Community Autism Specialists

Social Thinking® Groups at Social Champaign

Small groups of all ages from elementary school, middle school, high school, and college/young adult are learning to understand the underlying concepts beneath social skills with Social Thinking®

Does your student get stuck on one topic? Would you like to see them be more flexible? Social Thinking® is an exciting approach to help people with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, ADHD, and other related social learning challenges develop “social smarts” by becoming “Social Thinkers.” Social Thinking® uses a cognitive behavioral approach and was developed by Michelle Garcia Winner to teach the social cause and effect of “expected”and “unexpected” behaviors. Social Thinking® creatively and effectively teaches kids perspective taking, social cognition, and social communication. If interested, please contact Joan Storey Gorsuch, B.F.A., M.Ed., Social Thinking® Mentor for placement in a social group, which are formed by age and perspective taking level. Joan completed the Mentor Training program directly with Michelle Garcia Winner at her clinic in San Jose, California.

Ongoing groups for a variety of ages from first grade to young adult.

Contact: Joan Storey Gorsuch 217-766-8807

Developmental Services Center

DSC serves approximately 1,200 children and adults with developmental disabilities, such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive disabilities, Down syndrome, or other disabling conditions. Individuals seeking services may experience functional or environmental challenges that require extra support to live more independently.  For more information about the services DSC can offer to individuals and families with ASD you can reach them at (217) 356-9176 or visit their website

One service that may be especially helpful to children with autism is the P.L.A.Y Project, a program that supports with play and language skills in children 18 months to 6 years of age.  This program is implemented in the home and no formal diagnosis is needed, just a delay in language and play skills.

Contact: Heather Johnson at  217-356-9176 Ext 314 or

Behavioral Perspectives

Behavioral Perspectives (ABA) services assist parents throughout Champaign, Illinois and surrounding areas. Our mission is to embrace teamwork to promote positive outcomes.

Contact 1-888-308-3728 or email

The Place for Children with Autism

Provides APA therapy in a preschool-like setting for ages 2-6. Centers provide: a pres-school-like learning environement; structured days from 8:30AM-3:30PM with optional extended hours; individualized lessons based on the needs of each child; organized group, social, and extracurricular activities; BCBA on-site; RBT credentialed and Safety Care trained staff.

Lincoln Square Mall
301 S. Vine Street, unit 10
Urbana, IL 6180

Contact (224) 436-0788 or or

Total Spectrum

In-home and center-based ABA services for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Contact (844) 263-1613 or

Continuum Behavioral Health

Continuum Behavioral Health addresses the needs of those who present with signs or symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities. We are unique in our ability to provide a seamless continuum of care starting with diagnosis and extending through assessment and treatment.

We are a team of highly trained specialists dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families.  We offer a variety of behavioral and educational services in the home, school and community.  We will configure a program specifically designed for your child with your goals, objectives and budget in mind.  Contact us at: or 630 286-0026.

Kevin Elliot Counseling

The Kevin Elliot Counseling group offers a wide variety of therapeutic services and groups to those in need, including individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  Paige Spangler and Staci Poe both have been recommended by members of the community.

Prairie Wind Speech, Inc.

Tracy Gunderson MS, CCC-SLP
Cheryl Yepez MA, CCC-SLP
1803 Woodfield Dr. Savoy, IL

Recreation: Larkin’s Place at the YMCA, Champaign Urbana Special Recreation (CUSR), Swimable, and Super Star Yoga

Programming designed to support children at all developmental level and their families.  YMCA and CUSR have a variety of recreational programming.  Simable is a group that provides adaptive swim lessons and Super Star Yoga is a monthly yoga class for children with special needs provided by Daily Bread Yoga.

YMCA: Shauna Beyer, M.S. CCC-SLP, Larkin’s Place Director ( or at (217) 359-9622



Superstar Yoga: Rachel at

Family Matters: Parent Training and Education Center

The mission of the Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center is to build upon families’ strengths, empower parents and professionals to achieve the strongest possible outcomes for students with disabilities, and to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities.

Contact: FMPTIC serves 94 Illinois counties (outside of the Chicago area); 95% funded by the U.S. Department of Education with additional support from ARC Community Support Systems. Their Toll Free number is (866)-436-7842

Respite Program for Adopted Children

The Adoption Preservation program at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois wants to inform families with adopted children of the Respite program. The program is open to families with an actively open adoption preservation case at Lutheran Social Services. To be eligible for respite services, the family must currently be receiving therapeutic services and the family has to have obtained guardianship or adoption through the Department of Children and Family Services. Parents must identify their own respite provider. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois provides a stipend for the provider at an over-night rate. If you are interested, contact your therapist at Lutheran Social Services to discuss eligibility.

Contact: Steve Holcomb, 217-671-0300 x214  Service Coordinator

University of Illinois Psychological Services Center

Provides autism diagnostic assessments.

Contact: Autism clinic at (217)300-6773 or (217) 333-0041

610 E. John Street, Champaign, IL

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