Via Cromwell Life: Ädelbrook Returns to Extended School Year Program

Via Cromwell Life: Ädelbrook Returns to Extended School Year Program

Read the story below, via Cromwell Life:   When one runs a school that provides year-round instruction and support for special needs children and young adults, you can’t shut the place down for long. Not even when there is a virus pandemic. So after nearly three months with its doors closed Ädelbrook reopened in early July with numerous new safety protocols and procedures to keep everyone safe.   Ädelbrook is based in Cromwell and operates special education schools in this town as well as Middletown, East Hartford and Manchester. School resumed July 6 with a blended learning model.   After...

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How are Ädelbrook’s Special Education Teachers Using Synchronous Learning in Their Classrooms?

How are Ädelbrook’s Special Education Teachers Using Synchronous Learning in Their Classrooms?

At the Cromwell Learning Center of Ädelbrook, we serve students across a variety of abilities and ages from middle school through high school. For our students attending in person, they have been working hard to learn our new safety rules, wear masks, and adapt to new schedules. For our students learning from home, they are learning and improving their ability to learn through Zoom and Google Classroom. However, it cannot be discounted how much learning our teachers are doing. With students starting back-to-school both in-person and online on August 28th, our teachers are adapting to “synchronous” learning and teaching.  ...

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Some good things can happen via ZOOM!

Some good things can happen via ZOOM!

Because of the pandemic, our Learning Center in Manchester is able to visit their classmates in their homes, via Zoom. One of our classmates lives on a farm and others of course live in the city. Well, the class was zooming together and the child that lives on a farm had chickens who were hatching, so they brought them onto the zoom and the entire class—hybrid and zoom—got to watch the entire process. The students were in awe!! This was one of those positive moments of being on Zoom! It probably would not have happened otherwise.

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Ädelbrook’s Educational Centers Return to School for the Extended School Year Program

Ädelbrook’s Educational Centers Return to School for the Extended School Year Program

Ädelbrook’s special education schools located in Cromwell, Middletown, East Hartford and Manchester started back to school with a blended learning model on July 6th.  After 4 months of teaching through Zoom, Teams, and Google Classrooms our teachers are back to what they love the most – teaching their students in-person in the classroom! Ädelbrook schools follow a regular school year schedule with an added 7 week summer program. Following very strict guidelines and adapted schedules, students, teachers and para-professionals are happy to be back together in person. Students are in school on a rotating basis Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays....

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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

Below, you can find a list of exciting museums, zoos, parks, and more that you and your child can visit virtually! Click the names below to visit each location. San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! Yellowstone National Park Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more. Tour Yellowstone National Park! Mars Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. 360 Mode offers a digital view while the website updates from WEBVR to WEBXR. Animal Cameras Click the individual zoos and aquariums listed...

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Apps for Kids with Special Needs

Apps for Kids with Special Needs

Below are a variety of educational apps that will making learning fun for your child. Click the app’s name to view and download it from the App Store. Apps for Dyslexic Learners SoundLiteracy $3.99 Dyslexia Quest $9.99 Happy Math Multiplication Rhymes Free Phonics with Phonograms $2.99 Apps for Autistic Learners Sight Words $0.99 See.Touch.Learn Free Verbal Me Free Autism iHelp Free Autism/DDT Shapes $7.99 Autism DDT Letters $6.99 Apps for the Visually Impaired Light Detector Free TapTapSee Free Be My Eyes Free Talking Calculator $1.99 Visual Brailler Free Apps for Learners with Writing Difficulties The Writing Machine Free iWrite Words...

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Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus

Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus

Below, you can find some tips and resources to help you with talking to your child about coronavirus. Via PBS: 1. Share age appropriate facts and corrected misinformation. 2. Reassure them that they are safe 3. Emphasize simple things your family can do to be “germ busters”   Here are four ways we can help young kids build germ-busting habits. Wash Your Hands Make it a family routine before every meal and snack to wash hands. If you do it together, you can model for them how to use soap, rub your hands together and rinse. For a timer, try...

