Communication Development Program

  • Program Supervisor:
    Elizabeth Mitchell
    (708) 342-5329

    Morton Gingerwood Principal:
    Regina Schnell 
    (708) 342-5333

    Program Secretaries:
    Amanda Aggen
    (708) 342-5318

    Rachel Deck
    (708) 342-5391

    Program Locations
    and Calendars:

    Central Middle School
    18146 Oak Park Avenue
    Tinley Park, IL 60477
    Central Calendar

    Fulton Elementary School
    6601 171st Street
    Tinley Park, IL  60477
    Fulton Calendar

    Jack Hille Middle School
    5800 151st Street
    Oak Forest, IL  60452
    Jack Hille Calendar

    Palos East Elementary School
    7700 W. 127th Street
    Palos Heights, IL  60463
    Palos East Calendar

    Victor J. Andrew High School
    9001 W. 171st Street

    Tinley Park, Illinois  60477
    Andrew Calendar

    Southwest School at Morton Gingerwood
    16936 Forest Avenue

    Oak Forest, IL  60452
    (708) 342-5318
    Southwest School at Morton Gingerwood Calendar


  • Program Philosophy

    The Communication Development Program (CD Program) Offers a Continuum of Placement Options for Learners with Communication Disorders Including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Speech and Language Disabilities. the CD Program Works with Students from Preschool Through Senior Year of High School. Our Classrooms Are Located in General Education and Separate Public Special Education Schools in Palos, Oak Forest and Tinley Park. We Have Different Placement Options Available to Support Different Communication Needs. Read More Below.

    CD Gingerwood Classrooms

    • Located at SW Cooperative at Morton Gingerwood in Oak Forest, IL

    • Integrated related therapy services, including speech-language and social work

    • Designed for Students with ASD, communication and emotional regulation needs

    • Uses the Structured Teaching methodology

    • Targets alternative learning standards; courses offered Include Foundational Literacy Skills, Mathematics, Communication, Recreation (Socialization and Leisure), and Life Skills (Daily Living and Community)

    CD Satellite Classrooms

    • Located in Various General Education Setting (Palos East Elementary School, Fulton Elementary School, Jack Hille Middle School, Central Middle School, and Andrew High School)

    • Integrated speech-language therapy and social work

    • Designed to support students with socialization and executive functioning support
    • Teaches social competencies with Social Thinking-based methodology and ABA practices

    • Targets learning standards in ELA, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Communication courses with student specific accommodations, modifications, and supplemental aids