Marklund Day School-Elgin is located at 1435 Summit Street in Elgin, Illinois. The school is within the Marklund Wasmond Center residential/therapeautic facility. Teachers and paraprofessionals in the classrooms provide specialized and individualized education in our Multi-Needs program, for students with profound developmental disabilities and multiple healthcare needs.

Marklund Day School provides an environment conducive to learning through specialized curriculum, positive behavioral interventions, and individualized student support.

Marklund’s highly sensory-driven program features physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, art and music therapy, sensory room, computer adapted technology, community opportunities, recreational therapy, and more.

Marklund Day School uses a holistic approach to enhance physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Teachers and therapists learn about students’ individual strengths through assessment, direct observation, and communication with families.

Provides a highly specialized education experience for students ages 3-21 with mild to severe disabilities, as well as students with behavioral and medical needs.

Provides a 1:3 student-staff ratio, with 6-10 students per classroom.

Maintains a focus on each student transitioning to the least-restrictive learning environment. If appropriate, we discuss transitioning students to their home school based on their academic, social, behavioral, and medical progress.

Offers an extended school year: Five-hour-a-day summer program allows students to learn year-round.

• Establishes relationships and partnerships throughout community, which provide ongoing opportunities for students to interact with the public and experience new activities.

Has a dedicated, caring and compassionate staff.

Serving Students ages 3-21 from Early Childhood to Transition

Students with mild to severe disabilities, including:
• Intellectual disabilities
• Developmental delay
• Autism
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Multiple disabilities
• Other health impairments


Students with behavioral needs

Students with complex medical needs, including:
• Seizures
• Cerebral palsy
• Diabetes
• Temperature regulation issues
• Muscular dystrophy
• Acquired brain injury (ABI)
• Tracheostomy


Related Services Provided:
• Social work
• Nursing care
• Occupational therapy
• Physical therapy
• Speech therapy

Program Services Provided:
• Behavioral supports (BCBA & RBTs)
• Music therapy
• Recreational therapy

The Multi-Needs Program at Marklund Day School in ELGIN provides an
enriching education experience for students ages 3-21 with multiple disabilities.

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.

Individualized curriculum: Students follow a complete and individualized curriculum tied to Illinois Learning Standards, Common Core Essential Elements, and IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals. Functional life skills and vocational training are integrated into students’ daily lessons.

Technology: Students and Teachers use assistive adaptive technology, interactive technology boards, including individualized iPads and voice-output switches which are used to encourage communication.

Sensory-integrated program: Each classroom provides sensory-integrated programming with a focus on self-regulation to support an engaging learning environment. In addition, tactile strategies and sensory therapy rooms support students with visual and/or hearing impairments.

Community outings: As students participate in community outings, they have the opportunity to apply generalized skills and interact with individuals outside of the school setting.

Our Mission… 

Make progress possible for students with medical and behavioral challenges
by fitting our environment, approach, instruction, and care
to help them discover their special abilities and potential.