Every child is special and some have special needs. Whether its ADHD, asburger’s, cerebral palsy or another form of disability, help is available through resource centers and service providers around Connecticut.
Special Needs Categories:
Special Needs Organizations & Resources
Ädelbrook is a multi-service agency specializing in behavioral and developmental services. We are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of families and individuals, of all ages, as they relate to intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We offer residential, education, in-home and community based services. 60 HICKSVILLE RD. CROMWELL, CT 06416 (860) 635-6010
- Connecticut Family Support Network – http://www.ctfsn.org/
- Parents Supporting Parents http://www.parentssupportingparents.net/
- St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services https://www.facebook.com/stvincents.specialneedsservices
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center http://www.connecticutchildrens.org/community-child-health/special-kids-support-center/
- Center For Children With Special Needs http://www.autismct.com/
- 2-1-1 Connecticut http://www.ctunitedway.org/CDI/KidsWithSpecHealth.html
- Danbury Children First http://www.danburychildrenfirst.org/
- Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield County http://www.easterseals.com/cfc/
- Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment http://www.ctfeat.org/
- IAN: Innovative Autism Network http://www.iannetwork.com/service.html
Special Needs Programs
- Fairfield Parks & Recreation Department http://cal.fairfieldct.org/content/2765/2777/3316/default.aspx
- Town of East Hartford http://www.easthartfordct.gov/Public_Documents/
- Stamford JCC http://www.stamfordjcc.org/index.php?
- Guilford Public Schools http://www.guilford.k12.ct.us/district_information/pupil_services/
- West Hartford Special Needs Leisure Services http://www.westhartford.org/living_here/town_departments/leisure_services/
- Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford http://www.mandelljcc.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=SpecialNeeds&category=Adults
- Family Y Expands Special Needs Youth Programs http://www.westporty.org/index.php/wwfy/special_needs
Carrina’s Corner 156 Route 171, Woodstock CT, 06281 Carrina’s Corner is conveniently located within minutes of I395! We offer open play, birthday parties, and a variety of classes for kids! Our bright, clean play space encourages all children – regardless of ability – to engage in imaginative play and “shake out the sillies!” Visit our Facebook page for current hours, discounts, and special Events! http://www.CarrinasCorner.com, http://www.Facebook.com/CarrinasCorner
Kids Down on Main St. 51 Depot St., Suite 521 Watertown CT 06795 We have turned the town into your child’s playground! We offer open play in our indoor playspace, birthday & costume parties, art & music classes & so much more! Join us for some all weather, all season indoor play! Ages walking-7yrs. $7.00 per child, no time limit! www.kidsdownonmainstreet.com
Find more Play Centers here
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- Oak Hill Summer Camps http://www.ciboakhill.org/programs/content.asp?SubnavID=40
- Camp Horizons http://www.camphorizons.org/
- Camp Isola Bella http://www.asd-1817.org/page.cfm?p=478
- Landmark School http://www.landmarkschool.org/
- Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp http://www.ctburnsfoundation.org/cbc.htm
- Camp Rising Sun http://www.camprisingsun.com/
- Achieve Fluency Learning Camp http://www.achievefluency.com/
Helpful Sites, Apps & Toys
- iPrompts® PRO combines three apps into a powerful suite of next-generation autism technology! http://www.handholdadaptive.com/
- Ginger Tiger suitable for children with Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Physical Disabilities, Deaf or Blindness, Developmental Delays, Hearing Impairments, Mentally Delayed, Multiple Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments, and Visual Impairments.
- Articulation Station – Pronunciation, articulation, and understanding how letter sounds form words are important communication skills. In these exercises, games, and stories that focus on one letter sound at a time, kids can learn to identify their own speech goals. Parents and teachers can track kids’ progress, too.
- Fotobabble It’s fun for anyone to add speech to photos and email them to friends and relatives, but it’s especially good for kids who have trouble speaking. Kids can take pictures, record audio descriptions, and share them with others. This is a great way for kids to share when communication is difficult.
- LanguageBuilderDeluxe Help kids improve the way they use language to express ideas, form sentences, and understand what they hear. Kids are challenged to create their own sentences from photo prompts and record audio clips of each sentence. Recording and playback encourage self-assessment.
- Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook Speech with Milo is a delightful way to learn how to speak phrases and tell stories. Kids record their own stories and hear them played back. They can touch a character or object to see it move or make a sound as they interact with this upbeat story about helpfulness and friendship.
- Go Go Games Kids learn to notice differences and to focus on details. Three different games show a set of objects and ask kids to match two that look the same — an essential skill for kids with autism. Kids practice noticing colors, patterns, and sizes of objects to make a match.
- Look In My Eyes 1 Restaurant Making good eye contact is essential for developing friendships and other social skills. Kids can practice as faces with different expressions flash on the screen. The trick is for kids to hold eye contact long enough to see a flashing number appear. Shy kids in particular can benefit.
- Model Me Going Places 2 Kids who have emotional challenges often need help predicting what will happen in new or unfamiliar places. Here, they watch a photo slide show of other kids in places like the grocery store, school, and the dentist’s office. Kids can review expected behavior and feel more at ease in new places.
- Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose Kids with social and emotional challenges need ways to learn about what others are feeling. By studying the facial expressions of cartoon animal characters, kids can learn to identify emotions and social cues. It’s simple to use and a fun way to learn early social skills.
- That’s How I Feel Simple but powerful, this app helps kids express their feelings. Kids match their feelings to the pictures that are shown and tap images to hear statements of emotion. Kids can grow more self-aware and learn that there’s a wide range of emotions.
- Touch and Learn – Emotions Reading body language and facial expressions is an important part of early social learning. By looking at photos and figuring out which person is expressing an emotion, kids get a chance to practice in a safe way. And it’s easy to adjust settings for each kid’s needs.
- Awesome Xylophone Tap out tunes like “Happy Birthday” or make up a new song. Playing on this xylophone is a great way for kids with motor challenges to learn fine motor skills like tapping a target and using their non-dominant hand. They can also develop writing skills by practicing hand and finger movements.
- iWriteWords (Handwriting Game) Learning to write numbers, letters, and basic words with technology can help kids who struggle with penmanship. By following Mr. Crab, kids see step by step how to write each letter or number. Kids can also learn letters’ names as each letter, number, or word is said aloud.