– The Ohlund Family
ABA therapy modifies various forms of behavior. It is proven to be effective as a treatment for supporting kids with autism. The goal is to decrease problem behaviors and increase functional and appropriate behaviors.
Target skills include communication, language acquisition, play and social skills, academics, and adaptive daily living skills. Our primary ambition is to help your child achieve socially meaningful goals that increase their quality of life. Our outcomes are why pediatricians and parents consistently rate Westside as the Best ABA provider.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (toddlers, kids, and young adults)
- School Readiness (2.5 – 7 years old) – See our *NEW* Ignite Academy
- Early Developmental Disabilities
- Skill Acquisition
- Teen Social Skills
- Social Groups/ Group Therapy
- Maladaptive Behavior Reduction
- Functional Communicative Training
- Parent Training for Implementing Behavior Techniques
We primarily offer in-clinic therapy. Research has shown that kids with autism learn at a rate 200 % greater per hour when receiving services in the clinic (as compared to in home).
We locate our ABA centers near you! We have locations in Orland Park, Plainfield – Naperville , Joliet – Shorewood, Frankfort, Wheaton, and a headquarters office in Mokena.
If you take a look at our ABA Centers, you will see why kids excitedly run through our doors when they arrive for therapy.
ABA Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a waitlist for ABA?
Westside uses proprietary software to measure demand and seasonality to predict hiring needs.
Accordingly, we hire before waitlists develop. This reduces how long it takes for new families to start. We have reduced the average start time from 46 days to just over 2 weeks!
What is your RBT staff turnover rate?
RBT staff turnover is a serious ABA Therapy issue that erodes continuity of care. Using policies designed to retain RBTS, Westside achieves RBT turnover rates 2-3 times less than industry averages.
We pay RBTs salaries. With hourly pay, RBTs get frustrated by unsteady paychecks.
We give full benefits. Most places don’t offer them to RBTs (not even paid time off!)
We hire RBTs that are becoming BCBAs. They view the RBT role as a career track, not a temp job.
We monitors caseloads. We believe the cost of burnout eats away at any benefit of excess productivity. We know this line well and don’t push it.
Being in-clinic is a retention tool. When RBTs are on a team with constant access to BCBAs, they feel more supported than when driving to homes alone with infrequent supervision.
What does ABA Therapy Cost?
While cost varies by insurance plan, number of therapy hours, and other factors, we still inform you on what you’ll expect to pay.
We have built a sophisticated cost calculator that looks at 19 factors that impact cost. When we run it, it shows you a week-by-week prediction of cost.
This estimate occurs after your evaluation once we know the frequency of therapy. All of you do is provide us with your insurance plan details, and we handle the rest.
Do you do anything to make ABA affordable?
Yes! This is where Westside is different. We don’t exist to maximize profit like many of the private-equity backed ABA companies (this is a trend in ABA right now). Such investors require a financial return paid for by you. Westside does not play that game.
Instead, we dedicate resources to making care more affordable. For example, every year the Westside Foundation gives away $50,000 in support to families with children with special needs that are struggling economically. You can apply quarterly.
Why is Westside considered the best ABA provider?
There are many reasons from low staff turnover to having over 800+ pediatricians referring to us for services. Above all is our parents’ feedback.
Every parent is sent a survey at the beginning, middle, and end of their therapy services. It asks: “On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to refer Westside to your friends and family.” Here is what parents say:
- Average Beginning Score: 9.71/10
- Average Middle Score: 9.83/10
- Average End Score: 9.89/10
This is exactly why Westside is deemed the best.
What Sets Westside Apart
Strong Clinical Leadership
Westside’s Directors train and supervise therapists to ensure therapy quality.
Distinct, Family-Centered Approach
Our therapists have warm personalities that foster strong relationships with families.
Therapy Gyms That Kids Dreams Of
Jumping ledges, ball pits, trampolines, rock walls, and more make kids forget they’re in therapy.
Multiple Disciplines And Perspectives
6 disciplines in each clinic enables collaboration across specialists to meet your child’s needs.
Clinics Designed for ABA Therapy
Private rooms for quiet sessions, functionally-specific ABA rooms, and large open gyms for socialization
Getting Started With ABA at Westside
If you are interested, submit an inquiry below. Our Patient Coordinator will call to help you determine a plan forward. If you are still unsure, you can call us anytime at (815) 469-1500 for more information.