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.

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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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Tracking success… by smiles.

As a parent, caretaker or loved one of a special needs child or young adult, specifically one with behavioral needs, you are all too familiar with the term ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis.

At the REC, data tracking is a way of life, but we have also found joy in another measure of success: Success by smiles! REC Staffers are working to earn smiles from the REC kids as they complete different goals and are positively reinforced in our Natural Environment Teaching.

The REC setting allows for many different situations where Natural Environment Teaching can occur and our Clinical Director is always incorporating fun and educational ideas into the daily activities and treatment plans. This ABA method helps children to recall the same behavior when faced with similar situations outside the REC.

Below are some pictures highlighting REC kids and Natural Environment Teaching (it really is this fun!).

REC student enjoying the trampoline while learning to take turns with her peers!

REC student enjoying the trampoline while learning to take turns with her peers!

REC Student practicing his counting while on the swing.

REC Student practicing his counting while on the swing.

REC students practice sharing while in the Sensory Art Room.

REC students sharing while in the Sensory Art Room.

Stop in the REC to check out our Natural Environment Teaching Wall for more fun ideas! We also love to see smiles from the parents and caretakers who are seeing results translate into home life, finding respite in our programming and watching their child have the opportunity to simply enjoy being a child.

Our thanks to Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to invite military families to the REC during the entire month of November for FREE Open REC.  Click here for Open REC hours.

Please just present a military ID at check-in and enjoy watching your children have a blast in our three play spaces: Indoor Playground, Art Room and the Play & Pretend Toy Room.

Thank you for your service to our country! For more feel-good military videos, check out the Welcome Home Blog: http://welcomehomeblog.com/.

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Halloween Party Marks the REC’s 2nd Anniversary!

This past weekend we opened our doors to local families for our Annual Halloween Party! Not only were we excited to celebrate such a fun and “spirited” holiday, but the party also marked the REC’s 2nd Anniversary!

It is hard to believe that just 2 years ago the REC dream took flight. What started as an idea has turned into one of the Boston area’s most unique center based programs for children and adolescents with special needs and Autism. We are so fortunate to be a part of the community and what better way to celebrate than with a FREE event for the whole family?!

Costumes, pumpkins, treats, face-painting, balloon masterpieces and more! Each child received a goody bag and went door-to-door as Team REC handed out treats! It was a great way to practice Trick-or-Treating in our safe and controlled setting. REC Program Coordinators also provided Halloween themed Social Stories and Visual Cues.

Thanks for celebrating with us (if you missed it, make sure to save the date for next year)!

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Staff Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Party

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Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf and “Grandma”!

Halloween 8- balloons

Thanks Balloons by Brian!

Halloween 9- train table

Playtime with costumes

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Face-Painting Fun! Thank you Jessica Cornell and family!

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Team REC

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What’s happening?

Introducing our blog calendar! The REC has added a calendar to the blog which will include local events and happenings related to special needs and education. Check it out here.

While you’re browsing, don’t forget to save the date and RSVP for the upcoming FREE REC Events:

Parent Workshop: Autism & Insurance
Thursday, October 3rd at 7pm
Click here for more information

2nd Annual Halloween Party
Saturday, October 26th from 10am-2pm
Click here for more information

We would love to include your organization’s event on our calendar so please email info@recreationaleducationcenter.com to add yours today!