Early Autism Services Passionate About Potential

Passionate About
Potential

At Early Autism Services, we’re passionate about the potential within your child. Since our founding in 2008, we have believed that the best way to develop that potential is through a proactive, personalized ABA therapy program. This approach helps enable families to work 1:1 with licensed professionals. We offer high quality ABA therapy in Chicago, as well as throughout the United States, Australia, and India.

Our Services
ABA Therapy Chicago

In-Home ABA Therapy

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We offer in-home ABA therapy throughout the greater Chicago area. In-home services are generally for children between the ages 2-12 and are good for generalizing skills in a child’s natural environment. We focus on skills such as:

  • Language & Communication
  • Self-help
  • Fine & Gross Motor
  • Behavioral Planning
  • Pre-Academic
  • Social Skills
  • And more!
Center-Based ABA Therapy

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We offer center-based ABA therapy in Chicago at our two clinics located at:

Franklin Park: 10123 Grand Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131 (Located inside We Rock the Spectrum – Franklin Park).

Palatine: 553 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, IL 60074 (Located inside We Rock the Spectrum – Palatine).

We are currently now enrolling for both morning and afternoon hours. Our center-based programs focus on skills such as:

  • Fine & Gross Motor
  • School Readiness
  • Pre-Academic
  • Social skills
  • Play skills
  • Language & Communication
  • Self-help
  • Behavioral Planning
  • And more!
Telehealth ABA Therapy

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We offer Telehealth ABA therapy throughout the greater Chicago area, including areas that are outside of our in-home and center-based service areas. Remote therapy is typically recommended for children over the age of 6 years old, and who are able to maintain engagement through a virtual meeting. Telehealth is a great option for families who need a solution that is flexible. Our remote programs work on skills such as:

  • Language & Communication
  • Self-help
  • Fine & Gross Motor
  • Behavioral Planning
  • Pre-Academic
  • Social Skills
  • And more!
Social Skills Groups for Autism

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Our social skills groups offer children with autism the opportunity to practice social skills with a group of peers at the guidance of one of our trained clinicians. Groups typically meet in the evenings and on weekends either in person or via Zoom, and are geared for children ages 6-13. During our social skills groups we focus on skills such as:

  • Peer play
  • Conversation
  • Turn taking
  • Listening skills
  • Cooperation

Searching for ABA Therapy in
Chicago, IL?

We take pride in being one of the first to provide ABA therapy in Chicago. Our team is a group of highly-trained and caring individuals whose primary concern is your child’s success. We specialize in building personalized ABA therapy programs that help children with autism reach their fullest potential.

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Insurances We Accept

We are in network with the following insurance providers. If you don’t see your provider listed below, please give our team a call and we will check if we are able to work with your plan.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Indiana
  • CHS-Loyola-MacNeal
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Military TriCare
  • Imagine
  • IMPACT-IL Medicaid
  • Indiana Medicaid
  • Magellan
  • Meritain (3rd Party Aetna)
  • Innovista Health (was West Oak)
  • UBH-Optum (Covers GEHA)

Services Available Near

We offer services throughout the greater Chicago area. If you don’t see your city listed below, please give us a call.

  • Arlington Heights
  • Aurora
  • Chicago
  • Elgin
  • Franklin Park
  • Hammond
  • Naperville
  • Oak Lawn
  • Oak Park
  • Orland Park
  • Schaumburg
Child Receiving ABA Therapy at Early Autism Services

My child was just
diagnosed with autism.

Now What?

From understanding your child’s autism diagnosis, to starting an effective therapy program, there are a lot of steps along the way. Our team of clinicians are here to help you. We can help answer your questions and get you on the path to starting a personalized therapy program for your child. Below is a step by step guide of our process at EAS.

GIVE US A CALL.
Whether you’re ready to schedule a free consultation or just want to talk, we’re here. 312.965.2997

WE’LL PROVIDE A FREE CONSULTATION.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will sit down with you and your child to get a comprehensive view of his or her unique needs.

