June 23, 2024

Programs at The Wilder School 

Alternative Program

The Alternative Program at the Wilder School is an educational therapeutic program serving students, grades 1 through 12, from the Hartford Area Regional Collaborative member schools.  Students with severe behavioral disabilities are referred to the Wilder School by the member supervisory unions.

The goal of the Alternative Program is to collaborate with the student and the family to meet each student's academic, social and emotional needs. Intensive and comprehensive education and mental health services are provided using a family centered approach. Services are highly individualized and include active parents and school partnerships. The program seeks to assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to form and maintain relationships and to be successful in a school setting.


Refer a Student to the Alternative Program at The Wilder School (referral completed by Case Managers only)

Autism Program

The Autism Program provides educational and clinical services for students in elementary school through high school who have autism or other related developmental disabilities. Using principles of applied behavior analysis, this program strives to teach students effective communication skills, social skills, functional academic skills, self-help/personal care skills, ADL skills and pre-vocational/ vocational skills training.

The team is comprised of an on-site Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Special Education teachers, a Speech-Language Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, a Physical Therapist and Paraprofessional support staff. They provide individual and small group instruction, both in school and in the community, to help their students generalize and maintain their skills in all environments.

The team strives to provide students with the skills necessary for them to "learn how to learn". The program supports students and families with all transitions, whether that be to a less restrictive setting such as back to their sending school, to another collaborative/alternative placement, or to adult services upon graduation.


Refer a Student to the Autism Program at The Wilder School (referral completed by School Representative only)