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Education Department


What is Education support at the HSC Pediatric Center?

The Education Department provides academic instruction for in-patient children, adolescents and young adult’s ages 3-21 diagnosed with: traumatic brain injuries, spina bifida, emotional disorders, orthopedic impairments, specific learning disabilities, multi-handicapping conditions, speech/language disorders, etc.

Education support services are provided in a comfortable and friendly environment. When applicable a comprehensive review of IEP goals and objectives are completed and each student’s instructional level / individual learning style is evaluated to align HSC education support with local school district academic standards.
One to one direct teaching and small group instruction is focused on the development of the whole child. The Education Specialists are available to assist families post-discharge to ensure an appropriate transition back to school.

Home and Hospital Teaching Services

Students who are expected to stay at the hospital for 2 weeks or longer are referred to their respective school districts for home or hospital instruction. Upon receiving the referral, the school district assigns a visiting teacher to provide academic instruction.

Education Specialists are involved in the following

  • Academic instruction
  • Special Education eligibility
  • IEP meeting support
  • Home/hospital teaching and transition back to school support
  • Parent Advocacy
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Outpatient Education Support
  • Community-School Improvement Projects

Professional Credentials
Our Senior Education Specialist has a Master’s degree in Education and Human Development and is a licensed Special Educator. Our Assistant Education Specialist is a Master teacher with 10 years experience as a Special Educator.

Professional Affiliations
Council for Exceptional Children -CEC
Association for Curriculum Development- ASCD
Reaching At promise Students Association-RAPSA
National Education Association- NEA

For more information, please call the Education Specialists: 202-635-4491, or 202-635-6557