Special Services



Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Department of Special Services provides a variety of support services to New Milford students. Services may include special education, speech and language, school psychology, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, health services, as well as gifted and talented support.

Special education and general education faculty and staff members work closely together to foster learning environments that support students in their work toward attaining New Milford standards. Individual student needs are identified and programs planned through the Planning and Placement Team (PPT). The PPT identifies students eligible to receive special education and designs Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). To the greatest extent possible, students participate in the general education curriculum with supports, services, and instruction designed to allow them to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

I am available by phone or e-mail. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. I look forward to working with you this year to ensure a successful school experience for your wonderful children.  It is the mission of the Department of Special Services of the New Milford School District to provide our students and their families with “Best Practices” at every stage in their child’s education. We strive for no less than the best possible education for your child. Our department thrives on your interest, support, and feedback.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Laura Olson                                                                                              

Director of Special Services and Pupil Personnel

Helpful Links: 

 *NEW* Transition Bill of Rights

 *NEW* Sparker App: Child Find Web and Social Text - From the CT Office of Early Childhood 

  IEP Manual


  Building a Bridge: A Resource Manual for High School Students


IEE Criteria

Procedural Safeguards Notice Required Under IDEA Part B


A Parent's Guide to Special Education in Connecticut 2021


A Guía de Educación Especial en Connecticut para Padres


Parental Notification of Laws Relating to the use of Seclusion and Restraint in the Public Schools Revised July 2018