OUR TEAM WILL WORK WITH YOUR INSURANCE.
From the point of insurance submission to communicating with your provider through authorization – we will manage the entire process.

WE’LL PROVIDE AN ASSESSMENT AND CREATE A PERSONALIZED TREATMENT PLAN.
A BCBA will provide a 1:1 assessment. We will take the time to engage with your child through observation, play and conversation. This will allow us to build a personalized program tailored to your child’s needs.

ABA SERVICES WILL BEGIN.
We constantly monitor the data around your child’s program. We reassess via all-staff meetings and collaborate with you to ensure we are addressing your child’s.

Our Chicago
ABA Therapy Centers

Early Autism Services is now enrolling at both our Franklin Park and Palatine therapy centers.

Both our centers are located inside We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms.

Franklin Park: 10123 Grand Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131

Palatine: 553 E Dundee Rd, Palatine, IL 60074

Our Chicago therapy centers offer a fun and inviting environment for your child to learn, explore, and grow! While our programs are data driven and goal oriented, we use a play-based learning model. All our center-based programs include time for table time learning, interactive peer play for social development, and free play.

Chicago ABA Therapy Centers

Our Approach in ABA Therapy

The EAS Difference

Early Autism Services BHCOE Accreditation 2021

Accredited.
EAS is accredited by the Board Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE). The BHCOE is an international accrediting body for behavior analysis therapy and evaluates clinical quality, consumer satisfaction, and staff qualifications.

Comprehensive.
We offer a variety of autism therapy options including: center-based ABA theraqpy, in-home ABA therapy, and remote therapy via Telehealth. Additionally we provide self-guided parent education classes and socials skills groups afterschool and on weekends.

Experienced Clinicians.
EAS is a team made of hundreds of BCBAs, BCaBAs, Registered Behavior Therapists, Behavior Technicians, and insurance billing experts. Our team has helped hundreds of families throughout the United States, Australia, Canada and India.

Personalized.
Each of our therapy programs are personalized to a child’s unique skills. We provide individualized care and regular assessments to ensure we are continuing to meet your child’s needs.

Insurance Experts.
EAS has a firm understanding of insurance law and the policies of each of the major insurance providers. We’ve worked every type of insurance policy including PPO, HMO, self-funded, fully-funded, individual, group, in-state, out of state, private and federal policy. Health insurance can be complicated, but we will guide you every step of the way.

Data Driven.
The curriculum in our programs combine decades of research and years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. We continuously reassess each child’s program through frequent all staff meetings. This helps us ensure that we are achieving the goals built into each child’s therapy plan.

Meet Our
Clinical Director

Michelle Berlinski

Michelle Berlinksi, Baltimore Clinical Director, CEAS

Michelle Berlinski is the Clinical Director for EAS’ Chicago office. She is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) with a master’s degree in education in foundations of applied behavior analysis from The University of Cincinnati. Michelle completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. She began her work with EAS as a behavior technician working directly with clients. She has since expanded to oversee clinical operations for our Illinois branch.

Kathryn Weiland, Board Certified Behavior Analyst Early Autism Services Chicago

Emily Hargis
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Kathryn Weiland is a consultant and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) with a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame, where she first began her clinical training in ABA.

ordan Kaehler, Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Jordan Kaehler
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Jordan Kaehler is a consultant with a master’s degree in education. Jordan has also completed his ABA coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology.  His bachelor’s degree was obtained at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, after which he completed a post baccalaureate teacher certification program at Concordia University in Wisconsin.

Jessica Montalvo, Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Jessica Montalvo
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Jessica Montalvo is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) with a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University. She has experience with providing ABA services in different environments such as in schools and homes of clients. She focuses on teaching skills that are meaningful to each client to reach their maximum potential.

Lauren Caratachea, Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Lauren Caratachea
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Lauren Caratachea is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) with a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Lauren obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas. She received a bachelors degree in Applied Behavioral Science with a specialty in early childhood autism intervention.

