Special Education

Pyramid PreK

  • PYRAMID PreK is located in Logan Square/Avondale neighborhood. Based on the child development pyramid, the program addresses the tier of sensory motor stability, which support upper tiers of fine motor, cognition, and social-emotional development. To keep students motivated and engaged, developmental and academic challenges are designed according to each child's abilities. Multidisciplinary teaching strategies (e.g., DIR/Floor Time or ABA/Applied Behavior Analysis) and modalities such as Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome are available to our enrolled students. Our program strives to help students develop the academic, social, and developmental skills necessary to be successful learners in typical elementary classroom settings.

Advocating for your child (Advocacy Groups/Attorneys)

Chicago Early Learning

Chicago Public Schools: Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services

  • The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) provides the tools to ensure that all Diverse Learners receive a high-quality public education that prepares students for success. ODLSS is responsible for student evaluations, creating and monitoring Individual Education Plans,, and working with schools, staff, and families to fulfill these plans towards greater student development and achievement.

Illinois Council for Exceptional Children

Illinois Special Ed

  • Resources for helping the parents of Illinois Special Education Children

Illinois State Board of Education

Illinois State Board of Higher Education

Illinois State Board of Education Special Education Services

SEA200-Special Education Alliance

  • An organization to bring parents and educators within together to share resources, educate the community about disabilities and build a strong partnership to enhance educational programming for children with special needs.

STEP: Secondary Transitional Experience Program

  • The Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. As part of its continuum of coordinated transition services for youth with disabilities, DRS offers a wide range of these services to students at local high schools through STEP, a training/placement program that helps students with disabilities prepare to transition to employment and community participation during and after high school.

Acacia Academy

  • Private therapeutic day school for children with learning disabilities, autism and intellectually challenged children. Transition services and work study programs are available. Natural habitat and nature center located on campus.

Elim Christian Services Christian School

  • State-approved school that serves children (ages 3 to 22) who have developmental and/or physical disabilities. There are two main programs: Cross-Categorical Special Education and a specialized autism program.

Beard Special Education Center (and Beard Elementary School)

  • ISBE approved. Offers education and treatment for ASD, emotionally disabled and cognitively delayed children. Eclectic approach of services including discrete trial, sensory integration, behavioral, music and art therapy. Ages 3-9.

Beacon Therapeutic Day Schools

  • Special education services to children with emotional, behavioral or learning needs that exceed traditional elementary, junior high and high school programs.

City Elementary

  • Offers an educational program tailored to children with diverse learning styles and developmental needs. Classrooms are structured to provide small group instruction for children on the autism spectrum, those with significant attentional issues, and those with sensory-integration challenges. Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Insurance not accepted.

Easter Seals Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research

  • Program serves more than 100 school districts, emphasizing a wide-range of curriculum and activities that are based on the specific needs of each student. School provides on-site after school and developmental training program. Ages 3-22 years. Multiple campuses.

Helping Hand School for Autism

  • Full day year-round program. School uses research-based intervention modalities and teaching methods to assure best practice. Relies on a trans-disciplinary team approach in designing each child’s individualized program and curriculum. Ages 3-18.

Therapeutic Day school at Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS)

  • Serves students K-12 who had difficulty in traditional school settings. Low student-teacher ratio and programming designed to meet the needs of children with special needs by alleviating behavioral and emotional struggles.

Rush Day School

  • Not-for-profit education and treatment program for autism spectrum and emotionally disabled children. Goal for each student is to return to a less restrictive school environment. Ages 6-14.