North DuPage Special Education Cooperative

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Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

The Early Childhood program serves students who are eligible for special education and require an educational environment with intensive programming. Students three years old to five years old attend school for a half-day of instruction and learning activities. The program provides individualized interventions to support students across academic, communication, motor, social, behavioral, and daily living skills domains. Our focus is on nurturing the growth of the whole child by fostering independence and developing a curiosity for learning.

Characteristics of students typically referred to the Early Childhood program:

  • Students in need of pre-academic readiness skills.
  • Students who require support with language and social skills.
  • Students who benefit from support with behavior management and self-regulation.
  • Students who require support with fine and gross motor skill development.
  • Students in need of a more functional curriculum with opportunities to generalize across learning environments.

 Program Model:

  • Targeted instruction to develop pre-academic readiness skills.  Includes Discrete Trial Training, as needed.
  • Functional skills development and play/social skills are embedded into daily instruction and activities.
  • Focus on language development and use that incorporates visual supports and communication systems, as appropriate.
  • Attention to fine and gross motor development that incorporates sensory needs, as needed.
  • Multidisciplinary team approach that includes a special education teacher, social worker, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, school psychologist, certified school nurse, and other related service personnel, as required.

Elementary (Pre-K)

1) Medinah Primary School
22W300 Sunnyside Rd.
    Medinah, IL 60157
    Classroom Teacher: Kristin Fiasche
    Supervisor: Karin Stevens This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it