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HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy

  • Education

Essential Information

4400 Baltimore Ave.
Phila., PA 19104


HMS provides highly specialized residential & day school programs for children ages 6-21 with severe disabilities from CP or TBI; individualized education/therapies emphasize training in power mobility, augmentative communications, life skills; 24-hour nursing; extended school year.

Additional Information

Website: http://www.hmsschool.org

Disabilities Served:
Cerebral palsy
Neurological impairment

County: Philadelphia

Location (state-county): PA-Philadelphia

Offers residential program: yes

Enrollment: 57

Grades or ages of school: Ages 5-21

Offers summer camp, program or school: yes

Extended day mornings, afternoons or both: mornings & afternoons

School's Approach: 5-10-student classroom, with two staffers; customized iEP model

Paid Blurb 2015-2016: no

Update 2015-16: no

Transportation provided: no

Tuition structure (% FAPE reimbursement/financial aid offered, etc.): FAPE

Adaptive tech used: Dynamic Display devices use LCD display screens that change as selections are made and range from basic recorded-voice devices to the most sophisticated computer-based systems. Vmax/Vmax+ M3 ECO2 Vantage Springboard Eye Gaze devices use the latest in eye-gaze technology, allowing students to make selections by simply looking at their choices. EyeMax Tobii Cseries Tobii Iseries Static Display and Single Location devices can store a single message or an array of messages recorded into a set number of locations. These devices can be expanded by programming various levels with different vocabulary and having a caregiver switch between levels. MessageMate Step By Step One Step BigMack Tech Scan TechTalk Other AT and Adaptive Equipment Environmental Controls Numerous options are available for training students to control equipment in their home environment. Infrared Controls: telephone, TV, DVD, VCR, stereo Remote control lights Switch-adapted control of appliances Switch-adapted measuring cups Switch-adapted radios/stereos/tape players Visual Training equipment helps students with visual impairments to access educational materials and develop better functional vision. Light boxes Black light areas and visual tracking materials CCTVs Jordie portable CCTV goggles iPads used for assessments, visual tracking training, visual attention activities, environmental controls, training using voice controls of the computer and to augment the educational curriculum through various educational apps.

Learning strategies/therapies utilized: Customized IEP model

Support services/therapies offered: speech/language, physical, occupational, recreation, music, dance/movement therapies and adaptive art program.

Extracurriculars offered: range of student-life opportunities that include trips and visits from community personalities, a rich program in the arts and participation in dances, parties, spontaneous celebrations and special-occasion events