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The REC is an all-encompassing resource for families with children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs.

About the REC

The REC’s all-encompassing resources assist those with special needs such as and not limited to; Autism Spectrum Disorder,  ADHD and more. We specialize in ages to 2-22 years old.

The center is designed to provide a safe, nurturing, accepting and fun recreational opportunity for families seven days a week. Following a customized assessment for each child, a wide range of activities are offered to meet each child’s interests and needs, all based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. All programs are data driven and follow comprehensive curriculums. Educational programs are developed by a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) in collaboration with Special Educators.

Because the REC offers many different programs, we invite families to come in during Open REC to view the center and all that it has to offer including the indoor playground, the art room and the brand new Teen Center!

Insurance

The REC accepts most major insurances. The ARICA bill recently signed into Massachusetts law brings coverage to children, teens and young adults diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum as defined by the DSM.

For more information on coverage at the REC, please call today and speak with our Insurance Coordinator, Julianne O’Keefe.

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Meet the Team

The REC team has extensive experience with children with autism and related disabilities. The REC is proud of the wonderfully diverse group, and each individual uses their experience and unique personality to create a fun, nurturing and safe environment at the REC.

Staff receive on-going training to stay up to date with all of the latest methods and requirements. All services are overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Consultation and direct therapies from Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists are available and incorporated into many of our programs.

Owner & Executive Director |

Owner & Executive Director

Tricia Woolard
M.S.Ed, BCBA
Owner & Executive Director of
Behavioral Consultation

Tricia Woolard received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she first delved into the world of Applied Behavior Analysis through her related coursework and internship in a preschool classroom.

During this time she was employed at a non-profit agency as a Behavioral Direct Care Staff at a short-term adolescent shelter. She went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Behavioral Education from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Employed at The May Institute she received extensive training in ABA, discrete trials, and general consultation skills. Tricia was promoted rapidly within her first year of employment to the newly created position, Coordinator of Home-based Services where she supervised staff and effectively managed their caseloads.

As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Tricia is dedicated to providing the most effective student-driven treatment based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. She strives at ensuring a fun, creative and motivating learning environment for all children and staff. Tricia is dedicated to working collaboratively with all members of a child’s life, through on-going consultation, communication, and training.

Fun Fact: Tricia loves listening to audio books and is always looking for a good new book.

Mark Williams
M.S.Ed, BCBA
Clinical Director

Mark Williams recently joined the REC as Clinical Director. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. It was there he realized his passion for teaching. Mark earned his Masters in Education for Intensive Special Needs from Simmons College in 2000 and then his BCBA from Northeastern University. He has worked in special education for his entire career in local school districts such as Lynn and Marblehead and also at the May Institute where he received ABA training.

Fun Fact: Mark would wear shorts 365 days/year if possible.

Heather Giurlando
M.S., BCBA
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.

Fun Fact: Heather’s baby is her blind-in-one-eye black cat named Bruce Wayne.

Scott Yavarow

Business Manager

Scott Yavarow received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Bentley College in 2002. Before earning his Masters in Elementary Education from Rivier College in New Hampshire, he worked as the Business Manager to the REC’s sister company, Creative Behavioral Solutions. He has played an integral part incorporating insurance into the admissions process at the REC. Scott’s business background and past experience working at local schools and camps made for a seamless transition to the REC’s Business Manager.

Fun Fact: In 2002, Scott was drafted to the Boston Cannons, a Major League Lacrosse Team.

Lisa Cooper
M.S.Ed, BCBA,  LABA, 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 besides the amazing children who come every day is the enthusiastic and dedicated staff.

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.

Brianna Fedolfi,
M.Ed, BCBA, LABA

Program Director, Londonderry

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.  She then went on to receive her BCBA and become Licensed Behavior Analyst in MA. 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.

Reagan Cassidy
MEd., BCBA, LABA
Program Director, Tweens

Reagan Cassidy attended Salem State College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She continued her education through the University of Massachusetts at Boston where she completed her Applied Behavioral Analysis for Special Populations Certificate. Prior to joining the REC she worked at Milestones Day School in Waltham and the Peabody Public School System. Reagan is originally from Peabody and continues to be a huge asset in introducing the local community to the great resources offered at the REC.

Fun Fact: Reagan loves warm weather getaways and golfing.

Gina Tremblay

Program Coordinator

Gina Tremblay graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and Social Rehabilitation. Her experience working with children and adolescents includes her time as a D.A.R.E. Camp Counselor, volunteering as an after-school mentor and interning at an assistance program for adolescents with mental health issues and/or substance abuse problems.

Fun Fact: Gina participated in a service project with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Julianne O’Keefe

Admissions and Insurance Coordinator

Julianne O’Keefe has quickly become the REC’s admissions and insurance expert by assisting new families through the intake process. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Providence College and prior to the REC she perfected her organization and research skills as a realtor for Coldwell Banker.

Fun Fact: Julianne works part time at her church as a wedding and funeral cantor.

