What is “Educational Support”?

From the first day of Early Childhood to Eighth Grade graduation, the HVWS faculty is dedicated to maximizing each student's capacity to become his or her best self. In order to accommodate all different learning styles, the teachers incorporate a wide variety of activities into their lessons. Movement, recitation, painting and drawing, crafts, sculpting, games, singing, playing instruments—all help to supplement and complement the academic aspects of the curriculum, so there is usually at least one area in which each student can excel. It may happen, however, that a student experiences difficulties: physical, academic, cognitive, behavioral, or emotional. When a student is struggling, the teachers may call on the Educational Support Group for extra assistance in helping the student work through issues standing in the way of progress.

HVWS offers several different therapies, each of which addresses different area of the child's experience, with the common goal of supporting the educational process—the child's ability to learn successfully—by strengthening the foundations on which higher learning capacities are based. The areas addressed by these therapies include physical coordination and balance, healthy neurological development, self-confidence, physical and emotional health, and cognitive and academic skills. The therapies we offer are: The Educational Support Group maintains a Resource List of other therapists. The Pedagogical Resource Teacher may also be asked to provide individual or small-group academic assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who decides whether Educational Support services are needed?
  • When and where do services take place?
  • How is Educational Support work documented?
  • How much do these services cost?
  • Does the ESG make professional diagnoses?
  • How do we know whether HVWS can meet a student’s needs?

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An anthroposophically trained, licensed naturopathic physician and registered nurse,
Tamara Potselueva, is seeing patients at HVWS. Tamara is contributing her consulting services to the Educational Support Group. She is available to see patients professionally in the Morning Glories (parent-child) classroom one Wednesday a month. Appointments can be made by calling 860-664-3651 or e-mailing 
For further information
on any aspect of the HVWS Educational Support program, please contact Educational Support Coordinator Melissa Merkling at 203-364-1113 or mmerkling@waldorfct.org.
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