Social Skills Groups – Tuesdays Feb 6-May 22, 5:30-6:30pm

Social Skills Groups for students ages 5 to 18 years old

We have weekly Social Skills Groups all school year long. Students meet every Tuesday evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. 

How to Sign Up

Spring Social Skills is full, if you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email Tammy Goddard at 

About Social Skills Groups

Our Social Skills Groups are designed for students who need coaching in peer relationships and conversations. If your child is able to converse with others but may need prompting to initiate or respond to peers, he or she is our ideal participant.

During Social Skills Groups, we use the principles of Verbal Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 

Each group session consists of fun social games and activities. However each activity includes learning opportunities that are specifically designed to focus on intensive instruction that supports peer-to-peer socialization. Intensive instruction is embedded into activities. And it is derived from evidence-based concepts of verbal behavior and behavior analysis. Moreover, intensive instruction focuses on developing the necessary skills needed to initiate with and respond to peers.

Each session is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). And the group conversations and verbal skills are facilitated by applied behavior therapists.

We have created 2 types of specialized social skills groups to best fit different student’s social needs. One group is a best fit for children who are conversational but require extra help and prompting to socialize. And the second group facilitates basic social skills for students who need more intensive instruction to interact with peers.

We are also developing a social skills class which will focus on more subtle issues such as bullying, personal space, perspective taking, etc. All classes will meet on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. An interview with parents will help determine the best group for your child.


Cost: $200 for this Spring Session 2/6-5/22 Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm



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Open Door Learning Center’s OPEN HOUSE on March 3

Open Door Learning Center Preshcool: Open House on March 3 from 1-3pm

Join us at Open Door Learning Center Preschool Open House on Saturday, March 3 from 1-3 pm. You’ll have the chance to You’ll have the chance to meet our awesome staff, tour our school, and learn about our curriculum. Your child can also enjoy fun activities, arts and crafts, and have their face painted! The Disney Princess, Belle, will also be making a special appearance! 

Where: Open Door Learning Center
The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus 
601 Catoctin Circle, NE 
Leesburg, VA 20177


Holiday Sip & Shop – Nov 11th; 12pm to 3pm


Saturday, November 11; 12pm to 3pm

Grab your friends and join us for a fun day of shopping while helping support a great cause! Our Sip & Shop features a diverse set of vendors selling everything from creative art products, delicious foods, unique clothing & jewelry items, and so much more! Don’t miss this chance to support ODLC while you enjoy some wine & appetizers and get a jump start on your holiday shopping.



Open Door Learning Center

601 Catoctin Circle, NE – Leesburg

Unique Products & Crafts, Yummy Wine & Appetizers, and Fabulous Raffle Prizes!

Direct Sale Items and/or Handmade Goods – Jewelry, Bags, Nail Products, Food Items, Home Décor, Personalized Gifts, Candles, and much more!


CSI: Behavior Edition; Wednesday, Oct 25 at 7pm


Open Door Learning Center presents

“CSI: Behavior Edition”

 Discovering the “why” behind your child’s challenging behaviors and increasing positive outcomes


TOPIC:      Take the guesswork out of behavior management by observing clues to your child’s behavior and use them to solve the case of tantrums, non-compliance and other problem behaviors!

This workshop will investigate positive behavior supports to help with challenging behaviors often observed in children at home and at school.


WHERE: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA  20176



Social Skills Group, Ages 6-10, Summer Fun with Friends

Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm, June 21st-August 9th, 2017

“Summer Fun with Friends” is a once a week after school social skills program that offers a balance of brief instruction with a variety of fun indoor and outdoor games and activities to practice skills they are learning in an engaging and natural way.

  • Each group is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Skills are taught  by ABA Therapists
  • Our focus is on Peer Interaction, Conversation and Verbal Skills
  • Ideal candidates for this group are conversational but need facilitation for improved social skills

Please click here the Summer Fun with Friends Inquiry Form link to request registration.

Enrollment is determined on a first come first served basis.
Each session is $20/day or $130 for all 7 days (a $10 savings!) and is paid in advance. The Arc of Loudoun members get 1 FREE day if enrolled in all 7 days!



CANCELED Making Your Own ‘Kyle’ File: Rising Kindergarten Students: May 24th

Due to low registration the Making Your Own Kyle File workshop is CANCELED. 

However, ODLC director, Tine Favreaux ,and ALLY Advocacy Director, Eileen Shaffer, would be happy to meet with you individually to give you resources and tips on creating a file for your child!

You can contact them here:
Tine Favreaux’s email:
Eileen Shaffer’s email:


Information that should be included in your child’s file: 

  • Your child’s Allergies
  • If your child has a sibling
  • How your child communicates
  • Your family pet’s name
  • And much more! 

Come to the workshop and learn more helpful tips of what information you should include in your child’s file, and WHY it should be included! 


WORKSHOP – On the Fence: Still Deciding If You Will Send Your Preschooler to Kindergarten?

