Specific learning disabilities
The program curriculum is aligned with the Illinois State Learning Standards and individualized to each student's needs. Expressions offers a full day of challenging classes that includes Math, English/Language Arts, Art Therapy, Physical Education, Social Studies, and Science. In addition, services are provided in Speech/Language, as well as opportunities to work with a school clinical therapist and occupational therapist.
The Expressions classroom is designed in a sensory-appropriate manner for students on the Autism Spectrum, including special lighting and sensory learning stations placed around the room. The curriculum includes sensory integration wherever possible, while incorporating technology, creating multiple situations for students to participate in hands-on learning.
The SCERTS Training Model, supplemented with the TEACCH Program, is used to address students' specific educational needs. These programs are integrated into the daily curriculum to ensure that each student learns the educational material required for his/her grade level, as well as the social, emotional, and behavioral management skills to be successful in individual and community relationships. Student achievement level is tested upon arrival, and testing is repeated each year a student remains in the program. Progress is monitored through formal reports and IEP meetings.
These highly structured classes are held on Onarga Academy’s Grand Prairie School campus and feature a self-contained classroom, bridging opportunities, small class sizes (limit of 6 students), teach and assistant teacher. The key focus of these unique classes is to improve the communication and interpersonal skills as age appropriate, including understanding personal behavior and sensory system issues, while improving academic skills.
Youth Served: Students in grades 1-8