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April 12, 2017
Naperville, IL – Caravel Autism Health has opened its new clinic, located at 1979 Mill Street, Suite #204 in Naperville, Illinois. Brenda Boehm is the Clinic Director for the Naperville Clinic.
The new clinic location will offer diagnostic evaluations and autism treatment for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Most of Caravel’s individualized treatment takes place in the home in the child’s natural environment. Families interested in learning more about treatment can reach our Client Intake Coordinator, Sarah Kerbel at (847)318-3190.
About one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a disorder that makes it difficult for some people to communicate, form relationships and use abstract concepts. Autism spectrum disorder can manifest in different ways, with varying symptoms and levels of interference in people’s lives.
Caravel Autism Health uses a team of experienced clinicians to implement each child’s customized treatment plan. The team approach ensures that each family we serve receives the highest levels of treatment, support and responsiveness. The treatment plan is individualized for the child and family’s needs but typically includes communication, language, socialization, play and daily living skills goals. Most major health insurance plans will cover this evidence-based treatment.
Brenda Boehm says “We are excited about opening our Naperville location. We can now offer families in the Naperville region access to Caravel’s high quality, intensive autism treatment. As a Company, we have been serving children on the autism spectrum for over seven years and have developed deep experience and best practices in the field. This Naperville location, as well as the new Schaumburg location, will expand our reach to more families in the Chicago Area and offer a convenient location for their first meeting with Caravel.”
Brenda Boehm has extensive experience providing ABA treatment over the past 16 years with children of varying age and skill level and their treatment teams located in Illinois, Wisconsin, and overseas. In addition to providing individualized treatment, Brenda’s experience varies from opening in-home and center-based clinics, writing curriculum and engaging in parent training programs, developing and running social skills groups, coordinating and training entry level to senior level clinicians, liaising with community members, educating the public on autism spectrum disorder and facilitating over 100 presentations on a variety of topics. Brenda is currently opening Caravel Autism Health in Naperville while acquiring a Master’s Degree in Professional Behavior Analysis.
April is Autism Awareness Month. Brenda has organized two upcoming events in Naperville:
Free Autism Screening: Our Caravel team, including “Dr. Mike”, will be conducting free autism screenings on April 20, 2017, from 9:30 to 11:30 am at DuPage Children’s Museum. Dr. Mike Mihajlovic is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois, who specializes in assessments and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The museum will be holding a sensory playtime at 11 am and lunch buddies at 12 pm. To sign up for the 15-20 minute screening, please contact Jill Samonte, DuPage Children’s Museum Community Access Coordinator, at 630-637-8000 ext 4800.
Free workshop for child care providers: Autism 101: Promoting Success in Group Settings will be held at the Nichols library in Naperville on May 6 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Topics will include a definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder, practical strategies on promoting appropriate group behaviors and tips on talking with parents about developmental concerns. This is an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry Approved Training. Please register at https://autism101-naperville.eventbrite.com.
“We are excited to facilitate these events and provide Caravel’s research based treatment to children and families in the Naperville area. Research shows a child’s IQ, language and social skills increase with ABA therapy,” Boehm said. “It also shows that approximately half the children that start treatment at an early age with the right intensity and quality can go into first grade with no support. Early treatment can help prepare a child diagnosed with autism for school.”
If you have concerns about your child’s development, take Caravel’s autism screening survey.
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