Jessica Ross

Behavioral Support Staff

Jessica is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development at the University of Southern New Hampshire. She has a long history of working with Applied Behavior Analysis therapies and has been working with children for over 15 years. Jessica has worked with children with special needs in every aspect of their lives: at home, in school and now at the REC. Her skills with data collection and behavior management make her an asset in the field and a seasoned REC staffer. Jessica also works in the Lynn Public School District.

Fun Fact: When not at the REC, Jessica’s happiest moments are those spent with her 3 children.

Kinsley Willis
RBT

Lead Therapist

Kinsley recently joined the REC as a lead therapist and RBT in the tween division. She studied Child Psychology at Bridgewater State University receiving her bachelors in science. She is currently enrolled in her Masters program at Baypath University for her Masters in ABA, and is training for her BCBA. She has worked with children with special needs since 2008

Fun Fact: She plans to travel to every continent before she is 30. So far she has been to 3 out of the 7, North and south america and Europe, but would consider it a success if she got 6/7!

Victoria Gendron
RN-BSN, B.H.Sc,  RBT

Victoria is an award-winning writer.

Victoria Gendron joined the REC team  in the Summer of 2016 as the Lead Therapist for the Early Learners.  Victoria graduated from Anna Maria College with a double Major in Science and Nursing and Health Sciences, with a minor in psychology. Victoria began working in home care for children with special needs  back in  2010 and throughout her college career before initially joining CBS, and then the REC. Victoria has worked the majority of her  career as a  visiting nurse and care-taker  in support of special education.

Fun Fact: Victoria is an award-winning writer.

Hilary Coolidge

Business Manager

Hilary recently joined the REC team September 2016 as the Business Manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts  degree in Accounting from Merrimack College and after participating in the five year co-op program she started working in Boston at  a few Financial Service institutions.   This is her first experience in a setting with special needs children and looks forward to the opportunities it will bring.

Fun Fact: Hilary would eat Ice Cream 365 days a year if possible.

Michelle Hibbard,
M. Ed.

Marketing Director

Michelle recently moved back to New England after living in Florida for almost 20 years. She graduated with her Master’s in Educational Leadership and a bachelor’s in Public Relations. She has spent the last 7 years as the community relations manager at a local news station in Orlando, FL. Before that she worked with non-profit organizations and public and private universities doing events and promotions. Event planning has always played a major role in Michelle’s career. She is excited to start working in a new industry back in where she grew up.

Fun Fact: Michelle has run 3 marathons (Disney, San Diego and NYC).

Careers at the REC

Behavioral Support Staff

Job Description:

Positions available at Peabody, MA, Chelmsford, MA and Londonderry, NH locations

Professional Behavior

  • Demonstrates good work attendance and arrives at appointments on time
  • Has a good working relationship with supervisors, families, and school personnel
  • Maintains child and parent confidentiality
  • Maintains professional boundaries with families and other professionals
  • Dresses appropriately for the given work setting
  • Completes session notes appropriately for each client
  • Completes timesheets/billing accurately and within the appropriate time frame
  • Returns phone calls and/or emails within 48 hours
  • Demonstrates interest in professional development
  • Reads recent articles in the field or a related field to expand current knowledge base
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills and work efficiently to develop the company as a whole

Discrete Trial Instruction

  • Demonstrates the ability to implement teaching based on the S-R-C paradigm.
  • Sets up teaching environment prior to teaching
  • Presents clear and consistent SD’s
  • Allows sufficient time for the student to respond
  • Ensures that baseline measures are taken for each skill
  • Utilizes shaping, chaining and prompting techniques when teaching
  • Accurately follows lesson plans
  • Accurately delivers consequences (Reinforcement and correction procedures)
  • Follows maintenance and generalization procedures for each lesson plan
  • Records data quickly and accurately
  • Determines changes in targets and prompt levels based on reviewing graphs
  • Cleans up work environment and keeps materials and program book organized
  • Pace of instruction is appropriate per student
  • Promotes individual choice and functional communication with students
  • Ensures all programs are being run frequently
  • Ability to assess students using an appropriate tool such as the ABLLS
  • Writes objective yearly benchmarks for individual students
  • Develop and write lesson plans for program books along with appropriate data collection procedures for on-going progress monitoring
  • Independently makes changes to lesson plans in the best interest of the student

Incidental Teaching and Activity-based Instruction

  • Utilizes all naturally occurring opportunities to embed instruction
  • Imbeds targeted skills into student-preferred activities
  • Able to expand verbal and non-verbal communication attempts
  • Acknowledges communication attempts
  • Promotes generalization of skills through activity-based instruction
  • Designs the environment to promote incidental teaching opportunities
  • Promotes age-appropriate activities
  • Encourages interactions with students by engaging in fun, social activities

Behavior Support Plans

  • Can identify major components of a behavior support plan
  • Can identify possible functions of interfering behaviors
  • Consistently implements preventative strategies based on the behavior support plan
  • Teaches alternative behaviors (adaptive behaviors)
  • Consistently implements consequence measures based on behavior support plan
  • Maintains a neutral tone of voice and body language
  • Utilizes the least restrictive prompt required to consistently follow through
  • Manages the safety of everyone in the environment
  • Requests assistance when needed
  • Accurately records data and graphs accordingly.

