Support Services


On site NYS licensed audiologist, ASHA certified

Licensed hearing aid dispenser

Full audiology testing suite

Provide in-school hearing aids

Bluetooth microphone technology utilized - connected directly student’s hearing aids or to classroom soundfield

Daily technical support with all hearing devices

Instructional support on the independent use of audiological equipment

Partnering closely with students’ families and speech and hearing clinics

SFDS has a full-time community oriented registered nurse on site. Our school nurse serves as a
professional presence to support students with typical and complex medical histories when they
are hurt and vulnerable. The nurse works with staff and parents in a professional manner to
provide a nurturing approach to ensure the physical and emotional welfare of all our students:

  • Coordinates with food services, speech language pathologists, teachers, medical teams,

and families regarding students with special diet and pre/post-operative care

  • Works with hospitals and medical teams to carry out detailed care plans for students with

potentially serious medical conditions e.g. epilepsy, hydrocephalus, severe allergies, heart
conditions, etc.

  • Participates as a member of the school’s multi-disciplinary team, interpreting medical

data and assisting in students’ health and management needs as indicated including:
o G-Tube Feeding
o Colostomy care /management
o Nebulizers
o Epi-Pen Coverage
o Dispensing medication
o Supervision Due to Seizure disorders


Helps families navigate through the CPSE/CSE intake process with the NYC Dept of Education

Organize the Evaluation Team in preparation for incoming students current enrollees

Attend required DOE meetings and provide interpreters if needed

Facilitate communication among Early Intervention Transition Coordinators, Preschools and/or CPSE/CSE and NYS Department of Education 


On Site Social Worker

Supports families in obtaining services and resources

Coordinates with outside agencies to support families in various needs

Manages the Family Education Program

Manages a Family Pantry


Family Education

Weekly free ASL classes

Peer to Peer Support Group moderated by our School Social Worker

Counseling and Guidance on resources and services in the community

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