Kristin Harker, Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Kristin Harker
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Kristin Harker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a master of science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristin obtained her bachelor of science degree in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences from Purdue University with minors in Psychology and Linguistics. Kristin is a member of Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis (ILABA) and Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA). Proficient in American Sign Language (ASL), Kristin is a committed consultant with a passion for communication and verbal behavior. She has been providing ABA therapy to children with autism since graduating from Purdue University.

Danyelle Sawyers, Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Danyelle Sawyers
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Danyelle Sawyers is a board certified behavior analyst and consultant. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration with a focus in school social work. She completed an applied behavior analysis course sequence through Southern Illinois University. She has experience working in schools, homes, and clinics providing ABA and social work services. She has been providing ABA services in various settings since 2011.

Mary Kate Dunne, Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Mary Kate Dunne
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Mary Kate is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) with a masters degree in education with a focus in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University. She earned a bachelor of social work degree from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Before becoming a BCBA, she developed a passion for applied behavior analysis while providing direct therapy as a behavior technician.

Shondrea Lowery, Associate Consultant at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Shondrea Lowery
Associate Consultant

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Shondrea Lowery is an associate consultant who provides direct, in-home instruction and support to young children with autism. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where she studied Psychology and Early Childhood Education.

Suzanne Rudy, HIPAA and Compliance Officer at Early Autism Services

Suzanne Rudy
HIPAA & Compliance Officer

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Suzanne is the Director of Training and the HIPAA and Compliance Officer for all EAS branches. She provides new employees the skills they need to perform their job as in-home therapists and assists with ongoing trainings with current therapists. Suzanne also provides direct in-home therapy to clients as an Associate Consultant. She has experience teaching individuals with autism in the home, school, and residential care settings. She is a certified Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) and has earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Bowling Green State University.

Amy Janken, Scheduling Coordinator at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Amy Janken
Scheduling Coordinator

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Amy Janken is the scheduling coordinator for EAS and holds a bachelor of science in education from Northern Illinois University.  She has worked with children for the past fifteen years as a teacher, camp counselor and as a line therapist.  She now enjoys the behind-the-scenes action involved in creating functional schedules for both EAS therapists and families.

Ellyn Jager, Training Coordinator at Early Autism Services in Chicago

Ellyn Jager
Training Coordinator

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Ellyn Jager is our Training Coordinator as well as a Registered Behavior Technician here at EAS.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University with a major in sociology and a minor in social work.  She is currently enrolled in Ball State University’s Masters program, working towards her degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is working towards her BCBA.  She has been working with EAS for 5 years, and truly enjoys working with young children with developmental disabilities.

If you are passionate about helping others, and want to work in a role that can make a real impact in the lives of children with autism – then we want to meet you! Come join our Chicago team!

We are a team of highly trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Behavior Technicians, and caring individuals, all committed to helping children with autism build the skills they will need for everyday life.

Click on the link below to view our open positions near Chicago!

We strive to ensure everything we do at EAS reflects our company’s Core Purpose: To make high quality behavioral therapy available for all children with special needs, while adhering to our core values:

  • Make decisions empirically at all levels
  • Be accessible and supportive
  • Respect the individual
  • Grow alongside both the client and staff
Help with autism

Still have
Questions?

To learn more about our ABA therapy program at EAS, please schedule a free consultation with one of our clinicians by clicking the link below.

One of our clinicians will reach out for an initial meeting to give a basic overview of our programs, our approach, discuss costs, and answer questions about your insurance coverage. We look forward to speaking with you!

Autism Blog
Tips for Parents

In our blog, we include helpful parenting tips like our Minute of Material videos, as well as fun read-along videos for kids. Stories include kid-friendly books that help teach concepts that can be difficult for individuals with autism, such as identifying emotions, social skills, or sharing.

We also offer a free catalog of courses led by our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts which cover a variety of topics for both parents and professionals who work with children with autism.