Exploring The Great Outdoors

There is no denying that Fall in New England is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It is also a great learning opportunity to teach your child about the outdoors and nature.

Whether you are hiking for the day, heading to the orchards or just exploring in your own backyard, parents and caretakers can help open the doorway to the outside world.

Below are some resources to get started on your adventures!

Autumn Scavenger Hunt

How To Go Apple Picking (Video)

Bundle up using the below clothing guide:

Clothing Guide

HAVE FUN!

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Our Fall Favorites!

Today marked the first official day of autumn. With the cooler weather setting in, it is a good time to find some activities to keep your family busy during the months to come. Look no further! We have compiled a list of our favorite New England activities which are more accommodating to the Special Needs Community. The activities are divided into the following categories:

SPECIAL EVENTS
RECREATION AND SPORTS
MUSEUMS AND FINE ARTS
MOVIES
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

SPECIAL EVENTS

Autism Friendly Performance of Cinderella*
Location: Boston Opera House in Boston, MA
Sunday, October 4th at 5:30 PM
*Advanced Purchase Required
More Info

Sensory Friendly Halloween Party
Location: Recreational Education Center in Peabody, MA
Sunday, October 25th 11 AM – 2 PM
FREE Event
More Info 

RECREATION AND SPORTS

Recreational Education Center
Locations: Peabody, MA and Londonderry, NH
Open REC: Daily
Every Tuesday-Sunday
More Info

Pollard Library Lego Time
Location: Lowell, MA
Lego Time for Kids with Special Needs: Monthly*
Next event: Saturday, October 3rd at 10 AM
*Advanced Registration Required.
More Info

Altitude Trampoline Park
Location: Billerica, MA
Sensory Friendly Saturdays: Weekly
Next Event: Saturday, October 3rd
More Info

Launch Trampoline Park
Location: Watertown, MA and Nashua, NH
Special Needs Day: Monthly
Next Event: Tuesday, October 6th
More Info Watertown
More Info Nashua

Cowabunga’s Indoor Inflatable Playground
Locations: North Reading, MA and Hooksett, NH
Kids with Special Needs Night: A Few Times a Year*
Next event: Thursday, October 8th 5 PM – 7 PM
*Advanced Registration Required
More Info

Ultimate Sports Program
Locations: Westfield, MA and other parts of Massachusetts
Social Inclusion Through Sports: Ongoing
Now Accepting Registrations
More Info

For more recreation ideas click here to visit the Sped Child Mass website.

MUSEUMS AND FINE ARTS

Boston Conservatory Music
Location: Boston, MA
Music Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Class Registration
More Info

Museum of Fine Arts
Location: Boston, MA
Beyond the Spectrum: Monthly*
Next Event: Saturday, October 3rd 10:30 AM – 12 PM
*Advanced Registration Required
More Info

Children’s Museum of NH
Location: Dover, NH
Exploring Our Way: Monthly
Next Event: Sunday, October 4th
More Info

Boston Children’s Museum
Location: Boston, MA
Morningstar Access: Monthly*
Next Event: Monday, October 12th 8 AM – 10 AM
*Advanced Registration Required
More Info

Discovery Museum
Location: Acton, MA
Especially for Me: Monthly*
Next Event: Saturday, October 17th 5 PM – 8:30 PM
*Advanced Registration Required: FREE
More Info

MOVIES

AMC Theaters
Locations: Braintree, MA; Burlington, MA; Framingham, MA; Methuen, MA; Tyngsboro, MA
Sensory Friendly Films: Monthly
Next event: Saturday, September 26th at 10 AM
More Info

Cinemagic
Locations: Sturbridge, MA; Portsmouth, NH; South Portland, ME
Sensory Friendly Movies: Monthly
Next event: Saturday, September 26th at 10 AM
More Info

Chunky’s Cinema Pub
Locations: Nashua, NH; Pelham, NH; Haverhill, MA
Sensory Friendly Movies: Monthly
Next event: Wednesday, November 18th at 4 PM
More info

O’Neil Cinemas
Location: Epping, NH
Sensory Friendly Flix: Monthly
Next event: Sunday, September 27th at 10 AM
More Info

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Some organizations and groups that have offered sensory friendly events in the past and may continue to do so for 2016 are as follows:

Autism Eats
Location: Northern Massachusetts
Committed to offering restaurant dining experiences to families with loved ones with Autism. Check their webpage to see when the next dinner is being held.
More Info 

Open Door Theater
Location: Acton, MA
Offered a Sensory Friendly performance of Peter Pan in March of 2015
More Info

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Superhero Staff from last year’s Annual Halloween Party!

