Adaptive Yoga for TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS on Saturdays

Enroll in our Adaptive Yoga for Teens and Young Adults with disabilities today by contacting Brigitta White at brigittawhite@gmail.com or 703.220.6239. Drop-ins are welcome!

Adaptive Yoga for Young Adults

When: Saturdays at 10:30am to 11:15am

Dates: Check flyer for 2018 dates!

Cost:

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.

 

Adaptive Art Classes for Adults – Thursdays: 6:00-7:00 pm

To Register: tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939 ext. 207

Expressions through Art

Taught by Darcy Swope and Trent Carbaugh, owners of and instructors at Birds of A Feather Art School

Adults 18+ of ALL abilities are invited to take part in this exciting instructional class that will allow you to discover your inner artistic voice. Darcy and Trent are skilled art instructors and therapists, with a great deal of experience working with people of all abilities. Each week will provide a new and exciting opportunity to try different mediums (or the same one each week if that is what you would like to do!).

WHAT: Expression Through Art: Adaptive Art Classes for ALL Abilities

WHO: Adults 18+ of ALL abilities

**Drop ins are welcome.

WHEN:

THURSDAYS in ALLY: 6:00-7:00PM

WHERE: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus

COST: $10/per participant* per week for members of The Arc of Loudoun (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER)

$12/per participant* per week for non-members of The Arc of Loudoun

*limited scholarships available on case by case basis

 

For more information, or to register, please contact Tammy Goddard at 703.777.1939, ext 207 or tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

 

iCanBike Camp 2018- June 25th-29th

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 people 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 Tammy Goddard at tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org 

iCan Bike 2017

12 Band Jam and Ride – August 12th; 2pm-12am

12 Band Jam & Ride

Proceeds benefit The Aurora School serving students with special needs

Saturday, August 12, 2017

10:30am Kickstands up – Riders Depart

2:00pm to Closing – 12 Band Jam Lineup

 

Where: Spanky’s Shenanigans
538 East Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176

 

$20 for motorcycle riders/$10 for passengers, includes t-shirt and lunch

Riders, come and enjoy ½-price breakfast starting at 7:30 am!

$10 admission at door for 12 Band Jam

Win fabulous raffle prizes!

50/50 raffle, restaurant gift cards, wine tastings, area merchants, and so much more!  Win this one-of-a-kind custom puzzle-piece guitar signed by dozens of music legends!  Prizes awarded every hour!

Check out the awesome lineup!

2:00 pm   Al’s Big Truck

2:50 pm   Mink’s Miracle Medicine Show

3:40 pm   Voodoo Blues

4:30 pm   Andy Hawk and the Train Wreck Endings

5:20 pm   90 Proof

6:10 pm   Shortness of Breath

7:00 pm    Fast Eddie and the Fast Lane Blues Band

8:50 pm    Silver Lining

9:40 pm    Fresh Cracked Pepper

10:30 pm  Mike and the Cyclones

11:20 pm   Bastards of Twang

12:10 am   Ricky J. and Blue Rhythm

 

 

50 Faces of The Arc- Patrick

Patrick attended The Aurora School (a year-round school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities) for the past eight years and graduated this June. His program director, Maureen, describes Patrick as a genuinely happy student who is extremely hard working. Maureen says,

“He loves being productive, and isn’t happy if if he’s not getting something done.”

While at Aurora, Patrick’s favorite activity is sorting beads and markers by colors– which he can do all day. Maureen notes,

“Patrick is also an excellent speller, and he likes playing different crossword and wordsearch apps on his iPad.”

Patrick is so good at spelling he’s even learned how to communicate with others through writing out a word or spelling out each letter if they can’t understand him, something he learned how to do all on his own.

Throughout the years of attending Aurora, Patrick’s learned to become more flexible with abrupt changes in his schedule. He’s also learned how to take turns, like when playing board games, and has become more social with his peers. Some of Patrick’s current goals include: learning to identify whether a clothing item is acceptable to wear (if it’s clean or dirty), taking inventory of the cleaning supplies he uses, and staying on track for all his tasks (with minimal guidance from his instructors). Five times a week Patrick goes on CBI (Community Based Instruction) trips which allows him to take the skills he learns in the classroom out into the community. Patrick either goes to the yoga studio where he cleans and takes inventory, the Giant grocery store where he picks out different items from a list, or various restaurants where he is able to practice ordering food from his iPad. Maureen says,

“The support we [The Arc of Loudoun] provide through these activities significantly increases success of students like Patrick.”

