CT Special Needs and Learning Disabilities

Every child processes information in their own way. However, if school work continues to be a struggle, and academic frustration is more common than success, your child may have a behavioral or learning issue. With this in mind, Connecticut Parent Magazine has organized a showcase, Stepping Stones: Special Needs, for parents to turn to as a source of information.

Local resources make all the different for families who must provide the most comprehensive and effective support for a child in need. Now a staple of the annual Education Resource Guide, we present this as part of CTParent.com. With your support, and with the support of area organizations reaching out to families, your child can meet challenges head on and move forward to a successful future.

Fairfield County   back to top

The Center for Speech and Language Pathology
100 Melrose Avenue, Suite 201, Greenwich -- 203-869-8272
5 Mott Avenue, Norwalk -- 203-857-0900
The Center for Speech and Language Pathology is a full service center that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with all types of communication disorders, including articulation, receptive and expressive language, language-based learning disabilities, voice, stuttering/cluttering, swallowing and feeding; as well as other neurogenic language and speech disorders. Our center consists of six full-time, dedicated, well-trained speech-language pathologists who strive for excellence in patient care, teamwork and continued improvement of knowledge and skills in our field.

The Collaborative Center for Learning and Development
78 Harvard Avenue, Stamford
The Collaborative Center for Learning and Development provides PreK-12+ students with the tools they need to enhance academic potential and become independent learners who are responsible, motivated, resilient and proactive. Working closely with families, schools and professionals, individualized programs are crafted for diverse learners that foster behavioral, emotional, social and cognitive skills, in addition to academic aptitude. Tutoring, test prep, EF coaching and clinical services customized by learning profile are also offered.

Constellation School-Based Therapy
14 Westport Avenue, Norwalk
240 Indian River Road, Orange
Constellation School-Based Therapy provides advanced therapy staffing solutions and comprehensive programs, including ABA services, to a number of cities and towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties. We partner with public schools, private schools, early childhood programs, local YMCAs and with the individual child in the home to help develop and maintain a variety of skills. Our skilled pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists and BCBAs are dedicated to bridging the gap between school and home to enhance function and success.
Eagle Hill School
45 Glenville Road, Greenwich
Eagle Hill School offers children ages 6-15, who learn differently, the opportunity to grow into capable, resilient students with the self-confidence and character necessary to meet the challenges they will face in both their new school and social settings. The school offers a language-based, remedial program giving students an array of strategies and skills to manage their learning disabilities effectively. Their program teaches students who have average to above average cognitive ability, a language-based learning difference, fallen behind or have academic weakness in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics and/or attention, and expressive/receptive language deficits.

Lindsey Wells, ND
3 Hollyhock Lane, Wilton
Lindsey Wells, ND is a naturopathic doctor who practices with Nancy O’Hara, M.D. in Wilton. Dr. Wells has focused her practice on pediatric primary care and consultative care for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PANS/PANDAS, other neurodevelopmental disorders and various chronic illnesses (including allergies, ADHD, Lyme, etc.). In addition, Dr. Wells focuses on preconception and maternal health. She uses therapies including homeopathy, nutrition, nutraceuticals and botanical medicine. This model of care addresses the biochemical, nutritional and energetic needs of each child to improve overall health.

Links Academy
78 Harvard Avenue, Suite 340, Stamford
Let Links Academy craft the perfect learning experience for your student. Strong accredited academic instruction, individualized learning and support are integrated into a custom program, ensuring that each student thrives in all ways. The one-to-one academic instruction allows for an in-depth, fluid exploration of the curriculum and addresses pre-existing gaps in the student’s knowledge. Meeting a student where they are at enables Links to support individuals so they can move through material in a successful and meaningful way.

The Pinnacle School
44 Commerce Road in Stamford
The Pinnacle School enables students with language-based social and academic deficits to thrive through small class sizes, differentiated instruction, active problem-solving and relationship building. The Pinnacle School is a NEASC-accredited private day school for college-bound students in grades 2 through 12.
We focus on rebuilding self-esteem, resilience and an enthusiasm for learning by identifying students’ strengths, creating opportunities for small successes and building on those daily. Students begin to see their own potential and gain confidence.

