Social Skills Groups; Ages 5 to 18 years

Social Skills Groups for students ages 5 to 18 years old

We have weekly Social Skills Groups all school year long, starting September 26th. These groups meet every Tuesday evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. 

 

How to Sign Up

We currently have a waiting list for our Social Skills Groups, but please fill out an inquiry form here and we will contact you as soon as we are able.

About Social Skills Groups

Our Social Skills Groups are designed for students who need coaching in peer relationships and conversations. The ideal participant is able to converse with others but may need prompting to initiate or respond to peers. 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. It is derived from evidence-based concepts of verbal behavior and behavior analysis. 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). 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.

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Cost (per semester):

$150 for members of The Arc of Loudoun; for membership information go to: http://www.paxtoncampus.org/about-us/membership/ to learn more.

$200 for non-members.

 

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Please fill out an inquiry form here and we will contact you as soon as we are able.

 

 

 

 

 

50 Faces of The Arc – Ronan

For the past four years, Ronan has been attending The Aurora School, (a year-round school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities). His ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Instructor, Ashley, describes Ronan as a an awesome, fun kid who’s also very loving,

“He’s always smiling and will come up and give you the biggest hug!”

exclaims Ashley.  Ashley goes on to say that the learning style at Aurora has left a huge impact on Ronan,

“Before coming here he couldn’t say much, but now he’s speaking words, and we can understand what he wants.”

Ronan is also learning how to use more verbs in his speech to convey what he needs, and will communicate with his instructors about what is bothering him instead of crying. Aurora’s unique program works for children like Ronan because they’re able to get the individual attention they need, Ashley explains,

“We genuinely care about our students and everyday we teach them appropriate skills they’ll use in their everyday life. We’re able to do all of this through ABA therapy, and I wish more people knew how our [Aurora’s] curriculum works.”

She goes on to say that because of the ABA therapy, and the dedication of the staff  Ronan is able to succeed,

“If he keeps learning at this rate, he’ll be unstoppable!”

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!

 

 

Workshop: PCM for Parents and Professionals; May 20th and May 21st

 

WHO:             Parents and professionals who work and care for individuals with behavioral difficulties

DATE:              May 20th and May 21st from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (Participation is required for both full days)

COST:            $250

REGISTER:     Respond by May 1st  2017 to Kendra McDonald kmcdonald@paxtoncampus.org

LOCATION:     The Aurora School

601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

  • Professional Crisis Management courses teach a range of verbal (non-physical) and physical strategies for managing crisis situations safely and effectively.
  • Training will include repetition of physical procedures, an introduction to behavior analysis and the function of behavior, real life discussions of scenarios, coursework, and problem solving of individual concerns.
  • Participants who meet the requirements of this course will be certified as a Practitioner 1. Certification is for a period of 1 year, and will be issued upon PCMA receiving testing and training materials, and participants passing a practical and written exam.

What is Professional Crisis Management? – reprinted from the link: http://www.pcma.com/pcmapcmwhatis.asp

PCM is an advanced system of crisis management. Unlike other methods that teach intervention techniques only after individuals have become non-compliant, agitated or aggressive, PCM focuses primarily on prevention before a crisis occurs. PCM includes Crisis Prevention, Crisis De-escalation, Crisis Intervention, and Post-Crisis Intervention components. PCM utilizes “hands on” competency-based training and written tests to certify that individuals who receive instruction in PCM reach the highest level of skill acquisition. PCM is the only complete crisis management system available that can guarantee successful prevention and intervention with maximum safety, increased dignity and total effectiveness.

Crisis Prevention

The best way to handle a crisis situation is to prevent it before it happens!

The crisis prevention component of the PCM system teaches a wide range of nonphysical and verbal strategies for the prevention of crisis situations. Since PCM is based on a teaching and learning model, it integrates smoothly as well as complements and strengthens your existing teaching and treatment strategies. Furthermore, throughout the PCM course, an emphasis is placed on the importance of individual choice and basic human rights.

Crisis De-escalation

The PCM system is based on a cognitive-behavioral model of intervention that utilizes established research based techniques for verbally de-escalating disruptive and aggressive behaviors. The PCM de-escalation component benefits from the groundwork established during the prevention process. During the PCM training course, participants acquire skills that enable them to quickly and safely stabilize an escalating situation before it becomes necessary to physically intervene.

