Come to our next meeting on March 14 at 9:00

Come meet our new board and hear what we are planning

Join us at the Campus Life Center at 150 Lageschulte on Thursday, March 14, from 9-10:30am. We’ll introduce the new board members, Sybil Kestler and Helen Lodowsky, and tell you about our expanded mission and the new events we have planned. Beth Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, will also be there to talk about what she has planned for Special Ed. So come for the company and the refreshments and the good news!

Presumed Competence is the Least Dangerous Assumption

One of our Core Values

You may have heard this phrase, as it is increasingly popular, for good reason. The meaning is simple: do not limit children because you assume you know what they know. Many children have higher receptive communication abilities than what they are able to communicate expressively. So a child with more limited expressive communications should not be LIMITED based on what one assumes that child knows because of what they are able to communicate to you. You will be surprised how much knowledge any child is capable of soaking up.

You can also make this argument by viewing it as the least dangerous assumption. For example, let's say you treat a child based on what that child is able to communicate expressively to you. Let's assume that this child is capable of so much more than what you have assumed. In this case, this child has been harmed by the limitations unfairly imposed on them. This is not the least dangerous assumption since this child has been limited and harmed by that limitation.

If we had presumed competence and treated this child with no limitations, this child would have benefitted from this assumption. In this case, presuming competence did not harm the child, but it actually helped the child.

Now let's assume that this child was not capable of much more than what was assumed. If we still presumed competence, then there was still no harm done. It is my personal belief, however, that there is no real way to test true receptive abilities, so I always believe that a child knows more than what is expressed. Even neurotypical children do not express everything they know. Why do we assume that for children who aren't able to communicate as well?

This is something we should all try to be mindful of, and it should be applied to everyone we meet, child or adult. It will help you appreciate differences in people and help hone your skills to be more adaptive to others by teaching you different ways to communicate and interact with others. This is something AFFECT strongly believes in. We hope you believe in it too.

School Board Candidates Panelist Session: 3/13 at 9:30am

All the candidates running for the Board of Education for our district will be attending the PTO Presidents Council candidate panelist session on 3/13/19 at 9:30 at the Barrington Area Library. Come get to know the candidates better, and if you cannot attend, please check out each of the candidates below before voting on 4/2/19. For more information on the referendum, please check out

Don't forget to vote on 4/2! The last day to register to vote by mail is 3/28/19.

Board of Education Candidates:

Dr. Barry Altshuler

Eva Cole

Leah Collister-Lazzari

Matthew Gray

Angela Wilcox

AFFECT Board Meeting

Thursday, March 14th, 9am

Barrington Campus Life Center, Barrington, IL, USA

Barrington, IL

We will be discussing our new mission and vision for AFFECT. Beth Jones, assistant superintendent of Student Services, will also be attending to share exciting developments in Special Ed.


Monday, April 8th, 12:30pm

505 North Northwest Highway

Barrington, IL

We will be continuing to discuss our mission and vision, as well as planning for our Egg Hunt Eggstavaganza. Beth Jones, assistant superintendent of Student Services, will also be joining us. We hope you can make it!

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Sunday, April 14th, 1pm


Visit to learn more and to register.

Parent and Kids Night: Executive Functioning and More

Monday, May 20th, 6:30pm

505 North Northwest Highway

Barrington, IL

Visit to learn more and to register.