Special Services

Melissa Dougherty 
Director of Special Services
860-434-0487 (tel)
860-434-9959 (fax)
Email Melissa Dougherty

          Jennifer Frazier
Special Services Department
860-434-0487 (tel)
860-434-9959 (fax)
Email Jennifer Frazier
          Jill Pilgrim
Special Services Department
860-434-0487 (tel)
860-434-9959 (fax)
Email Jill Pilgrim


Information on our Special Services

Special Services offered by the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools

Preschool Program

Preschool Program Family Handbook

Public Notices

Child Find

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 5 and have concerns about his or her development in areas such as language, motor skills, cognition, social/emotional, or self-help skills, the Lyme-Old Lyme Preschool Team can be contacted for information, consultation, screening or evaluation. Questions and concerns can be directed to Myra Gipstein at 860-434-0487 or 860-434-7238.

Peer Visits  - Preschool Program scheduling Visits

The Lyme-Old Lyme Preschool is a tuition free program designed for identified special education students and selected peers. This program serves preschool age children in the communities of Lyme and Old Lyme. 

If you are interested in having your 3-year-old child participate in the Lyme-Old Lyme Special Needs Preschool as a peer during the 2019-2020 school year, visits are being scheduled for March 27, 2019. Children three years old by August 31, 2019 are welcome to participate in a spring peer visit. 

Peer selection is lottery-based, with consideration for age and gender balance in each preschool class. Please contact Myra Gipstein at Center School (860-434-0487 or 860-434-7238) for more information.

Other Special Education Information

Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center brochure

Connecticut State Department of Education brochure entitled, "Steps to Protect a Child's Right to Special Education: Procedural Safeguards"

Connecticut State Department of Education brochure entitled, "Parental Notification of the Laws Relating to the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in the Public Schools"

Connecticut State Department of Education's web site and their brochure entitled "A Parent's Guide to Special Education in Connecticut"

Transition Bill of Rights for parents of students receiving special education services

"Building A Bridge From School to Adult Life" (a handbook for students and family members to help with preparation for life after high school)

Do you have questions about your child's learning? Want to connect with other families? Need information about special education? View a helpful brochure that is designed to provide families with access to organizational resources that can provide information regarding the rights of parents and students as contained in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).








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