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Connecticut 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.

By County

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Fairfield County

 

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

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 and phonological disorders, apraxia, receptive and expressive language delay, auditory language processing disorders, language-based learning disabilities, hearing impairment, 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.

Connnec-to-Talk

Locations is Danbury, Madison, Stamford, and Wilton

www.connec-to-talk.com

Connec-to-Talk has a passion for children and proven results. Our therapy is rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the principles of collaboration and play-based learning. We are an approved provider for ABA therapy by numerous insurance carriers. Connec-to-Talk offers year-round therapy, summer camp shadows, social skills summer camp and more. Our programs are designed is to enable your child to successfully and naturally carry the skills acquired during therapy into everyday living. Learn more at www.connec-to-talk.com and connect with us in one of our CT Locations: Danbury, Madison, Stamford and Wilton.

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.

St. Vincent's Special Needs Services

95 Merritt Boulevard, Trumbull
203-375-6400
www.stvincents.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.

Hartford County

Autism Learning Partners

888-805-0759

autismlearningpartners.com

Autism Learning Partners is a full service provider that specializes in the treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities. Their broad thinking approach addresses the whole child by collaborating with doctors, therapists, families, schools and specialists. Their goal is to work together to achieve the best possible outcome for each child. They utilize Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for individuals with autism. It changes behaviors by evaluating the functional relationship between a behavior and the environment. Autism Learning Partners is located in New Haven, Middletown, Rocky Hill and Putnam. For more, information, call 888-805-0759 or visit autismlearningpartners.com.

Ben Bronz Academy

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.

Oak Hill

8120 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 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 develop functional academic transition skills. Classrooms are located within community settings to allow for integration within school and community. Located at 120 Holcomb Street, Hartford. 860-769-3891; www.oakhillct.org.

Solterra Academy

300 John Downey Drive, New Britain
860-612-2300

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Solterra Academy is a therapeutic day program providing comprehensive special education for students, ages 5-21, who require intensive therapeutic and educational intervention. The school provides a high level of structure and support, and an integrated array of services to address each child’s unique profile. Family involvement is a priority. Our new Flexible Learning Center tailors instruction for high school students experiencing truancy or needing more flexible high school programming. In addition, Solterra’s new Vocational Education Classroom teaches students ages 18-21 job, life, and leisure skills. Located at 300 John Downey Drive in New Britain. Call 860-612-2300 or visit SolterraAcademy.com.

Middlesex County

 

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.

 

Ädelbrook Behavioral & Developmental Services

Cromwell, CT
860-635-6010
cburns@adelbrook.org
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

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.

Autism Services & Resources Connecticut (ASRC)

101 North Plains Industrial Road, Wallingford

www.ct-asrc.org

Autism Services & Resources Connecticut provides critical help and supports to families walking the daily journey of autism. Autism Services & Resources Connecticut is a statewide organization assisting those with autism through award-winning programs, workshops and annual events such as our Autism Walk, Autism Resource Fair, and Autism Conference. Support, social and activity groups are also available. Autism Services & Resources Connecticut is located at 101 North Plains Industrial Road in Wallingford. For more information, call 203-265-7717 or visit online at www.ct-asrc.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.

Smilen Dental Group

60 Church Street, Yalesville
203-774-0019
smilendentalgroup.com
Smilen Dental Group (formerly known as Meslin Pediatrics & Family Dentistry) is the place to go for your family’s smile and dental needs - 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. The office is 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. Located at 60 Church Street in Yalesville. Visit smilendentalgroup.com or call 203-774-0019. 

Yale Child Study Center

230 South Frontage Road, New Haven
203-737-7664
www.childstudycenter.yale.edu
   

The Yale Child Study Center in New Haven is offering two free and confidential studies for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In our study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety in children (ages 8-14) with ASD, we provide 15 weekly sessions of therapy conducted at the Yale Child Study Center. We also ask children who participate to complete fMRI assessments before and after completion of therapy. Families with younger children (ages 4-9) may be interested in our study of a play-based therapy called Pivotal Response Treatment. In addition to receiving therapy, families will receive a clinical evaluation and report, as well as payment for their time. Call 203-737-7664 or email Rebecca.jordan@yale.edu. .

 
 
 
 

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