Community-Based Clinical ServicesFamily Services Offerings
Who We Serve:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Intellectual disabilities
- Developmental disabilities
- Mental Health Diagnoses
- Experience of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder and abuse and neglect
- Clients with delays in the realms of adaptive, daily living, and social skills
- Clients with delays and/or added supports needed to effectively communicate, ie: augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
Post-Adoption and Guardianship
Who We are Not Equipped to Serve:
- Clients who have been determined to require more than outpatient, community-based care.
- Clients who exhibit extreme behaviors that require more than 1 staff
- Clients who have severe medically complexities (as primary service intervention need)
- Clients who are actively abusing substances
- Clients with a diagnosis of Conduct Disorder and/or severe difficulties with conduct that would negatively impact service intervention and/or extreme risk of safety to self and others.
- Clients who exhibit sexually aggressive behaviors presenting a risk of harm to self and/or others.
Where Services are Provided:
Menu of Available Services
Therapy & Counseling
Behavior Therapy (ABA)
Community Support & Skills Training
Meet the Team
Kat Kedryna, MA, BCBA
Director of Home-Based and Behavioral Services
Kat Kedryna, MA, BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst living in the north-western suburbs of Chicago. She has her undergraduate degree from North Park University in Counseling Psychology and her Master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Psychology, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Kat started her career in ABA in 2013 in a clinical setting, where she fell in love with the field and seeing the progress of the children and adolescents that she served as an ABA therapist. Kat has experience working with individual with developmental disabilities and their families across a variety of settings including clinical, residential, school, home, and community settings. Currently, Kat serves as the Director of Home and Community Services at Little City. She is passionate about empowering families, individuals, and staff to meet their fullest potential through ABA therapy, training, and advocacy.
Behavior Services Supervisor
Emily McCabe, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has engaged in extensive training on treating complex trauma and building attachment and resiliency in youth and family systems. Emily earned her master’s degree in Social Work in May 2013 from the University of Illinois, with a dual concentration in School Social Work and Mental Health practices. Emily obtained her LCSW in April 2016.
Emily originally joined Little City in April 2014 as a Therapist, where she worked for six years with youth and families, until leaving in August 2019 to join Chicago Public Schools as a School Social Worker. Emily returned to Little City in July 2021 as a Therapist. Prior to working at Little City in 2014, Emily’s professional experience in the human services field began in 2003 as a Direct Support Professional in a group home for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and mental illness dual diagnoses; since then Emily has worked in a wide variety of roles with adults, adolescents and children with intellectual/developmental disabilities as an Activity Director, Job Coach, Resident Services Director, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional, Residential Program Administrator, and as a Planned Parenthood-trained Sexual Health Educator. Emily also worked as a research assistant on a study of the effects of chronic parental mental illness. Additionally, Emily has experience in providing clinical services at the elementary and high school levels.
Emily’s practice is trauma-informed and client centered, utilizing a wide variety of treatment modalities such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment-based therapy, motivational interviewing, bibliotherapy, art therapy, music therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family systems therapy, directive and non-directive play therapy, solution focused brief therapy, and mindfulness.
Addison Ross, MSW, LCSW
Addison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with specialized training in the treatment of trauma and attachment building in children & adolescents. Addison has been practicing in the state of Illinois since 2017 when she obtained her Master of Social Work degree, with a specialization in Children & Families, from Loyola University Chicago. Addison earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Addison has experience in treating various mental health needs, including but not limited to; Depression and Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Trauma related disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Addison utilizes elements of both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy to create a safe and supportive space for healing for her clients.
Joshua Przybyla, LSW, MSW
Joshua is a Licensed Social Worker with specialized training in attachment and trauma focused therapy. Joshua has several years of experience working as an Addictions Counselor as well as working as an Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist in an early childhood specialized program utilizing a collaborative interdisciplinary team to address trauma and abandonment in young children and caregivers alongside a team of occupational therapists, speech therapists and physical therapists. Joshua obtained his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Cincinnati and his bachelor’s degree was earned from The Ohio State University in Sociology.
Joshua has extensive experience in the world of Foster Care & Adoption working with children with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities utilizing a blend of unique practice techniques such as; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational interviewing, family systems theory, and non-directive and directive play therapy. Josh also has experience as a Case Manager for the Single Room Housing Assistance Corporation, a Residential Treatment Specialist at Lawrence Hall Youth Services, and as a Clinical Mental Health Coordinator for Little City Foundation’s Children Residential Program.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Amy Board, MSW, LCSW
Director, Community Mental Health Services
Amy Board began working at Little City in 2013 as a therapist in the Foster Care & Adoption Program, moving into the role of Clinical Supervisor in 2015, and Director of Community Mental Health Services in 2020. Previously Amy worked for the Fraser Autism Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the lead clinician in a Day Treatment program for toddlers and preschool-age children on the autism spectrum.
Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amy has worked in a diversity of environments across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, including elementary schools, community centers, and public housing. Amy has specialized training in a variety of trauma-focused treatment modalities, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework. Amy has also been trained in Stanley Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime™ model for children with autism, as well as the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
As Director of Community Mental Health, Amy’s goal is to broaden community understanding and acceptance of mental health challenges and to make services accessible to all of those in need. Amy is additionally dedicated to social justice and ensuring that Little City’s mental health services embody the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Kinga Wagner, MA, LCPC
Kinga is a bilingual (Polish/English) Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with training in trauma and attachment, trauma informed parenting, and behavioral concerns. She has worked with youth in specialized foster care for over 5 years. Kinga has experience working with youth and their families facing many mental health challenges including mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and emotional disturbances. She also works with children and adolescents who have developmental disabilities such as Autism, prenatal substance exposure, and intellectual disabilities. Prior to working with youth in the child welfare system, Kinga worked in inpatient psychiatric hospitals for several years in various roles and has experience working with individuals in crisis.
She gained her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University, and bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Psychology. Kinga utilizes evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework. Kinga additionally facilitates trainings for caregivers on various topics specifically trauma, de-escalation, and Autism.
- Medicaid/Managed Care Insurance through YouthCare, Meridian, County Care, Aetna, BCBS, Molina…Anticipated Fall 2020
- Private Pay
- Agency Subcontracts
- DHS Home-Based Waiver
Accreditations & Certifications:
- DCFS – Adolescent, Specialized, and Traditional/Relative Care contracts
- DHS – Home-Based Supports
- Medicaid – Community Mental Health Center
- CARF – Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
- Human Rights Campaign – All Children All Families
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Thanks so much!”