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
1540 Boston Post Road, Darien
917-353-2412 or Jrick@body4brain.com
www.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 model are available. Summer intensives are also available. For more information, call 917-353-2412, email Jrick@body4brain.com, or visit www.body4brain.com.

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 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. For more information visit www.speechtherapyct.com.

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, 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
www.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. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call: 203-674-8200 or visit our website: seedautismcenter.com. We proudly accept United Healthcare, ConnectiCare, Oxford Health Plans, UMR, Aetna, First Health and Coventry Healthcare.

The Spire School
44 Commerce Road, Stamford
203-409-0066
www.spireschool.org
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 an accredited and state approved school that serves students in grades 6 through 12. With a focus on self-care and student strength, we help students overcome social and emotional difficulties by promoting effective coping skills, improving executive functioning and creating opportunities for academic empowerment. The special education team assists students with mild-to-moderate learning differences by providing a supportive academic program.

Swim Angelfish
Multiple locations in Fairfield County
203-545-0024
www.swimangelfish.com
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. Also, swim lessons for children of all abilities using the Swim Whisperers Swim Method, which helps children with autism, sensory processing disorders and motor coordination difficulties, learn how to be safe and independent swimmers. Their 3-week day program in Greenwich, Camp Move To Learn, begins in August. They also offer an online special needs swim instructor course. For more information, call 203-545-0024 or visit www.swimangelfish.com. Follow Swim Angelfish on Facebook and Instagram.

Hartford County  back to top

Gengras Center School
1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford
860-231-5429
www.gengrascenter.org
The Gengras Center School at the University of Saint Joseph offers a personalized special education program for elementary, middle, high school, and transitioning students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavior challenges, and autism. We offer:
• Functional and core academics
• Independent living, health, and fitness skills
• Employability and vocational skills
• Communication skills
• Social skills and self-advocacy
• Art, music, and physical education
• Community based instruction on the University Campus and at local venues
For enrollment information, contact: Michelle Lestrud, M.Ed., Director mlestrud@usj.edu or 860.231.5429.

Innovative Autism Services LLC
56 West Main Street, Plainville
860-351-5407
www.iasautism.com
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), 1:1 teen mentoring, social skills, parent training, and recreational programs. Offering agency, home, and school-based programs. Insurance accepted and financial assistance available.

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 encouraged each student to succeed by providing a positive and caring environment and customized curriculum. IEA provides programs for students diagnosed with: Autism, Developmental Delay, Dyslexia, Mild Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disability, Visual or Hearing Impairment, Orthopedic Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury and more. 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. IEA also offers a summer school program. For more information, or to schedule a tour, please visit www.ie-academy.org or call 860-236-2049.

Meslin Pediatric and 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.

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 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

Haskins Laboratories
300 George Street, Suite 900, New Haven
203-865-6163, ext. 245
www.haskins.yale.edu   
Your child may be eligible to participate in a speech research study at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven. Children, ages 4-6, are invited to participate in a free speech intelligibility screening. Those with speech delays may qualify to receive free speech therapy services. However, children with speech disorders due to developmental disability, hearing loss, cleft palate or autism are not eligible at this time. Those children who do participate in the screening will be compensated at $20/hour. The screening will evaluate speech sound development. During the study, a diagnostic ultrasound will be used one time per week. For more information, call 203-865-6163, ext. 245 or email learn@haskins.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.
HIC# 0303025065

Yale Child Study Center
230 South Frontage Road, New Haven
203-737-7662 or 203-785-6446
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.

 


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