learn, interact and communicate socially We offer a thorough evaluation so we can help you get the right services quickly. All too often parents are not informed soon enough to get their children evaluated and to start the early treatment they need. You cannot get this time back. Early diagnosis and treatment can change your child’s life forever. There is hope! Call us today to set up an evaluations or to ask questions. We are here to help!


Comprehensive Autism Diagnostic Evaluation

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Little Friends Center for Autism offers one of the most comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the country. We use the gold standard for autism testing, cognitive assessment, adaptive testing and a speech evaluation. We provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for both home and school so parents know what their child needs. Every evaluation is performed by a psychologist and a speech therapist that specialize in ASD so that each family leaves with hope and ways to finally move forward to help their loved ones.


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Early Intervention and Beyond

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment that ensures learning for children with autism. Our ABA treatment team has been working together since 2002 to develop effective programming to teach core skills to children. We have watched children as young as 18 months go through our program who are now driving and preparing for college. While this outcome is not a guarantee, all the children we serve make progress working towards their own personal potential.

 We are accepting children as young as 18 months into our daytime  ABA clinic along with after school hours. We also offer speech therapy and social skills groups. We accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO.

Please contact Gale for additional information at 630-305-4196, ext. 5, or visit our website at www.littlefriendsinc.org


SPEECH AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

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Communication, social language, sensory regulation and body awareness are very important. Skilled therapist will develop a plan and goals to meet your child’s unique needs.


 Social Skills Groups

The most powerful social lessons aren’t taught. They’re experienced through lasting friendships. With our Social Skills Groups and Peer Pairs, your child will learn critical skills like eye contact, conversation and more. A licensed clinical counselor and social worker will guide clients as they learn the skills of a community member and develop meaningful relationships for life.

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Clients develop the following skills:

  • Eye contact

  • Greetings

  • Perspective Taking

  • Conversation

  • Turn Taking

  • Respect

  • Game Playing


Training Opportunities

For parents and professionals, understanding autism is critical.

Our instructors offer realistic, usable advice on topics ranging from autism treatments to proactive behavior management. No matter how experienced, every parent and professional can learn from our programs and connect with other caretakers. We offer on-site training as well as in-services for schools and other organizations. Continuing Education Units are also available.

Please see below for a complete list of training opportunities and to register.


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.