Caravel Autism Health - Chicago

ABA Therapy in Chicago | Now scheduling diagnosis and center-based services

Located at the corner of Irving Park Rd and Rockwell, East off I-90/94.

Our clinics offer one-to-one therapy and peer interaction in a welcoming, child-friendly environment designed especially for children on the autism spectrum. We have ample space for children to engage in activities that
promote exercise as well as opportunities to improve communication and social skills.

Caravel Autism Health, a leader in the field, is devoted to helping families navigate the challenges of childhood autism. Our team of clinical experts specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children on the autism spectrum. Caravel’s research-based and data-driven programs are designed to provide better outcomes that help children with autism reshape their development and embrace new ways of interacting with the world.

Call today to Speak with One of Our Expert Team Members:

Caravel Autism Health - Chicago

2600 W. Irving Park Road
Suite B
Chicago, IL 60618

Clinic Hours

Day of the WeekHours
Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Day of the WeekHours


New Parents Start Here: 312-854-7385
Clients, Billing & General Inquiries: 312-654-2864
Professional Intake Fax: 800-513-7781

Serving Areas:

Chicago Loop, Streeterville, Gold Coast, West Loop, Old Town, Lakeview, Bucktown, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, River North

Our Expert Team in Chicago

Erica S., MA, BCBA | Clinic Director
Erica began her work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2010 while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in special education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Upon moving to Chicago in 2016, she joined Caravel Autism Health and received her master’s degree at Ball State University in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Erica has held various responsibilities throughout her career: developing and teaching social skills classes, teaching senior intern training classes, supervising and running clinic-based sessions, conducting autism awareness and sensitivity training for faculty and students, as well as collaborating and working in schools to provide clients with behavioral support. She specializes in working with pre-teens and teenagers in developing the complex skills needed to navigate the social world.
Taryn G., MS, LABA | Lead BCBA
Taryn began working with neuro-diverse individuals using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2012 after completing a bachelor’s degree at Boston University. She spent four years working as a behavior therapist mastering the implementation of discrete trial training and natural environment training as well as learning the appropriate and effective use of augmentative and alternative communication practices (AAC). After earning her master of science in ABA from Simmons College and becoming a BCBA in 2018, Taryn served an adjunct faculty member at what is now Simmons University, mentoring graduate students seeking the same degree which she received. She has also practiced as a clinician in a variety of settings, including the home, public school setting, and clinic. Taryn truly enjoys working with families to create meaningful, lasting changes and sharing her clinical knowledge and expertise with staff. She is passionate about continuing and expanding her understanding of ABA, specifically utilizing trauma-informed practices and assent-based treatment while prioritizing functional communication to decrease challenging behaviors and improve quality of life.

Caravel Service Offerings

Evaluation & Diagnosis

Obtaining the proper diagnosis is the first step to helping children with autism and related developmental disabilities and their families. Our diagnostic evaluation and results become the starting point for the development of a customized treatment plan for your child if they are on the autism spectrum.

ABA Therapy

The goal of ABA therapy is to help a child develop the verbal and social skills necessary so that he or she can move from being motivated primarily by sensory and motor stimuli in the environment to being motivated primarily by verbal and social interaction with other people.

Social Skills Training

Caravel Autism Health also offers social skills training. Designed as fun, interactive experiences, we teach social skills and encourage children to interact with their peers in a class setting or small group.

Caravel Autism Health Better Outcomes. Happier Lives.

Caravel Autism Health, a leader in the field, is devoted to helping families navigate the challenges of early childhood autism. Our team of clinical experts specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of young children on the autism spectrum. Caravel's research-based and data-driven programs are designed to provide better outcomes that help children with autism reshape their development and embrace new ways of interacting with the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

Give us a call at 920-239-5474 or complete this form:

What testing do you require initially?

Prior to beginning treatment, a diagnostic evaluation is required. Additional testing is based on individual need and is only used if the testing will help us to design a program or treatment. In general, testing is used to help diagnose disorders and determine levels of intellectual functioning, language ability or adaptive skills. Caravel provides diagnostic evaluations or if you have one from another professional source, that can usually also be used. Testing can also be helpful to chart the effectiveness of therapy.

What are the out-of-pocket expenses that a parent/guardian must pay for to get started?

An evaluation and any diagnostic testing will be billed to insurance (and/or Medicaid where permissible). Testing may be a part of the initial assessment or follow-up assessment. Please check with your insurance company. Typically, your family would be responsible for a potential deductible and/or co-pay. In some states, if you have Medicaid there would be no charge for the assessment beyond what is reimbursed by Medicaid. Any questions regarding financial responsibility may be discussed prior to an appointment with our billing staff. If testing would pose a financial hardship for the family, this should be discussed with billing. We work with parents/guardians to meet the needs of their individual case. Expenses can be spread over time.

Where does therapy treatment take place?

Therapy treatment typically takes place in a local Caravel clinic. Under limited and clinically appropriate circumstances, we recommend that some children receive therapy in a home-based setting.

What does ABA teach?

ABA therapy programs are wide-ranging and covers all areas in which your child needs to be successful. Goals are created and broken down into small steps. The steps are then organized into a logical order and taught one small step at a time. Areas may include communication, behavioral, functional and social skills.

Is there a reason so many hours are recommended?

Research shows that the greater the amount of hours, the better the outcome for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children with an autism characteristically do not learn naturally throughout their days like typically developing children do. Learning is a full-time job for children that typically occurs without being noticed. Children with an autism need to be taught to learn. This means many hours of practicing these skills. Parent/guardian training and involvement is also an essential part of a successful ABA program. Tools and techniques of ABA should be incorporated into daily life. The amount of ABA therapy needed will depend on a variety of factors to be determined in the diagnostic evaluation.

What are my responsibilities as a parent?

Parent/guardians are trained to do individual therapy with their child. We recommend that parent/guardians engage their child in a few hours of therapy a week to be familiar with what their child is learning. Parent/guardians are encouraged to join team meetings and training provided by clinic staff or outside professionals.

How is my child’s progress evaluated?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is data-driven, so your clinical team will consistently record data and write session notes during each therapy session, documenting your child’s responses using our proprietary computerized data system.

How do you coordinate with private therapists that the family employs who are not a part of your organization?

Our clinicians often work closely with other professionals because we realize that different experts can add valuable insight into treatment. If suggestions can be added to a treatment plan without crossing ethical or professional boundaries, we will bring these suggestions into therapy.