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.

 

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!

Traveling with Special Needs

At times, just the thought of traveling can stir up feelings of anxiety for families who have children or young adults with special needs. With families recently making headlines about their travels with special needs children, many families are left feeling overwhelmed.

Whether traveling near or far, there are many resources out there to help ease the stress and make the trip enjoyable for everyone, especially your special child!

See below for various travel links, tips and suggested vacation spots.*

Travel Agents who specialize in Special Needs Travel

ASD Vacations
Free of charge travel agent service. They contract with hundreds of destinations and resorts for adaptive and special needs friendly experiences.

Autism on the Seas
Cruises for adults and families living with Autism, Down Syndrome and other related disabilities.

Autism Adventure Travel
Individual and Group trips for families and individuals living with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome and even Wounded Soldiers.

Hammer Travel
Customized trips to fit the needs of each individual family, with all disabilities. They offer both domestic and international trips.

Preparing for Travel

Wings for Autism
Now a nationally recognized program, Wings for Autism is run out of Boston Logan International Airport and gives families the chance to experience a flying test run.

Pre-flight Tips and Check-list
Tips ranging from what types of tickets to book to making a backup plan.

Flying Social Story
Developed by a mom of a 6 year old boy with autism.

kid with airplane

*The purpose of this blog post is to provide information on the various special needs travel resources available to the community. The Recreational Education Center, LLC does not endorse or recommend any of the listed agencies or companies.

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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Updated REC Snow Policy

Snowed in… again! New Englanders are tough and a little snow doesn’t bring us down, but what about A LOT of snow?! With a winter that seems to have no end in sight, we have decided to revisit our snow policy. One of the goals at the REC has always been to be a constant in our REC families’ lives and to provide continuous ABA programming 7 days a week. Starting immediately, we are no longer following either Peabody Public Schools’ or Londonderry Public Schools’ closings. Keeping the safety of our students and staffers in mind, please see the below policy with the new information regarding potential closings due to inclement weather.

Updated REC Snow Policy- Click Here

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!