Training & Workshops

For Professionals Who Work with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Have Dreams provides a number of autism-related interactive trainings and workshops for families and professionals across the state of Illinois including one, two and five-day seminars. These trainings and workshops provide comprehensive instruction regarding structured teaching for children on the autism spectrum.

All Have Dreams trainings are based on the philosophy of Structured Teaching developed at the TEACCH Autism Program. Over the past several years, we have trained over 7,000 educators, parents and professionals in best practice autism intervention methodology.

Training Presenters:

Jeff Salt, D. Clin. Psy.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Director of Psychological Services

Dr. Salt is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families and schools. Dr. Salt served as Staff Psychologist-Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as Autism Consultant-Senior Research Project Professional at the University of Chicago. Dr. Salt is a respected consultant on ASD and provides training for the ADI-R and ADOS autism diagnostic instruments. Dr. Salt has conducted numerous lectures, authored many research publications, and participated in funded studies related to ASD.

Caroline McCarthy, M.A.
Lead Trainer

Caroline McCarthy is a special education teacher with 15 years experience. Caroline has provided trainings for Have Dreams for five years. She provides expert ASD consultation to families and schools.
Training Participant Testimonials:

Have Dreams Training:Practical trainings for parents and professionals, offering basic information on autism to adapting learning materials for home and the classroom. For a listing of all our seminars, please see

Professionals and parents: Register for our upcoming trainings: Basic Elements of Structured Teaching and Reading/Social Leisure/Ready2Learn.

Register for our upcoming trainings by contacting Lydia Wissing at

To schedule a training or register for a workshop please contact or send the appropriate forms to Lydia Wissing at If a scheduled training is full, please call Lydia Wissing at (847) 685-0250, ext.111 to have your name put on a waiting list.


Have Dreams Academy enrollment is now open March 2018