Furthermore, Maureen believes The Arc is so important to the community because the staff are able to teach important life skills to students who are in an impressionable part of their lives. Maureen states,

“This campus is so unique, and we’ve become the model for what other people want to emulate.”

50 Faces of The Arc- Kyle

For the past year, Kyle has been a member of the STEP Up (Supported Training & Employment) Program at The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus; a day support program that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities. However, he’s been a part of The Arc of Loudoun community since 2010, when his mom, Christine, started working at the Open Door Learning Center preschool on campus. Since then, Kyle, now 21, has volunteered as an assistant teacher at ODLC and has had other miscellaneous tasks, such as data entry, for the various programs at Paxton.

Volunteering and working at The Arc of Loudoun has allowed Kyle to learn many different skills. “It’s [The Arc] helped me learn how to be responsible and I’ve gained more experience with social interaction,” he said.  By gaining these skills, Kyle was able to secure a job at Noodles & Company in Leesburg, where he takes orders as a cashier, prepares the meals, and helps the customers. One of Kyle’s passions is cooking, and he teaches his fellow STEP Up colleagues how to cook different meals three times a month. Once a month Kyle also prepares for all his meals– where makes a list of all the ingredients and materials for his dish. Kyle makes a variety of dishes, but he loves cooking Italian food which is why he’s grateful that Paxton provided him the opportunity to gain work experience in order to become an employee at Noodles & Company.

Kyle aspires to become a professional chef, and he is now able to add both his experience from conducting cooking classes through STEP UP and his job at Noodles & Company to his resume when he applies to culinary school. Kyle believes he wouldn’t be where he is now without The Arc of Loudoun stating,

“This place is really special to me. It’s helped me grow, develop, and unlock my hidden potential. No one would have an excuse to feel angry here at a place like this.”

50 Faces of The Arc- Bryce

One of the next #50FacesofTheArc is Bryce!
 
Bryce has been attending The Aurora School for four years. His ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructor, Tyrelle, has described Bryce as a gentle giant, “He’s quiet, but also very smart.” Throughout Bryce’s time at Aurora, he has improved his communication skills immensely, especially with his articulation. Tyrelle says Bryce is currently working on his personal hygiene goals and vocational skills like table setting and dish washing. “All of these skills he’s learning allows him to live a more independent life,” states Tyrelle.
 
While at Aurora, Bryce loves visiting the school store, playing on the swings, watching YouTube videos, and sorting through the school’s collection of DVDs. Tyrelle explains, “He [Bryce] can spend all day just looking at the covers of the DVDs and inspecting every inch of it! He’s very fascinated by them.” One of Tyrelle’s favorite things about Bryce is watching all of his progress, saying, “Bryce retains so much information. It’s amazing to see how impressionable he is, and how much he learns everyday.” Because of The Arc of Loudoun, Tyrelle believes students, like Bryce, have the chance to learn at their own pace. “I think we [staff at The Arc] do a great job of adapting to all of the different personalities of the students. We’re able to give each student exactly what they need.”
 
 
 
 

50 Faces of The Arc- Dawn

Dawn has been working at The Aurora School for more than ten years, and as a veteran staff she is the most cherished. Before becoming the receptionist at Aurora, she was an instructor at the school for seven years, where she helped students with their daily goals. Kendra, the Interim Director of  Aurora says,

“Dawn is the first smiling face you see when you come here [Aurora]! We depend on her for so many things to make our day go more smoothly. The kids love her, and we love her too!”

 

Dawn explains why Aurora is so important to her saying,

“It’s given me the opportunity to learn how to interact with both typical and non-typical children. Plus, before coming to Aurora I had no idea what Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy was. Everything I learned about ABA, I learned at Aurora. And now, ABA helps me with my eight-year-old niece. I now know what to say, what not to say, and how to say it.”

 

Working with all the students is one of Dawn’s favorite things about Aurora.

“The best thing about working here is seeing the results of children’s progress,” she says. “Some students have graduated, some have gone back to mainstream public school, or joined STEP Up.”

She has no plans to leave Aurora anytime soon exclaiming,

“I like what we do and what we stand for, and I also love the students and my co-workers! The support here is amazing, too. If somebody goes into crisis, everybody comes running, no hesitation whatsoever.”

