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.

Statewide   back to top

Milestones Behavioral Services
339 Boston Post Road, Orange
203-799-4110, ext. 530
www.mbs-inc.org/non-school-programs  
For 20 years Milestones has offered Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services within their school, outreach, and adult programs to individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. As part of its family-centered approach Milestones is now offering a range of outpatient services including free screenings, medically necessary ABA therapy, parent education, and bi-lingual programming for Spanish speaking families.

Your Personal SLP
Serving Connecticut
(860) 785-4378
www.yourpersonalslp.com
Your Personal SLP offers speech & language evaluation and treatment to adults, preschool through high school aged children, and their families from the comfort and convenience of their own homes. We use a highly interactive and motivating virtual classroom with high quality video/audio to provide quality face-to-face internet services. Our experienced speech-language pathologists provide personalized therapy to clients who present with a variety of needs and a range of articulation, fluency, voice, and language disorders.

Please contact Michelle Amenta at (860) 785-4378 or visit www.yourpersonalslp.com.

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.

Connec-to-Talk
32C Wall Streeet, Madison – 203-779-5916
100 Mill Plain Road, Suite 1C, Danbury – 203-210-7124
1011 High Ridge Road, 3rd Floor, Stamford – 203-200-7256
59 Danbury Road, Wilton – 203-210-7124
www.connec-to-talk.com
Connec-to-Talk, privately owned since 2003, is a leading private practice in the speech, occupational and ABA therapy fields. They are committed to providing comprehensive, evidence-based treatment to clients with speech difficulties and disorders. Using a holistic approach, the whole child’s needs are considered in all treatment plans and interventions. They provide a casual and team-oriented work environment in which families can feel comfortable. Connec-to-Talk has offices located in Stamford (203-200-7256), Madison (203-779-5916), Wilton (203-210-7124) and Danbury (203-210-7124).

For more information visit www.connec-to-talk.com

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.

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 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 provides 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.

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.

Winston Preparatory School
57 West Rocks Road, Norwalk
203-229-0465
www.winstonprep.edu 
Winston Prep is a highly individualized and responsive setting for 3rd through 12th grade students with specific learning differences. Our student body is comprised of students with language processing disorders such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities such as Aspergers, and executive functioning difficulties such as ADHD. Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness and self-advocacy.

Open House dates: 3/1 at 9:30 a.m., 3/21 at 6 p.m., 4/5 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 203-229-0465 or visit www.winstonprep.edu.

Hartford County  back to top

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 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. 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 School
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 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.

Solterra Academy
300 John Downey Drive, New Britain
860-837-6400
www.SolterraAcademy.com
Solterra Academy (formerly known as CCMC School) provides comprehensive special education services for students, ages 5 to 21, who require intensive intervention due to emotional, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and/or learning problems.

Solterra Academy’s services include: Academic and Behavioral Instruction, Social Skills Instruction, Vocational Education, Individual and Group Counseling, Speech and Language Therapy,Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis with qualified BCBAs.

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 at Mead Elementary School
Learning Better Together
75 Ford Street, Ansonia
www.aces.org/mead
ACES at Mead Elementary School (AMES) offers K – 3rd grade students with behavioral issues a supportive environment in which to learn, grow and thrive. The AMES program features strong academic, behavioral and therapeutic interventions. This customized initiative supports a small group, in a comforting environment for special education students while providing opportunities for integration with peers in a traditional school.

Contact Gina Drury at gdrury@aces.org to learn more.

ASD Fitness Center
307 Racebrook Road, Orange
203-553-9508
www.asdfitnesscenter.com
ASD Fitness Center provides a safe and structured environment for empowering individuals with Autism (ASD) and other special needs to improve their level of fitness. The specialized 5,000 sq. ft. fitness facility features Individual Fitness Programs with options to add nutrition and functional skill goals. They offer 1-on-1 personal training, small group classes, and monthly fun events for members.

Call 203-553-9508 to schedule a free intake evaluation.

Connec-to-Talk
32C Wall Streeet, Madison – 203-779-5916
100 Mill Plain Road, Suite 1C, Danbury – 203-210-7124
1011 High Ridge Road, 3rd Floor, Stamford – 203-200-7256
59 Danbury Road, Wilton – 203-210-7124
www.connec-to-talk.com
Connec-to-Talk, privately owned since 2003, is a leading private practice in the speech, occupational and ABA therapy fields. They are committed to providing comprehensive, evidence-based treatment to clients with speech difficulties and disorders. Using a holistic approach, the whole child’s needs are considered in all treatment plans and interventions. They provide a casual and team-oriented work environment in which families can feel comfortable. Connec-to-Talk has offices located in Stamford (203-200-7256), Madison (203-779-5916), Wilton (203-210-7124) and Danbury (203-210-7124).

For more information visit www.connec-to-talk.com.

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
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 pediatric, orthodontic and adult dentistry at one convenient location.

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. Carolyn Marsh at 203-737-7664 or Dr. Denis Sukhodolsky at 203-785-6446 or denis.sukhodolsky@yale.edu or visit www.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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