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

Body 4 Brain
11 Belden Avenue, Norwalk
917-353-2412
www.body4brain.com, Jrick@body4brain.com
Body 4 Brain is a physical therapy program using a developmental and brain-based assessment and treatment approach to help children with sensorimotor processing disorders affecting academic, behavioral and developmental skills. Children with learning disabilities, developmental delays, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, motor coordination and core muscle weakness, and adults with neurological pathologies, aging concerns and motor disabilities will improve with the Body 4 Brain approach. Weekly therapy sessions and intensive models are available. Summer intensives are also available.

The Center for Speech and Language Pathology
100 Melrose Avenue, Suite 201, Greenwich, 203-869-8272
5 Mott Avenue, Norwich, 203-857-0900
www.speechtherapyct.com
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 five 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.

Constellation Health Services
14 Westport Avenue, Norwalk
240 Indian River Road, Orange
203-663-6742
www.constellationhs.com
 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, Connecticut. 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 BCBA’s are dedicated to bridging the gap between school and home to enhance function and success.

The Pinnacle School
44 Commerce Road, Stamford
203-229-0465
www.pinnacle-ct.org
The Pinnacle School is a private, state-approved, NEASC-accredited special education day school for college-bound students in grades 2 through 12 who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Auditory Processing Disorders, Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorders (SCD), Learning Disabilities, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At Pinnacle, the focus is on rebuilding self esteem, resilience and an enthusiasm for learning in students who have struggled to succeed in more traditional learning environments. The individualized programming meets students where they are and slowly raises the bar.

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services
95 Merritt Boulevard, Trumbull
203-375-6400
www.stvincentsspecialneeds.org
St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services is a trusted provider of lifelong education and therapeutic services. A special education school, based in Trumbull, CT, 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 SEED Center
30 Buxton Farm Road, Suite 105, Stamford
203-674-8200
seedautismcenter.com
The SEED Center is Connecticut’s premier provider of autism services. Our multi-disciplinary team specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and provides a multitude of services, including: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Social Skills Groups, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Evaluations, Psychotherapy, and School Consultation. Our services are individualized and provided at home, in the community, at school or in our state-of-the-art center. We proudly accept United Healthcare, ConnectiCare, Oxford Health Plans, UMR, Aetna, First Health and Coventry Healthcare.

Winston Preparatory School
57 West Rocks Road, Norwalk
203-229-0465
www.winstonprep.edu
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: September 15th at 9:30 a.m., October 12th at 6 p.m. and October 20th at 9:30 a.m.

Hartford County  back to top

Ben Bronz Academy
141 North Main Street, West Hartford
860-236-5807
www.benbronzacademy.org
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
860-236-2049
www.ie-academy.org
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.

Meslin Pediatric & Family Dentistry
60 Church Street, Yalesville
203-774-0019
www.meslindentistry.com
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.

Oak Hill
120 Holcomb Street, Hartford
860-769-3891
www.oakhillct.org
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.

Middlesex County   back to top

SARAH, Inc.
1 Commercial Street, Branford
860-399-1888, ext. 306
www.sarah-inc.org
SARAH INC. enhances skills and enriches lives for people with differing abilities across generations, decades, and a wide swath of Connecticut — from greater New Haven across the shoreline and in Eastern CT. Hundreds of children and adults and their families benefit from personalized and goal-driven programs and supports, including early intervention, school transitions, supported employment and customized enrichment services.
Contact us today for a free consultation!

Shoreline Pediatric Neuropsychological Services, LLC
954 Middlesex Turnpike, Suite A2, Old Saybrook
860-388-2000
www.spns.cc
Shoreline Pediatric Neuropsychological Services, LLC provides evaluations and consultations for children, ages 3-21. Collaborative services with parents, school staff and other treating professionals are highly valued. Services are available for children and adolescents confronted with a broad range of cognitive, academic, emotional and/or behavioral issues. Specific services are individualized for each child/family.

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
www.ctpsychwellness.com
Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center, LLC was founded by Dr. David M. Aversa in 2010.  CPWC offers therapy and medication services as well as innovative psychiatric interventions including TMS Therapy and Ketamine Infusion Therapy. We also specialize in school consultations and psychiatric forensic evaluations. Our staff is multi-disciplinary and includes: MD, APRN, LCSW, LMFT, LADC and LPC licensed clinicians. We offer evening availability and our providers are in network with most insurance companies.

Constellation Health Services
14 Westport Avenue, Norwalk
240 Indian River Road, Orange
203-663-6742
www.constellationhs.com
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, Connecticut. 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 BCBA’s are dedicated to bridging the gap between school and home to enhance function and success.

Raise Drama Free Kids
475-208-3838
www.RaiseDramaFreeKids.com
Raise Drama Free Kids offers services to parents and the parenting community!
Are you at your wits end dealing with whining, defiance, tantrums and disrespect with mealtime, bedtime or homework battles?
It’s not too late to manage misbehavior, set rules and routines, feel confident you’re doing the right thing, and raise happy, confident children.
For a free 30-minute First Step Toward Harmony Discovery session, contact Serwaa Anokye, Conflict Resolution Coach, at 475-208-3838 or visit www.RaiseDramaFreeKids.com.

Woodhouse Academy
4 Oxford Road, Suite f4, Milford
203-877-9121
woodhouseacademy.com
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
203-737-3439
www.childstudycenter.yale.edu   
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. We are also looking for children with autism in the age range from 8 to 16 years to participate in a study of emotions. This study offers comprehensive assessments of autism and includes participation in fMRI.
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
203-737-3439
www.childstudycenter.yale.edu   
Are you or your child between 6 and 40 years of age?
If you or your child are between 6 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. Visit childstudycenter.yale.edu.
HIC# 0303025065

 


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