Autism in the News
We are excited to share cutting edge research with our community so you can better know what is being done to understand autism and better serve individuals and families.
In a new study, researchers showed that preschoolers with autism gain more language and initiate more communication when their classroom teachers use a simplified version of the JASPER method, a behavioral therapy that emphasizes shared attention and child-directed play. Autism Speaks helped fund the research. Read More
Mapping out your child's financial future can seem like a daunting task, but having a plan in place can help ease your fears. The Autism Speaks Special Needs Financial Planning Tool Kit was created to provide you with all the information you need to develop that plan. Read More
New research underscores the importance of physicians addressing the neurological and mental health issues commonly associated with autism -- with numbers suggesting that these conditions are driving the higher rates of premature death long associated with autism. These conditions include seizures (epilepsy), anxiety and depression. Read More
Has your Medicaid insurance been denied for ABA coverage?
If so, attorney Robert H. Farley would like to hear from you. He might be able to help. (630)369-0103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spotlight on Community Resources
Part of the mission of TAP is to help spread word to the autism community about the resources and programming that is available in the area. We try to feature at least one program each month.
Larkin's Place at the Y
SUMMER CAMP Guide is out!
Camps fill up early, register now
Stacie@sf-ymca.net or 217.239.2849
CU Special Recreation has many awesome activities. Check it out
Tom Jones Challenger Baseball League
April 16 9:30 am
Skills Day Meet 'n Greet
Registration open now
Spotlight on Research
Research Participant Opportunities
Understanding ASD Among Illinois Children
Help policy makers understand the experiences of Illinois families with a child with an autism spectrum disorder!
Without information about the experiences and needs of families in our state, policy makers cannot allocate resources to address unmet needs. A joint effort by Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago involves a survey for families of children with a child 18 years or younger who was diagnosed with ASD in the state of Illinois. The purpose of this survey is to advance understanding of diagnosis and service experiences in order to meet unmet needs and improve outcomes for Illinois children.
If you are the parent of a child 18 years or younger who was diagnosed with ASD in the state of Illinois and would like to participate in the survey, please use the following link to begin:
If you would like to complete a paper copy of the survey, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lucy Bilaver at (815) 753-2436 or email@example.com. We greatly appreciate your interest in this study, and are confident that this project will serve to better understand the experiences and needs of Illinois families with a child with ASD.
Understanding Mealtimes on the Spectrum
This study targets parents of elementary and middle school children with autism and has two parts: (1) we record a family meal in the home and (2) we interview one parent and the child with autism. Families receive a $25 after the dinnertime observation and a $50 after the interviews. For more information call Sarah Curtiss at 217-300-5994 or go to the registration website.