River Run Academy at the Susan Wayne Center Day School

Currently accepting referrals and holding in-person sessions

River Run Academy, the clinical day school at the Susan Wayne Center of Excellence, located in Thompson, Conn., offers intensive educational, vocational, and clinical services for mild to moderately cognitively impaired students.

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At a Glance
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Focus: We specialize in educating students who have mild-to-moderate cognitive impairment but may also have concurrent mental health, behavioral, and medical issues.
Age: 11-21
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: 45
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Ryan Gagne
75 Church Street
Thompson, CT 06277
(860) 928-5900

We utilize a trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment model in all of our classroom settings. This approach, called the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model, provides a framework for thoughtful clinical intervention with complexly traumatized youth and their caregiving systems. All day school staff is trained in this model, as it is the foundation for all interventions we use with our students.



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Students engage in a year-round academic schedule. Our core academic content is based on the Common Core standards, with delivery differentiated for each student. We also offer instruction in daily living, health, financial literacy, and social skills. Class sizes are very small.




Transitional and vocational programming are essential components of both our therapeutic and educational services. A hands-on approach to life-skills learning often takes place in the greater community through field trips, service learning, and work experiences. Our students engage in a variety of vocational activities, including landscaping, small engine repair, culinary arts, assisting at food pantries and recycling centers, and more.



Supportive Services

We provide many additional supportive services to assist students in accessing the curriculum. We have a psychiatrist and language disorder specialist on staff, and we provide occupational therapy when appropriate. Students have daily access to clinical supportive services for assistance, if needed, as well as individual therapy weekly.

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.