Charlie’s Gift-Mid-America Real Estate Group

MID-AMERICAWe are delighted to partner with Mid-America Real Estate Group in support of our Charlie’s Gift Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

Charlie’s Gift provides a family-centered, team approach to address the needs of children and families facing autism and other related disorders.  As a community-wide resource serving the Chicago metro area, Charlie’s Gift strives to support the family as a whole, educate the community, and raise awareness about the importance of beginning therapy early so children have the best possible start to reach their full potential.

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How your contribution will make a difference

  • $100 will provide access to summer camps for a child at Charlie’s Gift
  • $500 will allow a Charlie’s Gift child to receive 6 sessions of individual therapy
  • $1,000 will enable a Charlie’s Gift child to receive 6 moths of a weekly social group experience

 

Charlie’s Gift Statistics

  • More than 100 children with Autism and their families participated in our therapeutic programs and Services annually.
  • 1,800 clinical hours providing various therapies and recreational opportunities to help children and families cope with the effects of Autism.
  • Nearly 1,600 Walkers participated in the 2014 Walk the Walk for Autism!

Autism Facts

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 1 in 68 children.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders are 5 times more common in boys than girls.
  • More children are being diagnosed at an early age so they have the earliest start possible to begin intervention.
  • The cost of lifelong care can range from $3.5-7 million for an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • 88% of all marriages end in divorce after their child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing developmental disability.

Our Services

Through Charlie’s Gift, The Community House is able to provide the following services to families in the metro Chicago area:

  • Behavioral Therapy & Counseling
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy using both a fine motor and a sensory based therapy approach
  • Group services that focus on mental health therapy, speech and language development, fine motor and sensory integration, and social skills development
  • SibShops recreational, educational, and fun groups for the brothers and sisters of children with special needs
  • Coffee & Conversations, a monthly parent-to-parent networking, educational and support group
  • Lending library of books and resources for families
  • School and IEP Advocacy
  • A variety of seasonal group activities such as horse therapy, yoga, handwriting clubs, and much more!