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The Susan Wayne Center of Excellence (SWCE) offers intensive residential, educational, medical, and clinical services for adolescent boys and girls who are mild to moderately cognitively impaired with concurrent behavioral, mental health, and medical issues. Located in rural Thompson, Connecticut, our state-of-the-art campus offers warm, home-like facilities in a pastoral setting.
Our students have often experienced complex trauma, and often have not been successful in other settings. SWCE students typically require additional support in the classroom, as well as with emotional and behavioral difficulties, executive functioning, and life skills.
The SWCE offers:
- A trauma-informed milieu which includes specialized training for all staff, and where all interventions are individually chosen and developmentally based.
- A full academic instruction schedule on campus, five days a week, in an extended school year. All curricula used are based on the national Common Core standards.
- Leisure activities, sports, and outings as well as on-site activities support positive identity building as well as social engagement.
- Highly skilled direct care staff twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, as well as teachers, nurses, clinicians, counselors, recreation staff, and a Medical Director (a board-certified psychiatrist).
- On-site nursing coverage, 7-days a week to assist students diagnosed with significant mental illness and behavioral issues.
- A small, predictable, and welcoming setting where all students, especially those who may have experienced disruptive and unstable placements in the past, can begin to achieve their long-term goals.