State Sen. Karina Villa visits Marklund

  • During a tour of the Marklund Hyde Center campus, state Sen. Karina Villa (D-25) stops to visit with resident Darren W.

    During a tour of the Marklund Hyde Center campus, state Sen. Karina Villa (D-25) stops to visit with resident Darren W. Courtesy of Dawn Lassiter-Brueske

Updated 6/25/2021 11:57 AM

State Sen. Karina Villa (D-25th District) stopped by the Marklund Hyde Center campus in Geneva Monday, June 21, to learn more about Marklund and how she may be able to offer assistance in the future to Marklund's residents, students and staff through state legislation.

As part of the visit, she went on a tour of the new Marklund Day School in Geneva and meet with students and residents.


Marklund Day School's newest building, named the Foglia Education Center, is a state-of-the-art facility, meeting the needs of children with multiple medical needs on Level One, and those with autism spectrum disorders on Level Two. It features intentional design components, upgraded technology, and places to meet, gather and grow.

The day school, which opened in August 2020, provides an environment conducive to learning through specialized curriculum, positive behavioral interventions, and individualized student support.

Its highly sensory-driven program features physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, art and music therapy, sensory room, computer adapted technology, community opportunities, recreational therapy, and more.

Marklund Day School uses a holistic approach to enhance physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Teachers and therapists learn about students' individual strengths through assessment, direct observation, and communication with families.

Marklund is a nonprofit organization that serves infants, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special health care needs. It has three residential locations: Marklund Hyde Center in Geneva, Marklund Philip Center in Bloomingdale, and the Marklund Wasmond Center in Elgin.

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