Q. Who do you help?
A. We are delighted to help adults, teens and children with social difficulties, organizational and executive function challenges, whether diagnosed or not.
Q. What challenges do adults on the spectrum face?
A. The first challenge is that some may not be diagnosed and therefore not understand why they are having difficulties.
Another significant challenge is maintaining a social life and relationships. Yet another challenge is both obtaining and maintaining employment. All of these challenges combined with difficulties dealing with emotions can create a situation of stress and confusion that is difficult to resolve without outside help.
We are available to do a needs assessment and create an action plan.
Q. What does the needs assessment cover?
A. For adults, teens, and children, we look at communication skills, independent abilities, understanding of emotions, organizational skills, directed attention, and environmental influences to create a personalized action plan.
Q. Will you review documents & can you do a paperwork review without an initial assessment?
A. Yes! We can review IEPs, 504 plans, Behavior Implementation Plans and provide you with key questions/ suggestions. We can do a paperwork review without an initial assessment; however, we are able to provide a better service if we get to know you/ your child through an assessment
Q. Who can attend an IEP meeting?
A. Parents or guardians should attend all IEP meetings. You have the right to bring an advocate to the meeting for additional support.
We understand the incredible amount of information shared at these meetings and have several ways we can support you. We can review any IEP drafts you receive. We can also attend the meeting with you and offer suggestions and support. If you've already had your IEP meeting, we can review the IEP document you received. We encourage you to utilize some of the 10 day review period to make sure you fully understand the IEP.
Q. Do you work with schools?
A. Yes! If you're an administrator or a teacher, our goal is to work with you to create an ASD friendly environment and help parents navigate the system quickly and efficiently.
Q. Do you provide one-on-one sessions and how often are they?
A. Yes, we do provide one-on-one sessions in our office in Lake Forest IL, or by Skype / FaceTime if you prefer. We will create a personalized schedule based on your needs.
Q. What are some of the personal growth topics you address?
A. We work on social skills, emotional self-regulation, time management, organization, goal setting, cognitive flexibility, health, cooking, leisure options, and finances.
Q. Do you teach mindfulness strategies?
A. Mindfulness is a key component to our social skills and self-regulation strategies.
We also have a sister site for children needing help with mindfulness and sleep http://www.ahwayisland.com
Q. I have difficulty changing my plans/schedule once it is set. Can you help?
A. Yes! We will work with you to come up with options for dealing with unexpected changes in your plans.
Q. Do you work with employers?
A. Yes! We help employers understand the ways their business can benefit from employing people with ASD. We also help employers and individuals who would be a great fit for their team.
Q. Why are there so few girls with autism/ Asperger’s syndrome?
A. The diagnostic criteria for ASD was developed based on the observations of autistic boys. Girls present with different symptoms. As a result, girls tend to be underdiagnosed.
Q. I'm in HR, how can I best support my employees with ASD?
A. We can help you come up with a customized plan that fits your situation.
Sometimes the solution is very simple to create ASD friendly environments that encourage productivity.
We also are available to help you educate your team. We can do anything from small group presentations to corporate-wide team-building activities that create understanding and camaraderie with people with ASD.
Finally, if there are individuals on your team who would benefit from work on interpersonal skills, we can work with them directly one-on-one.
Q. What do your services cost?
A. Everything we do is personalized, please call us at 847-275- 9413 to discuss your needs.
Q. I heard someone with autism refer to me as neurotypical. What does that mean?
A. A neurotypical person is someone without ASD.