Welcome to the Communication Development Program

  • Program Supervisor:

    Elizabeth Mitchell
    (708) 342-5329


    Regina Schnell
    (708) 342-5328


    Program Secretary:

    Amanda Aggen
    (708) 342-5318

    Program Locations
    and Calendars:

    Arbor Park School
    17303 Central Avenue
    Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
    Arbor Park Calendar


    Braun Educational Center
    6020 W. 151st Street
    Oak Forest, IL 60452
    Braun Calendar


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


    Kerkstra School
    14950 S. Laramie
    Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
    Kerkstra 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