Partnership in Education (PIE) Program

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OUR MISSION:  

The Child Study Center partners with leadership and professional staff of schools, preschools, and child care programs using scientifically-based methods to help optimize the mental health, educational and overall developmental potential of all students by providing direct consultative services, conducting research and program evaluations, informing and supporting policy development, and training  professionals. 

In addition to providing individual assessments and evaluations of children with difficulties in the classroom, Child Study Center faculty offer innovative interventions and building -specific and system-wide training, consultation and support to teachers, school administrators, mental health staff and parents. For more information on how we can help meet the needs of your school, please click here to contact us

Professional Development Services

Social and academic competition, family tension, national and international crises – these are just a few of the stressors children and adolescents bring into school each day. When these environmental challenges combine with behavioral health disorders, the results can be overwhelming. Children’s emotions and behaviors have a tremendous impact on their school day and learning capacity, and often significantly influence the experience of their peers and teachers as well. Even the most seasoned teachers and counselors struggle to find appropriate ways to address their students’ emotions and behaviors in the school environment. 

Child Study Center faculty members are experts in a variety of school-related behavioral health problems, and they are eager to share their research findings and offer practical tools for intervening with students in need.  Full and half day professional development seminars are available at your school on the following topics: 

•    Tools for understanding and addressing student anxiety and school avoidance
•    Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral interventions for anger and aggression in the classroom
•    Bullying: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention
•    Working with high risk students in the school setting
•    Psychopharmacology with children and adolescents
•    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette’s Syndrome
•    Autism Spectrum Disorders in the classroom – ASD defined, and tools for intervention


Please contact Nicole Gentili, LCSW at 203-785-3485 to request a professional development seminar for your staff, or to inquire about the availability of other topic areas.

On-site training fees are typically $500 for half day (2-3 hours) and $1,000 for full day (5-6 hours) seminars.

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The School Development Program designs and delivers customized professional development experiences for pre-K to 12 educators at the school and district levels. The SDP synthesizes and combines the latest research with our experiences as professional educators to provide participants with practical, effective, and research-based strategies that they can use immediately.  James Comer, MD, Directorcollapse

Student Consultation and Assessment Services

Many of the children and adolescents who receive mental health services have difficulties related to their school functioning, whether due to underlying learning disorders,  behavioral health conditions or a combination of the two. In order to enhance the child’s school functioning it is critical that the child’s  educational team be aware and/or involved in the child’s on-going treatment.  Providers specializing in a variety of mental health disorders can conduct school consultations.  They are represented as follows: Jean Adnopoz, MPH, Director, In-Home Services, Christine Dauser, PsyD, Director, Outpatient Clinic, Robert King, MD, Director, TS OCD Clinic, Steven Marans, PhD, Director, Trauma Clinic, James McPartland, PhD, Director, Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Wendy Silverman, PhD, Director, Program for Anxiety Disorders
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Psychological Assessments include highly detailed and individualized testing of cognitive, neuropsychological, academic and social emotional skills.  Detailed recommendations are provided that can be used by school professionals and parents to determine school placement, develop an IEP, develop strategies for behavioral management, and provide therapists with recommendations for treatment planning.  Laurie Cardona, PsyD, Director 

A comprehensive evaluation will cost $2,500 to $3,000; based on the current hourly rate.

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Psychiatric Evaluations are often requested by schools when there is concern about a child’s behavior or mental health.  Full psychiatric evaluations include a parent interview, child interview and/or observation, information gathering from other care providers, a written report delineating educational and non-educational recommendations, feedback to the school and the parent(s), and formal presentation and recommendations of the case at a PPT meeting.  Dorothy Stubbe, MD, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training
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Our ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist offers evaluations for all ages with assessment of articulation (i.e., speech clarity), receptive language (i.e., listening/understanding), expressive language (i.e., talking), and pragmatic language (i.e., social use of language for interactions with peers and others). Coordination of speech-language evaluations with other service areas (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, social work) is optional, as are integrated multi-disciplinary evaluations.  

Fee: $2,000

Our ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist offers consultations to families and school teams regarding IEP construction and program implementation.   Families and teams may seek our support to help with development of measureable goals and objectives in the areas of receptive language, expressive language, and social-communication.  We also support multi-disciplinary, collaborative teams seeking to help students generalize communication skills across settings (i.e., home, school, community). 

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Academic Skills Assessments are valuable for students who present with a variety of challenges including those who are not achieving their full potential, are diagnosed with or suspected of having a learning disability, have gifts and talents with or without academic difficulties, have academic difficulties that are secondary to development or genetic disorders such as ADHD, Asperger’s, Fragile X, those with complex learning profiles and those with organizational skills and/or attentional capabilities that interfere with their academic progress.  Elena Grigorenko, PhD, Director 

Individual assessments are conducted with an hourly fee of $350; the length and cost of an evaluation is dependent on the nature of the questions being addressed.

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The Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic, directed by Dr. James McPartland, serves children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, and other neurodevelopmental disorders affecting communication and learning.  The clinic conducts multidisciplinary, comprehensive assessments of learning style, speech and language, social behavior and daily living abilities. The team of evaluators incorporates expertise in psychology, psychiatry, communication and social work. Evaluations include extensive, detailed recommendations tailored to the individual child’s needs and appropriate for guiding educational programming and intervention planning. The Developmental Disabilities Clinic also provides therapeutic services in the form of social skills and interpersonal communication groups, parent/family guidance and support, and school consultations and trainings.
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Bridge Programs

Post Hospitalization Student Support services are available for children who are reentering school after a Yale New-Haven Hospital psychiatric hospitalization and need transition support.   Mary Gunsalus, Director
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Great Start program provides a bridge between school and home for children having behavioral difficulties in the classroom which affect their ability to learn.  Services include home-based family assessment and support as well as tools to assist parents and teachers to help children take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the school.  Michelle St. Pierre, LCSW, Coordinator(203) 785-6862
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