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The Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics

 

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The Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics provide comprehensive assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults who have developmental disabilities. The Family Clinics include professionals from family medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and speech therapy.

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Programs

  • The Adult Diagnostic and Intervention Program
  • The Hispanic Diagnostic and Family Support Program
  • The Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Support Program
  • 0-3 Diagnostic Services
  • The Autism Clinic and TAP Training Center
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    Clinical Training Experience

    Events

    Newsletter

    Staff


    Programs

    The Adult Diagnostic and Intervention Program provides comprehensive assessment and treatment services for adults with developmental disabilities. Specialty areas include the assessment and treatment of adults dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and individuals with behavioral difficulties. The program also provides clinical training and consultation with the professional community serving adults with developmental disabilities.

    The Adult Diagnostic evaluation, which is usually completed within two days of testing, may include the following diagnostic services:

    • psychological evaluation
    • psychiatric evaluation

    The results of the evaluations are compiled and presented as an interdisciplinary report. Following the evaluation, family conferences are offered at the client's request.

    The Adult Diagnostic and Intervention Program also offers the following interventions:

    • Individual counseling for dually diagnosed clients
    • Group therapy on the topics of Anger Management and Dating Skills

    The Adult Diagnostic and Intervention Team is available for consultation and training to the professional community in the areas of:

    • Sexuality
    • Developmental disabilities
    • Anger management
    • Dual diagnosis

    For referrals please contact our Intake Coordinator at 312.413.1490

    Program Coordinators:

    Joan Ingram, Ph.D.

    Team Members:

    Ginny Griffin, LCSW

    Linda Sandman, MSW, LCSW


    The Hispanic Diagnostic and Family Support Program provides comprehensive interdisciplinary assessments in Spanish and/or English for individuals of all ages with suspected or confirmed developmental disabilities. Our specialty areas include bilingual services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD.

    The IDHD is located adjacent to the predominantly Hispanic Pilsen-Little Village neighborhood and actively recruits cases from this area. The ability to provide bilingual family services has vastly increased acceptance and use of the IDHD by this underserved group. The program also offers cultural competence training and consultation to professionals, community agencies and schools.

    The Hispanic Diagnostic evaluations, which are usually completed within two days, include the following services:

    • Psychosocial interview
    • Psychological evaluation
    • Speech/language evaluation

    The results of the evaluations are compiled and presented in an interdisciplinary report. Following the evaluation, family conferences are held and families are assisted in obtaining needed educational and therapeutic services in the community.

    The Hispanic Diagnostic and Family Support Program also offers the following intervention services:

    • Limited individual counseling
    • Consultations to families
    • Consultations to community providers

    The Hispanic Diagnostic and Family Support Program offers the following programs for families who have a child or children on the Autism Spectrum:

    • Grupo Salto for information call 312/355-0426
      For Referrals in Spanish please contact 312.413.1819
      For Referrals in English please contact 312.413.1490

    Program Coordinator:

    Irma Hernandez, MSW, LCSW

    Team Members:

    Lucy Perez - Harck, PsyD

    Pam Bondy, MA, CCC-L


    The Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Support Program provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary assessment and services for children age 3 and 21 with suspected or confirmed developmental disabilities. Specialty areas include intellectual and developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD , and evaluations of children with complex developmental and socio-emotional concerns.

    The Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Support interdisciplinary evaluations, which are usually completed in less than two days of testing, may include the following:

    • Developmental pediatric evaluation
    • Psychological evaluation
    • Psychiatric evaluation
    • Psychosocial evaluation
    • Occupational therapy evaluation
    • Speech - language evaluation

    The results of the evaluations are compiled and presented as an interdisciplinary report. Following the evaluation, family conferences are held and families are assisted in obtaining needed educational and therapeutic services in the community.

