Parent and Professional Training

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 Presenter:

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.

Christine Bellosa, M.A., LCPC
Christine Bellosa is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and has been a trainer at Have Dreams since 2010.
She has had experience working with individuals and families affected by ASD across various settings such as Have Dreams, schools, residential, hospitals and in-home.  Currently, she is working in private practice in addition to training.

Training Participant Testimonials:

“The training was extremely informative, and I learned more (in one day) about Autism and how to work with children who are on the spectrum than I have in years!”

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.

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