Welcome to the 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

    Southwest School at Morton Gingerwood
    16936 Forest Avenue
    Oak Forest, IL  60452
    (708) 342-5318
    Southwest School at Morton Gingerwood Calendar

    Victor J. Andrew High School
    9001 W. 171st Street
    Tinley Park, Illinois  60477
    Andrew Calendar


  • Program Philosophy

    Southwest Cook County Cooperative offers a continuum of placement options for learners with communication disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder and other speech and language disabilities. In the Communication Development (CD) Program, we have three placement options available for our CD Classic and CD DISCOVERS classrooms. DISCOVERS stands for Developing Interpersonal Strengths, Creating Opportunities, Valuing Essential Readiness Skills. The CD Program works with students from preschool through senior year of high school. Our classrooms are located in general education and therapeutic schools in Oak Forest, Tinley Park, and Lemont.

    CD Classic Classrooms 
    - Conventional classroom design
    - Integrated speech-language therapy and social work
    - Designed to support students with socialization and executive
      functioning support

    CD DISCOVERS Classrooms 
    - Structured Teaching methodology
    - Integrated related therapy services, including speech-language
      and social work

    - Guiding principles include instruction in literacy, mathematics,
      communication, motor skills, recreation (socialization and
      leisure), and life skills (daily living and community)

    - Supports specific for students with ASD and communication 

    CD DISCOVERS Classrooms/Therapeutic Setting
    - DISCOVERS model
    - Located in a therapeutic day school (versus a general education

    - Supports students with ASD and emotional regulation needs