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Happy Holidays from The Hagedorn Little Village School!

​​The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children,  is a publicly funded, not-for-profit school that is highly regarded for providing outstanding educational and therapeutic services for children with developmental disabilities.  There are approximately 500 children, ranging in age from birth through elementary school.  The students present with various disabilities which may include cognitive delays, social/emotional deficits, autistic spectrum disorders, speech/language delays, orthopedic and or motor impairments, visual impairments and/or significant medical issues.

Overview of our Programs

Applied Behavior Analysis Program
The Applied Behavior Analysis program at The Hagedorn Little Village School incorporates aspects of Verbal Behavior Techniques, TEACCH methods as well as individualized sensory integration programs. Specific teaching techniques, in our highly structured classrooms, are individualized according to each student’s learning style and include discrete trial instruction, task analysis and natural environment teaching.  There is a strong emphasis on incorporating visual systems within the classroom environment.

Speech-Language Therapy  
Speech therapists work either individually with children or in small groups to improve their receptive, expressive and pragmatic language skills, speech intelligibility, oro-motor functioning and/or feeding skill development. Treatment approaches vary according to the needs of each child and may include:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Picture Exchange Communication Symbols (PECS)
  • Low-tech and high tech communication devices
  • Picture communication boards/books
  • PROMPT Therapy
  • Feeding Therapy

Audiological Services
An on-site pediatric audiologist performs prescribed audiological evaluations.  The school is equipped with soundproof testing booths and state-of-the art equipment, allowing hearing evaluations to be performed on children in their familiar school environment. Testing is performed in a sound field (without earphones) or with headphones to isolate separate ear responses.  Hearing related services include:

  • Tympanometry
  • Audiometry
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Auditory trainers and soundfield systems

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists provide individual treatment to children to promote their fine motor skills, overall muscle strength, control and coordination.  Areas addressed in Occupational Therapy include:

  • Sensory processing (sensory gymnasium on site)
  • Upper extremity strength and coordination
  • Prehension and fine motor development
  • Visual-motor skills
  • Perceptual-cognitive skills
  • Activities of daily living; self-care skills

Physical Therapy
Physical therapists work individually with children to enhance their gross motor development through a variety of therapeutic interventions.  The therapeutic program is determined by an evaluation of each child's quality of movement and level of motor functioning.  Goals of Physical Therapy include the improvement of:

  • Postural stability and control
  • Balance and coordination
  • Gross motor functional skills

Psychological and Social Work Services

Psychologists and social workers provide ongoing support for children, staff and families.  They assist families in obtaining necessary services as well as providing information and referral services. Psychologists assess children's cognitive and adaptive functioning levels through formal and informal testing.  They meet with parents to apprise them of test results.  Psychologists and social workers are liaisons between classroom teachers and families.  In addition, they provide:

  • Individual and group counseling for parents and/or children
  • Weekly support groups for mothers, fathers and siblings offered during day and evening hours
  • Play therapy
  • Social skills groups
  • Educational workshops for parents and staff
  • Functional Behavior Analyses (FBA)
  • Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP)

Movement Therapy
Movement Therapy enables children to engage in a meaningful exploration of self, the environment and others. The Movement Therapy Program also addresses the needs of children whose difficulty with verbal interaction may adversely affect their social and/or emotional development.  Group and individual movement therapy sessions help build a positive body image and encourage appropriate social skills through the use of music, movement and rhythmic activities.

The Adaptive Physical Education Program
Adaptive physical education encompasses all aspects of gross motor functioning in ways that encourage children to develop both physical fitness and social interaction through sport and movement activities.  In this program, children participate in activities specifically designed to promote coordination, strength, balance and motor skills.  Our facilities include:

  • Full size gymnasium
  • Handicapped accessible outdoor playground
  • Outdoor grass area specifically geared to organized sport activities.
  • Sensory motor gym

Computer Education
Most of the classrooms are equipped with computers for student use. The Hagedorn Little Village School has an extensive library of computer programs designed to enhance the curriculum of both the pre-school and elementary school programs.  Adaptive equipment, including Touch Windows and Intellikeys are available for children who require additional support to access the computer.

Nursing Services

Two on-site registered nurses are available during school hours to attend to children's health needs, provide first aid and to administer prescribed medications and treatments.

Viewing Room
Parents have the unique opportunity to observe their child in their classroom, in a non-intrusive manner to teachers and students, via a parent controlled close-circuit camera and audio system.