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Charlie’s Gift Autism Center is pleased to announce the expansion of services!

  • KIDS CLUB. A dynamic social communication program specially designed for children ages 6-10.
  • CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. A dynamic social communication program specially designed for children ages 11-14.
  • ‘Horsing Around With Friends’ a social skills group combined with Horseback Riding for kids ages 5-14.
  • RIGHT FIT© our partners who will provide a 2-day Fitness and Sport Training Class for Youth with Autism & Special Needs.
  • Summer Family Olympics. Come out and enjoy games, challenges, some fun competition and family bonding!
  • Summer SibShops, a monthly recreation group just for the brothers and sisters of children with developmental challenges Here are some photos from a recent Sibshops:


Charlie’s Gift Center for Autism and Related Disorders

Charlie’s Gift offers individual and group therapy, and family support services, to address the behavioral and developmental needs of children, adolescents and young adults who are challenged by:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Social-communication disorders
  • Sensory processing and integration disorders
  • Anxiety, mood and attention deficit disorders

Charlie’s Gift addresses the needs of children and families facing autism and related disorders through speech, occupational, behavior therapy, counseling services, social skills development, parent advocacy and family support. All children are welcome, including those without a diagnosis. As a community wide resource serving the Chicago metro area, Charlie’s Gift strives to raise the awareness of the impact of autism and related disorders on families. 

Through a family-centered team based approach, Charlie’s Gift is committed to providing a range of services to optimize the development of the child and adolescent, the personal growth of the young adult, and strengthen the family as a whole. 

What Makes Charlie’s Gift Unique?

  • We provide a comprehensive array of therapy services and fun group activities for children to offer a holistic approach to intervention.
  • We work with children in the context of their family,which means that parents, siblings, and extended family members are supported as well.
  • We utilize an empowerment model to foster personal growth in young adults
  • We strive to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum and related disorders by providing community education and community based services.

Questions, comments, or want to stay connected? Email Cara Bialek, Clinic Coordinator, at cbialek@charliesgift.org