A Letter from the Chief of the Autism Program

The holidays are a time of celebration, love, laughter, and, for most of our families, stress: the stress of travel, of decorating our homes, of gift giving and receiving, of not having our typical schedules, and, sometimes most of all, parties. The children and families of The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) may experience even more holiday stress and anxiety as they face disruptions in their daily routines that may cause challenges, other families may not understand. I invite you to explore the great resources we have included in this issue of TAPPED In, to help with holidays. The holidays
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Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern

Have Dreams and the Smithsonian Institution have been selected as pilot sites to launch Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism (PSCA)! Have Dreams is partnering with Northwestern University, New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA), Evanston Township High School, New Trier High School, Glenbrook High Schools, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Clearbrook, and the Illinois ...
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Engaging Fathers

When you look around your office waiting room, how often do you see fathers there with their children? All too many of us are likely to say, “not very often except for diagnostic evaluations or intakes.” What about meetings to discuss early intervention Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) or school Individual Education Plans (IEPs)? Again the answer is most commonly, “not very often.” Mothers generally ...
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Local Walgreens Collaborates with SIUC

The Autism Program of Illinois and the TAP Center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale would like to extend our gratitude to Kyle Dannells and Matt Hughes at the Walgreens located at 206 S Wall St in Carbondale, IL. Kyle, assistant store manager and Matt, store manager hired 26-year-old Damen Dukes, a client at the SIU TAP Center who has high-functioning autism. “I was shocked and honored” said Damen who had never been hired so quickly. Damen works part-time at Walgreens as a customer service associate and he says “It’s pretty good.” Prior to Walgreens Damen worked at Camp Little
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An Update from The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) at The Hope Institute for Children and Families

The TAP Center at The Hope Institute for Children and Families is starting the second month of their new preschool program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) under the age of five. The group meets for two hours following a typical preschool routine that incorporates group play, circle time, structured group activities, and one-on-one work with a trained therapist.
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