Current C.O.R.S.E. Programs
Our proudest and most impactful community resource has been our after-school and recreational student programming for children with special needs. CORSE has managed after-school and summer social skills, academic and recreational programming since 2007.
Not only do these programs provide students the additional skill support they require, they are done within their community alongside their peers and by faculty that know them best. The goal of these programs is to have our special needs students integrated with typically developing students. Having programs taught in a comfortable environment with familiar staff adds to the success for these participants.
The special needs population does require costly and more intensive services; it is the responsibility of both parents and schools to identify ways to make this happen in the current economic climate. Not only is CORSE able to develop customized programs to meet children’s specific needs, it offers programs that are more affordable than private services that are over-enrolled and very costly. In a time where educational, behavioral and therapeutic services are in short supply and given the increased demand of students with special needs, this type of collaborative programming spearheaded by parents and educators is a critical resource to children. We have searched for models similar to ours to learn from, but cannot find any that have made this specific collaboration work.
For 2013, these programs have been generously supported by grant funding received from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Boston Bruins Foundation, CVS Caremark, Grace E. Brooks Trust, Evan Henry Foundation for Autism, Finish Line Youth Foundation and Sprinkler Fitters Local Union 550 U.A. as well as our community fundraising supporters!
SPS Academic and Social Development Programs
Open to all SPS students including students tuitioned into SPS or Scituate students who are enrolled out of district; unfortunately, we no longer accept out-of-town registrations for these particular programs.
Our social development programs provide opportunities to build skills in interacting and initiating activities with peers. Learning to utilize these skills more effectively, children build lifelong social skills in communication, cooperation, self-control and self-confidence. These programs allow for a combined approach of 1:1 instruction and small group setting for generalization. This teacher-facilitated setting allows students to develop and strengthen social skills so critical to their future integration and success in school and life. Since our integrated programs have been so successful, we offer social programs for children preschool - grade 12.
Our academic support programs provide skill development in math, reading and writing and study skills. Since they are taught by SPS faculty, they tie directly to the appropriate grade level curriculum. Click here for more information.
Sports and Recreation Programs
We welcome out-of-town registrations based on providers’ guidelines.
Our recreational programs teach children in a very pragmatic way how to access their own creativity and develop physical skills while at the same time providing frameworks for children to play in a constructive and appropriate manner. Successful recreational experiences not only increase a child’s skills, but more importantly improve self-confidence and self-esteem.
CORSE offers the following recreational programs in collaboration with Scituate Recreation: “All Stars” sports programs run throughout the year (Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Instructional Running, Karate, Fitness Training) and two summer “All Stars” socially-based recreation camps for youth (ages 6 -12 and ages 13-22).
Special summer programming has included working with two nationally recognized organizations AccesSports America and Lose the Training Wheels. CORSE brings AccesSport America to Scituate for an innovative week-long specialty camp to provide skill-building experience in water sports: sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and paddle-boarding. The camp provides specialized instructors and equipment from AccesSport America, a national, non-profit founded in 1995 that inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through safe entry to high-challenge sports. CORSE brought “Lose the Training Wheels” Bike Camp in 2008, 2009 and 2012 for a week-long camp that teaches children how to ride a two-wheeler. We were the first and only group to bring this program to Massachusetts for two consecutive years. 86 children learned how to ride a two-wheeler for the first time.
Community businesses have also collaborated with CORSE to provide customized sports and recreation programs. Booth Hill Farm runs Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Funtastics offers customized gymnastics classes, Xplosion Dance Center offers dance class and Healthtrax Fitness Club offers swimming through instructor Lauren McGonagle.
Please click here for more information about our sports and recreational programs.
Please click here for more information about our summer programs.
Peer Mentor Program
CORSE has designed various peer mentor programs within the SPS school district and to enhance our own after-school and recreation social skills programming.
CORSE sponsors a variety of parent training workshops; click here for more information.
Let's Go Community Events
CORSE coordinates many family community events, called our "Let's Go" series, a variety of ongoing family-focused events (movies, bowling, dining out, boating and more) designed to provide a positive community experience for children with special needs and their families; click here for more information.
Awards and Recognition Programs
CORSE is committed to recognizing those individuals who make a visible and inspirational impact within our CORSE community. The foundation has a variety of awards and programs that acknowledge these special people. Click here for more information.
To Make a Donation:
Help provide needed support to children with special needs in our community through a contribution to our Foundation. For more information, please click here.