Current C.O.R.S.E. Programs
Our proudest and most impactful community resource has been our programming for children with special needs. CORSE offers a variety of integrated social, academic and recreational programs that have customized staffing ratios and expertise so children with and without special needs on the South Shore can participate within their community. CORSE programs are open to ALL children, unless designated, and are staffed appropriately so that children with special needs can successfully participate in them. The fundamental difference these integrated programs make is that children with special needs can gain important skills they need to succeed in life. With these skill-building programs for active and successful student participation alongside peers, reinforced with parent training and support materials, children are making great strides.
For 2019-20, these programs have been generously supported by grant funding received from the Grace E. Brooks Trust, Evan Henry Foundation, Edwin Phillips Foundation, South Shore Playhouse Associates, Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation as well as our community fundraising supporters.
Financial assistance is available for all programs, please contact for more information and guidelines.
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 programs provide opportunities to build skills in interacting and initiating activities with peers. Learning to utilize these skills more effectively, children build lifelong skills in communication, cooperation, self-control and self-confidence.
Our academic programs provide skill development in math, reading, writing and executive functioning. Since they are taught by SPS faculty, they tie directly to the appropriate grade level curriculum.
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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 integrated recreational programs in collaboration with Scituate Recreation: “All Stars” sports programs throughout the year and summer “All Stars” socially-based recreation camps.
Special summer programming has included working with nationally recognized organizations such as AccesSport America, iCan Bike and Tennis through Aceing Autism. 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 iCan Bike Camp in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 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.
Community organizations have also collaborated with CORSE to provide customized sports and recreation programs: Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Gymnastics, Swimming, Dance and Skateboarding.
Please click here for more information about our sports and recreational programs.
CORSE has designed an innovative Best Buddies model that provides integrated group social activities with social thinking and inclusion training for all as well as peer mentor programs to enhance our own social and recreation programming. Click here for more information.
CORSE has successfully operationalized music therapy and yoga through the South Shore Conservatory (SSC) in Scituate Public School’s pre-school integrated Early Childhood Center (ECC) through grade eight in our substantially separate classrooms for students with special needs. Music Therapy is also offered for our High School vocational program. Click here for more information.
In continuing with its belief and mission to benefit all children in our community, the Scituate CORSE Foundation is pleased to host a new program for siblings of children with special needs. Sibshops seek to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’-eye-view. Click here for more information.
CORSE coordinates many family community events, called our "Let's Go" series, a variety of ongoing family-focused events (movies, bowling, dining out and more) designed to provide a positive community experience for children with special needs and their families; click here for more information.
CORSE sponsors a variety of parent and educator training workshops; click here for more information.
CORSE collaborates with various organizations to support volunteer training and work internship models. Click here for more information.
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.
Help provide needed support to children with special needs in our community through a contribution to our Foundation. To keep our programs as affordable as possible, CORSE supplements 75% of all our programming costs and is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Our administrative overhead is only 4.9%. In order to continue our beneficial programs, please consider a donation to CORSE. ALL donations are greatly appreciated! For more information, please click here.