Welcome to the Cross Categorical
Program and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Riley School and the Cross Categorical Program at River Trails Middle School

The NSSEO Program at Riley School and River Trails Middle School addresses the diverse educational needs of students through a comprehensive program in an elementary school and middle school setting that offers opportunities to learn with same-aged peers. This holistic approach integrates academic, social-emotional, communication, coping, and motor skills development for students. It is our belief that this program builds a foundation that enhances future educational success while addressing complex needs.

NSSEO Coordinator:

Janet Barry | jbarry@nsseo.org

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Cross-Categorical Program ↓

Cross-Categorical Program Design

The NSSEO Program located at Riley Elementary School and River Trails Middle School is a self-contained program located in Community Consolidated School District 21 and District 26 that serves students K-5 and in Middle School. It is designed to address the need of students with significant disabilities (i.e. academic learning difficulties, communication/language, sensory regulation, motoric functioning, social-emotional functioning) within the general educational setting. The program instruction is based on the general education curriculum and the assessments are designed to adjust instructional strategies that meet individual student needs.

Brochure

 

Who We Are

The certified/licensed staff is comprised of highly qualified special education teachers in addition to the services of a speech/language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, school nurse, psychologist, behavior consultant, adapted PE teacher, teacher of the hearing impaired and a teacher of the visually impaired. The team uses an integrated, collaborative approach to provide related services that address the needs of the student. Staff participate in ongoing training and coaching that incorporates research-based best practices and are trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention to support the behavioral needs of students. This collaborative partnership between NSSEO and Riley / River Trails staff addresses diverse student needs and maximizes opportunities for academic and social-emotional growth for all students.

 

Instructional Focus

  • Core academic curricula based upon state standards and adapted and modified to address individual student needs.
  • Assistive and instructional technology to provide individualized access to learning, promoting greater independence.
  • An assessment system that includes multiple measures that determines instructional strategies based on the students individual strengths and needs.
  • Life skills instruction that addresses social, communication, daily living, and leisure/recreational skills.
  • Instruction in social skills and positive behaviors across educational settings.
  • An educational setting that offers a wide range of sensory and environmental supports that include sensory diets, scheduled breaks, and quiet areas.
  • Intensive communication and language development instruction including the use of visual support in the environment and augmentative systems.
  • Opportunities for participation in building-wide activities including assemblies, band, service projects, after school activities, and Boy and Girl Scout Troops.
  • Fostering independence in school, home and community environments through modeling and coaching.
  • Participation with same-age peers in academic and social settings.
 

Program Supports

  • Circle of Friends and Peer buddies
  • Consultation and coaching provided by NSSEO Autism Team
  • Sensory room
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Experiential learning at Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center
  • Partnership with NWSRA (Northwest Suburban Special Recreational Association), Riley School PTO, and Scouts.

DHH Elementary Program ↓

DHH Elementary Program Design

Language instruction is an integral part of the elementary school program. Thematic units focus on the development of speech, listening, vocabulary, syntax, and language skills. Specific learning activities are modified to accommodate the individual needs of each student while addressing the goals in his or her Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Students have opportunities for integration in general education classrooms and participate in co-taught classes for science and social students.

 

Who We Are

The certified/licensed staff is comprised of highly qualified teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, interpreters, audiologists, ALD technician, speech language pathologists, school psychologists, social workers, and physical/occupational therapists. All team members are trained in communication methodologies to support students in their learning environment. The team is knowledgeable and experienced in amplification, cochlear implants, and the impact of a hearing loss on language, speech, and academic development. Highly qualified paraprofessionals are an integral part of the program and work closely with the certified/licensed staff in providing assistance to students that supports programmatic and individual needs.

 

Instructional Focus

  • Access to general education curriculum through individualization and adaptation of core academic programs.
  • Research-based curriculum and instruction in literacy, math, science, and social studies.
  • Intensive communication and language development including the use of oral communication, total communication, visual supports, and aural training.
  • Assistive and instructional technology to provide individualized access to learning, promoting greater independence.
  • Positive behavioral supports (PBIS) that foster students’ self-confidence, independence, and positive attitude towards learning.
  • Participation with same-age peers in academic and social settings.
  • Life skills instruction that addresses social, communication, daily living, and leisure/recreational skills.
  • Opportunities for participation in building-wide activities, including field trips and assemblies.
  • A collaborative partnership between program and family that enhances students’ communication development and success.
  • Audiological support to assess student’s degree of hearing loss and impact on learning, make recommendations, and provide support.
  • The Assistive Listening Device (ALD) Technician provides support to staff and students to create an optimum listening environment for students
 

Program Supports

  • Audiological services
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Consultation and coaching
  • Experiential leaning at Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center
  • Instructional technology
  • Sign language classes for families
  • Partnerships with special recreation associations
  • Sign Language Interpreters
 
Calendar ↓

Check the NSSEO Calendar and Get Involved

 

View the full calendar →


 

NSSEO 2017 – 2018 School Calendar (Print Version) →

D21 2017-2018 Calendar 

D26 2017-2018 Calendar 

 

Extra Curricular Activities ↓

Extra Curricular Activities

 

Students are invited to participate in James W Riley School’s and River Trails Middle School’s extra-curricular activities.

School Information ↓

School Information

 

School Office Hours

8:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Student Hours

9:00 am – 3:20 pm

 

NSSEO iPad Handbook →

(The pages in this handbook should be printed out back to back.)

 

Sign Language Classes ↓

Sign Language Communication Classes

 

Letter of explanation

English →
Spanish  

Registration form

English 
Spanish 

Online registration 

Travel directions

English 
Spanish 

 

Staff Directory ↓

Staff Directory

 

Let us help you find someone to assist you.

Click here to go directly to the Riley and River Trails Program staff directory 

 

 
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