Social Work services at Cove are designed to accommodate the unique social and emotional needs of each student. At the individual level, students receive weekly services to provide the support and guidance that will assist them in reaching the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Services are also provided in dyads or small groups to promote confidence and success for students in their ability to establish satisfying peer relationships.
On a systemic and more collaborative level, social workers co-facilitate classes with speech/language pathologists and learning disabilities specialists in health, communications, and English classes. In each of these areas of intervention, strong consideration is given to the unique biological, psychological, and social development of each student. It is the social workers' goal to intervene at the level of the students’ emotional development, and to promote ongoing growth at a pace that is conducive to their success. All administrators, teachers, specialists, and teachers’ assistants are dedicated to promoting the emotional safety that is an absolute necessity for our students so that they may focus their energies on learning. In that sense, Cove embraces the notion that, "It takes a village to raise a child."