Instructional Support Services 

Our Mission

At HSFI students with disabilities have access to the same curriculum and high expectations as their non-disabled peers, while receiving the supports they need to succeed that are outlined in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) in the least restrictive environment.Our overall goal as a school during your students time with us is to support them towards independence in all areas of their life. In addition, we offer various related services for students who qualify.

 

We have numerous educational settings to best address the needs of our students which include, ICT, SETSS and 15:1 Special Class. In addition we have a trained staff of psychologists, a social worker, counselors and teachers who work closely with our students to ensure their needs are being met within our challenging academic environment. Our Falcon Health Center also offers At-Risk counseling for students.

 

OUR PROCESS

When referring your child for an evaluation for services there are important factors to consider. The NYC Department of Education provides an extensive guidance of what to consider when contemplating whether or not to refer your child for an evaluation for services which can be found here. Key points to consider are if you think your child may need special education services:

 

  • Children learn and develop at different speeds and in different ways.

  • Children who learn differently do not necessarily have a disability.

  • Children should not be referred for special education services because of limited English proficiency.

Annual Review

Once a year your child will have an annual review to discuss their academic & social emotional progress.  At this time, the IEP Team, reviews the appropriateness and effectiveness of the special education services provided to determine the services and goals for the following year.

Triennial

Triennial (Mandated Three Year Reevaluation): This is a reevaluation which must be completed once every three years, unless you and the DOE agree in writing that it is not necessary. If new assessments are needed, you will be asked to provide consent. Consent means you are giving your permission for assessments to be conducted by the School Psychologist.

 

The IEP team, including you, will meet to review the IEP recommendations given the new information.

 

Special Education Services | Support Services

Due to COVID-19, all IEP meetings will take place over a virtual platform. Prior to the IEP meeting you will receive a phone call to schedule a meeting and to confirm your email address. 

In addition, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire regarding your child which will help us best prepare for the meeting. Related services can help a student participate in school and achieve his or her educational goals.

Your child’s IEP may recommend related services in the classroom, where related service providers can work with teachers, paraprofessionals, and other adults to support students; or your child’s IEP may recommend related services in other locations in the school. Your child’s IEP may recommend related services one-on-one or in a small group.

Due to current COVD-19 restrictions, related service delivery will be modified for this school year. Related service providers will reach out to you to discuss the method of delivery. 

 

SPEECH THERAPY

Speech and language therapy is a mandated related service provided to students who have difficulties with comprehension, verbal expression, reading, writing, and critical thinking skills which interfere with their academic achievement. A student must be evaluated and approved through the Department of Education, after which a mandate (location/group size/duration) as well as individualized therapy goals are added to the student’s IEP. Intervention is provided in the classroom and/or a separate location to best meet the student’s needs and goals. Therapists work collaboratively with teachers to model and instruct how to implement recommended accommodations and modifications in order to improve communication within the classroom.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapy emphasizes physical function of gross motor skills and independence in different settings. Physical therapists increase a student’s ability to participate in various school functions by remediating or compensating for musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, or cardiopulmonary impairments. Physical therapists employ various techniques including addressing deficits in body structure and function, suggesting adaptations to physical tasks, recommending assistive devices, and adapting the environment.

TVI Services | Orientation and Mobility Teacher

Orientation and mobility (O&M) instruction enables blind and low vision students to learn safe and purposeful travel.
O&M training is designed to improve the student's grasp of spatial and environmental concepts and use of information received by the senses for negotiating travel. We teach the use of low vision aids and/or the long cane to supplement visual travel skills for navigating the environment.

TELETHERAPY

During the 2020-2021 school year, telepractice will continue to be utilized at HSFI due to the current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Teletherapy services are conducted with interactive audio and video connection in real time to create an in-person experience similar to that achieved in a traditional encounter. Sessions may be held outside of a student’s class time, or during a virtual class. Additionally, students may receive intervention individually or in a group setting. Providers will determine what environment is most effective and appropriate for your child’s needs and remote learning circumstances. Therapists have access to students’ Google Classrooms in order to collaborate with teachers, participate in live lessons, engage students, and provide support with assignments. Counseling: counseling support services students in achieving his/ her/they educational goals as well as participation in school as per the IEP. For information on Mental health telehealth services click here

Hearing Education Services (HES)

Helps students who are deaf or hard of hearing improve their communication skills. Students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and attend either general or special education classes, receive HES related services on a weekly basis.

 

Hearing Education Services are provided by licensed teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and student goals may focus on auditory training, language development, self-advocacy skills, or speech-reading. Additionally, HES teachers provide academic support using a variety of techniques based on the individual needs of students.

 

Work during HES sessions is driven by the results of the Ling Six-Sound Test, Compass Test of Auditory Discrimination, Listening Inventory for Education (LIFE-R), Screening Instrument for Targeting Educational Risk in Secondary Students (Secondary SIFTER), as well as feedback from classroom teachers or the self-reported needs of students.

 

HES teachers and Educational Audiologists also provide instruction in the use and care of hearing aids, as well as other Hearing Assistive Technology/HAT (formerly FM unit). Close contact with general education teachers, special education teachers, and parents is maintained to support the instructional needs of students with hearing loss.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational therapy is designed to maintain, improve, or restore function of students in all education-related activities, including neuro-musculoskeletal function; motor function including fine motor, oral motor, and visual motor integration; sensory and perceptual function; cognitive, and psychosocial function. Activities emphasize independence in daily living skills and school participation in various settings.

TVI Services | Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired

Provides educational vision instruction in Braille, assistive technology, and compensatory techniques. Assist students to gain full and equal access to the student’s curricula that is IEP driven. The TVI works closely with the student’s school, teachers and related services providers to ensure the student gains the highest level of independence

Related Services

Related services can help a student participate in school and achieve his or her educational goals.

Your child’s IEP may recommend related services in the classroom, where related service providers can work with teachers, paraprofessionals, and other adults to support students; or your child’s IEP may recommend related services in other locations in the school. Your child’s IEP may recommend related services one-on-one or in a small group.

Due to current COVD-19 restrictions, related service delivery will be modified for this school year. Related service providers will reach out to you to discuss the method of delivery. 

 

Classroom Recommendations

Integrated Co-Teaching | ICT

Classrooms with Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) services include students with IEPs and students without IEPs. 

In an ICT classroom there are two teachers—a general education teacher and a special education teacher. The teachers work together to adapt materials and modify instruction to make sure the entire class can participate. ICT is offered for the content courses of Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science

Teenage Students Raising Hands

Classroom Recommendations

Small Class | SC

S.C Small Class 15:1- When in the school building , the Small Class is 15:1 ratio. That means no more than 15 students to 1 teacher. Please note that not all courses will be 15:1 such as P.E, Art, CTE, & Spanish. Students in this setting need additional academic support which cannot be met in a general education classroom. They are taught by special education teachers who provide specialized instruction that addresses the individual learning needs of that student.

Teacher Assisting a Student

Jupiter Ed

At HSFI we use Jupiter Ed as our electronic gradebook. Once student programs are finalized for classes, you will be able to see their schedule and grades here. Click on the link for Grades and Homework to login. Once you log in for the first time, you will be prompted to create your own personalized password  

 

Google Classroom