Students who attend Emily Follensbee School present with complex severe disabilities. Students aged 2 years 8 months to 13-years-old may attend the school. Adolescents are transitioned to a suitable secondary program. Any interested parent is welcome to call the school and request a school tour.
The students at Emily Follensbee School present with multiple, complex learning needs including those with:
- Cognitive disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Medical/health needs
- Augmentative/alternate communication
See our How to Register page for more information for eligibility into Emily Follensbee School.
Therapeutic supports are provided by our SSIL (Student Supports for Inclusive Learning) Team, learn more on our Student Services page.
Student programming is personalized to each student’s ability and need. The school program focus includes: sensory stimulation/awareness, maintenance of physical status, communication, daily living skills, socialization, readiness
concepts and emergent literacy.
Individual Program Plans (IPP)
An IPP is a written commitment of intent by the IPP team. It guides your child’s focused programming. It prioritizes the learning needs for your child and acknowledges both strengths and areas of need.The IPP is used in combination with the Specialized Classes Report Card to provide a record of student growth and progress. It is reviewed on an ongoing basis as well as formally three times per year. Parents provide input into the IPP through:
- Completing the Parent Planning Worksheet
- Participation in Initial
- Participation in Parent-Teacher Conferences
Students have access to assistive devices including a variety of switches, environmental controls, a range of software from cause-effect programs to language development and literacy/numeracy programs and communication equipment including voice-output devices.
Students with Medical Needs
The school contracts Calgary Health Region - Home Care to provide support for children with specific medical needs. This service is provided by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Students who receive LPN support at the school must first be assessed by a Home Care Coordinator.
Services may include G-tube feeds, administration of medications, monitoring
seizures that require medical intervention, and respiratory support including
suctioning and administration of oxygen.