Inclusion Program

Inclusion Program

At Friends School, we are committed to a mission of inclusion. That means that we value the contribution that all of our students make to the learning community. We believe that children of all abilities can and do learn well with and from each other. At Friends School, individual differences are respected and celebrated and children with special needs are welcome.

Some of our students require additional support to reach their developmental goals. An extensive assessment process, including at least one shadow day in the classroom is necessary in order to identify areas where a student may require assistance or support. Then, our Inclusion Team gets to work, designing a program specific to each individual student.

Inclusion Team
Our Inclusion Team is comprised of the following faculty:

Cheryl Schleuning, Assistant Head of School and Inclusion Coordinator
Jenni Grine, Preschool Inclusion Coordinator
Lana Ridge, Speech and Language Pathologist
Patrick Barry, Behaviorist
Jessica Logsdon, Elementary / Middle School Resource Teacher
Amy Sandifer, Elementary / Middle School Resource Teacher
Bernice Savage, Preschool Special Needs Assistant

Preschool Services
Friends School offers the following services to preschool students in need of support:

  • Targeted one-on-one assistance
  • Collaborative Speech / Language Support
  • Augmentative and Alternate Communication Support
  • Small Group Speech / Language Therapy
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Collaborative Behavior Support
  • Behavior Plan
  • Reinforcement Schedule / Plan / Delivery
  • Visual Schedules / Daily Checklist
  • Behavior Support (Sensory Break / Sensory Supports)
  • Fine Motor Accommodations
  • Curricular Accommodations
  • Curricular Supports
  • Developmental Intervention
Elementary / Middle School Services
Friends School offers the following services to preschool students in need of support:

  • Targeted one-on-one assistance
  • Collaborative Speech / Language Support
  • Augmentative and Alternate Communication Support
  • Small Group Speech / Language Therapy
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Collaborative Behavior Support
  • Behavior Plan
  • Reinforcement Schedule / Plan / Delivery
  • Executive Functioning Supports
  • Visual Schedules / Daily Checklist
  • Resource Instruction in the area of Reading
  • Resource Instruction in the area of Mathematics
  • Resource Instruction in the area of Written Expression
  • Resource Collaboration in the Classroom
  • Behavior Support (Sensory Break / Sensory Supports)
  • Fine Motor Accommodations
  • Curricular Accommodations
  • Curricular Supports

The Tier System

Once Friends School has fully assessed a prospective student (including a review of any relevant community based assessment, therapy, progress notes, and reports from current or past school placements)the Inclusion Team and the teaching team decide what services are necessary to ensure student success and support the child, the class, and the teacher. In deciding what services are required, the team also decides how often those services need to be delivered – monthly, weekly, daily (or some combination thereof!). As a result, the Tier Placement of the student is decided.

  • The Pathways to Inclusion program is designed for students with significant special needs. Pathways students require one-on-one assistance for most or all of the school day and typically benefit from intensive and modified academic instruction, speech and behavioral therapy, behavior plans and social skills instruction.
  • The Tier One program is for students with moderate to significant special needs. Tier One students require one-on-one assistance at specific times during the classroom day and typically benefit from speech and behavioral therapy, as well as intensive academic assistance, behavioral plans and social skills instruction.
  • Tier Two students typically have moderate needs and benefit from two or more onsite therapies. Students requiring a behavior plan or intermittent intervention for significant non-compliance also fall under Tier Two.
  • Tier Three students have mild needs and benefit from one or more onsite therapies while requiring little in the way of outstanding intervention.
  • Tier Four students typically have very minor needs and are likely in the process of transitioning out of the Additional Services Program. These students typically benefit from consultative services, minor classroom or behavioral support, and mild accommodations. Coordination, training, and academic assistance are provided by the Friends School Staff.

Most therapies and services will be provided through a collaborative model, in which the therapists are active in the classroom setting, training and role-releasing to teachers and assistants. In cases where individual, pull-out speech therapy or one-on-one ABA discrete trials are warranted, Friends School will make arrangements for the implementation of that therapy. It is important to note, however, that Friends School is an inclusive program and advocates an inclusive, collaborative approach to onsite therapies. Friends School will NOT bill insurance for these mandatory fees.