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Heather Tartaglia
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Birth to Three

The Birth to Three program operates in the north-central region of Connecticut under the auspices of the state Department of Developmental Services. This program offers home and community-based early intervention services to infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities and their families.

Capitol Region Transition Academy

A program designed to support the transition planning process and services for young adults ages 18-22 who are still registered students with local school districts. The Academy is best suited for young adults with learning needs related to intellectual disabilities, who qualify for very little support from adult services. The intention is to assist families and develop young adults in preparing for adult life.

Community Based Group Homes

CREC River Street School manages two group homes located in nearby communities. The unique program meets the special needs of select students who require instruction in a residential setting, as well as in school, to achieve success. Residential programming is provided 365 days a year, and students are enrolled at CREC River Street School.

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.

Homebound Instruction for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities

This program is for homebound instruction in hospital or home settings within the CREC region for students, three to 22 years old, who have multiple disabilities and/or medical needs.

John J. Allison Polaris Center

The Polaris Center has evolved into a comprehensive treatment center offering a myriad of quality educational and clinical programs for students from kindergarten to post-high school transition. Specialized programming and services include academic instruction by highly-qualified special education teachers, supportive counseling and case management, behavioral intervention and support, a school-based health center, and vocational/transition experiences.

Made in the Shade

A summer program to meet the academic, social/emotional, recreational and behavioral needs of students entering grades 1 through grade 5. The program is designed to serve students who are experiencing challenges in peer and adult interactions, behavior and self-regulation.

Neurobehavioral Consultation Services

The Neurobehavioral Consultation Services program reviews current therapies and/or interventions and recommends appropriate behavioral and pharmacologic management for each child.

River Street School

RSS provides comprehensive academic and life skills curricula for students aged 3 - 22 who present with a variety of behavioral, communicative, and neurological disorders including autism spectrum disorders, seizure disorders, identified genetic syndromes such as Fragile X, metabolic disorders, and those students with dual diagnoses. The Vocational Services Department provides additional skills development as appropriate and transitional training to students turning 22. Programming is designed to deliver successful learning experiences commensurate with each student's developmental and cognitive level. Our multi-disciplinary clinical staff supports programing through daily collaboration with instructional staff, family consultation, interagency coordination, and professional development training for other professionals.

School System Therapies: OT/PT/SLP Services

School system occupational and physical therapy services are available on a contractual basis. Schools within the CREC region can contract for therapy services on a short-term or long-term basis. CREC provides educationally relevant evaluations, intervention, consultation, supervision, and training as needed. Therapy practitioners maintain competency in school system servicing.


Soundbridge is a regional program for children with hearing loss who are using spoken language to communicate and to learn. Providing a variety of educational programs to help students gain access to sound, learn to listen, learn social skills and learn self-advocacy skills, including attending regular classes with hearing peers.

STRIVE (Southern Transition Real-World and Independent Vocational Education)

The STRIVE Program is a community-based program for students with disabilities ages 18 to 22 years old. Students will spend a portion of their day developing independent living, social, and employment skills. The students will also participate in a community-based work experiences based on their strength's, interests, and preferences.

Vocational Preparation

The Vocational Services department provides vocational assessment and training for students ages 16 to 22. The goal of the Vocational Services department is to develop basic skills that best equip each student to transition to an optimal work setting upon graduation.

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