PREP for Children with Disabilities

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

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Class Schedule

Class is held during the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass. Please bring your child directly to the Kernan Center on the following Sundays for Fall '22 - Spring '23:

  • 2022
    • Sept 25 - classes begin
    • Oct 9 and Oct 23
    • Nov 6 and Nov 13
    • Dec 11
  • 2023
    • Jan 8 and Jan 22
    • Feb 12 and Feb 26
    • March 12 and March 26
    • April 2 and April 16

Click HERE to register!

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.

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

     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.

Lead Catechist

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 since 2008. 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

Catechists

Colleen Parcells

I have a Masters Degree in Special Education and PA Teaching Certification in Special Education.  
Taught in Philadelphia, Lower Merion, and NHS school for children with Autism. I also spent several years at the Chester County IU as a Behavior Specialist.  After having my three children, I worked part-time as the Assistant Director and Program Specialist at the Center for Autism in Philadelphia.
Currently, a happily married mom of 3 children. I work part- time at Holy Angels Parish Office in Woodbury.

Erin McGinty

I have been a parishioner of Incarnation since I moved here in 2005. I have 3 children that have attended Incarnation PREP. I graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelors degree and received my Masters degree in Education from Cabrini University. I am certified in Early Childhood Education in both NJ and PA. My coursework includes both special education and reading specialist courses. In the past I have worked in a variety of grade levels and have spent time as a substitute teacher in Mantua School District. I am currently a support teacher in a Kindergarten Autistic Support classroom in Lower Merion School District.

Collen, Heather, and Erin

PREP for Children With Disabilities information flyer download HERE.