About This School
In 2010, The Learning Clinic had 4 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Connecticut average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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The Learning Clinic Reviews
An outstanding school for special-needs kids; I'd give it 10 stars if I could!
If anyone is considering TLC for their special-needs child, I highly recommend this school. The staff, teachers, and clinicians are terrific, and they are very honest and dedicated to helping the kids. They tell it like it is, rather than sugar-coating issues like other schools in my experience. My high-functioning autistic son has been at TLC since Feb., 2014. In these five short months he has been much happier than at his previous schools; he now enjoys going to school, he has gained a lot of self-confidence, and his self-esteem has increased. This is my son's fourth school in as many years; he was not successful in the public schools; he was then sent to two other private schools who CLAIMED they could handle autistic kids (but really couldn't), and finally has found a school which understands him and where he is finally able to flourish. What I have observed is that TLC is a very nurturing environment and is able to meet each individual student's needs in order to develop their abilities. TLC has an outstanding extended-year program with two summer sessions. They work not only on academics, but also on social skills which these autistic kids really need (but which other schools do not provide, despite claiming to do so). TLC's highly structured environment is just what my son needs to be successful. He really loves the animals, such as the bunny (which is a very calming influence on him). The campus is in a very beautiful rural environment, which is very beneficial and stress-free for autistic kids. Their anxiety level is very low as a result of this. The school is open to suggestions from parents in designing an individual program which works for each child. Because our son is now happy, our family life is much better. I highly suggest that parents visit this school, and see for themselves what a beautiful place it is.
The Learning Clinic
Our son was placed at the Learning Clinic after years of struggles in public school. He has Aspergers and ADHD and was just always falling through the cracks of the public school system. They would either put him in a class with very special needs kids, most of whom were non verbal or have him do worksheets in the guidance office. Either way, learning nothing. He started at the Learning Clinic the summer before 5th grade and has been succeeding ever since. The structure and therapy component of his day has made him relax into the program and learn at an astounding rate!! We are amazed each day at his achievements since arriving there. He is going into the ninth grade there now and loves it! He has friends and our home life is so much easier now that he has coping strategies and we do to. The director of the school is so caring and really relates to this population of students. I cannot say enough about this incredible place!!
The Learning Clinic Saved my son
Our son was severely bullied in a local public school district. He has Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD. By the time we were introduced to The Learning Clinic, we had a suicidal 11 year old on our hands. He was behind at least 4 years academically and was being beaten and harassed on a daily basis. The public school system had given up on him and was just ushering him along until they no longer had to deal with him, as does happen with many LD children. Fortunately, we were interviewed and accepted at TLC and my son's life was literally saved. He is now a happy, confident thriving young man. TLC has shown him how to accept who he is and works to help him achieve successes both socially and academically. We no longer have a scared little boy waiting for the next bad thing to happen but a young man excited about his future. We owe all of our gratitude for our child's turn around to Dr. Ducharme and the rest of the great folks at The Learning Clinic. The students at TLC are on individual programs which means they all go at their own pace and they are encouraged to seek out their own interests and are taught the way the may learn. There is no cookie-cutter scenario for these students. Each child is a unique individual so the educational program for each of them is unique and individually based. The staff at TLC is well trained and experienced in dealing with kids who "think outside the box". I am sure there are some public schools who offer decent special education programs but none could come close to what TLC offers these students. When these kids leave TLC, they have gained the confidence and experience to be successful in whatever field they choose to pursue. Not only are they academically ready but through the intensive one on one and family therapy, social training and unique setting, they are ready to face the World. TLC is a blessing for our family and I recommend it to any family who has a child who stands out from the crowd. My son stood out in a way that made him an easy target. Now he stands out because he knows he can shine.
This school is an absolute sham. It claims that "every child can succeed", but does so by lowering the bar for "success". The director is a selfish maniac who virtually uses the school as a research facility, collecting data through point sheets and security cameras. I spent the entirety of high school there, and I feel like my childhood has been stolen. The school never did anything to treat the social anxiety problems that have always been holding me back; in fact, it added to them by creating the stigma of having been sent to a "special" school. The hopes and aspirations of students mean nothing in the face of the school's operation as a business and as a laboratory for the director. I can honestly say I have been mentally scarred by The Learning Clinic. I have been left well behind my peers academically and socially. What I got was 5 agonizing years of "stability", only to be ejected into a world I was never given a fair chance to prepare for. It may not be an abusive hellhole like certain other facilities, but the Learning Clinic is nevertheless a destroyer of hope and dreams. And the more capable you are as a person, the more The Learning Clinic will take away.