Our mission is a fulfilling life for your child. At the Little Friends Center for Autism, we have the groundbreaking treatment programs and nationally respected staff to empower clients for life. Treatment starts at a diagnosis­––when we create a comprehensive strategy for your child­––and continues through social skills groups, applied behavior analysis, speech therapy and more. With a plan tailored to their strengths and needs, your child will develop the skills needed to flourish in our community.

Little Friends Center for Autism accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and DuPage Medical Group HMO.

Please see below for a current list of available training opportunities or call (630) 305-4196.


Autism Evaluation Clinic

An autism diagnosis is just the beginning of a journey. At our Autism Evaluation Clinic, our experts provided a report detailing your child’s strengths, needs and treatment strategies–– outlining a comprehensive plan for home, school and therapy. Our experts evaluate each individual using the Gold Standard assessment for ASD. So you’ll feel the security of trusted, detailed guide for your child’s development.

Evaluations include: Parent Interviews, Psychological Testing, Autism Assessment, Adaptive and Behavioral Assessment, Speech Evaluation.

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ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis

Your child’s strengths and needs are all their own– so is the way they learn. With applied behavior analysis, or ABA, our experts tailor a dynamic education plan for each client; so they can learn invaluable skills at the right pace, in the ideal environment for them. As they develop skills in fields like math, reading and communication, we adapt their program to keep pace with their growth.

We teach a variety of skills, including:

  • Communication

  • Language

  • One-Step Directions

  • Matching

  • Cooperation

  • Social Skills

  • Identifying and Labeling Body Parts

  • Categories

  • Math and Reading Readiness

  • Toilet Training

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Speech Therapy

For your child, communication is the path to growth. It’s how they express their personality, their emotions, what they need from you. For those with autism and other development disabilities, it’s a challenge as frustrating as it is important.

Our expert speech pathologists help clients develop language and conversation skills–– assets for a healthy social life. With their newfound confidence, your child can form lasting relationships in our community.


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.

Clients develop the following skills:

  • Eye contact

  • Greetings

  • Perspective Taking

  • Conversation

  • Turn Taking

  • Respect

  • Game Playing

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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.


Parent Toddler Social Group

Play. Learn. Communicate.

Our Parent Toddler Social Group is a Center-based group model for children with delays or whose parents have concerns about their development.  Our groups are for children 0-4 and one parent must participate as one of the most important aspects of this program is parents learning with their child.

Parents will meet other parents in a supportive, unique setting.  Groups focus on structured play, music, learning how to communicate and interact, sensory regulation, preschool readiness and positive behavior strategies. Our program will prepare children and parents to enter early childhood education or preschool.  LFCA also offers parent support groups and training.

Registration is now open and we are doing intakes. Please call us at 630-305-4196 x3 for information and to schedule your intake for registration.

Parent Testimonial:

"The parent training I received at Little Friends' Parent Toddler Social Group has been the foundation for the way I've been teaching my children social skills and communication for the past decade.  PIP allowed us to learn together in a fun and structured learning environment with really knowledgeable professionals whom we looked forward to seeing multiple days a week. I so appreciated the parent support that PIP staff provided...being able to learn alongside other parents with children with special needs was a great comfort.

-Aimee P