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services
95 Merritt Boulevard, Trumbull
St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services is a trusted provider of lifelong education and therapeutic services. A special education school, based in Trumbull, it is an alternative placement option for children, ages 3-21, with developmental disabilities, special health care needs and students with autism spectrum disorders. Physical, Occupational, Speech/Language and Aquatic Therapy are all offered as part of each student’s individualized education plan. Daytime recreational programs, supported employment and work services programs for adults with disabilities are also available as well as parent education, transition support services and residential placements.

The SEEDCenter
30 Buxton Farm Road, Suite 105, Stamford
The SEED Center is Connecticut’s premier provider of autism services. We strive to create the most effective learning experience at our center or in your home, school or community.  Our team of therapists specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and provide a multitude of services, including:  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Social Skills Groups, Parent Training and more. We proudly accept United Healthcare, ConnectiCare, Oxford Health Plans, UMR, Aetna, First Health and Coventry Healthcare. The SEED Center provides services throughout Fairfield County

The Spire School
44 Commerce Road, Stamford
Be InSPIREd! Discover the Power of Positive Education at The Spire School. Integrating an individualized, college prep education with a health and wellness curriculum, The Spire School is a NEASC-accredited school serving students in grades 6-12. Focusing on self-care and strengths, we help students overcome social and emotional difficulties by promoting effective coping skills, improving executive functioning and creating opportunities for academic empowerment. Individualized life coaching is a key component of the Spire program. Our clinical professionals collaborate with our subject-area and special education-certified teachers to provide challenging, yet supported, academic instruction in small group classes.

Winston Preparatory School
57 West Rocks Road, Norwalk
Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for 3rd through 12th grade students with specific learning differences. Our student body is comprised of students with language processing disorders such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities such as Aspergers, and executive functioning difficulties such as ADHD. Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness and self-advocacy.
Open House dates: 10/5 at 9:30 a.m., 10/18 at 6 p.m., 11/13 at 9:30 a.m.

Hartford County  back to top

Ben Bronz Adacemy
11 Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford
Ben Bronz Academy is a day school for students with learning disabilities in grades 2-12 offering a full-time State of Connecticut Approved Private Special Education Program. The academy provides a ratio of approximately one teacher for every three students. The program is based on Mediated Learning, an educational approach that develops strong thinking habits and problem solving skills. Ben Bronz Academy provides remedial help along with regular classes. Students benefit from a full eight hour day of academics only. Our goal is to help each student return to his/her home school or district as soon as possible.

Intensive Education Academy (IEA)
840 North Main Street, West Hartford
IEA is a school built on love. Since 1971, IEA has provided a nurturing and individualized learning environment to ensure that each student reaches their full potential. IEA offers programs for students, aged 5-21, with a multiplicity of differentiated needs. IEA offers a wide range of on-site related services including: OT, SLP, BCBA, nursing and counseling, as well as transitional pre-vocational programming. Located at 840 North Main Street in West Hartford, the school welcomes students from all across Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Oak Hill School
120 Holcomb Street, Hartford
Oak Hill is a State Board of Education Approved Special Education school offering a 12-month community-based education program for day and residential students. The school program serves students with moderate to severe disabilities from ages 3-21 including autism, emotional disabilities, behavioral challenges and students with multiple disabilities. Each student receives a highly specialized program emphasizing skill development in the areas of: functional academics, daily living skills, fine and gross motor development, communication, community participation, social skills and self-advocacy. Secondary school students also develop functional academic transition skills.

Solterra Academy
300 John Downey Drive, New Britain
Solterra Academy (formerly known as CCMC School) provides comprehensive special education services for students, ages 5 to 21, who require intensive intervention due to emotional, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and/or learning problems.
Solterra Academy’s services include: Academic and Behavioral Instruction, Social Skills Instruction, Individual and Group Counseling, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis with qualified BCBAs.

Middlesex County   back to top

Shoreline Pediatric Neuropsychological Services, LLC
954 Middlesex Turnpike, Suite A2, Old Saybrook
Shoreline Pediatric Neuropsychological Services, LLC provides evaluations and consultations for individuals, ages 3-21, with a range of cognitive, academic, emotional and/or behavioral issues. Collaboration with parents, school staff and other treating professionals is highly valued. Services are individualized for each child/family, and provided by a psychologist, board certified in both neuropsychology and school psychology. 

