Our School Program has been certified by the State Department of Education as an approved private special education program since 1960. It is offered as an alternative placement to school systems and families for children ages three to 21 with multiple developmental and/or medical needs such as cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury, seizure disorders, neuromotor diseases and/or medical conditions requiring nursing support services. The student’s tuition and transportation is funded by the LEA choosing, in concert with parents, to place him or her in the program. Private pay is also accepted.
Special Needs Classroom
We offer a 12-month schedule, small, homogeneous classes, a high staff to student ratio, and a comprehensive, developmental and function based curriculum. Related services, including physical, speech and occupational therapy are provided on an individually prescribed basis as well as being integrated into classroom activities.
Our program’s objective is to provide each student individual instruction and support designed to facilitate learning in all developmental areas. For those able the goal is entry or return to his/her public school program. For all students the goal is to encourage learning and make every day a good day!
Our Medically Fragile Students
Full-time nursing staff is always on site to handle routine and emergency concerns, as well as provide medical monitoring and support.
A Medical Director, specializing in developmental pediatrics, provides support to the nursing staff and is available to provide consult to parents and local physicians.
Our Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
At SVSNS, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Instruction for students with autism is guided by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to reinforce desired behaviors which will ultimately help them grow and gain new skills.
Our emphasis is upon creating functional activities that stress the use of powerful and on-going reinforcement systems while assuring students can effectively communicate and understand what is expected of them. Our belief is that every student is capable of learning and every interaction we have with a student is an opportunity to teach and learn.
Our state-of-the-art Autism suite consists of four small group classrooms, one community room and individual one-on-one learning areas that support daily living, communication and functional skills. A unique Snoezelen multi-sensory room was developed, as a learning environment, to address sensory needs, increase functional communication, develop fine and gross motor skills, de-escalate inappropriate behaviors, and increase desired learning behaviors. Our Snoezelen environment is yet another way we strive to address the unique needs of our students.
Call (203) 386-2732 for more information about Autism Services.
Our Transition Services
A team of professionals will help to develop a transition plan for program opportunities after graduation. The transition plan is based on individual needs and take into account preferences and interests. Consideration is given to long-range goals and specific objectives for employment, post-secondary training, education, independent living skills, and/or community involvement.
St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services Adult Day program with locations in Stratford and Norwalk is one option available to graduates.
Our Children’s Residential Services
Residential services, in group home settings, may be available for students with complex medical needs requiring around the clock nursing services.
The School is in session 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, for the 180-day school year and for six weeks in the summer to provide a 12-month continuum of educational instruction and therapeutic intervention essential to many students with special needs.
For more information about our School Program, please contact the Principal at (203) 386-2741.