 

In the next 50 years, Dawn hopes more people will know about The Arc of Loudoun stating,

“The outreach and support at The Arc is great. I just wish more people knew what a wonderful place we are and how much we help people and the community. I don’t know of any other places like us and I feel like families would probably be struggling a lot if we weren’t here. It’s really amazing to have all the various programs here on one campus, united under The Arc.”

50 Faces of The Arc- Tiara

Tiara’s radiant personality will make anybody who sees her on Paxton Campus smile. She works as the receptionist for the ALLY Advocacy Center three times a week through STEP Up  (Supported Training & Employment Program); a day support program that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities. Some of Tiara’s tasks include: delivering mail on campus, greeting the guests at ALLY, making copies, and shredding papers.

Since being in STEP Up, Tiara has grown to be more independent. In fact, one of her main jobs on campus is to sell items from a mobile snack cart to the employees and bus drivers at Paxton– which she does completely alone. She restocks and organizes the snacks and drinks on the cart, which has several names including “Snax on Pax” and “Bart the Cart”, and she manages the money from the sales. Sometimes Tiara works with another member of Step Up in order to serve more customers. Tammy Goddard, ALLY program director, says

“Tiara is a great sales person – she loves to bring around the snack cart and if she knows you like a certain drink or snack, she puts it aside for you.”

Once Tiara has completed her work shift in the morning, she enjoys being social with everybody on campus. People know when Tiara is on campus because they’ll hear her greeting anybody she sees! She loves to ask people about their pets and asks how their pets are doing, because she loves animals as much as people. She usually ends the conversation by telling them to make sure that they give their pets a hug and a kiss from her.

Tiara is also very adept at making handmade cards for everybody at Paxton.

“She is a like a one-woman Hallmark store – she’s always making sure she is on top of making every single person on campus a birthday card, a get well card, or a going away card if they are leaving,” says Tammy. “She also makes a point to ask everyone who stops in ALLY what their two favorite colors are, and she draws pictures and cards for all of the new clients when they come in.”

Besides creating cards, Tiara enjoys just being able to work at Paxton, saying,

“I can’t imagine working anywhere else, being here makes me so happy!”   

50 Faces of The Arc- Tammy

Tammy first heard about The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus in the Spring of 2011, after her son was diagnosed with a motor skills disability. She was advised to get an advocate, in which she researched online and found The Arc. After meeting with ALLY (A Life Like Yours) Advocacy’s past directors to discuss plans regarding her legal rights as a parent of a child with disabilities, she knew she needed to be a part of The Arc,

“It was infectious–how passionate they [the ALLY directors] were and it caught on to me! I decided then and there that I wanted to work there and be contributing to helping other families.”

Tammy initially worked at the front desk of The Aurora School, a school for students with disabilities located on Paxton Campus. She would later become ALLY’s Program Director. Tammy explains,

“The Arc became important to me because of my son, it stayed important to me because my son is just one out of the thousand people we help every year. My son did the social skills group, he goes to all the sensory sensitive movies, and the Spring Festival. My daughter volunteers with Shocktober and did siblings shops (workshop for siblings of people with disabilities). I’ve gotten IEP (Individualized Education Plan) help and gone to parent support groups here. The whole family has been helped.”

Throughout her time working for The Arc, Tammy has given back to the community through all the programs ALLY hosts.

“We help people with disabilities, but also help people in need. My favorite program is the Holiday Giving Program. Last year we helped give presents to 191 families, who would otherwise not have any gifts. It’s very rewarding!”

In the fall of 2011, Tammy created Maggie’s Closet, which provides free clothing to families in need. Maggie’s first started in a small office in one of the buildings on Paxton Campus, but expanded after just one week. Tammy exclaims,

“What I loved about it is that people just want to give! They want a reason to be excited, want a reason to help. There’s so much generosity in the community–which I hoped for, but didn’t realize until I started working here.”

Whether it’s gifting presents to those in need or creating Maggie’s Closet, Tammy is constantly looking for new and creative ways to help others through The Arc, saying

“There’s just so many different ways that people can help and be helped here. It’s the best thing about working here.” 

Her newest goal is to revamp the volunteer program for ALLY. She plans to start a mentoring program, where volunteers have an opportunity to know more of the members of The Arc and teach them new skills.

