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List of 7 news stories.

  • What Is Autism

    As explained on the Autism Speaks website, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors”
  • From the Field to the Fire

    by Maggie Maloney, Advancement Department Intern 

    Heading into his senior year at Riverview in 2015, Owen Evans was not yet sure what he wanted to do after graduation.  All he knew was that he wanted to help people.  Always inspired by law enforcement, Owen set his sights on becoming a firefighter.  Despite the fact that the training and certification for this profession was known to be demanding and difficult, he was ready to face the challenge.

  • My Tuesday with Liz

    by Maggie Maloney, Advancement Department Intern 

    When I asked Liz Weintraub what her favorite memory of Riverview School was, her answer was simple. She recalls seeing a group of students sitting by the library, and when she approached them, they allowed her to be a part of their group.  Despite graduating almost thirty years ago in 1987, this small act of inclusion, which may not mean as much to some, remains engrained in Liz’s memory as a milestone. 
     
     
  • History is Hands-On at Riverview School


    “What I hear, I forget;
    What I see, I remember;
    What I do, I understand.”
    – Old Chinese proverb

    Experts agree that learning is most effective when it’s multi-sensory. Therefore all teaching at Riverview is presented via a thematic, integrated curriculum. Literature, writing, history, the arts, and field trips are all connected to a central theme. One example of this is the School’s innovative, meaningful and downright fun ‘Hands-on History’ program!
  • A Writer’s Dream

    by Eric DeFilippis

    John Waters was a very smart and very insightful young man.  From a young age, he was always writing something.  From a personal journal, to fiction short stories, John wrote it all.  Unfortunately, he struggled during all of his school years because he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.  Socially, he didn’t know how to act around his others peers.  He was a bit withdrawn and was very shy.  However, if you started any sentence about writing, he would brighten up and talk to you all day!  Everyone who knew him was aware that he had a hard time socializing.  On the other hand, everyone loved him.  He was kind, caring and selfless.  He constantly asked people if he could help them with anything and everything.  He always put others first. 
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  • Dance Heroes -- "where children with special needs, and those who love them, dance, grow and learn."

    by Lucy Prothero, Advancement Department Intern (and Dance Hero!)

    Patricia Hall Loring started Dance Heroes at the Riverview School in the summer of 2013, after a long career teaching adaptive dance at Boston Ballet. She picked volunteer dancers from the dance studio she now works at, myself included, to be the leaders and friends to help run the classes. At the time, none of us had any idea of how wonderfully it would influence our, and our students’, lives.


  • Overcoming Anxiety in Adolescents with Special Needs

    What actually is anxiety? The dictionary defines it as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” Contrary to common beliefs, these feelings are normal, and can be useful emotions that facilitate survival. Anxiety can help us respond in appropriate ways to certain situations, and is experienced by everyone at some point in their lives. However, when anxiety snowballs into an anxiety disorder, steps should, and can, be taken to better manage it, especially when it interferes in the life of a student with special needs.  Being able to identify and support adolescents with anxiety has widespread implications to the work Riverview staff does daily with students, and was recently covered at an in-service training lead by Advisor Janet Becker and Residential Supervisor Chris White.
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