Welcome to the KGH Way | KGH Autism Services: ASD Treatment Clinic, Chicago & Madison

Welcome to the KGH Way

KGH is customized. Multidisciplinary. And here for your whole family.

Our innovative therapy center provides comprehensive help with individualized and evidence-based treatment, consultation, education, support and empowerment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder from infancy through young adulthood. As a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, KGH is proud to be recognized for superior clinical quality, staff satisfaction and qualification and parent satisfaction.

Our goal is to help our clients achieve their maximum potential while providing support and resources to their families. We do this by creating solutions at a high level through applied behavior analysis (ABA), speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work services, social groups, parent education, support and empowerment. Our clinicians and team are experienced, best-in-class professionals.

We offer treatment in our clinic, your home, school, daycare, summer camp, in the community or wherever you need us. See more about our Services and family services.

Recognized Excellence

KGH is proud to be recognized as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE). In a recent survey with the BHCOE, 96% of our families agree or strongly agree that our clinicians are knowledgeable and experienced in ABA. 94% of our families report happiness with their child’s progress, and 87% of our families agree that their quality of life has improved since starting with KGH. It’s a customized, proven way with a focus on producing clear results that help improve quality of life every day.

ABA Therapy

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a discipline devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior. It’s one of the most effective, proven therapies in use today. The process uses interventions, based on the principles of learning and motivation, to promote socially significant behavior change. Thousands of published studies have documented the effectiveness of ABA therapy in increasing many skills while decreasing challenging behaviors. Children with autism spectrum disorder and related special needs who receive early, individualized ABA intervention have a greater chance of future success.

One study showed that 40 hours of ABA therapy a week over several years led to 90% of participants substantially improving, some even to normal intellectual functioning compared to the control group. In another, after 4 years of intensive behavioral treatment for children averaging 34 months old, 48% of participants showed rapid learning, achieved average post-treatment scores, and were succeeding in regular education classrooms.

The following organizations have classified ABA therapy to be a highly effective treatment for individuals with autism:

  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • Association for Science in Autism Treatment
  • Autism Speaks
  • Organization for Autism Research

An ABA program focuses on the learning needs of each individual leads to individualized curriculum therapy plans, including goals that promote individual strengths while addressing weaknesses to improve the quality of life for each individual served.

Why Choose Us?

No two people are alike, so no two therapy programs are alike. We believe that every child’s therapy program should be personalized to their individual needs, from the number of therapy hours, to the location of therapy, to the type of services received.

By offering both center-based and home-based therapy, your child will benefit from: 

  • Accelerated learning process
    • Our therapy centers are designed to offer benefits that support and accelerate the learning process in addition to providing in-home therapy.
  • Social skills
    • Opportunities to teach social and language skills are abundant when your child is either paired with a peer or part of small group instruction.
  • Clinical collaboration and supervision
    • With all skilled clinicians under one roof, your child will have access to support from various clinicians such as their BCBA, RBT, SLP, etc. Clinicians come together and consult on your child’s program to make appropriate changes that will support their learning.
  • Skill generalization
    • By working with other trained clinicians, your child will have the opportunity to practice learned skills with other people and out in the community. The KGH team ensures and plans for skill generalization by creating opportunities to practice newly acquired skills in the community, in the home, and any other environment in which your child participates.

We are focused on clear, measurable results, so we use the most effective, evidence-based therapy techniques, meaning they have been tested and shown to be effective through empirical research. We stay up-to-date on the newest research to ensure that we are always using the most effective and innovative interventions to help our clients succeed.

We take objective data on all therapeutic goals and evaluate progress on a daily basis and base all decisions on this objective data rather than subjective opinions. If our data suggests our intervention isn’t working, then we change it until we find an intervention that works.

We believe direct therapy should be provided by licensed and certified clinicians. Your BCBA will not only supervise your child’s team, but will provide direct therapy weekly. Additionally, we train and supervise our ABA Therapists to become Registered Behavior Technician (RBTs), certified by the Behavior Analysts Certification Board. We value continuing education for our staff and offer professional development presentations and continuing education events. And as a certified ACE provider, we provide continuing education credits for certified BCaBAs, BCBAs and BCBA-Ds.

Our management is staffed with seasoned clinicians, rather than business professionals, to ensure that ethical and best-practice clinical decisions are always made. We are dedicated, experienced and well respected by the professional and educational community.

You will be supported, educated and empowered on how to best help your child. KGH understands that autism does not impact just one person in the family, but that it impacts the entire family. Research shows that parents who are taught specific skills see a dramatic improvement in their child’s behavior compared to parents who are just informed about their child’s behavior. Our clinicians also maintain consistent and ongoing communication with families regarding therapy sessions and how their child is progressing through their therapeutic program. It’s all part of our commitment to providing individualized, family-focused care so that we can help the entire family feel empowered and supported and to optimize results.

Parent Training

Parent training at KGH is individualized to fit the needs of your family. We often begin with our Parent Education & Empowerment Workshop Series to provide you with general information, individualized support and confidence. Next, we work with you to make sure that the skills your child learns in therapy don’t just occur in therapy. We make sure that all learned skills transfer not only from our therapists to you, but also from the therapy setting into your home and community. We are there to support, educate and empower you to use effective techniques to teach your child new skills, successfully decrease and eliminate challenging behavior and promote positive, pro-social behaviors.

Classes and Workshops

KGH offers a variety of information-packed classes and workshops to educate and empower you. Please visit our News & Events page to see when our next Parent Trainings and/or Classes are offered. If the next available training does not work with your schedule or if you are interested in training all of your family members, private training is also available. See more on Family Support here. Professional organizations and schools are encouraged to call for private organization/school trainings and/or workshops as well.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What happens after we get started with KGH?

Immediately after you and your child start with KGH, your therapy team will conduct objective assessments to learn about your child’s strengths and areas for growth. They will then meet with you to discuss therapy recommendations and work with you to determine treatment goals. Your team will document all therapy goals in an individualized treatment plan for your child that will be reviewed, updated, and discussed with you on a consistent and on-going basis

Who will be working with my child?

Your individualized KGH therapy team of licensed/certified clinicians will provide services to your child. For example, if your child is receiving ABA, speech and mental health services, your KGH therapy team would include:

  • A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to design and implement your child’s ABA programming.
  • Several Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) to implement ABA programming under the supervision of the BCBA.
  • A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) to design and implement your child’s speech therapy programming.
  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) to design and implement your child’s mental health programming.

How do I get started?

Our Family Intake Coordinator will walk you through the steps of starting services with KGH. From matching the best services to your child’s needs, to checking insurance benefits on your behalf, to starting the scheduling process, our compassionate team is with you through every step of the process.