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Special Education Cooperative
7600 S. Mason Ave.
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 496-3330
Cook County
Provides special education programming for 12 school districts and provides a number of related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech services, social work, assistive technology and school nurses. See below information regarding autism programs.
Grades: 1-8.
Students are referred to the program after a referral from an A.E.R.O. early childhood placement or through a referral from their local school district.
No wait list.

Other Programs at A.E.R.O.
Autism Dynamics Beginnings Program
Half-day education program designed for children who exhibit severe to moderate delays in one or more areas of development. Program utilizes the principles of applied behavior analysis for skill acquisition and behavior management and TEACCH for communication and structure.
Ages: 3-6.
Child must be screened first and given a case study evaluation with parent consent in order to enter the program.

Functional Academic Learning Program
Serves students with mild-moderate autism, cognitive, physical, behavioral, and/or health impairments in integrated school settings throughout member districts. Program addresses the need for each child and young adult to develop the academic and functional life skills necessary for adult life and to experience social interactions and relationships with peers in educational and community environments.
Ages: 5 and up.

Multi Needs Program
Serves students with severe/profound cognitive disabilities, multiple disabilities, physical impairments, health impairments, and/or autism within a self-contained educational setting. Daily instruction focuses on communication, socialization, daily living skills, leisure skills, motor development, community based instruction, health management, vocational training/instruction, behavior management, and assistive technology.
Ages: 3 and up.

Communication Development Program
Program serves students who have severe speech and language disorders. The students' disabilities include speech/language impairments, learning disabilities and high functioning autism. Criteria for entrance into the program include average intelligence and a severe impairment in the area of speech and communication.
Grades: 1 through 8.

Blue Cap
School Program

Marge Pyzac
1962 Broadway St.
Blue Island, IL 60406
(708) 389-8137
Cook County
Provides educational, therapeutic, self-help and pre-vocational services to students diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including autism. An emphasis is placed on cognitive, speech, gross motor, fine motor, social and self-help skills.
Ages: 3-21.
Cost: state funded.
Possible wait list.


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The information on this Web site is provided for general reference purposes. It does not constitute medical or other professional advice and should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your child and adolescent psychiatrist or other physician. Only a qualified, licensed physician can determine the individual treatment that is appropriate for your particular circumstances. All decisions about clinical care should be made in consultation with a physician. Inclusion of information on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement of views, persons, methodologies or products. The health care providers whose information is available on the Web site are not necessarily the agents or employees of Rush University Medical Center. In consideration for use of this Web site, Rush University Medical Center or any other party involved in producing or delivering this Web site will not be liable to you for any action or nonaction that you take in reliance upon the information provided on this Web site.

Autism is a complex disorder. Our Web site provides information and resources for families with a child with autism. If you feel your child is experiencing behavior and/or symptoms that may be associated with autistic spectrum disorders, please contact your pediatrician or a licensed physician. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed from a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and other professionals.

The Autism Resource Center's referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the team will be adding new resources and building to our Web site. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our Web site again for any future referrals.

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