Education

"WE COULD NEVER LEARN TO BE BRAVE AND PATIENT, IF THERE WERE ONLY JOY IN THE WORLD." -HELEN KELLER

Walter Lawson Children's Home is a well-designed residence for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our skilled staff serves as an extended family whose caring, concern and attention help to provide the very best possible home for our residents. The resident's home is a place for comfort, love and skilled care. Social and recreational skills are enhanced through programs such as family-style dining, grooming and hygiene, choosing daily wardrobe and/or self-medication development.

Walter Lawson School
Walter Lawson School is a nonpublic school that provides year-round educational services to students between ages 3 and 21 who have severe and profound disabilities and medical needs. The school is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and employs licensed teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses and therapy staff.

The mission of Walter Lawson School is to promote learning, dignity and quality of life for its students in an environment that furthers individuality. As a result, all students are encouraged to participate to the fullest extent possible in their learning and in their lives.

To help further this, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are developed for each student in conjunction with the student's resident public school district. The goals and objectives in the IEPs focus on motor development, self-help skills, socialization, sensory activities, communication, cognition and the use of assistive technology. Skills are developed in each classroom during one to one and small group instruction.

Sensory integration is also an important part of each and every day for the students. This integration is accomplished in many different ways including:
  • The creation of beautiful and expressive works of art through the adaptive art program.
  • Time spent in the sensory room which is specifically designed to engage the senses with lights, switches, vibration, aromatherapy, massage and sounds.
  • Participation in music via the use of adaptive instruments and through listening to both live performances and recordings.
 
Learn more about the hydrotherapy pool spa and sensory room at Walter Lawson School.