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Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center

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Susan Davis
Director
sdavis@crec.org
(860) 651-3872

Location

125 Latimer Lane map
Weatogue (Simsbury), CT 06089

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.

Diagnostic Assessment

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.

Program Placement

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.

2017 Summer Program

FVDC's Summer Valley is a summer program for middle and high school students. The 2017 program will run from July 5th through July 28th, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m noon.

Summer Valley includes 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 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 contact Susan Davis at (860) 651-3872.

TimeActivity
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
12:00 p.m. Departure

Middle School Program Design:

  • A positive and nurturing environment to foster positive peer interactions and good decision making.
  • Reinforcement of math and reading skills through individualized and group instruction.
  • Daily recreational and community activities to promote improved social and problem solving skills.
  • Individual/group counseling and family support services.

High School Program Design:

  • Functional math and reading skills.
  • Reinforcement of social skills through group activities and community exploration.
  • Transitional activities focusing on vocational preparedness, post secondary explorations and daily living skills.
  • Individual/group counseling and family support services.

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