Fall Graduate Occupational Therapy Students

Let’s give a big welcome to our new occupational therapist students at the Boston Ability Center. Julie and Dema will be completing their last clinical affiliation.

 

JULIE MARQUARDT

Julie is a recent graduate of Tufts University’s Occupational Therapy program. Boston Ability Center is Julie’s second and final clinical affiliation. Prior to graduate school, Julie had careers in social services working with children and families in Southeast Alaska and at Trader Joe’s grocery stores. She is thrilled to be at Boston Ability Center. She is also a mom to a 10-year old. In Julie’s free time, she plays a lot of baseball with her son. 

Julie will be working with Amanda on Monday-Wednesdays and with Katie on Thursdays and Fridays.

DIMA THABIT

Dima is set to earn her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University in January 2018. Recently, Dima completed her clinical affiliation working in an inpatient rehab hospital with a focus on neurological conditions and neuro-rehab. She has a broad range of experience working with children and adolescents with physical disabilities and mental illness. She completed clinical observation at Boston Ability Center in 2016 and is excited to return to for her final clinical affiliation! In her free time Dima enjoys traveling and going to concerts.

Dima will be working with Stephanie K Monday-Thursdays.

 

Join BAC at the Paddy’s Day Road Race!

The Boston Ability Center has been participating in the Paddy’s Day Road Race for the past few years. Not only is it a wonderful event, but it is always great seeing old and new faces, and sharing our love for the community. All of proceeds from the race go to the Newton Special Athletes program.

We look forward to this year’s race on Saturday, October 14th and hope everyone can join the BAC team! Contact the BAC frontdesk at 781-239-0100 to find out how to join our team!

In the meantime, here are some fun memories from last year’s race:

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Parents Night Out

Looking for a night out? Need a little break? We know just the thing for YOU!

One Night Out offers free babysitting for children with special needs and their siblings at the Boston Ability Center from 6-9pm the first Saturday of each month. The next event is scheduled on Saturday, October 7th. Sign up is required and space is limited. To sign up or receive more information, contact MacKenzie at MacKenzie@bostonabilitycenter.com.

 

SibShop: Valentine’s Day Edition

Two weeks ago, we held another Sibshop at the Boston Ability Center. We had so much fun talking about our family and making valentines for the ones we love.

We made Valentine’s Day Punch – Each child had the opportunity to add one ingredient and say one thing they love about their parent/sibling when they added their special ingredient to the bowl. The punch was delicious and it was so much sharing our favorite things about our loved ones.

For snack we made sugar cookies (yummy!) The children decorated one for themselves and one for sibling/parent

We had so much fun playing Valentine’s Day themed games. Here are some of the games we played.

Heart Relay – Two cups full of conversation hearts and two empty cups a few feet away.  Teams had one minute to move as many hearts from the full cup to the empty cup using a spoon.

Straw Transfer – We moved Conversation Hearts from one plate to the another using only a straw. We set the timer for 1 minute and were excited to find out how many we could transfer within the time limit!