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
Classroom Teacher: TBD
Supervisor: Shalagh O'Neill  [email protected]

Elementary (Grades: 3 – 5)

1) Medinah Intermediate School
     7N330 Medinah Road
      Medinah, IL 60157
Classroom Teacher: Olivia Sommers
Supervisor: Shalagh O'Neill  [email protected]

Middle School (Grades: 6 – 8)

1) F. E. Peacock Middle School
     301 E. North Street
     Itasca, IL 60143
Classroom Teacher: John Gipson
Supervisor: Shalagh O'Neill  [email protected]

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