For students ages 3-21 on the autism spectrum and those with other disabilities,
as well as with behavioral and medical needs.
The Life Skills Program at Marklund Day School provides an enriching education experience for students ages 3-21 with autism and other disabilities, as well as behavioral and medical needs.
Marklund achieves this in a variety of ways:
Comprehensive approach: Through a collaborative team of teachers, therapists, parents/guardians, and school district representatives, Marklund focuses on academic, cognitive, communication, gross-motor, and fine-motor skills.
Nursing staff: Marklund Day School can accommodate students with complex medical needs by integrating highly qualified nursing staff into the program.
Highly structured classrooms: Marklund Day School utilizes methodologies such as – PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related
Communication Handicapped Children), Discrete Trial Training and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis).
Individualized curriculum: Students follow a complete and individualized curriculum tied to Illinois Learning Standards, Common Core Essential Elements, and IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals. Courses offered to our students are aligned to the general education course offerings. Functional life skills and vocational training are integrated into students’ daily lessons.
Technology: Computers equipped with accessible switches and adapted programs; SMART technology (SMART Table and SMART boards), individualized iPads with accessible communication apps and modified programing.
Sensory-integrated program: Each classroom incorporates a sensory diet for students with frequent movement breaks on a trampoline, platform swing, squeeze machine and motion table. Marklund Day School also has Snoezelen therapy rooms that offer sensory experiences and enhanced learning.
Community outings: As students participate in outings to the park, local stores and community service events, they have the opportunity to apply generalized skills and interact with individuals outside of the school setting.
For more information:
Paula Bodzioch, Director of Education, 630-397-5684.
164 S. Prairie Avenue, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Chicago Parent Special Parent Magazine, Spring. 2012