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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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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Staff Spotlight: REC of NH Program Coordinator

The REC of NH in Londonderry has been open just over 3 months but we are far from green! Our last Staff Spotlight (click here) featured Program Coordinators from our Peabody, MA location. Our rapidly growing REC of NH currently has one Program Coordinator who has set a high standard that we like to consider the REC way of providing effective, individualized, and comprehensive ABA programming.

Gina Tremblay, Program Coordinator

Gina joined Team REC in Peabody, MA several years ago. She began training as a Behavioral Support Staff, and it became clear early on that she was passionate about helping REC kiddos reach their full potential and facilitating ABA programming.  When the REC of NH was being developed, Gina was the perfect candidate to lead the charge and replicate our successful Peabody program in Londonderry. She has embraced the role of Program Coordinator and exceeded all expectations by bringing her experience and creativity into her work.

Gina effectively juggles many responsibilities including clinical tasks such as student assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing maintenance of students’ individualized programming. She also plans daily group art activities, ice skating pond crafting, and cooking task analyses, baking marshmallow pumpkin pops for Halloween or multi colored red and green cupcakes for the Holidays.  If you’ve been to the REC of NH and like what you see, it is most likely thanks to Gina and her bright handmade craft ideas brought to life by the students at the REC and adorned all throughout 10 Mohawk Drive!  We can’t wait to see what else Gina has up her sleeve and look forward to her kicking off an amazing Spring and Summer Program (Camp REC) schedule!

Thank you Gina for all that you do! To read more about the REC Staff visit our website.

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Gina pictured with 2 REC students

Stay tuned for more staff spotlights!

What a Week!

REC Staffers had a blast prepping and participating in two great events this week. The first event was our FREE Parent Workshop on Autism and Insurance. We had a great group of parents and the presenters, Amy Weinstock and Terri Farrell from the Massachusetts Autism Insurance Resource Center, shared great information. We learned a ton about ARICA and even received some great insider tips and details about upcoming changes due to the Affordable Care Act. Parents even walked away with customized cupcakes to bring home, along with other yummy treats! If you missed the Workshop, please feel free to contact the Insurance Resource Center directly: info@disabilityinfo.org or (781) 642-0248.

Did you attend the Walk Now For Autism Speaks event this past Sunday, October 6th? The REC was in attendance and we were hard to miss at the resource fair! Chances are you either saw one of our green balloons floating around or our green sweatshirts keeping attendees warm post-walk. Additionally, REC Staffers had a blast giving out prizes to families that participated in REC Plinko! For more information on the walk please visit http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org.

Below are some picture highlights from the events. Check out our calendar to see what is happening next!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Peabody, MA 01960
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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!