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Tips to Keep Kids Structured

Tips to Keep Kids Structured

We understand that there may be unique challenges for students with disabilities and this may be an especially stressful time for families. The first step in adjusting to this period of time is to maintain structure at home and keep students engaged in positive, productive activities. The following are some tips and suggestions to keep a structured schedule for kids. Keep activities with start and end times Have structured breaks Allow for downtime Keep routine Allow for exercise and movement Suggested Schedule 7:00–8:00 Wake Up: Morning Hygiene & Chores Brush teeth, wash face, shower, apply deodorant, make bed 8:00–9:00 Breakfast...

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Via Hartford Courant: At Ädelbrook’s Bark-ery and Recently Expanded Transitional Academies, Students Find Support and Skills for Life

Via Hartford Courant: At Ädelbrook’s Bark-ery and Recently Expanded Transitional Academies, Students Find Support and Skills for Life

Read the story below, via Hartford Courant: At Ädelbrook’s Bark-ery, students don’t just learn how to bake dog treats — they get hands on work experience in a safe and fun environment that prepares them for employment and life out in the community. Ädelbrook was founded in Cromwell in 1915 and serves 300 children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have other behavioral or health challenges. The transitional academies and the Bark-ery, just off Middletown’s Main Street, teach young adults who have finished high school the life skills they need to hold down a job and...

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Special Cookies and Treats Made at The Bark-ery!

Special Cookies and Treats Made at The Bark-ery!

Watch the video here, and read the story below via WFSB.com: Looking for some healthy treats for your pup? The Barkery in Middletown has homemade treats and fun accessories for dogs. Some of the people who work there are students of Adlebrook, a non profit organization that provides services for children and young adults with developmental and behavioral challenges. For more information visit https://adelbrook.org/adelbrook-transitional-academies/bark-ery/

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Believe in Yourself and You Will Be Unstoppable
Believe in Yourself and You Will Be Unstoppable
Believe in Yourself and You Will Be Unstoppable
Believe in Yourself and You Will Be Unstoppable

Believe in Yourself and You Will Be Unstoppable

At Ädelbrook, we focus on ability, not disability. Our Jordan and Greenbriar residents continue to discover their unique capabilities through innovative programming and community partnerships. While some of our residential youth are able to participate in Special Olympics and other team sports, not all can. However, one activity that suits them all is running. Running is arguably the world’s most accessible sport; from jogging to sprinting, it all begins with putting one foot in front of the other. Thanks to a grant that has paid for race registration from the Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation, many of our young men...

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Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department
Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department

Some Cool Tools from our Occupational Therapy Department

Here at Ädelbrook we strive to increase the student’s independence in every way. This means providing and teaching our students different ways that they can provide themselves with deep pressure input. The steam roller machine is designed to provide deep pressure input that the students are able to control themselves. Students crawl through the sets of rollers and can adjust the pressure exerted through tension springs. Our students can start their day with the steam roller machine, and are able to use it throughout the day as needed. The scooter and ramp are another great therapeutic piece of equipment we...

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The Perks of Our New Coffee Business
The Perks of Our New Coffee Business
The Perks of Our New Coffee Business
The Perks of Our New Coffee Business
The Perks of Our New Coffee Business

The Perks of Our New Coffee Business

Introducing the newest business at the Ädelbrook Learning Center: “Cook’s Coffee Cart!” In an effort to create more on campus job opportunities we opened a coffee cart — where students get to practice job skills, and on Fridays staff get the “perk” of having coffee delivered to them! Throughout the week, there are a number of jobs students complete to get ready for Friday coffee cart days. The students cut out the order forms, place them in envelopes, and deliver them to each classroom. They then go around and collect the order forms and ensure customers have paid the appropriate...

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An Event That Only Gets Better With Age

An Event That Only Gets Better With Age

Cheers for Ädelbrook continues to get better with each passing year. This year’s event, being held on Friday, October 18 will be at Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT. Willowbrook Spirit Shoppe will once again be providing the wine, craft beer and spirits for the tastings and Sweet Harmony will be there with delectable desserts. The event will be catered by Saint Clements with hand passed hors d’oeuvres as well as macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and stir fry stations each with an assortment of toppings. There will be live music and both a silent and teacup auction. While the...

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Ädelbrook Announces New Executive Vice President

Ädelbrook Announces New Executive Vice President

Ädelbrook is pleased to announce the promotion of Sabrina Cameron, LCSW to the role of Executive Vice President. Sabrina joined the Ädelbrook team in September of 2009, as a Program Director of Potter’s House, a Therapeutic Group Home for young women. She was promoted to the Clinical Program Director in 2011, and in 2014 became the Director of Residential Programming. In January of 2016 she became Ädelbrook’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all residential, education, in-home, and community based programming. In her ten years with the agency she has helped usher in a change of population at what once was The...

