For you created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. - Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
We are excited to announce the launch of our special needs ministry at Discovery Church - DC Kidz C.R.E.W. - Children Reaching Exceptional Worship!
When? Sundays, 11:00AM starting Easter Sunday, March 27th!
In Weymouth and surrounding towns, there are roughly 5,800 students with disabilities; 5,800 children who have special needs. At Discovery Church, our Kidz C.R.E.W. ministry is aimed at meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of children with disabilities. This could include a child with ADHD, a visual impairment, a hearing impairment, mood disorders, Autism, sensory impairments, communication deficits - and the list goes on. We have the opportunity to teach these children the Gospel of Jesus Christ that meets them right where they are. At Discovery, we believe every child should have the opportunity to learn about Jesus and God's love, and we are equipped to offer a safe, loving, enriching, and structured environment that meets the needs of all children.
This program is for children Pre-K to 5th grade.
Discovery Centers - Small group time where children are able to extend their knowledge and engage in activities that center around the Bible story.
- Education Center
- Sensory Center
- Movement Center (gross motor)
- Communication books
- Break space
- Calm Down corner
- Reinforcement strategies - token boards, rewards, etc.
Our Specialized Team
Kristin Clark - Special Needs Director
Master's in Special Education; Licenses in Severe Disabilities and General Education; Teacher for Boston Public Schools Autism Strand; Training in behavior management, picture communication exchange systems, discrete trial training, and curriculum adaptations.
Grace Morrison - Clinical Family & Life Skills Support
Master's in Social Work; Clinical Case Manager in the Autism Care Coordination and Coaching Program at JF&CS; Interned at Pathways Academy with students on the Autism Spectrum; Training in social pragmatics education, navigating systems and benefits, and clinical counseling.
Erin Devine - Behavior Management Consultant
ABA Specialist and Special Education Teacher for over 10 years.
Janet Daley - Curriculum Development
Master's in Early Childhood Education; 1st and 2nd grade teacher for several years; Mom to 2 boys - one with special needs and one typically developing.
Tristan Maiden - Curriculum Development
Master's in Special Education; License in Severe Disabilities and Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement; Teacher for Boston Public Schools Autism Strand; Past teaching at New England Center for Children and May Institute; Training in behavior management, communication exchange systems, discrete trial training, and curriculum adaptations.