Who We Serve

The Community Therapeutic Day School (CTDS), founded in 1974, enrolls children ages 3 - 12 years with emotional and neurologic difficulties that interfere with their learning and prevent them from attending regular school programs. These children may have problems with hyperactivity, social isolation, psychosis, affective disorders, mood dysregulation, autistic defenses, atypical development, distracting fantasies, speech and language delays, behavioral disorders, and motor and sensory integration deficits. Many also have difficulty with developing appropriate social relationships. We try to discern if the basis of the disability is emotional, neurologic, environmental or some combination of factors. Uncontrolled feelings may affect the child’s overall functioning. The child may have specific physical problems such as vision, hearing, sensory motor, or language processing. The child’s environment may be chaotic and the child too preoccupied with day-to-day survival to concentrate on learning or relating. Our children have a wonderful array of strengths and talents. At CTDS we support the whole child.

The Community Therapeutic Day School is a private, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is the policy of Community Therapeutic Day School not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability and homelessness in its educational programs, services, activities or employment practices in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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“Our daughter arrived at CTDS wary and defensive having experienced a sense of shame and failure from years of being misunderstood and having been blamed for her challenges. CTDS understood that our daughter could only progress once her issues of trust were addressed. Once she did feel trust she began to blossom academically, socially and emotionally. She made and fortified some of her most significant relationships. CTDS provided her with the confidence that enabled her to move on in the educational system." — Alumni parent