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A Letter to Parents from Autism Chicago

Joe MitchellDear Parents,

Welcome to Autism Chicago, an organization dedicated to providing families and children with the highest quality Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment in the Chicagoland area.

It is our mission to cultivate a nurturing and individualized learning environment to each and every child that passes through our program.

Through our unique approach to autism therapy and ABA, we hope to create a new brand of treatment while providing the highest level of service by the most qualified, experienced professionals.

We are committed to that cause.

Our Definition of Treatment

One of the truly unique aspects of our practice is the definition of  “treatment.” It is standard practice among ABA service providers to focus their goals on the development the child. We will continue to support this goal by expanding our programs to address the needs of parents as well. We want to better understand the needs of our parents, and refine those needs into program objectives that advance and support the children in our programs. A properly supported and educated parent can carry out aspects of treatment in the natural environment that will greatly enhance the effectiveness of ABA therapy. We hope to assist parents in cultivating the skills that are required to achieve the best possible results. The most effective program is one that involves the education and support of family members.

Connections, Community and Care

In addition to reaching out to other like-minded organizations in Illinois and the country, it’s important for us to make our own special impact on the autism world. Through our website and social media channels, we want to create a new culture surrounding the world of autism. We see our digital presence as more than a place to introduce our services; more importantly, they are forums where parents, who have “been there before,” can help guide parents just arriving to the scene to practical “on the ground” advice and resources. We also intend to share ideas and stories from professionals, staff, and parents to support and educate parents, while maintaining the highest quality and most effective ABA treatment for your child.

We are excited at the potential of Autism Chicago, and we’re confident this will be a unique experience for everyone involved. Autism Chicago is a place of high expectations and new ideas, where individuality and ingenuity s prized without sacrificing the fundamental principles and values that makes ABA therapy the most effective treatment out there.

Finally, during the time I have spent providing autism services (over a decade), I have learned a great deal of lessons about autism therapy, family dynamics and the ways in which a well created therapy team interacts with any given family in their respective homes. My promise to you is that your family will always be treated with caring, sensitivity, and respect, because it is an honor and a privilege to be chosen to provide this service to your child. There is a great deal of responsibility that comes with our commitment, and my goal is to bring nothing but integrity to a field that was created first and foremost to help.

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to our family!


Joseph W. Mitchell M.A., B.C.B.A

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