About Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center
The Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center (FVDC) provides an interim educational setting for students who are experiencing significant difficulties in their own school or transitioning from one educational setting to another. Students are provided with a fresh start in a new setting and the opportunity to better understand their own strengths while developing skills that will enable them to be more successful within their schools, families and communities.
Since 1998, the Center has worked closely with families, schools and community providers to develop a comprehensive plan to address the educational, social/emotional and transitional needs of each student. Special attention is given to the exploration of "next steps" which may include a return to the home school district, magnet, charter or vocational school and the development of post-secondary plans. Students have the opportunity to visit nearby colleges and to explore vocational options. Volunteer activities, internships and work study options are encouraged.
For students who are experiencing significant difficulties in their own schools or in transitioning from one educational setting to another, every day can be frustrating.
Consider the diagnostic services of the Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center for students who are:
- easily frustrated with school tasks and routines.
- resistant to learning.
- experiencing frequent failure in academic and social situations.
The Center provides a short-term placement that gives students a positive break and the opportunity to better understand their own special strengths, while developing the skills necessary to function successfully in their schools, families and communities.
The assessment period runs between 8 and 12 weeks and involves family members and school officials throughout the process, including the important transition back to the home school. The student's day at the Center consists of academic classes in the morning to keep pace with his or her school curriculum, followed by counseling groups and physical exercise in the afternoon.
In some cases, the standard 8 to 12-week diagnostic placement at the Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center is not enough to prepare a student for transition back to school. For those students, an extended transition program is available. Transition back to school districts remains the goal of the program, but services continue until the team believes the student can successfully manage that transition.
Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center is offering summer programming for middle and high school students.
The program will include academics, social skills, vocational exploration, and recreation. Math and English Language Arts will be supported in accordance with each student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program). Social and daily living skills will also be emphasized throughout the activities. Counselors will facilitate group sessions which focus on peer relations, decision making, trust, personal care and personal growth.
Activities will include trips in the community to expose students to new learning experiences. These trips provide opportunities to experience and use practical skills. Vocational, independent and post-secondary skills are explored with older students.
The program will provide a 5 to 1 ratio of students to staff. Staff will include Susan Davis, Director of the center, special education teachers, a social worker and associate instructors.
Written reports of academic and social progress are available for families and school districts at the conclusion of the program.
For additional information please email Susan Davis or call her at (860) 651-3872
|8:30 – 9:00 a.m.||Arrival – check in with Social Worker|
|9:00 – 9:40 a.m.||Academics|
|9:40 – 9:55 a.m.||Group preparation of snack, health, nutrition|
|9:55 – 10:35 a.m.||Academics|
|10:35 – 10:50 a.m.||Snack and break|
|10:50 – 12:00 p.m.||Recreation, group activities, community trips|