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Via WFSB: Families remind people to be Cautious of Kids with Autism While Using Fireworks

Via WFSB: Families remind people to be Cautious of Kids with Autism While Using Fireworks

WFSB Eyewitness News Channel 3 sits down with Ädelbrook’s Sabrina Cameron in this news story to discuss how Fourth of July festivities can present challenges for those on the autism spectrum. The story continues to show how it’s still possible to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones on the spectrum, with a little creativity… Watch the video here, and read the story below via WFSB.com: CROMWELL, CT (WFSB) – by Shawnte Passmore — When people think of the Fourth of July, they automatically think of fireworks, but sometimes it’s hard on loved ones who are autistic. Fireworks are an...

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18 Reasons to Play in Ädelbrook’s Golf for Kids Tournament

18 Reasons to Play in Ädelbrook’s Golf for Kids Tournament

Ädelbrook’s Golf for Kids Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT. This golf tournament is celebrating its 24thyear. Maybe you’ve golfed in it before, and you know what a great tournament it is. In the event that you haven’t golfed in Ädelbrook’s tournament before, and even if you have, here are 18 reasons you should register yourself and three friends. Golfers of all abilities are welcome! 1 — Golf on a beautiful course 2 — Exclusive Ädelbrook gift for each registered golfer 3 —...

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A Letter from the White House

A Letter from the White House

We empower our students to get involved, to speak their minds and to be themselves. So when East Hartford Learning Center student Jonathan wanted to write the president to ask him how it is decided who gets to be on currency and wanted to suggest that Rosa Parks be considered for a bill, he was encouraged to do just that. When the staff sent the letter out, they didn’t expect to get a response. However, in mid-March a letter arrived from the White House addressed to Jonathan at the East Hartford Learning Center. No one was more surprised than Jonathan....

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Ädelbrook Announces New President and CEO, Alyssa Goduti, MPA

Ädelbrook Announces New President and CEO, Alyssa Goduti, MPA

Ädelbrook is pleased to announce the selection of Alyssa Goduti as its new President and CEO. Alyssa brings nearly 20 years of leadership, advocacy, and business development experience in Connecticut’s nonprofit human service sector. Most recently she served as the President and CEO of the CT Council of Family Service Agencies, a statewide association of human service providers which collectively serves over 180,000 people, employs 5,000 staff with total funding of over $250M. Previously, Alyssa served as the Vice President for Business Development and Communications at CHR and as the Vice President for Public Policy of the Connecticut Community Providers...

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Caregiving Around the Clock

Caregiving Around the Clock

November is National Caregivers Month and the theme this year is Caregiving Around the Clock. Being a caregiver for someone can be both rewarding and stressful. When being a caregiver is around the clock it can become downright exhausting. It’s not just the needing to be “on” that can take its toll, but it’s also the pain and suffering that the caregiver has to bear witness to. Caregivers often put their needs and feelings aside to ensure that the person they are caring for has all that they need. They are selfless and expect no accolades for the hard work...

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Fall Festival Provides Sense of Community

A sense of community can be different for everyone. For parents of children or young adults with a disability, that sense of community can be hard to find. At events like the Fall Festival at the Cromwell Learning Center the sense of community can be seen, heard and felt. It may be through the students’ smiles and laughter with their parents, guardians or staff while painting a pumpkin. Or it may be through parents meeting other parents totalk with each other to share similar challenges and successes. The Cromwell Learning community extends beyond the students and staff who interact daily, it includes the parents, guardians and...

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Voices from the Community: Ädelbrook Bark-ery Visit

Voices from the Community: Ädelbrook Bark-ery Visit

We received this kind email from Laurie, who recently visited, and this is what she had to say about Ädelbrook and the Bark-ery… My name is Laurie and I was in the Ädelbrook Bar-kery in Middletown about a month ago. The education your schools provide for people with disabilities is something that’s near and dear to my heart. One lesson my mother always taught me and my siblings is that it’s important to give back to the community. She always had us volunteering for MDA, Special Olympics, school functions, and Relay for Life. The day I was at the Bar-kery...

