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BIG NEWS! Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School in Rockford expanded!

We now call Patriots’ Gateway Community Center home for a while! Learn more about the new location and opportunities this will provide for our students and the communities we serve. 

Rockford Register Star article

The Rock River Times article

WREX news segment

FOX 39 news segment

WIFR - ribbon cutting news segment

The School

The goals of Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic Schools are to empower each student to achieve peak academic performance, increase social and vocational skills, develop an effective means of communication and foster the acquisition of functional life skills for independence in the community.

School districts from all over the Chicagoland area contract with Easter Seals to assist them in providing educational programs for children with autism and related intellectual disabilities. We provide an alternative school placement for these students and help them grow towards independence.

We maintain a small student-teacher ratio and each student has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).  Our programming is developed to emphasize a wide-range of curriculum and activities that are based on the specific needs of each student.

Program Overview

  • Year-round instruction, including extended school year as determined by the student’s IEP team
  • Core curriculum offered focuses on creating access to age and grade appropriate learning standards, as well as increasing independent living skills
  • Therapies available include speech/language, occupational, social work and nursing, as determined by the student’s IEP team
  • Other services include behavior consultation, vocational and community training

Autism Therapeutic School Rockford
Jacque Ruch, School Administrator

615 S. 5th Street
Rockford, IL 61104
815.965.6745 ext 127 Phone
815.968.3247 Fax

For student enrollment, please contact
Jessica Smith
Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School
815.965.6745 ext 125 Phone
815.968.3247 Fax

2013-2014 School Calendar

Get a sneak peek into our Autism Therapeutic School in Rockford! Check out the virtual tour!

Read what our families are saying about our school!

Learn more about the Parents Talk Autism (PTA) meeting on Wednesday, February 12, 2014


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