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HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Map4400 Baltimore Ave.
Phila., PA 19104
  • Education


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.

School's Approach

5-10-student classroom, with two staffers; customized iEP model

Additional Information:

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
Staff:student ratio: 1:7
Offers summer camp, program or school: yes
Extended day mornings, afternoons or both: mornings & afternoons
Paid Blurb 2015-2016: no
Paid Blurb 2016-2017: no
Update 2015-16: no
Update 2016-17: no
Transportation provided: no
Tuition structure: 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: physical, recreation, dance/movement therapies and adaptive art program.
Support services: Counseling
Music therapy
Occupational therapy
Speech therapy
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
Extracurriculars offered: Music
Specific learning strategies, support services or vocational programs not listed above: Extended day, Summer program
Paid Blurb 2016: no
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