- Posted by Caravel Autism Health
- On January 9, 2019
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Orland Park, IL – A new opportunity for children with autism to lead independent, happy lives and connect with the world is now available in Chicago’s south suburbs. Caravel Autism Health has opened its new clinic, located at 15255 94th Avenue, Suite #400 in Orland Park, Illinois. Melanie Rickert is the Clinic Director for the Orland Park Clinic.
The new clinic location will offer diagnostic evaluations and autism treatment for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Most of Caravel Autism Health’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) 423-0880.
About one in 59 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.
Melanie Rickert says “We are excited about opening our Orland Park location. We can now offer families in the South Suburbs of Chicago access to Caravel’s high quality, intensive autism treatment. As a company, we have been serving children on the autism spectrum for eight years and have developed deep experience and best practices in the field. This Orland Park location is our fifth location in the Chicago area and will expand our reach to more families and offer a convenient location for their first meeting with Caravel Autism Health.”
Melanie Rickert has years of experience in the autism field, working as a Director with another provider, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and as a Director of Programs. Melanie earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Saint Xavier University, and her BCBA credential in 2011.
Diagnostic evaluations will be provided by Mike Mihajlovic, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in child and adolescent psychology. “Dr. Mike”, as he is known to his clients across the Chicago area, has devoted his training and clinical practice to the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. His natural ability to put children and families at ease creates a welcoming environment for the diagnostic evaluation, which generally takes about two hours. In many circumstances, an appointment may be scheduled within a month. Caravel Autism Health participates in most major commercial insurance plans. To learn more about the diagnostic evaluation or to schedule an appointment, please call Client Intake Coordinator Sarah Kerbel at (847) 423-0880 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, take Caravel’s autism screening survey.
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