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Dear Families, Thank you for your continued support throughout this unprecedented time.  The Special Education Team is working hard to su...

Monday, April 27, 2020

Parent Training Series

Melmark Parent Training Series 

We are excited to offer you group parent training sessions on a variety of topics each week via telehealth. Our goal is to provide practical information and tips for how you can apply the skills in your home. Please see training topics below.

Behavior Management: Preventing Behavior and Teaching Replacement Skills
Learn strategies for reducing the likelihood of challenging behaviors and how to identify what skills to teach that replace challenging behaviors.

Behavior Management: Making a Plan: Responding to Behavior
Learn strategies for responding to challenging behavior. Learn how to develop a plan for responding to behavior.

Activities of Daily Living: Structuring Leisure Time
Learn strategies to help your child engage in appropriate behaviors and enjoy leisure time.

Activities of Daily Living: Teaching Self-Care Skills
Learn strategies that will help you to identify what self-care skills you can teach at home and how to do it.

Activities of Daily Living: Encouraging Good Eating and Sleeping Habits
Learn how to set up routines that promote healthy eating and sleeping habits. Problem solve common challenges in establishing good eating and sleeping routines.

Instruction: Reinforcement and Prompting
Learn strategies that will help you to increase skills in your child and further their independence.

Instruction: Tips for Distance Learning
Learn strategies for setting up a home learning environment and routine that supports distance learning while also maintaining your family’s well-being.

Visual Supports: Creating and Following Activity Schedules
Learn to develop and use activity schedules to help support learning, skill development, and routines at home.

Visual Supports: Use of Visuals
Learn how visual supports can be used in a variety of ways at home to support learning and manage behavior. A variety of examples will be shown.

Communication Strategies
Learn effective communication strategies and how to support your child’s communication at home.

To Sign Up for Trainings: Link to Sign-Up for Parent Trainings

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Occupational Therapy Activity for home

Join one of our Occupational Therapists as she models an OT activity using a paper and pencil at home. 

Part 2

Friday, April 3, 2020

Remote Learning

April 3, 2020

Dear families,

I hope that this message finds you healthy and well.  In accordance with the Department of Education’s guidance on remote learning, and in particular special education, the special education staff have been working this week to begin our transition to a remote learning plan. 

Beginning next week your child’s special education teacher or service provider will be contacting you to discuss your child’s special education services as we begin to move towards remote learning.  Although your child’s services will not look the same as they do during our normal school day, our special education staff are committed to assisting your student during this unusual time. 

In addition, we will be offering a virtual team meeting option for those students who have Individual Education Plans (IEP) that will expire during the school closure period. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we adapt to this new model.  Please feel free to contact the special education office at 617-984-8743 or your child’s principal should you have any questions. 


Erin J. Perkins
Special Education Director
Quincy Public Schools

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Youtube Channel

Dear Families,

The special education team has created a Youtube Channel to house all of the informational videos we have collected so far from our very talented staff.  We will continue to add videos to this collection as they become available.  So far we have posted videos covering the following topics:

Ms. Sally:  Music therapy videos.
Ms. Stande: Following directions lesson.
Ms. Arventos: Read aloud with visual supports.
Ms. Jasie: Using a choice board to select a song.
Ms. Jasie: Modeling using core vocabulary during play.
Ms. Jasie: How do you feel today?

We will continue to highlight videos and resources on this blog as well as post them on our new Youtube channel.  To access this channel you can click here.

More Ms. Sally music!

Dear families,

Below is another video from our wonderful Ms. Sally!  As we move forward we will continue to post videos to help support both our students and their families.  If there is a topic that you would like us to highlight in our blog please post it in the comment section and we will post resources and/or videos to help support you at home.
Wishing you all the best,
The Special Education Team

Friday, March 27, 2020

Modeling a read aloud

We are so excited to share this video and companion visual support.  Mary Aventos, speech and language pathologist from Amelio Della Chiesa, has put together this video to model for parents how we may conduct a read aloud during a speech session.  In addition, she has created a companion visual support for families to use while they are reading.

Stay tuned for more videos from our very talented staff!

PDF version of visuals also available in the Speech Google Classroom

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Music by Ms. Sally

We are so excited to share this highlight from our very own Ms. Sally!  Thank you Ms. Sally for all you do for our students!  We are lucky to have you.