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
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 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.

Constellation School-Based Therapy
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. 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.

Pediatric Dental Sedation Specialists of Connecticut
37 North Avenue, Suite 103, Norwalk
203-817-2535
www.pdssct.com
Pediatric Dental Sedation Specialists of Connecticut offers pain-free comprehensive dental treatment while your child dreams. The team consists of a board-certified pediatric dentist and a board-certified dental anesthesiologist. They provide comprehensive dental treatment under anesthesia for patients who cannot be treated in the traditional dental chair setting. When children are treated at their office, they will be kept deeply sleeping throughout the procedure, while all necessary dental treatment is completed safely and efficiently. All treatment is completed in one visit.

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, 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
203-674-8200
seedautismcenter.com  
The SEED Center is Connecticut’s premier provider of autism services and accredited as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. We strive to create the most effective learning experience at our center or in your home, school or community. Our team of therapists specializes 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.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call: 203-674-8200 or visit our website: seedautismcenter.com.

Hartford County  back to top

Ben Bronz Adacemy
11 Wampanoag Drive, 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 (IEA)
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 every 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. 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
860-388-2000
www.spns.cc
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.

New Haven County  back to top

ACES
350 State Street, North Haven
203-498-6800
www.aces.org/bsap
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.

Chapel Haven
1040 Whalley Avenue, New Haven
203-397-1714
www.chapelhaven.org
Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven Schleifer Center has been empowering adults with disabilities to live independent and self-determined lives for 50 years. In 2017, Chapel Haven launched a $41.5 million campus expansion that has delivered a new REACH campus; Welcome Center, and the Schleifer Adult Independent Living (SAIL) center, where adults can age in place in a vibrant and non-institutional setting. Inquire about our REACH, Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition and Chapel Haven West programs and visit us at www.chapelhaven.org.

Constellation School-Based Therapy
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. 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
203-774-0019
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 pediatric, orthodontic and adult dentistry at one convenient location.

Milestones Behavioral Services
339 Boston Post Road, Orange
95 Wolf Harbor Road, Milford
203-799-4110
mbs-inc.org
Milestones Behavioral Services provides education and support for individuals, 12-mos. thru adulthood, with autism and/or other developmental disorders and their families. Individualized Applied Behavior Analysis programs are provided at our school (ages 3-21), and hands-on ABA outreach in public schools, at-home and in the community. Early Intervention Clinic is accepting Medicaid and some insurances. Other programs: Advanced Intervention Clinic, Feeding Clinic, Parent Training, Inclusive Pre-school, Consultative Services.

Milestones Behavioral Services has locations in Milford and Orange. To learn about programs and services, call 203-799-4110 or visit MBS-inc.org.

Woodhouse Academy
4 Oxford Road, Milford
203-877-9121
woodhouseacademy.com
Woodhouse Academy, an academic, therapeutic day school, is designed to meet the needs of students (grades 6-12) 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 Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program at the Yale Child Study Center specializes in assessing and treating child anxiety. Children between the ages of 6-14 experiencing anxiety, fears or worries may receive evaluation and treatment at no cost if choosing to participate in clinical research. For more information or to answer any questions, please call 203-737-4644 or email anxiety.csc@yale.edu.

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. 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. Rebecca Jordan 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
203-737-3439
www.childstudycenter.yale.edu   
The Yale Child Study Center is looking for participants for a study of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ages 5-9. If eligible for this study, your child may complete assessments of ASD and receive PRT along with an intranasal spray of either oxytocin or a placebo. Families can receive up to $300 for participation. Participating families must be able to commute to the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven.

Please contact us at 203-737-4378 for more information.

 


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