CASE is Hometown School’s self-contained special education program, which strives to enhance students’ “Communication-Academic-
Social-Emotional” development. What sets this program apart is the emphasis on communication and the team approach that our staff takes in meeting our students’ diverse needs.
Last week parents of those students in the CASE Program gathered together for a breakfast at Hometown.
“Parents of students with special needs face unique challenges that others really cannot relate to. It can be very isolating. We want to provide them with a place where they can talk about what is important to them and make connections with other families facing the same challenges. For many of our CASE families, Hometown is not their home school, so there is often a feeling of disengagement. We really want our CASE families to feel a connection to Hometown. By providing CASE families with family engagement events that meet their needs, we believe we will be able to overcome these barriers,” said Principal Kathleen Spreitzer.
For many in attendance, the breakfast is a safe space allowing them to speak to their child’s instructors in a casual setting and the program seems to be working well.
“We’ve noticed a lot of changes in our student, she no longer has issues going to school, she wants to be here. Even coming out of school she is happier, she will take my hand instead of when she would lunge at me and not let go. It’s nice to see that the teachers have a vested interest and care about her and her development just as much as we do,” said David Tucker, a parent of a CASE Student.
Started in 2013, Teachers Colleen Kapelinski and Jordan Tsoulos built the program from the ground up and was started because of the unique needs of students with autism and other cognitive challenges, particularly those students who are non-verbal. The communication component of this program is intense and consistent in every setting. Our goal is for these students to be able to adapt to their surroundings and communicate with those around them.