For 53 years Little Friends has helped children and adults challenged with autism and other developmental disabilities. They also provide support for their families. By empowering clients, Little Friends provides lifelong opportunities for growth, so that their clients can work, learn, play and experience the joy of life’s everyday moments. Little Friends operates three schools, has vocational training programs, community-based residential opportunities, and operates the Little Friends Center for Autism, a resource for diagnosis, comprehensive evaluations, therapies, and training for parents and professionals.
Little Friends has announced that they will be reestablishing their popular Early Intervention Parent Infant Program (PIP) which made not only a positive impact on the children, but their parents as well. PIP brings together children from ages 0 – 3, their parents, family and a variety of early intervention professionals to work as a team and offer services to assist families. The program previously served one hundred families with children aged 0 – 3. It was closed when Illinois required that the children be served in their home. While Little Friends will still not receive funding from the state to bring the program back, they are committed to making it affordable for parents. In addition, because it is not being funded by the state, Little Friends will have less restrictions on who they can serve.
The program, which will be located on their campus in Naperville, places the children and their parents in groups of 4 – 5. PIP focuses on communication through pictures, music and play while preparing the children for entrance into the early childhood programs. In addition, the program teaches parents positive proactive management strategies. And for those parents who may feel isolated, support groups and parent training provide a place where they can share in the small gains for their children and get excited together. Little Friends has psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and counselors on staff, so that numerous other resources are available for those who need it.
PIP will start this summer, but those interested can contact Little Friends now to learn more.
Mike Briggs, President & CEO
Patti Boheme, Exective Vice President of the Little Friends Center for Autism