The staff in Cotting’s ATAC (Assistive Technology Assessment Center) continue to find new ways to best serve Cotting students through the use of cutting-edge technology. Most recently, we explored the myGaze system that is currently in use in ATAC for several students with limited physical mobility. myGaze has made a huge difference for some of our Cotting students who rely on gaze for communication. The eye tracker attaches to the front of a computer screen, and calibrates to the specifics of each user’s eyes. The computer software then tracks students’ eye gaze as they scan the screen to make choices.... Read More
The Dorothy Pace Assistive Technology Assessment Center (ATAC) provides technology-focused assessment, consultation and professional development to improve curriculum access and functional independence to students with a range of physical, communication and learning disabilities, and complex medical conditions. Our talented occupational therapists are always looking for ways that high-tech and low-tech options might better serve our students. Amy Houghton, O.T. team leader recently noticed the limitations placed on our students who often need time in a stander during the school day: “Weight-bearing is good for our kids, but we noticed that they often have to choose between their stander, or their... Read More
Attention Cotting School Parents (current and former): We invite you to join the Cotting School Parents Facebook Group, an online forum for conversation and community building! Great conversations happen in meetings and at events and this group aims to provide a forum for those conversations to continue…a helpful way to stay connected, understand community needs, and to foster community spirit! Click here to view and join our Facebook Page.
A new addition to HOPEhouse programming has been educational, successful, and delicious. The addition of “Instructional Brunch” started this fall, developed by the educational staff and young adults living and learning at HOPEhouse. Each week, students boarding at HOPEhouse spend time planning for meals they eat together and individually. This year they have incorporated planning for a new community meal (brunch), which usually takes place on a Friday morning. They plan, shop, chop, prepare and serve the brunch, sometimes inviting guests to join them. Instructional brunch has added a great deal of community building and has provided a focus for some of... Read More
Tale of Two Students in Special Education: Learning, growing comes in many forms By David Manzo What makes a school for a child with special needs “inclusive”? For more than 10 years, I’ve had the privilege to watch two students with special needs succeed academically and socially while making critical gains in independence. Coincidently, they share the same first name – although spelled differently. Their educational paths took two different directions but with the same winning results. It’s a good lesson when we consider the discussion around inclusion. Brendan D.’s parents chose to live in Newton because it offers strong... Read More