Vista Life Innovations
107 Bradley Road, Madison
1356 Old Clinton Road, Westbrook
Vista Life Innovations is a post-secondary program, accredited by NCASES, that provides services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success along the Connecticut Shoreline in communities from Guilford to Old Saybrook. The innovative transitional program supports more than 300 individuals with neurological-related disabilities which include, but are not limited to: autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, seizure disorders, intellectual disabilities and ADHD.

New Haven County  back to top

350 State Street, North Haven
ACES Behavior Services and Autism Programs: ABA Home Services and Programs
ACES offers ABA clinical services to address specific behavioral issues and improve the quality of life for both the child and his/her family. We provide direct clinical ABA services and parent training designed to: • Reduce challenging behavior • Teach adaptive living skills, social skills and functional communication • Provide comprehensive assessment and programming for children with autism and other disabilities. Insurance accepted. Contact: Carrie Hartman, M.S., BCBA & Licensed Behavior Analyst, Clinical Coordinator, ACES Behavior Services and Autism Programs chartman@aces.org / 203-498-6800 / www.aces.org/bsap.

Constellation School-Based Therapy
14 Westport Avenue, Norwalk
240 Indian River Road, Orange
Constellation School-Based Therapy provides advanced therapy staffing solutions and comprehensive programs, including ABA services, to a number of cities and towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties. We partner with public schools, private schools, early childhood programs, local YMCAs and with the individual child in the home to help develop and maintain a variety of skills. Our skilled pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists and BCBAs are dedicated to bridging the gap between school and home to enhance function and success.

Meslin Pediatric and Family Dentistry
60 Church Street, Yalesville
Meslin Pediatric and Family Dentistry is the place to go to get all the dental care your family’s smiles need all in one place! An integral part of the training of pediatric dentists focuses on the medical and dental needs of special patients and the challenges they present. The practice is affiliated with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. It’s handicapped accessible with convenient parking at the door. New patients are welcome. Bring your loved ones to the place where all generations can receive complete and comprehensive pediatric, orthodontic and adult dentistry at one convenient location.

Milestones Behavioral Services
339 Boston Post Road, Orange
Milestones Behavioral Services, Inc. (formerly CT Center for Child Development) celebrates 20 years of Evaluation, Education, Transformation for individuals with autism and/or other developmental disorders and their families. From infancy through adulthood, Milestones has ABA services in 4 facilities including: 2 schools for ages 3-21, a residential facility operated in collaboration with Marrakech Inc., individualized public school and at-home ABA trained consultation, and community outreach. Programs in: Evaluation and Planning, Adult Day Services, Early Intervention, Advanced Intervention, Toddler Day Care, Parent Training, Consultative Services, After-school, and Employment Support.

Woodhouse Academy
4 Oxford Road, Milford
Woodhouse Academy, an academic, therapeutic day school, is designed to meet the needs of students (grades 7-12) with average to above average intelligence who are challenged by learning difficulties. Our students have often experienced failure in other school settings resulting in performances below ability level.
The program is designed for students who suffer from disorders such as anxiety, depression, school phobia, school refusal, Aspergers, PTSD, etc. Our students struggle with executive functioning skills, social skills, low self-esteem and learning difficulties.

Yale Child Study Center
230 South Frontage Road, New Haven
The Yale Child Study Center has been serving children and families in Connecticut since 1911. The clinical studies conducted at the Yale Child Study Center could be of interest to children who meet criteria for participation and their families. We are looking for participants for a study of cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in 8 to 14 year-old children with a diagnosis of high-functioning autism. This study offers comprehensive assessments of autism and includes participation in fMRI. We are also looking for healthy control children in the age range from 8 to 14 years to participate in a study of emotions. For more information please contact Ms. Carolyn Marsh at 203-737-7664 or Dr. Denis Sukhodolsky at 203-785-6446 or denis.sukhodolsky@yale.edu or visit childstudycenter.yale.edu.

Yale Child Study Center
230 South Frontage Road, New Haven
Are you or your child between 3 and 40 years of age?
If you or your child are between 3 and 40 years of age, you can play an important role in research by participating in our study to help us learn about brain development. The McPartland Lab at the Yale School of Medicine is seeking individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia, or Typically Developing children and adults. Participants will receive a clinical evaluation and report, as well as compensation up to $350.
To learn more, contact Erin MacDonnell at autism@yale.edu or (203) 737-3439.
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