Laureate Day School has been set-up to serve the unique and specialized needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The school uses current best practices in the field to educate and support students who are in grades K-8. Program components include:
· Structured Teaching – we use the TEACCH model of Structured Teaching in all of our classrooms. Structured Teaching support will be used in all areas of the school including group, PE, art, and resource. Learn more about this approach at teacch.com
· Specialized Behavior Management – we have developed our own exclusive behavior management system that can only be found at Laureate - The RPI Daily Functioning Behavior Program for Students with ASD©. It is structured but flexible, provides clear and logical consequences without being punitive, maximizes the student’s feelings of success and mastery by not overwhelming them with expectations that are too difficult, and provides a safety net of extra support when they become dysregulated. Our staff is also fully trained to manage crisis situations using Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI).
· Zones of
Regulation® – This popular and successful curriculum by Leah
Kuypers, M.A. Ed.,
OTR/L supports students with self-regulation and emotional control. Learn more at
· Social Thinking® – Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michele Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curriculum, vocabulary, tools and strategies for individuals ages preschool through adults. The concepts of perspective taking, expected versus unexpected behaviors, and whole body listening (among others) will be taught in group and used with students throughout the school milieu. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com.
· Interpersonal Play Therapy© (IPT) – Exclusive to Laureate, this counseling model will provide a weekly social experience for two students together under the direct supervision and support of a counselor. In addition, our students receive one individual counseling session per week and social skills group therapy every day.
· Transition/Life Skills – Junior high students will participate in regularly scheduled life skills groups and community outings coordinated by our OT and SLP. In addition, Laureate uses the TTAP (Teacch Transition Assessment Profile) to assess and identify transition goals, strengths, and areas of need for our older students.
· iPads – Every student at Laureate will be provided with an iPad for use at school. A variety of Apps, tailored to each individual student’s needs, will be used for academic, communication, social-emotional, and social-leisure support.
Who is appropriate for Laureate Day School?
A student is usually appropriate for our program if he or she:
Laureate has an Occupational Therapist and Speech & Language Pathologist on staff to provide related service minutes; we also offer psychiatric consultation and medication management. Laureate does accept 45-day diagnostic placements.
LDS Admission Procedures
Students who are in need of a therapeutic day school placement are recommended to us by their school districts. Typically a student will be referred after he or she has completed an evaluation process within the school district. In most cases students have experienced limited success, even with the addition of supplementary aides and services. Districts and parents searching for specialized, up-to-date intervention and support for students with ASD should call for more information and to arrange a visit.
Laureate Day School
2525 East Oakton
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Laureate Day School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to our students. Laureate Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its education policies, admissions policies, athletic and other school administered programs or any scholarship or loan programs.