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Special Needs Preschool


A hospital-based special needs program for children ages 18 months to five years

MidHudson Regional Hospital’s Special Needs Preschool Program and Center for Communication Disorders are our region’s respected leaders in providing services to children and adults with language-based needs. The special needs preschool program is the Mid-Hudson’s largest provider of services to children from 18 months to five years, serving those diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities.

It is the only center-based program for autistic preschool-aged children in Dutchess County. The Center for Communication Disorders provides early intervention services for children from birth to three years of age, in addition to evaluation and treatment for speech, language, hearing and swallowing.

The Panichi Center for Communication and Learning, which opened in Beacon in 2005, is an 8,500-square-foot facility dedicated to special needs preschool children. Its construction was in response to the needs of a growing number of children in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The center is also a Center for Communication Disorders satellite site serving adults and children with speech, hearing and swallowing disorders.


  • Autism
  • Speech delays
  • Gross and fine motor delays
  • Hearing impairment
  • Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy

Preschool Locations:

  • Poughkeepsie
  • Beacon
  • Hyde Park
  • Red Hook
  • Millbrook

Counties Served:

  • Dutchess
  • Ulster
  • Columbia
  • Putnam

Please Call (845) 431-8803


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