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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
This is monthly series of speakers and discussion, aiming to raise dyslexia awareness and empower families to support their children with dyslexia.
The next workshop is on Tuesday, April 17 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm *Note the date time change.
Pack a lunch and come learn from Rachel Bailey, Parenting Specialist, who has been serving families in Northern Virginia for a decade. Besides being a mother of two, she has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a certification in Positive Discipline. Ms. Bailey has provided services as an ADHD Coach, in-home mentor, and psychotherapist. Currently, she teaches parents practical tools for raising responsible, resilient and confident children.
Future 2018 Dates:
- Wednesday, May 16, 7 pm | Dr. Rachna Varia from MindWell Psychology “Interpreting Test Results”
- No meeting in June
Questions? Please contact Eileen Shaffer at email@example.com or call 703.777.1939 x 206
For more information on Decoding Dyslexia, please search “Decoding Dyslexia Virginia” on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Futures Planning – On the third Thursday of almost every month Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts for The Arc of NoVa Special Needs Trust Program, (SNT) and her guests present the tools to consider when developing a plan for the future to families, siblings, adults with disabilities, and others interested.
Next workshop: Thursday, April 19| 10:00 am – 12 pm
Topic: Employment Possibilities for People with Disabilities.
Speaker: Cheryl Bates-Harris, Senior Disability Advocacy Specialist for the National Disability Rights Network.
Workshop is FREE for Members of The Arc of Loudoun, *For information on becoming a member, CLICK HERE.
$10 for Non-Members, registration required.
Location: ALLY Advocacy Center | 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
Questions: Contact Eileen Shaffer: email@example.com
May 17: CCC+ and Healthcare
June 21: Resources for Indivdiuals with Dual Diagnosis: Navigating Mental Health and Brain Injury Services
July (Date TBD): Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship
August (Date and Topic TBD)
September 20: Creative Housing Options: Panel Discussion
October 18: DD Waivers
November 15: Managing Real Estate in a Special Needs Trust
December 13: Social Security Benefits
50th Anniversary Celebration Gala for The Arc of Loudoun
The Arc of Loudoun celebrates its 50th Anniversary — 50 years of creating a lifetime of opportunities for children with disabilities and their families! Join us for this inspiring celebration, as we rally together to recognize this momentous achievement and impact in this community.
Chair: Ara Bagdasarian, CEO and Co-Founder of Omnilert
Saturday, April 21, 2018 with silent auction and cocktails starting at 6:00 pm
Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Lansdowne, VA
Five-course dinner, featuring special performance by
Carlos Ibay and A Place to Be performers,
ALLY “A Life Like Yours” awards presentation,
live and silent auctions, dancing
Dress: Black-tie optional
Leon Harris from NBC News 4 at 4 to emcee Gala!
Featuring Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center Performer: Carlos Ibay
John Marshall Bank | Juliana MacDowell | McCandlish & Lillard, PC | Mitchell & Co., CPA’s | Amy Owen of Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties | Father Daniel Vélez-Rivera of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church
Before the Bus Starts Coming: 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: Lori Padgett, Special Education Supervisor, ECSE and Karin Spencer, Consulting Teacher in the Office of Special Education
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018; 6:00 pm
WHERE: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
FREE, No registration required.
Questions: Eileen Shaffer
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TEL: 703.777.1939 ext. 208
Interested in joining our Parent Support Group? Please contact Eileen Shaffer at: email@example.com
Are you the parent or caretaker of a child with a disability or special needs? Do you wish you could talk with other parents who are in similar situations? Please consider joining our Parent Support Group!
Parent Support Group will meet the first Tuesday of each month of the School Year and coincide with Social Skills Group. While your child attends Social Skills Group, you are welcome to join a network of other parents. PLEASE NOTE: Your child does not need to be enrolled in Social Skills to attend.
Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Parent groups can serve many purposes, but one of their most important can be to introduce families to others like themselves, building a sense of community and of understanding.
For more information on this group, please contact Eileen Shaffer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 6th Annual Ability Fitness Center Golf Tournament is on Thursday, May 10th!
Your participation in the golf tournament will help each AFC client have an improved quality of life and optimal physical and emotional health; have maximum functional independence; improve flexibility, muscle strength, balance, posture, and bone density; decrease muscle spasms & all over better quality of life!
