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.

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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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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Applied Behavior Analysis

Your child’s strengths and needs are all their own– so is the way they learn. With applied behavior analysis, 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

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, Executive Vice President of The Little Friends Center for Autism, has over 35 years of experience working with people of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. Patti specializes in behavior management, authored visual systems, is an active clinician, presents regularly and is on several professional advisory boards.

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.

Carol Paske has been working with The Little Friends Center for Autism for over 20 years. She is a parent of a young man with autism, authored several visual, systems, consults on behavior programming and how to support families. Carol speaks regularly at conferences, schools and agencies.

Little Friends Life Skills Training Center for Children

For clients and their families, every day presents a new challenge, as well as an opportunity for growth. The Life Skills Training Center will help your child develop their everyday communication and behavioral skills, while working with parents to foster success at home. One of the first of its kind, the Center is an intensive residential training program, a place where children with autism and other developmental disabilities can develop basic life skills. For more information, please contact 630-690-7293.


Little Friends Center for Autism

140 N. Wright Street
Naperville, IL 60540