Sensory Friendly Friendly Events this Fall

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With the changing of the season comes new events for the fall. Check out these sensory-friendly events we found in the area happening in the next couple weeks!

Real Deal Music Festival Presented by Family Behavioral Health Inc. and Fiddler’s Green
Saturday, September 16th
11am – 3:30pm
Hibernian Cultural Center
19 Temple Street
Worcester, MA 01604

Northern New England Autism Speaks Walk
Sunday, September 17th
9am
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (Home of the Fisher Cats)
1 Line Dr., Manchester, NH 03101

AMC Sensory Friendly Ninja Lego Movie
Friday, September 22nd
Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, North Dartmouth and Tyngsboro theaters.
Check local listings for times.

Especially For Me at Discovery Museum
Tuesday, October 3rd
1:30pm – 4:30pm
177 Main St. (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720

Children’s Museum in Easton Family Autism Event
Sunday, October 8th
12:30pm – 2:30pm
9 Sullivan Ave.
North Easton, MA

Boston Autism Speaks Walk
Sunday, October 15th
10am
Boston Common

Sensory-Friendly My Little Pony Movie
Saturday, October 21st
10am
Sturbridge, MA, Hookset, Merrimac and Portsmouth, NH and Saco, South Portland, and Westbrook, ME)

The REC Halloween Party
Sunday, October 22nd
83 Pine St.
Peabody, MA 01960

Skyzone Sensory-Friendly Night
First Wednesday of the month
500 Valley St.
Manchester, NH 03103

Altitude Trampoline Park Sensory Saturdays
9am-10am
700 Boston Rd,
Billerica, MA 01821

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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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Here at the Rec we are passionate about providing a safe environment for kids with special needs. We take pride in knowing that we are one of the few centers in the area that can cater to children seven days a week.  Families take comfort in knowing that their child is in a safe and fun environment with experienced staff.  The Rec is a comprehensive program and resource for families with autism and related special needs. We customize programs to fit the needs of each student and follow the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

After the launch of our Peabody REC  we have been able to expand into New Hampshire with our Londonderry REC  almost three years ago. The Recreational Education Center is now proud to announce the launch of yet another center which will be located in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  The center is scheduled to open in early September and will have a strong focus on adult services while also continuing our current programming for school aged kids.

 The REC  is excited to grow and to continue to provide programming to bridge the gaps in services that individuals with special needs require. Be on the lookout for more information on our grand opening closer to September. For the most up to date information on the opening of our Chelmsford REC  continue to check back on our website or reach out to us at info@recreationaleducationcenter.com

 

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.

 

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.

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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.