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Student Programs

General Information

The Student Therapeutic Day School Serves:

  • students ages 3 through 22 years of age
  • students with severe and profound developmental disabilities and autism

Curriculum includes:

  • Academics
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Community Skills
  • Recreation Skills

Program provides: 

  • Certified therapists, teachers and paraprofessionals
  • One to one certified paraprofessional to provide guidance and direction throughout the school day for the students who need this service
  • Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s)
  • Individualized Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP’s) when needed
  • Consistency and structure 
  • Focus on maximizing independence
  • Integration of community resources that promote social and educational opportunities
  • Functional academics, such as life skills

Therapy Services: 

  • Speech therapy 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Music therapy 
  • Art  
  • Nursing services 
  • Social Services 
  • Vision Services 

Special Programs: 

  • Assistive Technology 
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Community Partners 
  • Greenhouse Gardening 
  • Life Skills 
  • Prevocational Program 
  • Rainbow Dog Therapy 
  • Sensory Room
  • Oral-Motor/Swallowing 

The student program is a minimum of 176 days for 6 hours per day during the regular school year. The summer program is a minimum of 120 hours of instruction. 

Students enrolled in the program are referred by their local school districts. Tuition reimbursement and transportation are the responsibility of the referring district. All placements conform to the applicable requirements of the IL 23 Administrative Code and to Section 14 of the Illinois School Code. New Horizon Center for the Developmentally Disabled is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.