Autism Diagnostics at HLC Therapy Group, LLC


HLC Therapy Group, LLC is collaborating with Thomson Memory and Attention to offer autism

diagnostics for kiddos ages 18 months (if walking) - 5. This partnership is designed for families who

have questions specifically about autism spectrum disorder to offer another way to learn about their child’s development and needs.


We so often hear parents talk about how their child is different at home versus school or in public.

When a child is only evaluated in an office, important pieces of that child's puzzle may be missing.

We are determined to take a "whole child-whole family" multidisciplinary approach with evaluation components that encompass both the natural home environment and a novel office setting. Multidisciplinary means there are several pediatric specialists coming together to make the most informed clinical decisions for comprehensive treatment planning and optimal outcomes. All

therapists on this team are certified in administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale,

2nd edition (ADOS-2), which is a gold standard assessment for collecting objective information about social communication skills, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors that are characteristic of

Autism Spectrum Disorder.




1. Parent will contact HLC to verify insurance benefits (we will walk you through this)

2. HLC will share your information with Thomson Memory & Attention, so they can verify benefits,

     as well. 

3. HLC will contact you to review all pre-visit forms and to answer any questions.

4. Forms will be sent to you electronically, and must be returned prior to visit one. 

We have streamlined our process into 4 components:


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This will take place in your home. A speech pathologist and occupational therapist will conduct evaluations in your child's own environment to assess communication, sensory, motor, and feeding skills. Clinic visits at HLC are available for this appointment if home visits are not feasible for any reason.


HLC is only testing for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Oftentimes behaviors crossover between diagnoses. Because of that, it is at the discretion of the neuropsychologist at Thomson Memory & Attention to recommend additional testing to get a complete picture of the child. This is separate from HLC's relationship and would be managed through Thomson Memory & Attention.

Ready to Schedule?

Contact Julie at to get the process started.

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This will take place at HLC Therapy Group in Lake in the Hills, IL. One of the therapists from your home visit will conduct a specific Autism assessment, through play and fun. Any additional information or observations needed will be collected at this time.

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This will take place at Thomson Memory and Attention. This will be a 1-hour visit with the neuropsychologist to review the evaluations that have been completed by the therapy team as well as obtain any final information before reviewing impressions and general recommendations with the neuropsychologist.

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This will take place at HLC Therapy Group or via telehealth. This visit is optional and is offered by a member of the HLC diagnostic team to provide parents with recommendations for home and resources for therapies, schools, and other opportunities in their community that may be beneficial. This also allows parents the opportunity to ask any residual questions following the final visit with the neuropsychologist. 


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Dr. Cynthia Kane, PhD Pediatric Neuropsychologist | Thomson Memory & Attention

Dr. Cynthia Kane earned her Ph.D. and completed her practicum, internship, and post-doctoral training at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the pediatric neuropsychology program. She remained at the University of Chicago in a joint appointment between Pediatric Neuropsychology and the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Kane maintained a pediatric head injury clinic at Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. She also spent 6 years at North Shore Pediatric Therapy before joining the Thomson Team. 
Her clinical interests include traumatic brain injury (TBI), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorders, and the neuropsychological sequelae of seizure disorders, genetic disorders, and brain tumors. Dr. Kane's interests outside of the office include spending time with her husband and 4 kids and watching the White Sox and her Hawkeyes.

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Sara Zielinski MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist | HLC Therapy Group, LLC

Sara Zielinski attended undergraduate and graduate school at Western Michigan University, earning her degree as an occupational therapist. Sara has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist providing direct therapy and consultation services to children and families through clinic, school-based, and Early Intervention programs. Sara has focused her career on the evaluation and treatment of children with sensory processing challenges and motor deficits. 

Her clinical interests include musculoskeletal and physical impairments, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Developmental Disabilities. Sara’s interests outside of the clinic include spending time with her husband, 3 daughters, and 2 dogs, going camping, and finding every opportunity to spend time outdoors.

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Melissa Kron M.A. CCC-SLP/L 

Melissa Kron is a speech language pathologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), language based literacy difficulties, and pediatric feeding disorders. She attended Northern Illinois University for her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and has enjoyed a variety of experiences in schools, clinical and hospital settings evaluating and delivering direct therapy services with children and adults. Her focus is to consider the whole child when evaluating and planning treatment to maximize outcomes. 

Outside of the clinic, Melissa enjoys time with her husband, three children and dog finding new adventures.

Speech Language Pathologist | HLC Therapy Group, LLC

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Christine Sumara M.A. CCC-SLP/L 

Christine Sumara is a pediatric clinical speech language pathologist and founder of HLC Therapy Group, LLC. Christine earned her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northern Illinois University. While initially working with adults rehabilitating from brain injuries, Christine has spent the majority of her career in pediatrics working in a variety of school, early intervention and private practice settings. Christine specializes in motor planning deficits often seen in Childhood Apraxia of Speech or apraxia secondary to Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as Pediatric Feeding Disorders. 

Christine’s professional and personal values are based on Hope, Laughter, and Connection (HLC- get it?). No coincidence that these are also the initials of Christine’s three children, Henry, Liam and Caroline, who keep her and her husband proud, full of joy, and on their toes-constantly learning everyday! 

Speech Language Pathologist | Founder HLC Therapy Group, LLC

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Julie Hrdlicka 


Julie is a mom of 4 with a passion for helping families navigate the evaluation environment, having been through it herself. In her free time she is driving her kids to all of their activities, fishing, swimming, hiking, and enjoying time outside.

Autism Diagnostics Team Adminitrator | HLC Therapy Group, LLC