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Special Education Programs

Preschool 

Wallingford has the pleasure of providing preschool experiences for three and four year old students. The staff members of the Preschool believe that all children are unique in their learning style and can benefit from being exposed to a developmental curriculum. The Preschool provides an active, nurturing environment that fosters positive behaviors and independence.   Both three and four year old programs are offered in the district.  

For more information about the Preschool, contact:
Aimee Turner, Director of Special Education 
Wendie Rodriguez, School Psychologist
 

W.I.S.E. at Highland and Mary G. Fritz

WISE (Wallingford Inter-district Special Education) is an alternative program provided for students with significant social-emotional needs at the elementary level.  The program includes a structured behavior management system with intensive mental health support from a school psychologist, social worker and BCBA. 

Students in the program participate in a behavior modification program with token economy, and receive:
  • instruction by certified staff
  • counseling by the school social worker
  • speech/language, occupational, and physical therapy services
  • daily, weekly, and monthly rewards.
For more information about W.I.S.E., contact:
Ms. Aimee Turner, Director of Special Education
100 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT  06492
phone 203-294-5948
fax 203-294-5982
 
To contact program staff:
Christine Hall, School Social Worker, chhall@wallingfordschools.org, (203) 284-6920
Brittany DiLorenzo, School Psychologist, bdilorenzo@wallingfordschools.org, (203) 284-6920
Emilee Ziolkowski, Special Education Teacher (Grades 3-5), eziolkowski@wallingfordschools.org
Joan Papale, Special Education Teacher (Grades K-1), jpapale@wallingfordschools.org
Maryika Roman, Special Education Teacher (Grades 1-2), mroman@wallingfordschools.org

 

STARS at E.C. Cook Hill, Stevens and Pond Hill 

STARS is an alternative program provided for students with the need for intensive individualized instruction in all developmental areas.   

 

Alternative Route to Success (A.R.T.S.) Academy at Lyman Hall

A.R.T.S (Alternative Route to Success) is an alternative program provided for students with significant social-emotional needs at the Middle and High School level.  The program includes a structured behavior management system with intensive mental health support from a school psychologist, social worker and psychiatrist.   

  • For information about the ARTS Academy, contact the Special Education Department at (203) 294-5948 

 

Independent Community & Employment Training Program at Ashlar Village

The I.C.E.-T. Transition Program provides supported vocational experiences which will help increase employment opportunities and further independence.

The goals of the ICE-T Program are

  • To provide work experiences within the Wallingford community where job skills necessary for employment can be developed.
  • To help students generalize appropriate attitudes and behaviors necessary for successful transitions into working environments.
  • To guide students with self-assessment activities & perform situational assessments in order to explore their likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses & aptitudes.
  • To provide real life experiences that promote problem solving, high order thinking skills and strategies necessary for successful transition to adult life.

Students participate in experiences at job sites in the local community, which have included these locations:

  • All Pets Club
  • Mobile Theatre & Security
  • Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital
  • IGA East Center Market
  • Olympia Sports
  • Elizabeth’s Bakery
  • Black Horse Stables
  • The Breakfast Nook
  • Walgreens
  • Master's Manna Food Pantry
For information about the I.C.E.-T. Program, contact:
Kristen Wynus, Transition Specialist