Reserve Now for School Vacations and Holidays at the REC

With the school year just around the corner, now is the best time to plan out upcoming days off from school. The REC is committed to providing constant ABA programming, all year-round.  As many of our REC families know, this means support during school vacation weeks and some minor holidays. Due to the high demand, space for the vacation and holiday programming is limited and not guaranteed. In order to be considered for a spot, enrolled REC families must first complete the Vacation and Holiday Request Form and return by email or drop off at the center.

You may download the form by clicking on the below relevant link:

MA REC Vacation Request Form- Peabody, MA
To be returned by email to scheduling@recreationaleducationcenter.com

NH REC Vacation Request Form- Londonderry, NH
To be returned by email to schedulingnh@recreationaleducationcenter.com

*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, you must first complete the intake process which may take at least 20-30 days depending on availability and insurance processing. Please email info@recreationaleducationcenter.com to request an intake packet.

Camp REC Mid Summer Recap

With August quickly approaching, now is a great time to share some of our favorite moments from Camp REC this summer! Still plenty of weeks left of fun, but take a look at our recap from June and July:

Camp REC Recap Video

We are looking forward to the remaining Camp REC weeks and hope to see everyone back again next summer!

ABA Expansion

The Recreational Education Center’s first location in Peabody, MA has seen many changes since opening the doors in 2011. What began as just an idea, has grown into a one of kind ABA therapy center. With a strong focus on each individual child and teen, the center is ever changing to create appropriate support for the programming. It seems like just yesterday we were breaking down walls to build the much needed Teen Center so how could we possibly need more space?!

Here we grow again! We are excited to share the news of our latest project currently underway. The newest expansion includes additional space for Early Learners, Teens and even REC Staffers! With an extra 3,000 square feet of new space we are adding new centers, life skills sections and more. Staffers will also have a designated space for case work and breaks. Take a look at the latest expansion space pictures:

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Staffers and students building new furniture!

Comfy Listening Center

Comfy Listening Center

Staff Room

Staff Room

Teen Workroom

Teen Workroom

To come by and tour our progress, please feel free to contact Paula at 978-995-1962 or paula@therec.org.

Recap of April: Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. It is the month in which organizations, families and friends all come together to shine a light on Autism Spectrum Disorder with the Autism Speaks slogan Light It Up Blue. Part of Autism Awareness is educating the world about autism and how it effects 1 in 68 people (US statistics). Team REC organized and participated in a number of events this past month to show our support and love for everyone touched by autism. Combined we had almost 2,000 people involved in lighting it up blue!

Now that April has come to an end and the blue lights are turning off, we all harbor a hope that April’s Autism Awareness will turn into AUTISM ACCEPTANCE for the remaining 11 months of the year.

See below for some picture highlights of the April #LIUB events.

REC Spring Into Autism Awareness EGGstravaganza
March 29, 2015

Team REC of NH

Team REC of NH

EGGstravaganza Craft

EGGstravaganza Craft

Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny

Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny

Salem, MA World Autism Awareness Day Walk
April 2, 2015

Walk Around Salem Commons

Walk Around Salem Commons

Team REC Walkers

Team REC Walkers

REC Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness
April 19, 2015

Touch-a-Truck Crowd

Touch-a-Truck Crowd

Peabody PD and McGruff

Peabody PD and McGruff

Peabody's Newest Junior Firefighter

Peabody’s Newest Junior Firefighter

Autism Speaks’ Day at the Fisher Cats
April 26, 2015

Watching the ball game in style

Watching the ball game in style

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended and participated in any #LIUB events this month! Keep the lights shining!

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Now Enrolling for Camp REC!

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?
If you are new to the REC, you will need to complete the intake packet which includes assessment documents, insurance information, release forms and registration details. Contact us today for a complete intake packet by emailing info@recreationaleducationcenter.com or by calling one of our 2 locations.

If your child already attends the REC and has completed the intake, you only need to complete the Camp REC registration form which includes the requested schedule and other pertinent information for the summer program. See the link below for the Camp REC brochure and registration.

Camp REC Flyer 2016 

How long does the intake process take? 
Depending on the time of year, the intake process may take anywhere from 20-40 days in order to confirm insurance, review assessment forms and schedule the evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, one of our BCBAs will complete the treatment plan for insurance approval.

My insurance doesn’t cover ABA. Do you accept private pay?
Yes, but the cost varies based on the needed staff to student ratio. Please contact info@recreationaleducationcenter.com for more information on private pay.

My child is enrolled. Now what?
Stay tuned for our Camp REC Orientation in early June! More details to come. See you this summer!

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