Tammy believes there’s no other organization like The Arc, stating

“Where else can you go to get help with your IEP,  watch a sensory sensitive movie, get a backpack for school supplies, and get a prom dress for your daughter? We serve so many different facets of life for people with disabilities.”

Because of this, she hopes in the next 50 years The Arc will be an example for other agencies and nonprofit to model themselves after saying,

“It’s the stuff we do, plus the amazing people we serve, plus the people that work here. It’s such a good combination.”

50 Faces of The Arc- Saul & Abe

Saul and Abe are twin brothers who’ve been attending The Aurora School, a year-round school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for the past three years. Although they look exactly alike, their personalities greatly differ. Saul is independent, and he enjoys completing tasks without any help. His Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Instructor, John, says he’s very determined,

“Once he [Saul] starts something, he needs to finish it. He likes to get everything just right.”

 

Abe, on the other hand, is not as much of a perfectionist as Saul. Abe’s ABA instructor, Kay, describes him as creative,

“He [Abe] likes Pinterest, colors, and playing the piano– especially the “Rugrats” theme song,” she says.

 

Although their personalities are different, the staff and learning style at Aurora has been able to accommodate both of the boys’ needs. Through ABA therapy, Saul and Abe are improving their communication skills. John and Kay state,

“The teaching style here [Aurora] really helps them. They now know how to talk about how they are feeling, and explain why they’re feeling a certain way.”

While at Aurora, the boys are learning vocational skills, such as washing their hands, adaptive behavior management, and identifying safety signs in the community.

John says, “Saul also loves to cook and that’s a skill he’s learning at Aurora. His favorite foods to make are french toast and pancakes!”

John and Kay explain that they enjoy working with Saul and Abe because of their goofy and lovable personalities, exclaiming,

“They love dancing and can do the ‘cha-cha slide.’ They’re both so silly and unique in their own way, which makes them so fun to be around!”

Because of schools like Aurora and the services provided by The Arc of Loudoun, kids are given the opportunity to succeed. Kay says,

“The staff know how to handle all types of behaviors here, which allows all of the students to be themselves.”

50 Faces of The Arc- Rena

Rena has been working for the Arc of Loudoun since 2007. She began as an instructor at The Aurora School, a school for children with developmental disabilities; primarily autism. Since 2011, she’s worked at the Open Door Learning Center, an intentionally inclusive preschool for children with and without disabilities, located on the Paxton Campus. When speaking about her career at The Arc, Rena becomes emotional.

“I love doing this because I know I’m helping somebody and making their life better,” she says. “I can really see the growth in children, and I see them open up and blossom–it’s a wonderful feeling…I love it!”  

Rena constantly sees changes in the children because of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. She’s experienced children who never even said “Hi”, to now interacting with their peers on the playground and initiating conversations. Her favorite thing is to see success!  She says ABA therapy changes people’s lives. And when parents tell her what a difference it makes– that’s one of the goals, knowing that it’s making a difference in people’s lives.  

“It makes me so happy!” Rena exclaims. “Moreover, knowing that the children will now be able to thrive in the community because of schools like Aurora and ODLC, it’s what keeps me motivated.”  

She hopes that The Arc will continue grow even bigger and reach out to more people.

“There are programs, but there are no programs like this,” Rena states. “I would hope in the next 50 years, The Arc expands into different school districts, different counties, and even different states! There is no limit on what The Arc can do to help the community!”

50 Faces of The Arc- Matthew

Matthew’s been described as a very dedicated employee at STEP Up, the Supported Training and Employment Program of The Arc of Loudoun that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities. Before joining STEP Up, Matthew graduated from The Aurora School (a school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 5-22 on Paxton Campus). After discovering Aurora, Matthew’s father Jim said he saw a tremendous difference in Matthew.

“I felt like I finally found a place with trained instructors who knew how to handle Matthew’s behavior,” he said. “Before attending Aurora, Matthew would become aggressive when he was given a demand, but now, after graduating from the school and joining STEP Up, his negative behavior has been slowly diminishing.”

Each day at Paxton, Matthew learns to be more independent. His main responsibility is cleaning the various buildings on campus, which he absolutely loves. Mary, his former STEP Up coordinator says,

“You knows he’s  [Matthew] working hard because you’ll hear the squeaking of the windows as he cleans them. He’s the best cleaner and most hard working employee you’ll ever meet. He doesn’t want to take a break until the job is done!”

