PREP for Children with Disabilities

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

Fall 2021 Schedule

Held during the 9:30 AM Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, except for November and December which would be the 1st and 2nd Sundays of the month as follows:

           ~September 26
           ~October 10 and 24
           ~November 7 and 21
           ~December 5 and 12
           ~January 9 and 23
           ~February 13 and 27
           ~March 13 (daylight saving time) and 27
           ~April 10 and 24

Click HERE to register for classes.

  • 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. Her email is hwilkie@incarnation-church.org.

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.

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:  hwilkie@incarnation-church.org

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