Connections Day School
Our therapeutic day school serves students from surrounding Chicagoland counties and public school districts who are in need of alternative school programming which is supportive, therapeutic and educational. Our program provides alternative educational and therapeutic supports to children, adolescents and young adults ages 6-22 who struggle with emotional, behavioral, academic, and developmental needs requiring an alternative academic environment to promote success.
Due to the nature of the students’ needs, a full array of related services are available as needed within the school day including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Substance Abuse Counseling, Transition Counselor support, Psychiatric and Psychological Consultation.
Each student is assigned an individual primary therapist who delivers individual therapy weekly and provides case management and crisis management and support as needed throughout the day. Primary therapists also support family therapy and regular communication with families about the student’s progress. Students also participate in group therapy weekly, which takes place in the classroom setting along side similar aged peers. The primary therapists have routine consultation and training to build their expertise with a wide variety of issues related to the concerns students may experience with an emphasis on incorporating the family in the student’s treatment and progress. This requires that parents/families be available for regular family therapy contact with the CDS therapist. Therapists are available during the school day to accommodate student and family needs.
The therapists also support Extended Day services at CDS, which provides extended services to specific students that may require additional and extended care past the typical school day hours. Additionally, therapists support monthly Family Night activities.