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Merlin Day Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes our staff the best?2022-09-21T17:02:38+00:00

We hire highly trained and compassionate individuals. All of our team hold a minimum of a paraprofessional license, and many hold advanced degrees including Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Many staff members participate in professional organizations related to their field to further their therapeutic skills and evidence-informed best practices. Merlin Day Academy also hosts a number of professional development and continuing education trainings for staff throughout the year. Most importantly, our staff love what they do and go above and beyond to make your child’s growth and progress their number one priority. 

How do you place a child into a classroom?2022-09-21T17:03:06+00:00

Children are placed in classrooms and therapeutic tracks based on their initial evaluations and recommendations completed by the Merlin Day Academy team. 

Does your program run year-round?2022-09-13T22:15:16+00:00

Yes, our program “session” matches that of the typical school year with scheduled winter, spring, and summer breaks. Break therapy sessions and summer programs are also available depending on team recommendations and treatment goals. 

What is the class size?2022-09-13T22:15:12+00:00

The class size is up to 12 students, with students being divided into groups of 4-6 for rotations. 

Do you accommodate children with allergies?2022-09-13T22:15:04+00:00

Yes, we do! We ask that parents/caregivers list their child’s known allergies and dietary needs when filling out their enrollment packet. 

Do you offer naptime?2022-09-13T22:14:46+00:00

No, at this time we do not offer naptime within our curriculum. Children have access to sensory retreat rooms to take a break as needed. 

What ages does the Merlin program serve?2022-09-13T22:14:41+00:00

The program currently serves elementary and early middle school-aged children. 

What are the billing options?2022-09-13T22:14:35+00:00

Merlin is able to bill for services through insurance dependent on what your plan supports/provides. ISBE placement also accepted. 

Do you offer in-home services?2022-09-13T22:14:32+00:00

Upon request, the child’s therapy team and the scheduling team will work together to create an in-home ABA therapy schedule to support the child and family outside of school. In-home services are mainly provided by an RBT with weekly supervision from the child’s BCBA. 

Does my child have to be potty trained?2022-09-13T22:14:16+00:00

No, your child does not have to be potty trained to attend Merlin Day Academy. We will include that in your child’s therapy goals and begin working on it when your child is developmentally ready! 

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Coming Soon

Illinois State Board of Education Licensure

Merlin Day Academy has been approved as a non-public private facility by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), but we are waiting on our per-diem rates from the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board IPCRB before we can implement IEPs. We expect everything to be completed in June 2023. Use the link below to be notified when we receive our per-diem rates and can implement IEPs.

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