A Look at Autism Rates in Illinois 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting communication, social skills, and behavior. The national average autism rate currently stands at 1 in 36 children. Illinois has reported lower autism rates than the national average; according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2022, autism affected 1 in 42 children in Illinois. 

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Treatment Options for Autism in Illinois Medical Care from Expert Physicians  

Medical professionals with expertise in neurodevelopment play a crucial role in providing autism care. Physicians and nurse practitioners who have completed specialized training in childhood brain development are uniquely qualified to manage the complex needs of children with autism. Medical professionals who are compassionate and responsive to a child’s unique needs can provide essential support and peace of mind for families navigating the care journey. 

Cortica’s expert physicians licensed in Illinois include:   

Cortica’s physicians are in-network for a wide range of health insurance plans, ensuring that Illinois families have access to exceptional in-center, in-home, and online care. We accept a variety of PPO, POS, and EPO plans. 

Treatment Options: In-Center and In-Home ABA Therapy 

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is a widely recognized therapeutic approach to autism. High-quality ABA programs are tailored to the individual's needs, led by certified therapists, driven by evidence-based practices, and include regular progress assessments. Incorporating naturalistic teaching strategies can enhance engagement and relevance for the child. In Illinois, families can access both in-center and in-home ABA services.  

Treatment Options: Developmental Therapies 

  •  Speech-Language Therapy: Focuses on improving verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Therapists who have specialized expertise with autism can develop individualized and goal-oriented sessions that meet a child’s needs and are enjoyable. 

  • Occupational Therapy: Targets life skills, sensory integration, and motor skills. Therapists who have specialized expertise in autism understand how to utilize therapeutic activities to improve independence and daily functioning. 

  • Music Therapy: A valuable part of autism care, improving communication, social skills, and emotional regulation. Certified music therapists who have specialized expertise in autism can help children meet a wide range of therapeutic goals. 

Treatment Options: Mental Health Counseling and Family Wellness 

Mental health services provide crucial support for children with autism as well as their caregivers, siblings, and other loved ones. Therapists who have specialized expertise in autism can provide emotional support, stress management strategies, and guidance to the entire family, all tailored to autism-related challenges.  

Early Intervention for Children 

Ensuring your child's developmental success involves considering various therapeutic interventions, particularly in the context of early intervention for infants and young children facing developmental delays. In the field of autism therapy, early intervention targets children before kindergarten during the most crucial developmental years, incorporating sensorimotor and communication therapies like occupational, physical, music, and speech-language therapy, along with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and developmental or relationship-based therapies.  

Cortica’s Pre-K Readiness Early Intervention Program (PREP) is an intensive group therapy initiative for children aged 2 to 6 with autism, preparing them for mainstream kindergarten through activities fostering essential social, communication, cognitive, and motor skills.  

Explore Our Comprehensive Therapy Centers in Illinois 

Cortica offers integrated, compassionate autism services in Illinois including medical care, ABA therapy, developmental therapies, and counseling. We have locations in:  

No matter where you decide to access autism care in Illinois, it’s important to ensure that your selected clinicians and services prioritize expertise in autism, evidence-based care, integrated therapies, and compatibility with your insurance plan to provide the best possible support for your child.