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Onward and Upward

Onward and Upward

Looking back at the promotion and graduation ceremonies earlier this month, the staff at Ädelbrook can take great satisfaction in their success in serving this special population of young people. At the Learning Center in East Hartford, Joel Cruz, from the Institute of Hispanic Families gave the commencement address in the newly painted gymnasium. In Cromwell, students offered words of enthusiasm as they prepared to receive their certificates of promotion. In Manchester, the Step-Up Ceremony opened with a sixth grade student as master of ceremonies and another student giving an overview of the history of Ädelbrook. Finally, at the Transitional...

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Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to Our New Website!

It’s been a little more than five years since we put up our new site as Ädelbrook. It seemed like a good time to look at it with fresh eyes. It’s amazing how much we have grown and evolved since changing our name in 2012; we realized our website needed to reflect that change. Since we launched our website in 2012 we have grown our staff from about 150 to almost 600. We have opened up 11 Continuous Residential Support Homes, four educational learning centers, two residential extension homes, began providing in-home services and opened our educational retail venture, The...

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Golf for Kids Tournament — June 1, 2017

Golf for Kids Tournament — June 1, 2017

Studies have shown that there are many benefits to playing golf: improved heart health, weight loss, stress reduction and more … but maybe you need another reason, maybe you want to know that enjoying a beautiful day on a gorgeous course would benefit others. Well, Golf for Kids is your tournament. By playing in Ädelbrook’s Golf for Kids Tournament on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, CT, you are helping children and young adults, right here in Connecticut, receive life-improving services. Our tournament, which has run for 22 years,...

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No More Looking Back!

No More Looking Back!

When this young girl first arrived at Ädelbrook’s Learning Center – Manchester, she was often unable to process her surroundings or communicate her wants and needs. Over time our teaching staff worked with her to build trust to develop coping strategies and to open her up to the wonderful world around her. This picture was taken this summer when we went on a field trip to an orchard to pick apples. As I looked back through pictures I had taken on that trip I was struck by this picture. I realized looking forward how much had changed … I see...

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Bark-ery Open for Business

Bark-ery Open for Business

The Ädelbrook Bark-ery is up and running in downtown Middletown They are offering extended hours during the holiday season by opening during Middlesex County Chambers Holiday on Main Street. Make sure to bring your fur-baby to the Riverview Center Walkway Suite 125 and get some treats for your pooch and then just a couple doors down you can get a treat for yourself at Fusion Bakery. In addition to the barkalicious treats for Fido, made by the students at Ädelbrook’s Transitional Academy, they also have an array of toys, beds, leashes and other accessories including a weighted coat to calm...

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Ädelbrook Bark-ery Opening Soon

Ädelbrook Bark-ery Opening Soon

When you have dedicated staff who think outside the box to create opportunities for students of all abilities to succeed, you get amazing results … and The Ädelbrook Bark-ery… Which will be opening to the public on Monday, November 14 at the 100 Riverview Plaza, Suite 125 in Middletown. What is a Bark-ery you ask? Well it’s a bakery for your furry, four legged best friend, well the barking one anyway. The Ädelbrook Transitional Academy wanted to develop more opportunities for students to get more and different experience in the workforce, so they began thinking about work that would be...

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Our Dedicated Staff

Our Dedicated Staff

When asked what sets Ädelbrook apart from the other agencies I often say that it’s the fact that we offer a continuum of care. However, that continuum of care means nothing if there aren’t top notch staff doing that work. So what I should be saying is that what sets us apart is the amazingly dedicated staff we have … at all levels. This dedication is illustrated with something that just happened last week. We got a call from the Department of Children and Families that they had a child, non-verbal and diagnosed with autism who had been removed from...

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Finding Ways to Connect: Communicating Through Texture

Finding Ways to Connect: Communicating Through Texture

While you wouldn’t notice it at first glance Tracy* is, in a lot of ways, a typical 18 year old girl. She’s boy-crazy, she has a sense of humor and while she may know what you’re asking, she’s not so interested in complying… She also has autism and is nonverbal … and as Rachal Hovey attests “She’s awesome.” Tracy came to Ädelbrook’s Learning Center in 2012, her first day also happened to be Rachal Hovey’s first day as the Speech and Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA), As the SLPA, Rachal was trying to help find ways to communicate with Tracy. Besides...

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