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Therapeutic Interventions for Youth with Autism & Developmental Delays

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Ingalls Family Care Center

19550 Governors Highway

Flossmoor, IL 60422

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Ingalls Behavioral Health Services has partnered with our community partner, the I CAN Dream Center to offer this workshop: Therapeutic Interventions for Youth with Autism & Developmental Delays.

Lunch will be provided and CEU's will be provided for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Counselors.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in the workshop participants will gain the following competencies.

  • Understanding the characteristics of individuals with autism and assess the impact of impairment on global functioning for effective treatment planning.

  • Selecting research-based therapeutic interventions to support positive social and emotional functioning in individuals with autism and developmental disabilities.

  • Identifying community-based resources that reduce barriers experienced by families touched by disabilities.

Speaker: Dr. Evisha Ford-Sills

Dr. Ford-Sills has a passion for marginalized youth which began at an early age. She earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and began serving inner-city homeless youth providing therapeutic intervention and linkages to community resources. She worked with various community agencies to build their capacity to support the needs of vulnerable youth via training, resource development and program evaluation. She was recruited by Chicago Public School (CPS); during her tenure within the Early Childhood Department she came to understand the complex needs of young children and the critical nature of early intervention.

Later she served as a Response to Intervention (RtI) Coach for the CPS Office of Specialized Services. Subsequently, she was appointed Director of Special Education in Bremen High School District. Dr. Ford-Sills completed her doctoral studies at Aurora University in Educational Leadership in 2010. Her research focus is students with disabilities, youth resiliency, and critical race theory. Dr. Ford-Sills founded an organization; “iCan Dream Center,” designed to address the recreational, emotional, and post-secondary needs of youth with disabilities along with their families. She supported the development of other professionals in her role as an Assistant Professor and Special Education Leadership Program Coordinator at Concordia University Chicago, in the Graduate College. In 2015, she accepted and now serves in the role of Assistant Superintendent in the Posen-Robbins School District.


Lunch will be provided and CEU's will be provided for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Counselors.

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Ingalls Family Care Center

19550 Governors Highway

Flossmoor, IL 60422

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