When: Thursday, May 10th | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Online Registration and sponsorship information here.
Paper registration form here.
Pathways to Justice Training II
Addressing key barriers to justice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and discussing practical solutions that work best for them
WHEN: May 12, 2018 | 10am-3pm
WHERE: 906 Trailview Blvd, Suite A, Leesburg, VA 20175 (in the ASPEN Conference Room)
WHO: Individuals served who access the community at large without a support person
REGISTRATION REQUIRED, MUST SUBMIT BY MAY 4, 2018, email Roger Younker (email@example.com) for registration.
-Keeping Yourself Safe – Presented by law enforcement
-Knowing Your Rights- Your rights and responsibilities when stopped by the police
-Role Playing Scenarios- How to respond to others in the community
SPONSORED BY: Loudoun County Department of MHSADS
The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus – ALLY Advocacy Center
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
Bonnie Hoffman and Genevieve Miller – Attoryneys
- Internet Safety
- Miranda Rights and what to do if you are stopped by the Police
- LUNCH (provided)
- Role Playing Scenarios – how to respond to others in the community
- Small Group sessions with law enforcement
Music at the Manor | Saturday May 19, 2018
Come experience Music at the Manor Festival, a day-long celebration of
family, friends, food, and of course, music—from blues to contemporary to rock.
All proceeds benefit The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus as we together
empower, embrace, and engage children with special needs and their families.
When: Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Historic 17-acres at Paxton Manor
What: Featuring bands, food, wine, beer,
local artisans, raffle, kid’s activities
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $60 for four
Free to Arc of Loudoun Members
Free to children under 12
The VooDoo Blues
Rikki J and the Blue Rhythm
Never Born to Follow
Please note: No outside food or drink allowed at event.
The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus has partnered with Tuscarora’s Husky Buddies Program to present iCanBike Camp! This is a program offered to help children with disabilities learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.
In order to sign up, rider must meet ALL of below criteria:
- Ages 8-18
- Have a disability
- Able to walk without assistive device
- Willing and able to wear a properly fitted helmet
- Parents must remain at camp at all times
- Able to sidestep to both sides
- Able to attend all 5 days
- Maximum weight of 220 lbs
- Minimum inseams of 20″ (measure from floor while reader is wearing sneakers)
- Bring in own (approved) bike at at sessions
For any questions please e-mail Eileen Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
iCan Bike 2017
Enroll in our Adaptive Yoga for Teens (ages 12-19) with disabilities today by contacting Brigitta White at email@example.com or 703.220.6239. Drop-ins are welcome!
Adaptive Yoga for Teens
When: Saturdays at 10:30am to 11:15am
Dates: Check flyer for 2018 dates!
- $10 per class for members of The Arc of Loudoun (CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION)
- $12 for non-members
- Drop-ins welcome!
Instructor: Brigitta White, owner of Whole Me Programs
Location: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
601 Catoctin Circle, Leesburg, VA 20176
This yoga class will increase both social and emotional health. It helps with focus, empathy, self-expression and the ability to calm the body and mind. We use developmentally appropriate exercises for breathing, relaxing and physical body movement. This yoga series joyfully integrates yoga postures with dance, movement, music and song in a fun way! *Participants must be able to follow basic directions and be physically mobile.
The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers opportunities for people with cognitive or developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books and make friends in a relaxed community setting.
Interested in joining? Please email Eileen Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT BOOK CLUB MEETING IN RUST LIBRARY:
Mondays; 6:30pm-8pm (check dates on flyer above)
At Rust Library’s Story Time Room
To get a feel for what our meetings are like: CLICK HERE
What is it? The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers opportunities for people with cognitive or developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books and make friends in a relaxed, community setting.
Each group is comprised of between five and eight people. The small size ensures that each participant feels valued, and facilitates the development of strong friendships between members. Anyone may join the club, regardless of reading level and abilities. EVEN IF YOU CAN NOT READ, you can join this group! Club members take on active roles: together they decide which books to read and how they would like to structure their get-togethers. All meetings are held in local settings, such as coffee shops and the library and will take place the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.
In partnership with the Loudoun County Public Library and generously funded by 100 Women Strong.
Interested in joining us? Please contact Tammy at 703.777.1939 extension 207 or email@example.com