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Benhaven School 
Address: 50 North Plains Highway
Wallingford, CT, 06492
Description: Benhaven is a private agency, founded by Amy Lettick, a teacher and mother of a child with autism. Benhaven provides services to students with the diagnosis of autism and pervasive developmental disabilities. Dependant upon the recommendations of the Planning and Placement Team, educational services can be provided at Benhaven School up to a 7 hour day for 5 days per week.

Through the person-centered approach, the development of age-appropriate, functional, and enriching programs are developed for and with the individual and with the people who know the person well. Based on this, learning needs are identified and from there goals and objectives follow that supports the person in current and subsequent environments. The plan typically has educational, medical, nutritional, physical fitness, psychological, psychiatric, and social components. Each person's plan contains a number of important elements to which Benhaven is committed to achieve:

  • Assessing aptitudes, interests, and preferences and incorporating them into the plan;
  • Building competence, interdependence, and independence;
  • Participating in community environments, achieving memberships in his/her neighborhood;
  • Acquiring skills in the context of naturally occurring activities and routines in community environments;
  • Developing personal autonomy and individual responsibility;
  • Developing means and providing opportunities to make choices and exercise control;
  • Identifying and providing necessary behavioral supports to promote success;
  • Addressing communication needs;
  • Developing appropriate social skills;
  • Fostering friendships and close family and other personal relationships;
  • Seeking a balance of both functional and enriching activities; and
  • Directing efforts toward a positive and successful future.
Ages: 5-21
Gender: Both 
Capacity: 40 
Director: Karen Helene,203-793-1905,
Administrator: Larry Wood,203-234-8454
Fax: 203-793-1909 
Note: This program accepts day students who have been referred by school districts.  
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