Social Support Program

The Social Support Program serves students who are eligible for special education and require an educational environment with intensive programming. The program provides individualized interventions to support emotional regulation, executive functioning, and academic growth. Student success is supported through a positive behavioral reinforcement system, direct social/emotional instruction, various levels of general education integration, and collaboration with family and outside service providers. Our focus is on nurturing the growth of the whole child by fostering independence and building skills for successful transition into the general education setting.

Characteristics of students typically referred to the NDSEC Social Support Program:

  • Students in need of additional support across academic and social-emotional domains.
  • Students who have frequent occurrences of emotional and/or behavioral dysregulation.
  • Students who benefit from a less stimulating, more structured instructional environment with consistent behavioral expectations.
  • Students in need of assistance with transitions, organization, and navigating social relationships.

Program Model:

  • Targeted instruction and intervention strategies to support growth across core academic domains, including accommodations and modifications, as appropriate.
  • Focus on social and emotional learning, including the consistent reinforcement of social problem-solving strategies.
  • Structured behavior management/intervention system with clearly defined expectations and accompanying positive reinforcement strategies.
  • Multidisciplinary team of special education teacher, social worker, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, school psychologist and other related service personnel as required.

Elementary (Grades: K – 2)

1) Tioga School
     212 W. Memorial Rd.
     Bensenville, IL 60106
     630-766-2602
Classroom Teacher: Stephanie Kaefer
Supervisor: Kelly Gould kgould@ndsec.org

Elementary (Grades: 3 – 5)

1) Spring Hills School
     560 S. Pinecroft Drive
     Roselle, IL 60172
     630-529-1883
Classroom Teacher: Olivia Sommers
Supervisor: Kelly Gould kgould@ndsec.org

Middle School (Grades: 6 – 8)

1) F. E. Peacock Middle School
     301 E. North Street
     Itasca, IL 60143
     630-773-0335
Classroom Teacher: John Gipson
Supervisor: Kelly Gould kgould@ndsec.org

2) Roselle Middle School
     500 S. Park
     Roselle, IL 60172
     630-529-1600
Classroom Teacher: Brianna Zbilski
Supervisor: Kelly Gould kgould@ndsec.org

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