    The Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Support program also offers intervention services, which include:

    • Applied Behavioral Analysis Consultations: Consultative and intervention services to caregivers of children with developmental delays and disorders (including, but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability, and Developmental Delays). Empirically-supported interventions, based on a behavioral approach to assessment and treatment, are used to address behavioral excess (e.g., noncompliance, tantrums, aggression, etc.) and behavioral deficits (e.g., toileting, self-help skills, etc.).
    • Occupational therapy treatment: Consultative, individual and family intervention for deficits in self-care skills, fine motor skills, school skills, and sensory processing deficits.
    • Speech Therapy/Floortime: Consultative, individual and family intervention for speech-language and communication challenges. Intervention utilizes the DIR framework “Floortime”, approach to enhancing and developing play, communication and interaction skills. (including, but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Sensory Processing Disorders and Pragmatic Language Disorders.
    • Therapeutic Groups for Adolescents and Children focused on Social Skills Building

    The Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Support team is available for consultation and training in the areas of child development, child language stimulation, behavior management, and transitioning through the life stages.

    For referrals please contact our Intake Coordinator at 312.413.1490

    Program Coordinator:

    Nicole Quintero, Ph.D., BCBA-D

    Team Members:

    Katie Frank MHS, OTR/L

    Sara Shields-Cole, MA, CCC-SLP

    Tracy McKinney, PhD, BCBA-D

    Cara Vaccarello, PhD

    Susan Kahan, MA, LPC

    Ginny Griffin, MSW, LCSW

    Meghan Burke, PhD

    Ann Cutler, MD, FAAP


    The 0-3 Diagnostic Program is an interdisciplinary evaluation, which usually is completed in a single day and may including the following diagnostic services:

    • developmental pediatric evaluation
    • psychological evaluation
    • speech-language evaluation

    The results of the evaluations are compiled and presented as an interdisciplinary report. Following the evaluation, family conferences are held and families are assisted in obtaining needed educational and therapeutic services in the community.

    The 0-3 team is available for consultation and training in the areas of child development, child language stimulation, behavior management, early intervention, and transition to preschool programs.

    For referrals please contact our Intake Coordinator at 312.413.1490

    Program Coordinator:

    Ann Culter, M.D.

    Team Members:

    Sue Fahrenwald, RN

    Nicole Quintero PhD, BCBA-D

    Sara Shields Cole, MA, CCC-SLP

    Pam Bondy, MS/CCC-L

     


    The Autism Clinic and TAP Training Center at UIC is a specialty clinic devoted to serving children, adolescents, and adults with known or suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders. Housed at the Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics of the Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD), the Autism Clinic & TAP Training Center's mission is to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families through clinical service, community, academic, and professional training, and research. The Autism Clinic and TAP Training Center is dedicated to serving underserved urban minority groups in the city of Chicago and surrounding areas.

    Clinical Services

    The Autism Clinic has an emphasis on the differential diagnosis of autism and related disorders through evaluations involving both clinical child psychologist and a medical consultation (child psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician). In recognition that most individuals with autism require intensive intervention services in the community and through school and community programs, the Autism Clinic is equally committed to providing consultation and training to families, school districts, and intervention programs in the community. Our professional team has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD through the lifespan.

    Clinical services include:

    • Diagnostic evaluations & re-evaluations
    • Parent training and consultation
    • Behavioral consultation
    • Individual treatment
    • Social skills groups

    Consultation and Training

    • Autism workshops and information sessions
    • Program consultations and evaluations
    • Case-based school consultation

    For referrals please contact our Resource Coordinator at 312.413.4624

    For referrals in Spanish please contact our Intake Coordinator at 312.413.1819

    Program Director:

    Jennifer Gorski, Ph.D.

    Resource Coordinator:

    Lana Roth, MSW, LCSW


    Clinical Training Experience

    The Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics are a clinical training site for graduate students in the fields of Pediatrics, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, and Speech Language Pathology. In addition we are a primary clinical training site for the Illinois LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities). Please follow the links below to find out more specific information about these training opportunities.

    Contact: Linda Sandman, MSW, LCSW
    Clinical Director and Training Director
    (312) 413-1640
    lsandman@uic.edu

    Social Work Internship Description

    Assessment Practicum Description

    Student Experiences:


    Newsletter

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    Events

    Monthly Group Parent Training Sessions provided by The Autism Clinic & TAP Training Center Institute on Disability and Human Development. Read more here.

    Join us on Wednesdays from 10:00 am - 11:30 am from October 24 to December 19 for the Exploring Dating and Relationships Group. For more information, click here.

     

     

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    Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) for the State of Illinois

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