Autism Clinic and TAP Training Center

Specialized, experienced support in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders

Our Autism Clinic and The Autism Program Training (TAP) Center works with people of all ages with known or suspected autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). As a regional training center of the TAP of Illinois Service Network, we work to enhance the lives of people with ASD through service, training and research.

Clinical and consultation services

UIC student Yasmin Khoshnood talks with fellow members of the Coalition for Autistic and Neurodivergent Students
Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services

Our team has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD through the lifespan. We’re committed to working with families, school districts and intervention programs in the community. Our services include:

Student training

TAP plays an important role in training the next generation of professionals in the field.

We believe it’s important to train students in working with individuals with ASD and their families. This includes making systems change for progressive policies regarding disabilities, developing and testing model programs, and translating research into practices that make a difference for people with disabilities.

We offer didactic, observation and experiential learning opportunities related to working with individuals with ASD to undergraduate and graduate students, and fellows from a variety of disciplines.

Community outreach

We provide educational support to Grupo SALTO, the state’s largest support program for Latino families of children with an autism spectrum disorder.

To increase community awareness of issues related to ASD, our staff consult with various civic and community organizations and policymakers. In order to advocate for progressive ASD and developmental disabilities services, we also meet with various state and local policy makers.

Your team

  • Pamela Bondy

    Pamela Bondy

    Speech Language Pathologist, Bilingual (Spanish)

  • Irma Hernández

    Irma Hernández

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • Susan Kahan

    Susan Kahan

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

  • Maira Llerena headshot

    Maria (Veronica) Llerena

    Occupational Therapist (Bilingual)

  • Matiana Ovalle headshot

    Matiana Ovalle

    Resource and Policy Analyst, Bilingual (Spanish)

  • Kruti Acharya headshot

    Kruti Acharya

    Board Certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician

  • Mark Dixon headshot

    Mark Dixon

    Faculty Director, Training Coordinator
    Board Certified Behavior Analyst

  • Jessica M. Hinman headshot

    Jessica M. Hinman

    Research Coordinator
    Board Certified Behavior Analyst

  • Zhihui (John) Yi headshot

    Zhihui (John) Yi

    Bilingual Clinical Coordinator (Mandarin) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Visit the Family Resource Room

A mural on the wall of the Clinic that shows a diverse group of children and adults interacting and playing

Providing the community with training, resources and support for Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Check out books, make visual supports and much more! Stop in today!

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The Autism Program of Illinois

Funding provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Human Services.