Sensory Friendly Events For You & Your Family

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Summer has finally arrived! It’s has been a long and wet spring and I think we can all say we are more than ready to kick off the summer!  If you are looking for something fun to do with your family, below is a list of sensory friendly events in the area that we have found for you. We will be sure to add to the list when we find more! Happy Summer!

Massachusetts


July 10th – August 14th – ACEing Autism Tennis in Scituate

July 11th – Quest! A Therapeutic Role Playing Game for kids with ASD

July 15th: Discovery Museum’s Especially For Me Autism Friendly Night

July 22nd – Sensory Sensitive Saturday in Boston

July 29th – Star Wars Night at Brockton Rox Game

August 19th – Children’s Discovery Museum & Discovery Woods Especially For Me 

August 25th – Buttonwood Park Zoo Special Needs Event

New Hampshire

First Wednesday of Every Month 4pm-6pm- Sky Zone
1st Sunday of every month – Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays

 

 

 

We’re Hiring!

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Now Hiring!

Are you looking for a summer job or a career change? Do you want to work at a place where you feel like you are making a difference and leave feeling rewarded everyday? With the summer almost upon us, and the announcement of our new center opening in the fall, we have multiple position opening in all three of our centers.

We are looking for professional and support staff, and to fill both full-time and part-time positions.  All of our centers are open seven days a week, and we are able to work with most everyone’s schedules.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying or getting more information you can visit our website or email us at: jobs@recreationaleducationcenter.com

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We Promise you a FUN and rewarding time at The Rec! 

 

4th Annual Touch-a-Truck

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This past Sunday was our 4th Annual Touch-a-Truck event at the Peabody Rec Center with over 1000 people in attendance! The day could not have been any better with perfect weather and a great crowd!

Kids of all ages were able to experience what it was like to be inside firetrucks, race cars, ambulances and even tow trucks! There was plenty of food for guests to enjoy and lots of extra activities to do.  Kids were able to build their own bracelets, get their face painted and get their picture taken with McGruff the Crime Dog.

We want to thank all the organizations that came out. The event could not have been a success without them:

  • Peabody Fire Department
  • Peabody Police Department
  • Atlantic Ambulance
  • Cataldo Ambulance
  • Peabody Transportation School Bus
  • Whoopie Wagon
  • Cod Squad
  • Trolley Dogs
  • Todisco Towing
  • JC Landscaping
  • Peabody Public Works
  • Somerville Public Works
  • D. Beatrice Racecar
  • Stephan Hosker Racecar
  • Mill City Towing
  • Roaming Railroad
  • Aspire Early Intervention
  • Allergy & Asthma Awareness Initiative of Peabody
  • Giovanna Forsley Face Painting
  • Mrs. Eleni
  • Fred Moreau Sand Art

    We also would like to give a HUGE thank you to the Recs Program Coordinator, Reagan Cassidy who organized the entire event this year.  THANK YOU REAGAN!

 

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Reserving for Vacations and Holidays at the REC

You may download the form by clicking on the applicable link:

MA REC Vacation Request Form- Peabody, MA
NH REC Vacation Request Form- Londonderry, NH

*Please note that completing and returning this form does not guarantee a space in the Vacation/Holiday programs. REC families will be contacted by staff to confirm availability. (If your child(ren) are not currently enrolled and attending the REC, they must first complete the intake process which may take at least 20-30 days depending on availability and insurance processing and a spot in the vacation program is still not guaranteed).

Staff Spotlight: BCBA Bonanza!

The REC was founded by BCBA, Tricia Woolard, and since the Peabody REC’s door opened 4 years ago we have been fortunate enough to add an extraordinary team of BCBAs to the program. With 12 BCBAs on staff between both locations, about 6 are full-time. With the continuous growth of our centers, we would like to give a shout-out to a group of BCBAs heading up various divisions at both REC locations:

Heather Giurlando, M.S., BCBA
NH REC Behavioral Consultant

Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northeastern University and continued there to complete her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and then received her BCBA. Her passion for special education began early when she volunteered in middle school at an Extended School Year summer program. While working towards her degrees, Heather gained experience through various internships at day camps, daycares and the Brookline Public Schools. She also completed co-op work at Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s Hospital. After completing undergrad, Heather worked at the May Institute for almost 13 years where she had experience in both the classroom and home.