Crisis Intervention

PCM provides individuals with a continuum of painless physical procedures and techniques that can be utilized to intervene in a crisis situation. Specific procedures have been uniquely designed for children, adolescents, and adults. All of the procedures have been designed to maintain human dignity and to completely avoid awkward positioning and physical pain. The PCM training course teaches participants to respect the dignity and value of all human beings and to be sensitive to individual human rights and freedoms.

Post-Crisis Intervention

The PCM course teaches participants various methods of interacting (verbally) following the implementation of crisis intervention. Specific content for post-crisis intervention counseling is presented and practiced at all training courses. Participants gain skills that enable them to quickly reintegrate individuals back to their regular teaching or treatment activities. Participants obtain training in how to conduct post-crisis analysis which includes ways of improving future interactions in crisis situations.

 

 

 

Teen/Young Adult Social Group- June 9th Picnic and Outdoor Games

To attend any of these events, please contact Katie at kwilcox@paxtoncampus.org to RSVP today!

Teen and Young Adult Social Group 2016

WHO SHOULD JOIN US?  Young Adult (ages 16-20) who  are interested in making friends!  We accept teens and young adults with and without disabilities who are looking to foster new friendships and interested in trying new activities!

What we do: Every other week we get together and have fun  doing various activities in the community.

 

OUR NEXT EVENTS ARE HELD FROM 5PM to 6:15PM

Date Activity Location Cost
April 14th Photography Class with Ms. Tine Paxton Campus FREE
April 28th Boxing/Fitness Class with Ms. Paula Paxton Campus FREE
May 12th Hiking Red RockRegional Park FREE
May 26th Dining Restaurant- TBD $10-$15
June 9th Picnic and Outdoor Games Ida Lee Park Bring a dish!

Please contact Katie at kwilcox@paxtoncampus.org to RSVP  today!

Facilitated by: Katie Wilcox, M.A., BCBA, LBA

 

Katie Wilcox

Katie Wilcox

Katie Wilcox, M.A., BCBA, LBA  kwilcox@paxtoncampus.org

Katie began working with children and adults with autism and related disabilities in 2009 at The Faison School for Autism in Richmond, VA.   Following her graduation from University of Richmond in 2011, Katie went on to continue working in the field in a variety of settings including Kennedy Krieger Institute’s LEAP Program, consulting in D.C. and VA public schools, and conducting therapy in various in-home settings.  While in VA, Katie received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism.  Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a provisional special education teaching license.  Katie’s interests include reduction of problem behaviors, feeding, natural environment teaching, and increasing functional life skills needed for a successful transition to an independent lifestyle.

 

Workshop on Providing Meaningful Experiences in Community Settings – April 29

REGISTER HERE

How to Effectively Provide Meaningful Experiences for Individuals

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:   Professionals who work with people with disabilities

WHEN:   Friday, April 29;  10am-12pm

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

Registration required. REGISTER HERE

 

FACILITATOR: 

Kendra McDonald, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at The Aurora School on Paxton Campus in Leesburg, VA.

 

DETAILS:   Individuals with disabilities  in our community want to participate in activities that enhance their education and promote community involvement.  Providers of these activities often face barrier behaviors that may prevent meaningful experiences.  This workshop will focus on teaching providers on how to work with individuals with challenging behaviors so that all individuals in our community can enjoy interacting with providers and participate in therapeutic and social activities within their community.

 

Food for Thought – Improving Mealtime Routines: March 9th 3:45pm-4:45pm

Workshop 03.09.16 Food For Thought

 

Open Door Learning Center presents

“Food for Thought”:

 Increasing food selectivity and improving mealtime routines

TOPIC:             Do you have a “picky eater”?  Does sitting at the dinner table always seem to be a challenge?  Increase appropriate behaviors during mealtime routines and combat food selectivity with strategies that’ll give you “food for thought”.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2016
3:45-4:45pm

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

**CHILDCARE PROVIDED WITH RSVP**

RSVP: Christine Favréaux
cfavreaux@paxtoncampus.org
703.777.6010

Presenter:  Megan Allman, BCaBA, LABA – Team Lead @ ODLC

Megan Allman has been working with kids and young adults with developmental disabilities for the past eight years.  Ms. Megan completed her BCaBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in January of 2013.  She joined the Paxton Campus in February 2015 and has been the Team Lead at ODLC since the beginning of the school year.  Ms. Megan enjoys working in the field she loves and is excited to share these workshop techniques using the principles off Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

 

“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
3:45-4:45pm

 

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

 

RSVP: Christine Favréaux
cfavreaux@paxtoncampus.org
703.777.6010

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.