Owner of Middlesex Educational Services
Silvana Salafia Pepitone, MS, SYC, is a school psychologist in Connecticut who has been working with students with disabilities since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University and a Masters Degree and 6th Year Certificate in School Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University.
Silvana began her career in an alternative school setting where she provided behavioral support to students with special needs. Upon completion of her 6th year certification, she worked for the Department of Children and Families, Long Lane School, as Pupil Services Specialist and Chairperson of Planning and Placement Team meetings. She then began working within the public school setting as a school psychologist for elementary students for sixteen years, she transitioned to the middle school for the next seven years and is currently working at the high school level. Her skill set lends her to working with students with social, emotional, behavioral issues and children on the Autism Spectrum.
Over the years, Silvana has continued to expand her knowledge in areas of social, emotional and behavioral functioning. She has participated in certification workshops for ADHD, Anxiety, Social Skills, and Executive Function. Additionally, Silvana is well-versed in educational disabilities and serves as educational consultant to help families understand and navigate the support and services available within a public school setting. She offers support, clarity, and resources to families in some of the following areas: Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504-Accommodation Plans, Behavior Intervention Plans, Functional Behavior Assessments, psycho-educational evaluations, and Response to Intervention (known as SRBI in Connecticut). Silvana is available to offer support to families navigating this often confusing and complex process and can explain and clarify the rights and services that are provided under the law
Silvana is passionate about learning. She believes education is the key to success and with hard work and support all children can reach any goal they set for themselves. She coaches students in academic, social, emotional and behavioral strategies. She focuses on understanding student’s complex academic, behavioral, and social difficulties. She serves as a consultant to parents, providing educational and behavioral support.
In addition to all the things mentioned above, Silvana is a mom of two thriving and beautiful teenagers who are navigating the social and educational challenges of high school and college. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, and aunt. She cherishes family gatherings and her home is often filled with family and friends. When finding a bit of free time, Silvana enjoys walks, skiing, and golfing. She loves to travel and learn more about various areas, cultures and customs.