August 19, 2009
New Transitions program first of its kind in Illinois
Glendale Heights – A groundbreaking new Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School program aimed at helping students transition into life after high school is the first of its kind in the state. The Transitions program, accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, will teach young adults (age 17 to 21) the life skills they need to become independent adults.
Participants include those students with an individualized education program (IEP) who are enrolled in a community college, taking courses on campus or online, and can benefit from individualized mentoring to complete their coursework. Students meet at the Therapeutic Day School from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The program launched in August 2008 with five students grew to 12 students for the 2009 summer program. Students are enrolled at the north (main) campus in Glendale Heights and the west campus in North Aurora.
“The Transitions program is dedicated to young people who need guidance as they move into the next phase of their lives,” said Lisa Grigby, director of Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School. “This program will continue to build on the successes we have achieved at the elementary and high school levels.”
Students take one-hour seminar classes on health management (topics include medication management and making healthy lifestyle choices), career exploration (including how to apply for a job and performance expectations), money management (banking, budgeting and using and managing credit cards) and daily life skills (doing laundry, grocery shopping and taking public transportation). Students also meet to set goals, eat dinner together and participate in mental health groups. They also volunteer at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital and other community organizations.
Designed for children with learning disabilities and emotional and psychiatric problems, Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School was founded in 1995. Elementary through high-school age (grades 3 through 12) students earn normal academic credits while addressing their therapeutic goals. Along with traditional individual and group therapy, the school uses recreation, pets, music and art activities with certified therapists to help with physical, social and emotional growth.
The school is staffed by a caring group of teachers, nurses, social workers, therapists, clinical psychologists and a psychiatrist; there is one staff member for every three students. Its enrollment is approximately 120 students at north (main) campus in Glendale Heights, 40 at the west campus in North Aurora and 30 at the south campus in Glen Ellyn. The school is funded partly through local school districts in the six-county area that are reimbursed by the state and partly through Adventist GlenOaks Hospital and GlenOaks Hospital Foundation.
For more information, call (630) 671-0383.