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About the Program

The SASED Central Therapeutic Day School is designed to empower students to achieve peak academic performance, and to increase social and vocational skills. In addition, we work on developing an effective means of communication, as well as coping strategies for independence in the community.
Academic or functional skill instruction is appropriate to grade placement, academic achievement, and individual needs.  We maintain a high staff-student ratio in each classroom. Classroom placement is determined by the age and instructional needs of the student.  Instruction is centered around research based-practices and curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards.  Vocational opportunities and life skills classes are available for identified students.  In all cases, instruction is individualized in consideration of the student's unique needs as documented in their Individual Educational Program (IEP). 
Related services that are available through the school include: speech language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy as well as social work services. Music therapy and vocational training may also be offered. 

Evidence based practices, including, but not limited to, functional behavioral assessment, reinforcement, prompting, differential reinforcement of alternative behaviors, extinction, self-management, computer assisted instruction, social skills groups, social stories, video modeling, independent work systems and visual supports, may be used to facilitate learning in all areas of the curriculum.


Volunteer experiences, incentive activities, and field trips are scheduled throughout the year. These activities are an integral part of the educational program, offering opportunities for generalization of acquired skills in the community. Scheduled activities are structured and may occur on or off campus.


SASED Central School is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to serve students in grades K-12+. When a student meets criteria, final placement is determined by the students IEP team.