Lisa Cooper, M.S.Ed, BCBA, MSW
Peabody REC Program Director, Early Learners

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Quinnipiac College and went onto Simmons’ College’s well renowned ABA program to receive her Masters in Education and her BCBA. She also earned her Masters in Social Work and certification as a Trauma Informed Clinician from Simmons. Her internships at MCI- Cedar Junction and YOU Inc. Teen Substance Abuse Program fueled her interest in helping those who are struggling in the community. Lisa refocused her skills to children and young adults with disabilities as a Behavioral Consultant at South Shore Charter Public School and then as a BCBA with the REC’s sister company, Creative Behavioral Solutions (CBS) where she worked both in-home and in-school as a Behavioral Consultant. She was introduced to the REC during her time at CBS and admired the center-based ABA Programming and team atmosphere. Her favorite thing about the REC is the enthusiastic and dedicated staff. The REC is excited to welcome Lisa to the Early Learners Department!

Brianna Fedolfi, M.Ed, BCBA
Peabody REC Program Director, Tweens

Brianna received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Keene State College and continued her higher education at Endicott College’s Institute for Behavioral Studies where she earned her Masters in Education for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and then her BCBA. Her passion for working with children began as a camp counselor at the YMCA of the North Shore. Post-grad, Brianna started off her career in the Public Schools System with Marlborough Public Schools as an ABA Technician. She further honed her ABA programming skills at Futures Clinic and Futures Behavior Therapy Center in Beverly, MA. Brianna’s favorite things about the REC are the small groups and the social skills games. She is a great addition to the Tween Department!

Juliana Hartelius, M.Ed, BCBA
Peabody REC Program Director, Teens and Young Adults

Juliana received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Salem State University and then moved onto Bay Path University where she earned her Masters in Education and then her BCBA. Her experience began at a local collaborative and then spent the majority of her career as a BCBA with the REC’s sister company, Creative Behavioral Solutions (CBS) as a Behavioral Consultant in-home and in-school. Juliana also began working part-time at the REC. She loves seeing how happy the REC students are upon arrival and has made the move to become a full-time fixture in the Teen Department.

#squadgoals Are you interested in joining Team REC? We are now hiring staff for our Fall Programming! Between our 2 locations, we offer full and part-time positions with various experience levels. Inquire by sending an email to jobs@recreationaleducationcenter.com.

 

Now Enrolling for Camp REC!

We are still accepting registrations for our customized summer program, Camp REC!

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The REC’s customized ABA programs don’t end with the school year! Did you know that we offer an extensive summer program at Camp REC from June 13th through September 2nd? Families can choose the days, weeks and times!

What is Camp REC?
Camp REC is an individualized summer program that combines fun and learning through ABA methodology while students work and play their way through the day at the center. The days are structured with various activities from cooking, crafting, indoor gym play, board games and puzzles. Older kids have their own space in the Teen Center and the vast outdoor space is great for sport games, water fun, sidewalk chalk and much more!

Furthermore, our creative Program Coordinators develop weekly themes such as Down on the Farm or Rainforest Ruckus so make sure you enroll soon to book your favorite week(s)!

How do I enroll my child?
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Winter Themed Activities

Although it is already mid-January, the snow is just beginning. The feeling of awe and the imagery of fresh white snow blankets is among us. To preempt the winter blues from taking over, get out there and enjoy (temperatures permitting, of course)! Or, if stuck inside make the most of it and plan out the day. See below for some of our favorite activities.

OUTDOORS

Winter Scavenger Hunt
Print this visual scavenger hunt.

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Snow Painting and Snow Gems
In addition to fun pictures, encourage color, shape, letter and number recognition!

Buckets-o-Snow
Just as it sounds! Fill bins or buckets of snow and throw in some sandbox buckets and shovels for some sensory fun. Encourage counting and stacking of snowballs for the mathematically inclined.

Bring Out the Toys
This option may excite the kiddo who is not as excited about the actual snow. Pick some indoor toys such as blocks, trucks, costumes, etc. and let them play outside with the typically “indoor only” toys.

Adaptive Skiing and Snowsports
Trained instructors in a welcoming atmosphere:
Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports

Lincoln Ice Castle
Make the trek up to Lincoln, NH for an adventure in a real frozen castle! Advance ticket purchase necessary.

INDOORS

Crafts, crafts and more crafts!
Grab some glue and paper products to create a Winter Wonderland!

Homemade Snow
Always a favorite (and simple) sensory activity.

“Snowball” Fight
Let out some energy and get the kids moving!

Ice Skating
Create a mini skating rink in the kitchen!

And of course, Open REC! No enrollment necessary. Drop-in for open play 5-6 days/week at either our Peabody, MA or Londonderry, NH location.