Open Door Learning Center presents

On the Fence: Still Deciding If You Will Send Your Preschooler to Kindergarten?


TOPIC:  This is the workshop for parents and families in the community who are having a difficult time deciding on whether or not to send their child to Kindergarten

SPEAKERS: LCPS Experts & Parents who were on the fence last year

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017; 7:00pm-8:30pm

WHERE:  ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
  601 Catoctin Circle, NE
  Leesburg, VA  20176

FREE for ODLC Parents and The Arc of Loudoun Members

$10 for non-ODLC Parents and non-members

Questions:  Christine Favréaux EMAIL: TEL: 703.777.6010


Before the Bus Starts Coming; June 7th; 9:15am-10:30am

Before the Bus Starts Coming: A workshop for parents of soon-to-be kindergartners


Before the Bus Starts Coming

TOPICS COVERED: What is the Parent Resource Center and How Can They Help? How parents can prepare for the transition to kindergarten, how half-day kindergartners can benefit from afternoon enrichment class.

Tuesday, June 7; 9:15am-10:30am

Paxton Campus
ALLY Advocacy Center
601 Catoctin Circle, NE,
Leesburg, VA 20176

Speakers:  Pam Spiering, LCPS Parent Resource Center and Christine Favreaux, Open Door Learning Center


*CHILDCARE provided with registration*

Questions:   Eileen Shaffer, Advocacy Coordinator, 703.777.1939, ext 208 or


“It’s Not Magic!”: Using Effective Behavioral Strategies to Improve your Pre-K/K Behavior -Nov 9

Workshop 11.09.15 encore presentation


TOPIC:             Learn the “A-B-C’s” of your child behaviors.  This workshop provides simple TRICKS to EXPOSING the magic behind conquering tantrums, non-compliance, bedtime issues, manners and more.  This workshop will REVEAL effective behavioral strategies that can help behavior problems (almost) DISAPPEAR at school and at home!!


WHEN: Monday, November 9, 2015


WHERE: Davis Cottage on Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA  20176


RSVP: Christine Favréaux

Presenter:  Kendra McDonald, MA, BCBA
Kendra began her career in behavior analysis after her son was diagnosed with autism in 2002. Following the successful implementation of his home program, she worked as an in-home ABA therapist for other families affected with autism. Kendra has been with The Aurora School since 2009.  She completed her behavior analysis coursework at UMASS Lowell and she has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She secured her BCBA in June 2014. Kendra emphasizes the principles and teaching procedures of verbal behavior across all teaching opportunities including communication, social skills, and academics.


Preschool Graduation and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Open Door Learning Center’s New Accessible Playground


ODLC Graduation and Playground Invite


Open Door Learning Center

request the honor of your presence to the


Preschool Graduation and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Open Door Learning Center’s New Accessible Playground


Friday, June 12, 2015; From 1pm to 2pm


Open Door Learning Center

On Paxton Campus

601 Catoctin Circle NE

Leesburg, Virginia



Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 9th

To Christine Favreaux at

or 703.777.6010






Leesburg, Virginia – May 21, 2015 – On Friday, June 12, at 1:30pm, Open Door Learning Center (ODLC) will officially open its accessible playground during the preschool graduation program. ODLC is an accredited inclusive school for students, ages 2 to 7 years, with and without disabilities.

The accessible and inclusive playground was designed for children with and without developmental disabilities. The equipment was specifically chosen to incorporate different kinds of sensory movements: spinning, rocking, swinging, which are both calming and stimulating activities for children with developmental disabilities.

“What an exciting way to celebrate ODLC’s 5 year anniversary, by opening a playground designed to stimulate children’s imaginations, and create opportunities for children to develop social, physical and sensory skills while playing and exercising,” said Christine Favréaux, ODLC’s Administrative Director, “This playground exemplifies ODLC’s philosophy that children of all abilities benefit from being able to play and interact together, in an inclusive environment.”

ODLC’s new playground was funded by many generous donors, including the parents of ODLC students past and present, The Nicholas Blanco Foundation, and The Meil Family Foundation, in addition to many supporters from the greater community.

There to help celebrate the grand opening of the playground will be Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, who will be cutting the ribbon alongside the students, staff and teachers of ODLC.

ODLC is located in Leesburg, Virginia, on the historic Paxton Campus. In 1922, Rachel Paxton had a vision to turn her home and property into a safe and welcoming environment for underprivileged children and families. In 1967, a group of parents whose children had special needs formed The Arc of Loudoun, a non-profit to start a school for their children when no one else would. In 2010, those two visions combined when The Arc of Loudoun moved to the Paxton Campus. Since then, the Campus has grown into a full-service organization to provide an integrated and innovative learning environment for all ages and abilities. Programs include Open Door Learning Center, The Aurora School,  STEP Up vocational training program for adults, and ALLY (“A Life Like Yours”) Advocacy Center, all devoted to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children of all abilities thrive in our community.

For more information, visit or contact Rachel Roseberry, Communications Coordinator of Paxton Campus, at or by phone at 703.777.1939.