For students age five to 21 who are displaying problematic behaviors (such as aggression, self-injurious behaviors, tantrums, non-compliance, property destruction, etc.). This program focuses on decreasing the frequency and intensity of the inappropriate and problematic behaviors, while increasing communication and teaching greater independence. This is done through individualized education programs (IEPs) and individualized behavioral intervention plans that provide consistency and carry over across all environments, 24 hours a day.
Small classroom sizes and low student-to-staff ratios create an environment offering structured and personalized learning opportunities. Heartspring students also benefit from having their own bedrooms in the residential setting. Students have the option to participate in music class, adapted physical education, Special Olympics, community outings, and other activities.
Heartspring's Day-Only program includes a seven-hour school day and operates Monday through Friday following the school calendar of the referring school district. All Heartspring day-only students have access to the same IEP team members and resources our residential students have access to. Day-only students do not live on the Heartspring campus and return to their home at the end of every school day.
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According to our 2019 outcomes report, a high percentage of our students demonstrated improvement in the following areas:
Made gains in math and English-language arts IEP goals during the past four school years
Displayed a decrease in aggressive behavior by an overall average reduction of 67% last school year