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Walter Camp All-American Football Team visits St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services

The Trumbull Times
January 26, 2016

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Players from the 2016 Walter Camp All-American Football Team brought smiles to the faces of students at the Feroleto Children’s Development Center in Trumbull on Jan. 15. “We have been extremely fortunate to have the Walter Camp All Americans visit our school each year,” said Raymond Baldwin, president and CEO.

The tradition began 18 years ago and still continues to delight students as these gentle giants enter each classroom to autograph footballs and pose for photos. “I’m not sure who gets more excited, our staff or our students,” Baldwin said. “They begin preparing for the visit early in January by creating welcome posters that hang at the entrance to each classroom.” READ MORE

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Wentzell, Rodriquez visit Feroleto Children’s Development Center

The Trumbull Times
January 20, 2016

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St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services welcomed Dianna Wentzell, commissioner of education, to The Feroleto Children’s Development Center in Trumbull last week. Dr. Wentzell was joined by Ellen Cohn, deputy commissioner, and Isabelina Rodriguez, bureau chief to the school. This was their first visit to the Feroleto Center.

Upon arrival, they were greeted by a welcoming party comprised of President/CEO Raymond Baldwin, Principal Gerilyn Durnin, Assistant Principal Karen King, and Chief Operating Officer Harry Schaeffer. This was followed by a tour of the program which included the opportunity to observe a child receive aquatic therapy in the center’s new therapeutic pool. READ MORE

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Finding a Special Place for all Ages and Stages of Life

The Trumbull Times
July, 2015

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While the term “special needs” is an umbrella under which many different diagnoses fall, the objective of St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services (SVSNS) is clear – providing assistance for persons with special needs through all ages and stages of life.

“Continuum of care – that’s what St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services is all about,” says SVSNS President/CEO Raymond Baldwin, Jr. “We offer those with special needs comprehensive care at virtually every age and stage of life. Knowing that care won’t end, and that there is an organization that will provide lifelong care they can trust, gives those with special needs and their families peace of mind and a true sense of belonging.” READ MORE

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Special Needs Center Gets Grant for Sensory Equipment

The Trumbull Times
April 2, 2015

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Students enjoy spending time in the Snoezelen room at St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. We are grateful to the Hoffman Foundation for helping us bring this unique therapy to students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services has received a $10,000 grant from the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc. allowing the organization to purchase and install sensory equipment in several classrooms at its special education school program. READ MORE

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Teen Aims To Raise Awareness About Epilepsy

The Trumbull Times
November 22, 2014

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Trumbull teen, Amanda Ferraro, who attends school at the Feroleto Children’s Development Center in town, has been holding a read-a-thon fundraiser throughout the month of November to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation.

Amanda has been reading to fellow students and has asked staff to support her efforts with a donation toward each book she reads.“I chose to do the read-a-thon because I love all kids and it makes me happy to read to them and have them participate too,” she said. READ MORE

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St. Vincent’s Special Needs Offers Respite Along With Holiday Festivities

Catholic HealthWorld
November 15, 2014

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The many pleasures of the holiday season — celebrating a meal together, sharing gifts, visiting with family — pose some challenges for families with a special needs child.

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services provides support to the 80 students it educates, ages 3 to 21, and their families in several ways at the holidays, including giving food baskets at Thanksgiving and suggestions about toys that have been specially designed READ MORE

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Program Helps Special Needs Children Transition Into Adulthood

Catholic HealthWorld
November 15, 2014

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Most parents approach their child’s 21st birthday with a sense of celebration for the exciting possibilities ahead and a dash of apprehension. But for the parents of severely disabled children, who lose many government-funded services at 21, it’s a whole different story.

“Even hearing and blind services go away when you turn 21,” said Deacon Tim Bolton, coordinator of pastoral care at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., and the father of 22-year-old Kaitlin, who has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. READ MORE

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5th Annual Golf Tournament Raises Money and Awareness

The Trumbull Times
June 13, 2014

Once again, St. Vincent’s Special Needs partnered with the Appelberg family to hold it’s 5th annual golf tournament in memory of Kristin Nicole Appelberg. With over 160 golfers in attendance and an additional 92 sponsors and advertisers supporting the event in spirit, we were blessed to raise not only $70,000 but awareness about the organization.

In keeping with Kristin’s dream of improving the quality of life for children and adults challenged by special needs, this year’s proceeds will be shared between the Appelberg’s Love Life Foundation to benefit children and families in the community experiencing financial difficulties and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services for autism spectrum disorders. READ MORE

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Walter Camp All-Americans Visit FEROLETO Center

The Trumbull Times
January 16, 2014

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Players from the 2013 Walter Camp All-American Football Team brought smiles to the faces of students at the FEROLETO Children’s Development Center in Trumbull.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have the Walter Camp All Americans visit our school each year,” says Raymond Baldwin, President and CEO. The tradition began 15 years ago and still continues to delight students as these gentle giants enter each classroom to autograph footballs and pose for photos. “I’m not sure who gets more excited, our staff or our students. They begin preparing for the visit early in January by creating welcome posters that hang at the entrance to each classroom,” states Baldwin. READ MORE

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Therapeutic Pool Unveiled

The Trumbull Times
December 29, 2013

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St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services celebrated the opening of its new therapeutic pool with a special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 19. Aquatic therapy services will be offered from the Feroleto Children’s Development Center in Trumbull.

“This new state-of-the-art pool will enable us to significantly enhance our current therapies to meet the individual needs of the children and adults in our care,” said Raymond G. Baldwin, Jr., President/CEO. READ MORE

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Center Expands to Offer Autism Services

The Trumbull Times
August 28, 2013

St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services (SVSNS) will be expanding its current private special education school program at the Feroleto Children’s Development Center in Trumbull to include students with autism spectrum disorders.

For nearly 60 years, the SVSNS specialty has been educating children with multiple developmental disabilities. Now this will include offering a unique learning environment to children on the autism spectrum utilizing the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach, combined with physical, speech and occupational therapy services. READ MORE