Open REC

  • Ensure a safe environment for all clients accessing the REC
  • Follow all daily procedures for documenting, handling payments, cleaning requirements and open/closing procedures
  • Facilitate play and social interactions with children accessing the center
  • Offer support and guidance for parents including ideas for play activities
  • Foster positive relationships and interactions among families accessing the REC
  • Support families managing children during instances of behaviors

In addition to these duties, other duties consistent with your position may be assigned to you from time to time by the Executive Director.

Please send inquiries to:
jobs@recreationaleducationcenter.com.

BCBA

Job Description:

Positions available at Peabody, MA, Chelmsford, MA and Londonderry, NH locations

Staff-Centered Responsibilities

a. Train and supervise staff helping facilitate all of the groups including on-going direct observations and feedback, written feedback and employee evaluations. Training will also include the development and creation of on-going staff workshops and monthly staff meetings.

b. Ensure all disciplinary procedures are maintained and followed according to company policies.

Student-Centered Responsibilities

Oversees the implementation of center-based programming for students utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis at The Recreational Education Center:

a. Develop and maintain intake procedures including appropriate documentation, observations of incoming students, parent interviews and appropriate placement within groups. This will include appropriately grouping students based on age and skills sets, contacting families, school districts and area agencies when vacancies open up.

b. Determines goals and objectives for students through the completion of skill assessments (e.g., internal assessments, VB-MAPP, FBA) and through gaining information from families and school staff.

c. Develops behavior support plans that are based upon functional assessment of behavior and include operational definitions of behavior, data collection strategies, preventative/antecedent strategies, reinforcement procedures, adaptive alternatives, and immediate consequences for interfering behaviors.

d. Participates in clinical team meetings (consultation meetings) to ensure communication between staff and Team members.

e. Review progress summaries and reports written by clinical staff for accuracy and integrity

f. Provides coverage when requested (and feasible) for staff sick days, vacation, etc

g. Ensures ongoing communication between REC staff, behavior therapists, families and schools systems.

h. Provides supervision to ensure the well-being and safety of students. Must be able to physically assist students during fire drills or actual fire emergency. Physically assists student in daily personal hygiene and self-care tasks to prevent unhealthy living conditions. Assists in ensuring that students receive emergency medical attention subject to agency policies and procedures regarding the provision of emergency medical care.

Plans for discharge of students from the program:

a. Develops a plan of transition (e.g., fading of program hours, staff training) in coordination with child’s family, school staff and Executive Director. Supervises the consistent implementation of plan.

b. In preparation for termination of services, prepares discharge/transition summary report detailing skills and needs of individual students as well as outlining progress. Follow specified protocol for summary report and completes in a timely manner.

c. Monitors behavior therapist’s discharge of child’s records including program books.

Maintains accurate records and assists Executive Director in administrative tasks.

a. Provides requested written reports and materials to agencies/parents in a timely manner.

b. Completes documentation forms for on-going supervision and clinical oversight

Maintains good communication with families, school personnel, staff, and Director:

a. Returns telephone calls and emails from colleagues, staff, families and school personnel within 48 hours.

b. Informs supervisor immediately of any important concerns pertaining to families’ or schools’ services.

c. Maintains professional relationship with families including respecting the values and culture of individual families, following program guidelines and demonstrating good work behaviors (e.g., arriving to work on time, dressing appropriately, etc.).

d. Keeps informed of social and medical information of each student in his/her care (e.g., present status of home situation, illnesses, allergies, medication, etc.) via voice and written communications with other staff, parents, school personnel, etc

Preserves the rights of each student and his/her family:

a. Maintains confidentiality of all students/families that you are currently or have worked with in the past.

b. Interacts with colleagues, students and families in a way that ensures their dignity and demonstrates respect for their values and culture in both home and community settings.

c. Employs restrictive procedures only when specified in treatment plan.

d. Follows ethical standards of BACB.

Professional Development Responsibilities

Engages in ongoing training and development of skills in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Brain Injury and special education.

a. Attends in-service training sessions as well as scheduled staff meetings.

b. Completes readings and workshops offered to ensure continued knowledge and expertise in the areas of autism, special education, brain injury, behavior disorders, behavior analysis, and parent training.

c. Assists Executive Director with special projects in areas of program development, research and dissemination, public relations, and fund raising.

d. Attends workshops and reviews literature in autism, early childhood education, parent training, language development, behavior disorders, brain injury, applied behavior analysis and family systems to ensure continued knowledge and expertise in these areas.

e. Develops and conducts hands on staff trainings for groups and 1-1 teaching.

f. Develops materials and presents at workshops.

g. Attendance at court proceedings and mediations when necessary.

In addition to these duties, other duties consistent with your position may be assigned to you from time to time by the Executive Director.

Please send inquiries to:
jobs@recreationaleducationcenter.com.