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10 sites to complete your applied behavior analysis practicum in Chicago

For applied behavior analysis (ABA) students worried about practicum placement opportunities, our Chicago Campus provides ample opportunities for you to find the perfect fit.

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

This multi-disciplinary research and treatment facility in Chicago provides students with an opportunity to assist in the Think and Speak lab. Students will primarily work with individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury, learning how to assess and take data to assist in individualized treatment plans. (Visit the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab website.)


Niles Township District for Special Education: Julia S. Molloy Education Center

This is a special education public school co-op for students ages 3 to 22 who live in the surrounding districts. (Visit the Niles Township District for Special Education: Julia S. Molloy Education Center website.)


Hope Institute Learning Academy

HILA is a kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school where practicum students may assist with school-wide support efforts and ABA programming for students with autism, other developmental disabilities, and emotional behavior disorders. (Visit the Hope Institute Learning Academy website.)


Illinois Crisis Prevention Network

The Illinois Crisis Prevention Network (ICPN) provides students an opportunity to impact the behavioral and medical needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, specifically those who may be experiencing significant behavioral and medical challenges. (Visit the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network website.)


North Shore Pediatric Therapy

With nine locations conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland and Milwaukee areas, North Shore Pediatric Therapy is dedicated to helping children blossom through experience and using innovation to maximize a child’s potential. Their team is comprised of neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, ABA, social work, school advocacy services, dietitians, and academic specialists (tutoring)—all motivated by a respect and love for kids. (Visit the North Shore Pediatric Therapy website.)


Gorbold Behavioral Consulting

GBC is a company founded to meet the growing need for quality ABA services in the greater Chicago area and with the intention to branch out into other areas where ABA can be used. They are a collaboration of professionals who provide home-based ABA programming, early intervention services (EI), behavioral consultation, tutoring (Precision Teaching), and school consultation. Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) practicum experience is also available. (Visit the Gorbold Behavioral Consulting website.)


By Your Side

This partner site is dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum in addition to providing the necessary support for their families. They provide a behavior-based therapy approach in a variety of settings with a multi-disciplinary team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and licensed clinical social workers. (Visit the By Your Side website.)


Precision ABA

Practicum students will use evidence-based practices to educate children and adolescents using the principles of ABA. Services at Precision ABA use a Precision Teaching model and include in-home therapy, parent training, and school consultations.


Advocate Illinois Masonic

The Pediatric Developmental Center of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a family-centered, multidisciplinary clinic specializing in the treatment of children who experience both developmental and behavioral or social-emotional difficulties. This is a specialized facility offering comprehensive services to children and families who are diverse in terms of socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and presenting concerns. (Visit the Advocate Illinois Masonic website.)




Life Speed

This company assesses each client prior to writing a behavior plan that utilizes both antecedents as well as consequence-based strategies to effectively target the function of any given behavior. Students may work directly with parents and other support team members (e.g., school staff, respite caregivers, day program personnel) to ensure that there is a clear understanding of and consistency in plan implementation. Additionally, the team at Life Speed uses scientifically proven strategies grounded in the principles of ABA in an effort to enact lasting, positive behavior change. (Visit the Life Speed website.)


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