Alexander Leigh Center for Autism (ALCA); a full day, year-round Illinois State Board of Education approved Therapeutic Day School serves 3-21 years old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), OHI, multiple disabilities, developmental delay and/or intellectual disability. These students come from local public school districts in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties and require a more intensive placement to meet their needs.
These children are unique in their own ways, though they share several characteristics including: sensory integration dysfunction; impaired communication system; and lack of social awareness including forming peer relationships. Our child-centered team approach follows a therapeutic, holistic, interdisciplinary model, emphasizing generalization of skills to home and community. ALCA follows ISBE guidelines: systematically planned teaching procedures and developmentally appropriate educational activities with identified objectives; integrating the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis shows how to set the environment to enable our children to learn the best way possible.
1:1 staff to student ratios utilize ISBE instructors with professional educator licenses. Educational programs are based on each child’s individual needs in sensory regulation, communication style, rate/style of learning, behaviors, present performance level, and previous educational experience.