The Autism Program at Easter Seals
As many as one in 88 children are now diagnosed with Autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Autism has been called the epidemic of our time.
What is Autism?
Insurance Coverage for Autism
Early identification is essential for future success. The characteristic behaviors of autism may or may not be visible in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become obvious during early childhood (24 months to six years). Research indicates that early diagnosis is associated with dramatically better outcomes.
Red Flags - the following characteristics may indicate a child is at risk for atypical development and is in need of an evaluation:
Autism Services for Children at Easter Seals of Central Illinois:
Autism Diagnostic Clinic - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Easter Seals provides a comprehensive one-day clinical evaluation for diagnosing children who may have an autism spectrum disorder. Our assessment teams have extensive experience and training, and may include a neurodevelopmental pediatrician, a school psychologist, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and clinical coordinator depending on the child’s needs. Easter Seals provides more than 200 Autism Diagnostic Evaluations each year.
DIR Intervention - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - DIR Intervention, also known as The P.L.A.Y. Project, is a home-based program focused on improving relationships, interaction, and overall development in you children with ASD.
Intensive Therapeutic Autism Program at Easter Seals - Peoria - Provides services to children ages 3-5 (inclusive) with a primary medical diagnosis of autism or pervasive developmental delay.
Behavioral Services for Autism (ABA) - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Behavioral Services at Easter Seals are provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who evaluates behavioral challenges and works with families to address those challenges. Services are intended to reduce difficult or unpleasant behavior, and/or teach complicated skills.
New Autism Diagnosis Training & Orientation - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - New Autism Diagnosis Parent Training Program is designed to help parents and family members understand the diagnosis of autism, intervention strategies and local resources and assists parents and extended family in their journey to create optimum growth, independence and joy for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Individualized Therapeutic Autism Program - Peoria - Individualized Therapeutic Autism Program provides ABA and DIR/Floortime-based intensive services to children ages 3-5 that have a medical diagnosis of Autism (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).
Lorraine & George Shadid Autism Resource Center - Peoria - The Center offers a staffed resource room that provides resources and information for families and professionals working with children with Autism.
Center for Autism Resources and Education - Bloomington-Normal - The Center offers a staffed resource room that provides resources and information for families and professionals working with children with Autism.
Autism Resource Room - Decatur
Social Skills Groups - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Social Skills Group teaches children how to initiate a conversation, share stories, solve a conflict, and cooperate. Information is presented by the leaders and then practiced by the group members as they participate in games and fun activities.
Autism Pool Program - Peoria - Warm water playgroup for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder five to seven years of age.
Speech Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur - Ongoing therapy to enhance receptive and expressive communication, and oral-motor skills.
Occupational Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Ongoing therapy to assist in the improvement of fine motor, self-help, sensory processing, visual-motor, motor planning, play and independent living skills.
Developmental Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Provides parent education, creating learning environments and identifying activities that promote a child's skills in all areas of development.
Sensory Integration Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Therapy that involves our brain’s ability to take in, organize, and interpret information using all of our senses. This process involves our senses of taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing, in addition to our sense of movement, body position, and force of gravity.
Individual & Family Counseling - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Counseling services for children and families with disabilities or special needs.
Additional Information - More information and resources regarding autism can be found at autism organizations in both Peoria and Bloomington.
For more information on services in your area contact the Peoria Service Center at 309.686.1177, the Bloomington Service Center at 309.663.8275 or the Decatur Service Center at 217.429.1052.