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Connection’s Day School (CDS) is a private therapeutic day school, founded in 1998. We serve children and adolescents, ages 8-21, from Lake County who, because of significant special education needs (Emotional, Behavioral, & Learning Disabilities), require an alternative school program that is both educational and therapeutic. CDS utilizes educational, therapeutic, family and community connections to promote academic achievement, social/emotional well-being and personal growth. 

The Staff Members at CDS employ a variety of methods to help students make academic progress, and develop and/or improve their coping and social skills. By utilizing a combination of respect, humor, empathy, and kindness balanced with firmness (i.e., maintaining high expectations and ensuring that students adhere to rules, boundaries and limitations), Staff Members are able to establish and maintain supportive, nurturing relationships with our students. In turn, these relationships can help the students be more open to learning the life skills required for long-term success.

The students engage in an academically challenging curriculum emphasizing group instruction and hands-on activities. In addition, the Lakota-Sioux Circle of Courage (teaching the value of belonging, independence, generosity and mastery) is also utilized. This multi-faceted approach works to assist the students in: overcoming issues at hand; practicing more successful behavioral alternatives; and exploring ways to “re-write” their frequently negative life stories. The goal is to work with students to build on their strengths and gifts, and be allies with them in their “fight” against the challenges and obstacles that get in the way of their success. The environment is based on a positive, nurturing model, where natural consequences for behaviors are frequently utilized. CDS avoids using restrictive and/or punitive methods of behavioral management and does not have a time-out room. Therapeutic holding (restraint) is only employed as a last resort, when the child is determined to be a danger to him/herself or others.

Ms. Betty Lindquist and Dr. John Schuler, founders of the program, chose to base the mission of CDS on philosophical principles similar to those held at Counseling Connection - their multi-disciplinary group practice which specializes in the therapeutic needs of children, adolescents and families. The professionals at Counseling Connection have worked closely with the schools, courts and social service agencies of Lake and Northern Cook Counties since 1983.


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