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 TEACCH philosophy of Structured Teaching.

Over the past several years, we have trained over 6,000 educators, parents and professionals in best practice autism 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 TEACCH trainer (Treatment and Education of Autism and related Communication Handicapped Children), 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 TrainingPractical 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

Register for our upcoming trainings by contacting Lydia Wissing at
TAP TrainingThe Autism Program (TAP) is not fully funded this year because the State of Illinois has not passed a budget. TAP was a state-wide resource for the past 10 years, networking autism agencies, providing social skills groups, diagnostics, training and much more. TAP is greatly missed.Have Dreams was contracted by TAP to conduct state wide autism and Structured Teaching training. Over the past decade, we have trained over 6,000 professionals and parents. Our trainings have been recognized for their quality, interactive components and impact. In fact, research related to our trainings has been presented seven times from 2010-2016 at he International Meeting For Autism Research (IMFAR) and The British Psychological Society. Research papers that were selected for presentation include: Training Teachers, Implementing Reading Skills & Literacy Programming within Schools, The Role of Self-Efficacy When Preparing Teachers in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Social Skills Programming for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Training Social Workers.We are proud to have been chosen to lead the state-wide TAP autism training initiative. Research supports the value of the content and practical application of our trainings to your important work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.Have Dreams is committed to continuing Structured Teaching training. We are actively seeking grants to fund training and sustain an affordable fee structure. For further information on Have Dream’s trainings, please contact Lydia 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