Speech-Language Pathologists promote the development of functional communication skills by tailoring assessments and interventions to the individual needs of the student by:
- Performing comprehensive evaluations
- Identifying the most appropriate mode of communication for each student
- Providing differentiated materials and collaborating with teachers to support language-based activities in the classrooms
- Embedding individualized communication supports (e.g. picture supports, communication device) throughout the school day
- Collaborating with caregivers to ensure facilitation of skills across all communicative environments
Social workers provide individual, group and/or consultative services to students in order to promote social and emotional growth, develop play and leisure skills and improve social interaction and communication skills. Social workers also serve as the liaison between home, school and community and are a source of information and support for families.
All students receive a behavior assessment annually. For students showing significant maladaptive behaviors, a behavior intervention plan (BIP) is developed. The behavior team supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) supports development of all BIPs and gathers information from parents, clinical team members, special education teacher, etc. regarding a student’s current needs. In collaboration with the student’s teacher, the behavior team provides training to all classroom staff. Data is collected and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the plan developed is meeting the student’s needs and addressing the behavior as intended.
Occupational therapists focus on enhancing student participation in daily school routines and activities. Areas of focus may include self-care skills/activities of daily living, functional independent living abilities, vocational skills, play/leisure skills, fine motor and visual motor skill development, self-regulation skills and sensory motor development. Occupational therapists assist students in maximizing functional independence with daily activities by:
- Assessing the needs of the student
- Identifying learning opportunities within the school environment and consulting with the educational team regarding necessary accommodations and/or modifications to maximize student participation in the classroom
- Collaborating with the student, family and educational team to develop appropriate interventions and encourage generalization of skills
- Assisting students and families in identifying meaningful community activities post-graduation
Adapted Physical Education
Adapted Physical Education (PE) has been modified, so that it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability. Adapted PE helps students to focus on solving problems, communicate and work on teams. Students learn how to move quickly and decisively in games, how to deal with their opponents in sports and how to gain advantage and respond to changing situations. Physical activity and movement can be a medium of communication. Students learn to observe others, listen, act and react—understanding the intentions of others and making their own intentions clear. Students also learn to recognize individual strengths, resolve differences and use teamwork as a necessary tool for working with others.
Adapted Physical Education is currently offered at the Tinley Park and Machesney Park campus.
Music therapy is a clinical service delivered by a credentialed professional which promotes creativity and self-expression to accomplish individualized, non-musical, functional goals with students. Sessions integrate evidence-based strategies (e.g. - visual supports, reinforcement and prompting) with music therapy techniques (e.g., singing/ vocalization, instrument play, movement/ dance, musical improvisation, songwriting/ composition, listening to music, or computer-based music activities) to support progress toward students' goals. Services are delivered in individual, group, co-treatment and classroom-based formats.
Music Therapy is currently offered at the Chicago campus.
Art Therapy is currently offered at the Chicago and Tinley Park campuses. Art class is currently offered at the Machesney Park campus.
Health Related Services
Clinical case review by medical specialists.
A licensed practical nurse is on site to address students’ various medical needs