Dawn La Brose, MSW, LCSW
Autism & Anxiety
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Providing Therapeutic Services for Children, Adults & Families

Dawn La Brose is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 20 years of experience working with children, adults and families. Her focus is on improving the lives of individuals with developmental, social and behavioral differences as well as the lives of their families.

Dawn La Brose has worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals and private agencies, and is currently the Director of the Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (RCADD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dawn La Brose, is a graduate of the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a concentration in Mental Health. She did her training at The Institute for Juvenile Research in the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic  

Each client is unique therefore requiring individualized tailored sessions to best match the unique needs and interests of the client.  Sessions are based on the TEACCH model, an evidence-based model for individuals of all skill levels with autism spectrum disorders developed by Dr. Eric Schopler at the University of North Carolina over forty years ago. TEACCH heavily relies on visual learning, a strength for many  on the autism spectrum. The TEACCH structure provides support for the challenges of transitioning from one task or location to another. Educational material and schedules are tailored to the individuals functioning level. Much thought and dedication are put into sessions to best meet the needs of the client and family.

 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidence based treatment is also used in sessions when appropriate. This approach aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure.


Specializing in:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger's Disorder)
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)                                              
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Developmental Delays
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) 
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