The Autism Place

The Autism Place (TAP) is a network of resources in the local community for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. TAP is funded by grants, donations, the Department of Psychology and Illinois State. Services are available in clinic, school, and home settings.

TAP provides:

  • Hands-on training for more than 50 pre-professionals in the areas of psychology, speech and language pathology, special education, and nursing each week;
  • Direct clinical services to more than 100 children with autism spectrum disorders and their families each week;
  • Community resources to parents and professionals; and
  • Professional trainings to day care workers, first responders, social workers, physicians and other professionals throughout the community who may come in contact with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

A treatment team, comprised of Illinois State faculty, graduate student clinicians, and undergraduate students, addresses the needs of children diagnosed with autism.

There are no charges for services. However, the standard fee for individual treatment is $30 per session, group treatment fee is $10, and the fee for school consultation is $40 per hour. Workshops are $250-$450 per day. Insurance benefits typically do not apply at psychology graduate student training facilities.

Illinois Budget Impact


As with many service agencies in the state of Illinois, The Autism Place is experiencing gaps in its funding streams. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please make your donation out to The Illinois State University Foundation (include TAP account 462-5457 on the memo line) and mail it to:


Illinois State University

Campus Box 3100

Normal, IL 61790-3100


Donation are accepted online at


Interest in The Autism Place is most welcome and appreciated. Contact Dr. Karla Doepke by email, call (309) 585-0887, or visit our Facebook page if you have any questions or would like to inquire about services.