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Our knowledge and expertise allow Little Friends to serve as a trusted resource to families. With a foundation based upon providing dignity and respect for those we serve, we strive to improve communication skills, life skills, develop independence and confidence, provide a life of quality and meaning, in a safe, healthy, and happy environment. Our professional staff works to earn this trust as we continue to expand and provide therapeutic and educational programming along with vocational and residential opportunities, continuing our over 58-year legacy.

We have created a Resource Guide for Families seeking assistance and support along their journey of caregiving. This Guide offers services that are not otherwise offered or are in addition to those provided by Little Friends. The timeline below outlines what services families may be seeking and when. Families can also find connection with others through our Family Support Network.

Should you need further assistance, please contact our Family Care Team at 630.355.6533 or email info@lilfriends.com

Cool Timeline

INFANT / TODDLER
Infant/Toddler
INFANT / TODDLER
How a child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about their child’s development. If parents have concerns, they might search the CDC’s Milestone Tracker, reach out to a Developmental Pediatrician, or contact the State of Illinois’ Early Intervention Program. Little Friends Center for Autism offers therapies and resources for evaluation services.
PRESCHOOL
PRESCHOOL
PRESCHOOL

Preparing a child for school can sometimes feel overwhelming. Little Friends can help with toilet training and social skills groups. Should an IEP or 504 plan be required, it’s a good time for parents to contact their school district and begin communication. Practicing getting haircuts and visiting the dentist with professionals experienced with special needs children is also helpful.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Navigating the educational process and understanding IEPs as a parent can be easier with knowledge gained from parent groups and professionals in the field. Some students may require placement in a therapeutic day school like Little Friends Krejci Academy. Caregivers can also find support through our Family Respite Services program.

MIDDLE SCHOOL
MIDDLE SCHOOL
MIDDLE SCHOOL

Middle school is a time to think about transitions to adulthood. While it may seem far away, time goes by quickly. Having plans in place in a student’s IEP, understanding vocational and educational options available post high school are crucial. It’s also important for children to be involved in fun social activities too, like sports, arts, and recreation!

HIGH SCHOOL
HIGH SCHOOL
HIGH SCHOOL

Parents preparing teens for the future, also have to prepare themselves. In addition to helping a child explore vocational opportunities, learn to transportation options, register to vote and for selective service, it is also a good time to look to the future and prepare wills, understand guardianships and create financial trust to be sure an adult child will be cared for.

ADULT
ADULT
ADULT

After aging out of educational services at 22, an adult child may be eligible to participate in programs like Little Friends Adult Day and Residential services. They also they may need assistance securing health insurance and Social Security. You can also ensure they have a well rounded life with leisure and recreational activities or the arts at our Inklude Art Studio.

Enrollment & Funding Process

Click on the Little Friends Program below to learn more about enrolling in our programs and funding options.

Eligibility

Individuals do not need an autism diagnosis to receive services at our center. However, a doctor’s prescription is required for most therapies to qualify for coverage under most insurance plans.

Access to Services

Little Friends Center for Autism accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and United Healthcare. Our billing specialist can assist with verifying benefits to identify your plans coverage and any additional expenses. Patient/family responsibility is accepted by credit card, cash, check. We do not accept Medicaid for therapeutic services.

Additional Resources

Little Friends Adult Day Services program utilizes the Illinois DHS-Division of DD Medicaid Waiver, Services  for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). 

Eligibility

Those who attend our program must:

  • Have a diagnosed disability that significantly interferes with their ability to be gainfully employed in the community
  • Possess a state issued identity card and a valid social security card
  • Be legally able to work in the United States
  • Behave in a manner that does not endanger the safety of others or disrupt the program
  • Be independent enough that one-to-one staff assistance is not required
  • Be eligible for third-party funding or be able to accept responsibility for program fees
  • Be able to complete the programing day without requiring medication administration
  • Be able to use the restroom with minimal assistance
  • Be able to eat with minimal assistance
  • Be able to transfer to a vehicle or seat independently
  • Be within our transportation boundaries
Access to Services

Register on waiting list (PUNS) through your Independent Services Coordination agency.  The PUNS list is a waiting list for Medicaid waiver funding to pay for services, provided through the IL DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).  Individuals are selected from the PUNS waiting list and invited to apply for DD Waiver services.  The Independent Service Coordination Agency is the “doorway” to PUNS and funding for services.

Additional Resources

Little Friends Residential Services program utilizes the Illinois DHS-Division of DD Medicaid Waiver, Services for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  Program outline and links to additional resources are below:

Eligibility

Persons 18 and older with IQ of 70 or below prior to age 18 OR related condition before age 22 with significant life skill deficits in 3 of 6 major life activities (self-care, language, learning, mobility, self-directions, capacity for independent living) and PUNS selected.

Access to Services

Register on waiting list (PUNS) through your Independent Services Coordination agency.  The PUNS list is a waiting list for Medicaid waiver funding to pay for services, provided through the IL DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).  Individuals are selected from the PUNS waiting list and invited to apply for DD Waiver services.  The Independent Service Coordination Agency is the “doorway” to PUNS and funding for services.

Additional Resources
Eligibility

To attend Krejci Academy, students must: be between 3 and 21 years of age; be referred by their home school district or cooperative; display a need for an intensive therapeutic approach due to behavioral, emotional, or developmental disabilities.

To attend Mansion High School, students  must have an IEP for placement and be: in grades 9 through 12; referred by their home school district or cooperative because of emotional or behavioral problems which prohibit them prohibit them from functioning in the public school system.

Access to Services

Students must be placed in a Little Friends educational program by their home school district.  A student’s IEP team at their home district determines that a learning environment or services necessary for the student’s success cannot be provided will seek to place a student out of district or in a non-public special education school, per the guidelines of the Illinois State Board of Education.  The placing school district provides transportation to and from our Warrenville campus. School Districts can send referral packets for review to schoolreferrals@lilfriends.com.

Additional Resources
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I love my school

“I love my school because I have great teachers and friends.”

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I like to socialize and laugh

“I like to socialize and laugh with my friends every day.”

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Little Friends staff are remarkable people

“As parents, we feel truly thankful and blessed for the opportunities that Little Friends has provided and offered.  Little Friends staff are remarkable people who are dedicated to what they do and those they serve.”

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Good times with friends and people who care

“For my son, this has not been just a school but the place where he spends good times with friends and people who care about him.”

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How grateful we are

“How grateful we are to all the angels who work with our son at Little Friends. This is his home.”

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Krejci means so much to Us

“Krejci means so much to us because it’s been the one place that has truly helped my child excel and grow; the place that he is not judged or made to feel different but accepted. I am so appreciative of the patience, care, and hard work from all the Krejci staff.”

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Positive Impact on our Family

“Respite has had such a positive impact on our family. We love that our kids can socialize with other families that share our similarities. It gives me comfort knowing he is in good hands”