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IGNITE is a preschool-prep program specifically designed for children ages 2-6. It is play-based and is always 1-on-1 with a therapist. It also allows for social skills with their peers.

Our Philosophy

Westside ABA believes that there is no one program for every child, but individualized programming for every child to meet their greatest potential. We believe that learning should be fun and that children learn best through play and engaging interactions with their peers. We treat the whole child by collaborating with other therapy disciplines and programming based on individual needs. We want to empower our learners, teach through empathy, and bring the joy.

How Do We Work With Kids?

We always follow the child’s motivation and teach through their preferred activities. In addition to individualized times, children learn to socialize with peers through activities such as: circle time, snack time, games, and more.

Children are 3.7x more ready for school after 2 years of enrollment in IGNITE, compared to when they started.

Results up to 4.3x have been achieved

Examples of school readiness:


They are able to recognize and attend to teachers and adults.


They are able to sit in a chair and get ready to learn.


They are less likely to engage in challenging behaviors.


They can attend to and participate in group lessons and activities with peers.


They are able to properly communicate their wants and needs effectively.


And more

Before IGNITE, children may be more likely to engage in the following behavior:


They struggle to tolerate being told "no" or having something taken away from them.


They have trouble following the routines of the class.


They struggle to sit at their desk and learn effectively.


They have difficulty without 1-on-1 supervision.


They are more likely to engage in challenging behaviors like aggression, property destruction, etc.

Process to Get Started

On your first phone call with our staff, you will be asked to provide your name, services you are interested in, and child’s D.O.B. Our team will also ask for what concerns you have, your pediatrician’s name and office location, and a referral (HMO) or script from your primary care physician. Please have your insurance information ready at this time. You also must have a diagnostic report that shows a diagnosis of Autism and recommendation for ABA Therapy within the last 3 years, per most insurance requirements.

After the first phone call, our team will send you a breakdown of your benefits and a Westside Children’s Therapy intake packet and financial policy. Your prefered clinic location is now in contact with you.

**Note: This may come a few weeks after your first phone call as our team needs time to process your information

Westside accepts most major PPO and HMOs plans. Click here to learn more.

Timeline of Steps

Complete the intake process

Begin enrollment in IGNITE

Schedule your evaluation

Want to Learn More?

If you’re interested in IGNITE at Westside, submit an inquiry. Our Patient Coordinator will call within 1-2 business days to help you Get Started. Alternatively, you can call us anytime at (815) 469-1500 for more information.

*IGNITE is not an ISBE accredited school program