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Children with Special Needs

  PREP for Children with Disabilities - Now Available at Church of the Incarnation!

  • Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month during the 9:30 Mass (see complete schedule below)
  • Register for free HERE
  • All children with disabilities are welcome - Kindergarten to 8th grade!

     Heather Wilkie is the lead catechist for PREP Children with Disabilities classes here at Church of the Incarnation.

This PREP Children with Disabilities program is designed for families to bring their child to PREP in a safe and secure environment that specializes in teaching their child in a way that best fits their learning style. Each lesson is adapted for the child to be successful in learning about the Catholic faith while growing closer to God and Jesus. Heather uses hands-on materials and activities to keep the children engaged. Some of the hands-on materials include picture books, puppets, puzzles, and storyboards.

     During the sacrament years, your child will be preparing and making their sacraments using similar hands-on materials specifically designed to help them understand the meaning and importance of the sacraments. Heather will make sure you and your child are fully supported during this wonderful occasion.

     Heather will help your child become a full member in the church community by going through the required PREP classes, attending mass, and participating in church functions where they can socialize with their peers.

The curriculum consists of the following:

  • Learning about God and Jesus
  • The Catholic Church and attending Mass
  • Bible Stories
  • Prayers- The Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and others
  • Religious holidays
  • Sacraments
  • Saints
  • And much more!

All children with disabilities are welcome! Including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Physical Disability
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Blind/Vision loss
  • Intellectual and Developmental disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

For children with other specific learning disabilities, health impairments, and mild disabilities, Heather can help them be successful in the regular class by supporting their catechist with supplemental learning materials and ongoing, personalized coaching.

Classes begin Sunday September 22, 2019 immediately before the 9:30 Mass. Please drop off your child between and 9:15 and 9:25 AM at the Kernan Center(building directly across from the church) before Mass begins. Here is the entire class schedule for the 2019-20 academic year:

      Sundays from 9:30-10:30 AM (during the 9:30 mass) in the Kernan Center.

  • 2019
    • September 22
    • October 13 and 27
    • November 10 and 24
    • December 8 and 22
  • 2020
    • January 12 and 26
    • February 9 and 23
    • March 8 and 22
    • April 19 (final class)

Class registration is free and can be completed ONLINE HERE

About Heather Wilkie:

My name is Heather Wilkie. My husband and I have 3 children. During my free time, I like to read books, go to the beach/pool, and have fun with my family!

My 1st volunteer role in church was assisting in a Deaf Education PREP class when I was in middle school in my childhood parish. Since then, I was a 1-to-1 aid for a child with disabilities at the Jewish camp in Medford. I assisted in a program for adults with disabilities at a Baptist church in North Carolina while I was in Graduate school, and I have been a catechist at the Church of the Incarnation for the past 10 years (8 years working with children with disabilities). I hold a BA in Deaf Education and a Masters in Special Education in Severe and Profound Disabilities and Adaptive Curriculum. After Graduate school, I worked at Bankbridge Development Center for 6 years until 2013 when I decided to stay home when my oldest was a baby. I am fluent in sign language and have been trained in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). 

I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at:

Read more about about Blesses Margaret of Castello (pictured above) here.