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

11 Belden Avenue, Norwalk
917-353-2412, email Jrick@body4brain.com
Body 4 Brain uses a brain based approach to treat neurodevelopmental and physical concerns including sensory motor processing delays as well as core strength and vestibular weaknesses. Reflex integration, manual treatments, metronome therapy and Pilates for children are all included in treatment plans.
The CenterSpring Program is an all day educational alternative for children with foundational weaknesses effecting focus and attention in typical academic settings.
Children with labels of autistic spectrum, dyslexia and learning delays will benefit from programs that are individually designed to address the child’s specific concerns.

The Center for Growth & Development
84 Danbury Road, Wilton
The Center for Growth & Development offers comprehensive intervention programs for children with special needs. Our expertise includes design and implementation of verbal behavior and natural environment programming to teach receptive and expressive language, play skills, self help skills, social skills, theory of mind (social cognition), executive functioning, pre-academic and academic skills. The center offers individualized ABA programming, inclusion preschool, speech, occupational and physical therapy, day care and school shadowing.

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 Health Services
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.

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.

Pinnacle School
44 Commerce Road, 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.

The Spire School
44 Commerce Road, Stamford.
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.

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 and Speech/Language 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.

Swim Angelfish
Various locations in Fairfield County
Swim Angelfish provides Aquatic Therapy and Swim lessons for children with special needs. Angelfish Aquatic Therapy utilizes all of the therapeutic benefits that water provides for sensory integration, core muscle strength, motor coordination, body awareness and independent mobility. The Swim Whisperers Swim Method helps children with autism, sensory processing disorders and motor coordination difficulties learn how to be safe and independent swimmers. The 3-week day program in Greenwich begins in August. Swim Angelfish is the global leader in adapted swim training. We offer an online certification program in the Swim Angelfish Methodology for teaching swimmers with Anxiety, Autism, Sensory and Motor difficulties. For more information visit us at swimangelfish.com. Follow Swim Angelfish on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Winston Preparatory School
57 West Rocks Road, Norwalk
other locations in New York and New Jersey
Winston Preparatory School in Norwalk is an innovative day school for students in the 4th-12th grades with learning differences such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities and executive functioning difficulties. We do this through a process that understands each student, individualizes a program to meet his/her needs and that builds a powerful sense of community. We call this process the Continuous Feedback System. This system is designed to deeply understand students’ specific learning profile including their strengths and potential.
Open houses: Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m.; Friday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m.; Friday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m.; and Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m.

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.

Hartford County  back to top

Ben Bronz Academy
141 North Main Street, 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
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 in West Hartford, the school welcomes students from all across Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information, or to schedule a tour, please visit www.ie-academy.org or call 860-236-2049.

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 children, adolescents and young adults, ages 3-21, who are confronting a broad range of cognitive, academic, emotional and/or behavioral issues. Specific services are individualized for each student. All services are provided by a licensed psychologist with board certification in clinical neuropsychology (pediatric sub-specialty) and school psychology.

New Haven County  back to top

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center
2446 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor, Hamden, 203-298-9005
1 Bradley Road, Suite 404 & 405, Woodbridge, 203-298-9005 
111 Wakelee Avenue, 2nd Floor, Ansonia, 203-298-9005 
Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center, LLC is an outpatient mental health practice in New Haven County, founded by triple board-certified Child, Forensic Psychiatrist, David Aversa, MD MPH.
Our practice is home to more than 20 mental health practitioners.  While we are known for general therapy, we also offer medication management, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy, Ketamine Infusion Therapy and QBTech (ADD test assessment).

Innovative Autism Services LLC
56 West Main Street, Plainville
Innovative Autism Services LLC provides individualized services for your child’s behavioral, social and emotional needs. We connect with your family to help you and your child build their foundation for independence. Services include applied behavior analysis (ABA), teen and adult mentoring, year-round social skills, parent training and summer therapy programs. Offering agency, home and school-based programs. Insurance accepted and financial assistance available.

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 family dentistry at one convenient location.

Milestones Behavioral Services, Inc.
95 Wolf Harbor Road, Milford
339 Boston Post Road, Orange
925 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford
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.

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. Tess Gladstone at 203-737-7662 or Dr. Denis Sukhodolsky at 203-785-6446 or denis.sukhodolsky@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.
HIC# 0303025065


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