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Alexander Leigh Center for Autism

Cause Area

  • Board Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • People with Disabilities

Location

1400 Veterans ParkwayMcHenry, IL 60050 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Helping children with autism and those that love them to THRIVE!

Description

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.

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