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First Children School Remote Learning Videos

Classroom Lesson Videos

Kristen Pinto’s Preschool Class

Kristen Pinto teaches her preschool class about Spring flowers.

Debbie Earley’s Primary School Class

Ms. Debbie and her teacher assistants, Alyssa Balarinni and Gabby Buckman, teach their class about different types of transportation.


Debbie Earley teaches her class about the month of April.


Here, Ms. Debbie teaches her class about the water cycle.


Tricia DeVito’s Elementary School Class

Ms. Dawn, First Children School teaching assistant, reads the story “Lucy’s Light” to students in Tricia DeVito’s class.

Brittany Whelan’s Middle School Class

Brittany Whelan, middle school teacher,  conducts a science experiment after reviewing the colors of the rainbow for her class!


Christine Diaz’s High School Class

Teaching assistant, Roseanne Braithwaite, reads to her students by video. Roseanne, aka Miss Rosie, is a teaching assistant in a class for high school students who are medically fragile taught by Christine Diaz.


Videos from Debbie Winter, Teacher of the Deaf

Debbie Winter, Teacher of the Deaf, teaches a lesson about pond animals to go along with the spring theme that students are working on in their classes.  Debbie is a pull-out therapist working with 13 students from 7 different classrooms.


Ms. Debbie sings a song about summer for her students in American Sign Language.


In these videos, Debbie reads Good Night Moon in ASL.


In these videos, Debbie reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Five Little Ladybugs to her students as a part of her Spring theme learning activities.

Art Class Videos

In this video, art teacher Lisa Nardone-Scafiddi teaches about art sculptures.

Vocational Program Videos

Shaynon Remillard gives an introduction to distance learning to high school students in our vocational program using ASL…

and in Spanish!

Core Concepts Lessons

Shaynon teaches core concepts such as size, temperature, and time.

Life Skills Lessons

In these two videos, Shaynon teaches about sorting laundry for our vocational program students.

Occupation Exploration Lessons

In these two videos, Shaynon teaches about how to be a police officer to her students.


Family Educational Support Videos

American Sign Language (ASL) Lesson for Families

Debbie Winter, Teacher of the Deaf, teaches an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) with basic everyday signs.


Vision Skills Tutorials

Rachael Schupak, Teacher of the Visually Impaired created the following three tutorials to help parents who would like to work on various vision skills during this period of remote learning:

Maintaining Visual Attention-Maintaining visual attention is an essential visual skill that all children should practice. In this video, you will learn what visual attention is, what the four quadrants are, and what strategies you can use to practice maintaining attention.


Shifting Gaze-Shifting gaze also plays a role in getting the child to build on communication skills such as making choices. In this video, you will learn about what shifting gaze is and how it ties in with maintaining visual attention and tracking.


Tracking-Tracking is an important life skill that is needed to help the child engage and respond to their surrounding environment. In this video, Rachael demonstrates how to practice tracking  with your child and what strategies can be used when working on this visual skill.

Allyson Katz’s Elementary School Class Parent Support

Ms. Allyson is sending home interactive books that can be read to her students by a family member. These books have all been laminated and have Velcro on them so the child may interact with the book and put pictures on the corresponding pages. This is a type of activity Allyson does regularly in the classroom so she created this video to show the parents exactly how to get the most use out of these books.

Ms. Katz created this video to teach her students’ families how to use a core board at home.  Allyson teaches students who use various forms of augmentative and alternative communication, and the core board is a tool they use daily in class.  Each family was sent a mini-version of the core board that Allyson is using along with some word cards and a sentence strip so they can do the same activity at home.

Mini core board, word card, and sentence strip examples


Shaynon Remillard, vocational program teaching assistant, created this video for the caregivers of our students so that they can be aware of some of the different options out there for kitchen tools that their children can operate more effectively.


Holiday Weekend Circle Time
Katherine Cook, preschool teacher,  presents a special holiday weekend circle time for students just for fun! Students will not need circle time books, just their listening ears and looking eyes ready to play a game of I Spy. Miss Katie says, “Have fun and have a great weekend!!”



Music Therapy Videos

Melinda Bass O’Neal, pre-recorded music therapy for one of our early elementary classes taught by Debbie Early.


Occupational Therapy Activities

Chrissy D’Amico, First Children School occupational therapist, demonstrates a fun Spring activity to help students learn their names through a multi-sensory approach. She used materials that can be found outside because they are easily accessible and encourage students to get outside and explore nature.


Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Lessons

Pamela Welch-Reinoso, one of First Children School’s Speech-Language  Pathologists, works with students who use various forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  She created the videos below to help her students who use AAC devices.

Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) Videos

PODD is a a type of AAC which organizes word and symbol vocabulary in a communication book or speech-generating device to provide immersion and modelling for learning.

Learn more about PODD>


In these videos, Pamela is modeling language for a student in something called Aided Language Stimulation while expressing thoughts on a hi-tech PODD device.


Proloquo2Go Videos

Proloquo2Go is a symbol-supported communication app providing a voice to individuals who cannot speak. It is designed to promote growth of communication skills and foster language development through research-based vocabularies.

Learn more about Proloquo2Go >


In this video, Pamela, is demonstrating  the same Find the Squares activity as above using Proloquo2Go instead of PODD.


In this video, Pamela helps her students who use Proloquo2Go to expand their expressive utterances and promote literacy via their AAC devices.


Here, Pamela is using  Proloquo2Go to read the book “Green Eggs and Ham.” This video was created to help both parents and students practice locating the buttons with visible markers to aid in long distance learning.