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515 Busse Highway
Suite 150

Park Ridge
Illinois 60068
USA
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Programs: Have Dreams provides structured programs after-school and weekends for children challenged by autism. Programs include: Social Skills; Music & Movement; Music & Fitness, Instructional Swim; Interactive Games; Cooking & Conversation; Teen Programs; Special Olympics; Animal Assisted Therapy, Breakthrough to Literacy, as well as, an incorporation of Art Therapy. Special events, community outings and school break programs are also provided on an ongoing basis. Our classes focus on developing life skills, independence and meaningful social relationships. Armed with these skills, a child with autism can be an active participant, not a passive bystander. Professional trainings, sibling support, instructional services, consultation, educational presentations, and workshops occur throughout the year. Have Dreams serves children from age 3 to 20, and we anticipate developing programs through adulthood. There are currently 62 children enrolled in programs and over 300 family members and professionals in related fields attending seminars and other sessions annually.

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Have Dreams aspires to help children with an autistic spectrum disorder to learn, function independently, and socialize so that they may realize their full potential and develop into contributing members of their communities. Founded in 1996, Have Dreams is located in Park Ridge, Illinois, and serves children from across the Chicago metropolitan area. Have Dreams provides children with autism with a safe and engaging environment in which to learn and rehearse social and independent living skills, and provides their families and communities with information and support.
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11/01/10
My 9 year old son has attended Have Dreams for 3 years now. The changes that have come through the skills taught at Have Dreams are incredible. The staff is amazing and truly has the children's best interests at heart. My son has been part of a Social Skills class that has allowed him to interact... more »
10/29/10
Have Dreams has been unbelievable in helping my nine-year-old high functioning autistic son to make friends and gain the skills and confidence he needs to succeed at school. Everyone at my son's school has noticed the tremendous improvement in his ability to control himself and to have positive ... more »
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