Special Education Director
210 S. Church Rd.
630-766-5940 ext 1107
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bensenville's special education services are for students identified under any eligibility area of IDEA. There are students identified with Autism, Developmental Delays, Emotional & Intellectual Disabilities, Other Health Impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Speech and Language Impairments in every building throughout the district. BSD2 utilizes a trans-disciplinary team model in supporting the individual needs of students with developmental difficulties. Instruction and therapies work in collaboration to support the curriculum and students' individual goals.
ISBE requires that every student be located in the Least Restrictive Environment, meaning spending as much time as possible with non-disabled peers. Administration and special education staff work closely with families and general education teachers to ensure this happens consistently within BSD2.
Special Education Resource Support -- Grades K-8, General Education Environment throughout district (all BSD2 schools)
- The child is in the general education environment for a majority of the school day (>60%).
- Supports are targeted to child's eligibility area and goals (i.e.: reading fluency; comprehension)
- Certified special education teacher provides supports either in the general education classroom (co-teaching) or in intervention areas (pull out).
- General education teachers are responsible for accommodations and modifications identified on the IEP.
- Some supports may be provided by a special education paraprofessional within the general education environment.
The ISP Classroom: Instructional Student Program
Current grade level groupings: (K-2) (3-4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
- Grade level curriculum is followed (i.e.: teacher collaborates with grade level peers, such as kindergarten, and works on same curriculum at a modified pace). Differentiation is practiced (child works at instructional level, yet is challenged to maximize growth).
- More of an academic focus, with related services such as Speech, Social Work, and Occupational Therapy provided both in and out of the classroom.
- Maximum number of students: 13
- This is taught by a certified special education teacher, usually with 1-2 paraprofessionals, depending on need.
- Students participate in PE, Art, Music, Lunch and Recess with their general education peers.
ALS Classroom: Academic Life Skills
Current grade level groupings: (BSD2 K-2 WAJ) (BSD2 3-5 WAJ) (NDSEC 6-8, Itasca)
- There is an equal focus on both academics and life skills. Reading, Writing, Math and skills such as navigating the building safely, following routines, learning to attend to instruction and completing tasks are directly taught. Most related services (Speech, Social Work, Occupational Therapy) are provided within the classroom for maximal carryover of skills throughout the week.
- Currently, an adapted, research based curriculum known as Unique Curriculum. This involves more visual supports for learning in all areas. Differentiation is practiced (child works at instructional level, yet is challenged to maximize growth).
- Maximum amount of students in classroom: 10.
- This is taught by a certified special education teacher, currently 2-3 paraprofessionals each.
- BSD2 - Students participate in PE, Art, Music, Lunch and Recess with their general education peers.
LASSO Program (NDSEC): Language and Social Support Opportunities (K-2)
- NDSEC's program for students who are working close to grade level, who require supports with social communication, sensory regulation, and social skills to participate within the general education setting.
- Very targeted strategies are applied (limited visual stimuli on wall, visual schedules).
- Maximal number of students: 8
SSP (NDSEC): Social Support Program (K-2 BSD2), (3-5 Roselle), (6-8 Itasca)
- Supports students with behavior and emotional needs; pro-social support with frequent and scheduled rewards to target identified behaviors.
- Specific social skills such as task completion, waiting turn, greeting, and safety are directly taught and reinforced throughout the day.
- Maximal students: 10
- Students participate in PE, Lunch and Recess with their general education peers.
Lincoln Academy (NDSEC, Roselle)
A therapeutic Alternative School providing services for grades 3-12. The program at Lincoln Academy is designed for elementary through high school students with emotional needs that cannot be successfully met within a traditional school environment.