Services and Therapies
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
Elim’ s therapists provide treatments focused on supporting the students in their academic environment, as well as meeting their individual and educationally based therapy goals. The therapists work directly with teachers and classroom staff in order to implement functional skills, positioning, mobility, and sensory strategies throughout the school day.
Speech-language pathologists work with teachers to implement individual communication goals (up to 60 minutes per week). Students are encouraged to develop their skills in a total communication approach, including the use of verbal and non-verbal techniques and augmentative communication systems.
Behavioral therapists provide services to Elim staff, students, and families, addressing behaviors that interfere with the quality of a student’s education.
Full-time staff implement the individual minutes indicated on each student’s IEP (up to 60 minutes per week). Individual counseling is also available as needed. A parent support group meets monthly during the school year.
Students may receive hot lunches, or milk only, for a monthly fee. Meals meet all nutritional requirements and are provided by Country House Restaurant in Alsip, Illinois. Most special diets can be accommodated with a doctor’s order.
Elim’ s full-time nursing staff oversees distribution of medications to students, helps parents evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral and seizure medications, and assesses possible illness or injury.
Assistive Technology improves the functional capabilities of children with disabilities. At Elim, it is an essential component in meeting the IEP goals of our students. These goals include academic, communication, and daily living skills. Our Technology Coordinater works with students, teachers, support staff, and parents to maximize potential in each area.
A variety of extra-curricular activities are available, including choir, athletic teams that compete with other schools and in Special Olympics, and social activities throughout the school year. The Alexander DeJong Center for Special Education at Trinity Christian College sponsors a number of parties, dances, and other activities for Elim students, parents, and staff.