International Students Welcome
International Students

Short term programs are available to children visiting the Connecticut area from afar. Travel, phone, email, and Skype are used to continue consultation after a child has returned home.

Licensed day care
Preschool Program

On site at the Center, our Garden Patch Preschool provides countless opportunities for play and social interactions with typical peers each day.

Resource Network
Resource Network

The Center collaborates with many talented related service providers including speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and more.

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Welcome to our new website!

The Center is thrilled to introduce our new website!  Now that you’re here,  you probably noticed our brand new logo as well.  A fresh new look for…

A Testimonial

Two wonderful parents sent me this testimonial today. What an honor it was to be a part of their little boy’s life for six months!

“Our son was dia…


Having a child with special needs puts you into a world of teachers that others do not fully appreciate. Life for my daughter has been overwhelming; from a medical perspective, from a sensory perspective. For 15 years, I have met and worked with a myriad of professionals trying their best to help. But despite their hard work and love for my child, no one knew how to teach her.

What about growth and development? It was only at The Center that a…

Mother of a 15 year old girl

Our 6 year-old was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder three years ago. We spent one year in a public school program, which was a frustrating experience. It is a horrible feeling to know that time is of the essence for interventions that will significantly impact the outcome of your child’s life, and to have to simultaneously wait for the resolution of administrative issues that limit the quality of care your child is receiving.


Two very happy parents

The Center made it possible for my son to recover from an autism spectrum disorder. They are one of the few ABA providers that have the experience and technology to teach children Theory Of Mind, one of the core deficits of autism. Parents have no idea how fortunate they are to have access to this caliber of talent. Unfortunately, what they know isn’t mainstreamed into schools and providers across the country.

The Center were the only people…

Ashley Morgan, mother to Leo (13)

Lynn Hartigan and the staff at The Center for Growth and Development (specifically Gail, Colleen and Annamarie) are true angels. Our son and family were extremely blessed by their hard work, dedication and genuine personal commitment to saving our son’s life. Our son, who was low functioning and completely mute, today is fully recovered and a vibrant young boy who attends school without any assistance or therapies. A miracle it may seem to many, …

A Connecticut family

Our decision to seek services from The Center for Growth and Development was one of the best decisions we have made. In one of our first sessions, the therapist said, “Come see what your son can do.” Those words were transforming. For the first time I was hearing someone say what he could do instead of what he couldn’t do. They loved my son exactly the way he was but did not put any limitations on the potential they saw for him. They laughed at h…

Mother of a six-year-old

Our son was diagnosed with Autism and Apraxia at the age of 19 months. At that time our family started the journey of finding our son services that would best suit his needs. Through some trail and error we came upon the Center for Growth and Development. I knew after the first few times our son was there this was a one of kind facility that would provide our son with the very best. When he started at the Center he was non-verbal. After just a fe…

A Grateful Mom

My six year old son was diagnosed with Autism in 2010 and today we are happy to say he is in a typical kindergarten classroom with minimal support in our home school in NJ. When my son was diagnosed with Autism 3 years ago, we didn’t imagine that a typical school would be a possibility for him; but Lynn, Gail, Melissa, and Andrea through their incredible dedication expertise and therapies tailored to meet all of his challenges have completely tra…

Liz & Ed

All parents hope and dream for nothing but the best for their children. This certainly does not fall to the wayside when you discover your child has special needs. At age 2, my son was diagnosed with ASD, verbal apraxia, and sensory integration disorder. Although heartbreaking to discover our child has these challenges, we quickly understood that time is of the essence in getting into the appropriate therapies with the right group of people.


An appreciative Mom

When our twins were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we had no idea what our next step should be. From our first meeting with the staff at CGD, we knew we found the right environment for our boys. The staff was warm, friendly and professional from day 1. My children immediately felt at ease, which was a great comfort to us. Through creative means, the team at CGD was able to find what motivated each of my children to learn. Thanks to the…

The Ruscil Family

It is with great pleasure that I recommend The Center for Growth & Development to families in need of ABA therapy for their children. Having served my boys, now ages 11 & 13, for the past ten years, the Center for Growth and Development means much more to us than just our ABA provider, they are like family.

As founder of the Autism Parents Group, a support group of over 200 families with children on the autism spectrum in FairfieldCounty, a bo…

Patti Sylvia