Chicago

Action Behavior Centers leading ABA therapy centers in the Chicago region can help your child receive an autism diagnosis with our autism spectrum test. Whether your child with autism needs services in the center, at home, or after school, our ABA therapists in Chicago, IL can help your child achieve success on the spectrum.

Chicago

Action Behavior Centers leading ABA therapy centers in the Chicago region can help your child receive an autism diagnosis with our autism spectrum test. Whether your child with autism needs services in the center, at home, or after school, our ABA therapists in Chicago, IL can help your child achieve success on the spectrum.

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

Help Your Child Reach Milestone Moments

If you don’t have a diagnosis, we can assist you. Action Behavior has immediate space available for children for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Our highly trained therapists and BCBAs are ready to help.

Start Your ADOS-2

Assessment

Application

If a doctor or screen tool indicates risk, schedule an ADOS-2 assessment that can be reviewed by treating physicians.

Have A Child 3 & Under?
Start Screening Today.

Have a child under 3 years old? Just getting started? The M-CHAT™ (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a parent-report screening tool to assess the risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In approximately 10 minutes, parents can complete the 20 questions and receive an autism risk assessment for their child.

Have A Child 4 & Up?
Start Screening Today.

Have a child 4 & Up? Just getting started? The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test”) is a parent questionnaire that assesses for symptoms of autism and social communication problems.

For Children 3 & Under

For Children 4 & Up

Help Your Child Reach Milestone Moments

If you don’t have a diagnosis, we can assist you. Action Behavior has immediate space available for children for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

Our highly trained therapists and BCBAs are ready to help.

Start Your ADOS-2

Assessment

Application

If a doctor or screen tool indicates risk, schedule an ADOS-2 assessment that can be reviewed by treating physicians.

Have A Child 3 & Under?
Start Screening Today.

Have a child under 3 years old? Just getting started? The M-CHAT™ (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a parent-report screening tool to assess the risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In approximately 10 minutes, parents can complete the 20 questions and receive an autism risk assessment for their child.

Have A Child 4 & Up?
Start Screening Today.

Have a child 4 & Up? Just getting started? The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test”) is a parent questionnaire that assesses for symptoms of autism and social communication problems.

Serving Locations Throughout The Chicago Area

We Meet You Where You Are.

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Center-Based

Center-Based therapy allows for children to practice school-readiness, peer play, and social skills throughout their structured schedule.

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ABC At Home

An At-Home environment allows for generalization of self-help and adaptive skills within real-life scenarios alongside more frequent parent training.

We Meet You Where You Are.

Icon - Individualized Programs

Center-Based

Center-Based therapy allows for children to practice school-readiness, peer play, and social skills throughout their structured schedule.

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ABC At Home

An At-Home environment allows for generalization of self-help and adaptive skills within real-life scenarios alongside more frequent parent training.

Chicago Leaders

Matthew Major

Group VP of Operations | Austin, TX

Matthew Major is currently serving as the Group Vice President of Operations at Action Behavior Centers. With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Matthew has been a passionate advocate for patient-centered care and has worked hard to improve the quality of healthcare services for the communities he loves. Building strong relationships with patients, staff, and providers has been a cornerstone of his success in healthcare. In his current role at ABC, Matthew is responsible for overseeing the operations across multiple regions. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing new programs and initiatives that have helped the organization grow and expand its services. Matthew's focus on operational efficiency, patient-centered care, and staff development has made him a valuable leader in the healthcare industry.

Veronica Figueroa

Senior Regional Clinical Director | Houston, TX

With over 10 years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum, Veronica has honed her skills in various settings, including schools, homes, communities, and centers. In 2019, Veronica joined Action Behavior Centers as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a Clinical Director for the Spring, Cypress, and Katy locations. With her impressive track record, Veronica was then appointed as the Vice President/Market Leader for the Houston and Chicago markets, while concurrently serving as a Regional Clinical Director for Houston, San Antonio, and Chicago. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, Veronica is committed to serving children and families and ensuring they receive the best possible care.

Sarah Wojdula

Clinical Director | At Home

Sarah received her master’s degree in advanced special education practices from Northern Illinois University. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2017. In 2019, Sarah took a leap of faith and moved down to The Woodlands, Texas to begin her career at Action Behavior Centers – Research Forest. In 2021, she returned to her home state of Illinois as part of ABC’s expansion into the Illinois market. She has been an integral part of Illinois’ growth assisting with ADOS, teammate training, and serving families across the region. When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs!

Samantha Baker

Clinical Director | Lincolnwood, IL

Sami has been in the field of ABA for over 20 years, holding leadership roles in school, home, clinic, and non-profit settings. She specializes in Verbal Behavior, Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), and school-readiness skills. Sami is passionate about providing compassionate care, streamlining practices, and developing tools that ensure efficient, quality care for families. Sami enjoys spending time with her family and pets, serving on the board of a local youth soccer organization, taking walks, and baking.

Veni Martin

Clinical Director | Burr Ridge, IL

Veni is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Clinical Director at Action Behavior Center at the Burr Ridge Center in Chicago. She began her ABA career in 2009 as a Behavior Technician working in-home with young children. Over her career, she has worked with autistic children and adolescents within foster care placement. She has provided ABA therapy and supervision in the home and school settings and held leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams within schools and pre-vocational settings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Counseling from Drexel University in Philadelphia, her Master of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago, and her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Aurora University under the direction of Dr. Stephen Walker.

