Flutie Foundation

Boston Ability Center was honored to sponsor the Flutie Foundation’s Night To Shine. BAC’s director Jan Wade, speech and language pathologist Caroline Curran and occupational therapist Stephanie Kerasiotes had a fabulous evening celebrating the Flutie Foundation and its many accomplishments on behalf of the autism community.

It was a great surprise to see MUSE drummer William Fahey at the Flutie Foundation’s Night to Shine! William and BAC Director, Jan Wade, go way back to their days in the Wellesley public schools integrated preschool program. And now he’s almost 23! Great performance Will!

Let’s Think Flexible!

Yesterday our theme in Team Time was: Flexibility & Stuck Thinking 

 

  • Hello: To say hello this week, we practiced asking questions to our friends after they shared a story with the group. For example, when a friend shares a story, it’s expected to ask a social wondering question (e.g., “Who did you go on vacation with?” or “What did you eat for your special dinner?). Children tossed bean bags to the story-teller after they each asked one question, as a visual representation to keep track of the conversation and ensure active participation.

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Thought Bubbles Vs. Talking Bubbles

This week our theme was Thought Bubbles & Talk Bubbles, with special focus on Interrupting / Blurting 

 

Volcano Song: We warmed up our bodies and brains by watching a “Preschool Learn to Dance: Exploding Volcano” video and then following along with the body movements. Imitating body positions as part of a music & movement type of activity tends to be a staple of early childhood classrooms – it’s important that our kiddos practice thinking with their eyes and ears in order to follow the group plan

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NEW Clinician Spotlight: Brian Heilferty (Physical Therapist)

If you had to be an animal, what would be it be? Red Panda because they’re awesome!

What is your favorite children’s book? Goodnight Moon

What is your favorite kids board game? Mouse Trap

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go? Liverpool, England

If given a superhero power what would you choose?  The ability to turn into any kind of bird I wanted, whenever I wanted

Brian graduated from Gannon University with a doctorate of physical therapy. Brian knew he wanted to work with children after his experiences coaching youth soccer, volunteering in after school programs, and through his pediatric clinical affiliation. He has experience working with a variety of pediatric patients with orthopedic, neurologic, and developmental diagnosis at varying stages of development. Brian chose to work at the Boston Ability Center because of its goal of providing quality care in a fun and efficient environment. Brian loves red pandas, playing anything that is competitive especially soccer, and enjoys hiking up tall mountains.