Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Gift Ideas for People You Love Are you looking for new, creative ideas, games, or even books for gift giving? The staff and students at Cotting School have got you covered! We’re proud to debut a list of some favorite things compiled by Cotting staff and students, especially useful for the special needs community. This list contains links to items Cotting students and staff love! If you’re in dire need of new book suggestions, do not worry- our experts are here to help! In addition, we’ve linked to some fun at home craft ideas and winter themed activities that will... Read More

Partnering Up with Parents During Back to School

Partnering Up with Parents During Back to School

The back to school season for 2020-2021 has taken on a different look and feel from previous years. Parents everywhere have been in discussions about reopening plans, remote vs. in-person school decisions, and are staying on top of news from teachers and administrators more than ever. A time of year that has been routine and even celebratory for parents is looking different in every school community. In a typical year, once summer ends, it can feel good to settle back into a normal schedule including back to school routines. It’s important to acknowledge that this year is different and to... Read More

Cotting School Educators Round Up – Online!

Cotting School Educators Round Up – Online!

Online Resources for Families and Educators of Students with Special Needs In the spirit of learning and supporting families of students with special needs during this unexpected pause in the school year, Cotting School educators have been working (remotely) to communicate with families of our students to facilitate enrichment and continued learning. Teams at Cotting School have also assembled a top-notch list of online resources to share widely. Take a look at the list below, share this post with a friend or colleague, and hey – let’s collaborate! If you know of a resource we should add, let us know.... Read More

Purple Table Reservations

Purple Table Reservations

Purple Table reservations is a new initiative that makes dining out a more pleasant experience for families that may need accommodations.  A Purple Table reservation means that families can dine in a quieter section of the restaurant, perhaps closer to the restrooms, and count on patience and understanding from trained staff.  “Purple Table reservations will provide a new level of comfort to families that have struggled with dining out in the past.  Together, we can make dining out a less stressful and more enjoyable experience for all,”  explains Jenifer Apazidis, Founder of Purple Table Reservations.  She is owner of the Red Raven in Acton, MA,... Read More

Resources for Families: ExceptionalLives.org

Resources for Families: ExceptionalLives.org

Cotting School is always looking to promote and applaud the individuals and organizations that seek to support and improve the lives of families of children with disabilities.  We recently spoke with Jay O’Brien, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Exceptional Lives, who shared with us his perspective and vision for this organization. How did Exceptional Lives come about? Jay O’Brien: We’re trying to solve the information problem.  When families of children with disabilities go online to search for information, it can be overwhelming.  Even offline, the huge amount of information available can be too much.  And too much information can lead... Read More