Kristin Harker

Clinical Director | Frankfort, IL

Kristin Harker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who is currently pursuing an Organizational Behavior Graduate Certificate from Harvard Extension School. Kristin earned a master of science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristin obtained a bachelor of science degree in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences from Purdue University with minors in Psychology and Linguistics. Kristin is a member of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA). Kristin is a committed and compassionate clinician with a passion for teaching using behavior skills training, communication, and verbal behavior. Kristin has experience working across settings including in homes, clinics, and therapeutic schools where she has worked collaboratively taking a multidisciplinary approach.

Katerina Savino

Clinical Director | Schaumburg, IL

Katerina Savino, MA, BCBA is a board-certified behavior analyst and clinical director at the Schaumburg clinic. Katerina has been fortunate enough to have worked as a BCBA across three different states, including Colorado, Florida, and Illinois. Katerina is passionate about training and mentoring current and future BCBAs. Katerina believes that mentorship should be a collaborative process in which active learning leads to the development of the practical skills needed to be a strong problem solver, decision maker, and client advocate.

Experience the ABC Difference.

Action Behavioral Centers (ABC) provide personalized, one-on-one ABA therapy designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder achieve a better quality of life.

Personal Attention

Every child is unique, and every case of autism is different. Our one-on-one programs are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals, and designed to maximize their potential.

Convenience

With many centers in the region, it’s easy to find a location near you. You never have to worry about cancellations. If your child’s therapist is unavailable, another expert can step in.

No Waitlist

When it comes to developmental delays, every moment counts. We provide immediate attention, so you don’t have to wait months to get your child the help they need. You can begin making progress now.

Parental Training

We believe parental involvement is critical to your child’s ongoing success. Our Family Guidance sessions help ensure you get the support you need to continue helpful behaviors at home.

Extraordinary Team

We take pride in our open, energetic and intensely supportive culture. Our kids are our top priority, and their development is our team’s number one goal. Every Therapist becomes a Registered Behavior Technician through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Proven Success

Families who work with us see a significant and positive change in areas like communication, life skills, and following directions. In fact, 97% of families would recommend ABC to family and friends.

Experience the ABC Difference.

Action Behavioral Centers (ABC) provide personalized, one-on-one ABA therapy designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder achieve a better quality of life.

Personal Attention

Every child is unique, and every case of autism is different. Our one-on-one programs are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals, and designed to maximize their potential.

Convenience

With many centers in the region, it’s easy to find a location near you. You never have to worry about cancellations. If your child’s therapist is unavailable, another expert can step in.

No Waitlist

When it comes to developmental delays, every moment counts. We provide immediate attention, so you don’t have to wait months to get your child the help they need. You can begin making progress now.

Parental Training

We believe parental involvement is critical to your child’s ongoing success. Our Family Guidance sessions help ensure you get the support you need to continue helpful behaviors at home.

Extraordinary Team

We take pride in our open, energetic and intensely supportive culture. Our kids are our top priority, and their development is our team’s number one goal. Every Therapist becomes a Registered Behavior Technician through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

 

Proven Success

Families who work with us see a significant and positive change in areas like communication, life skills, and following directions. In fact, 97% of families would recommend ABC to family and friends.

Have Questions?

ABA therapy is the leading approach for improving developmental deficiencies associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). By focusing on human behavior, ABA therapy increases learning and functional behaviors while minimizing problem behaviors.
Every child and case of autism is unique, and some children experience more significant progress with ABA therapy than others. However, studies show those who receive two or more years of intensive behavioral intervention make substantial progress and can participate in school and social activities at the same level as their peers.
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is a popular diagnostic tool used by specialists to assess ASD by delving into key indicators — like communication, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors. This natural, play-based assessment leverages a variety of toys and activities and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. Our expert clinicians conduct ADOS-2, the updated version of ADOS, at our centers.
The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test”) is a 37- 40 item, yes or no evaluation aimed at parents. The questionnaire was developed by the ARC (the Autism Research Centre) at the University of Cambridge, for assessing the severity of autism spectrum symptoms in children. It has proved to be a good test for screening autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and social communication problems.
M-CHAT™ (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a screening tool parents can use to assess ASD in children aged 16 to 30 months. Children who received a high-risk score should be evaluated by an autism specialist. ABC offers an M-CHAT screening tool as the first step in the diagnostic process.
We are in-network with most major insurance companies and working to become a network provider for additional networks. When you’re ready, ABC will help you navigate the insurance process by verifying coverage and benefits, discussing the treatment plan with the insurance company, and pre-authorizing benefits. We’ll also bill the insurance company directly to make your life easier.
After you submit your three-minute new client application, we’ll call you to discuss your family’s needs and help you explore all options. Next, we’ll schedule a visit to our facility for you and your child, as well as an ADOS evaluation, if necessary. Finally, after completing intake paperwork, you and your child will meet their BCBA for an assessment and begin preparing for the first day of therapy. Together, we’ll create a better future for your child.

What Do I Do Next? 

If your child already has a diagnosis of Autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder and you are interested in getting started with enrollment, please complete our brief New Client Application or contact us.

If your child has many of the potential signs of autism (read about them here) but does not have a diagnosis, please complete the M-CHAT Autism Screening Tool provided on our website.

What Do I Do Next? for mobile 

If your child already has a diagnosis of Autism / Autism Spectrum Disorder and you are interested in getting started with enrollment, please complete our brief New Client Application or contact us.

If your child has many of the potential signs of autism (read about them here) but does not have a diagnosis, please complete the M-CHAT Autism Screening Tool provided on our website.