With the support and training of both Aurora and STEP Up staff, Matthew was able to start working part time, where he cleans office spaces for two companies twice a week. Working as a part time employee gives Matthew more independence and freedom, which he enjoys. Matthew continues to learn more skills at STEP Up, such as time management, following lists, and increasing the duration of his work.

Sometimes while Matthew’s working, he likes to ‘script’ from game shows. (Scripting is a common occurrence among those with autism which involves repetitive reciting of lines from movies, tv shows, books, etc. and believed to be a coping mechanism). He quizzes all of The Arc office employees by asking them different questions and answers from the shows he watches. It’s like a fun game for him, and for the employees as well!  

One of Mary’s favorite things about Matthew is his affectionate gestures.

“Matthew is very sweet,” she states. “He doesn’t talk very much, but he’ll show he has a bond with you by coming over and squeezing your arms, giving you a thumbs up, or hugging you–always a highlight of my day.”

In the future, his supervisors and his dad, Jim, hope that Matthew will have a full time job where he can reach his maximum potential.

 

50 Faces of The Arc- Kendra

Kendra is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus. She has been working for The Arc for eight-and-a-half years, where she started as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist at The Aurora School, a year-round day school for children with developmental disabilities; mainly autism. She initially heard about Aurora while searching for programs for her son, Cannon, to attend. After touring the school in 2008, Kendra was immediately impressed by the ABA therapy the instructors were practicing with the students. She was so impressed, in fact, that she moved her family to Loudoun County in the hopes that Cannon could one day attend Aurora. Although Cannon, now 17, would later attend public school, Kendra would begin her career as an ABA therapist at Aurora.

Kendra’s desire to become an ABA therapist grew after seeing how effective ABA therapy was for Cannon, who has autism.

“I knew I wanted to become a therapist and help children with the same needs,” she said.  

In her duties with The Arc, she is currently Clinical Director of the Paxton Advantage Behavior Clinic and a behavior consultant to students at The Aurora School, the preschool students at Open Door Learning Center, and the employees at STEP Up (a day support program that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities).

Seeing the progress the students and employees make is one of Kendra’s absolute favorite things about working at Paxton Campus.

“Through ABA therapy, I  have seen astronomical success in students who went from not communicating at all to being able to read text, sign words, and talk vocally!” she exclaimed.

She’s also witnessed students’ severe aggressive and self-injurious behavior decrease through ABA therapy. 

Later this year, Kendra will be there for the grand opening of the Advantage Behavior Clinic on Paxton Campus. The clinic will allow people, like Cannon, who may not have had the opportunity to attend schools like Aurora the chance to still get the support they need– whether that’s learning communication or social skills. Kendra is thrilled about opening the clinic, and one of her desires is to create a wraparound approach where the staff at The Arc can work together with the public school teachers and their after school activities to practice social skills with a variety of students. In addition, she hopes through this approach everyone will know the effectiveness of ABA therapy and how it works.

Without The Arc, Kendra believes families would be at a great loss. She explains how The Arc is filling a need in the community by helping children and adults with disabilities live “a life like yours.” Programs and workshops at The Arc like CBI (Community Based Instruction) and the new Pathways to Justice Training, allow people with disabilities the opportunity to interact with community members such as bus drivers, cashiers, or police officers. These programs greatly benefit both the individuals with disabilities along with the community members as they learn to interact with each other. Kendra explains the importance of all the programs at The Arc stating,

“I wish more people knew that we are able to fulfill the gaps in the community with more volunteers and more funding. If they fund it, we can do it. We’re willing to put in the hard work, we just need the resources.”

Within the next 50 years, Kendra hopes The Arc will expand its programs all while “doing what they do best” which is helping the community.

 

50 Faces of The Arc- Drew

Drew is a hard-working employee at The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus. He’s been a member of the STEP Up (Supported Training & Employment) Program for two years, which is a day support program that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities. He first discovered Paxton Campus after he and his mom attended the ALLY Advocacy Center’s Transition Series, a workshop that helps families with young adults with disabilities transition out of the public school system at age 22.

Drew, who has high-functioning autism, says he’s incredibly grateful for STEP Up, and is always excited to go to work every morning! He takes pride in his daily tasks, which range from changing light bulbs to mulching and mowing the 17-acre grounds of Paxton. Once his morning shift is over, Drew participates in STEP Up’s afternoon enrichment activities.

“I enjoy visits from Nic the therapy dog and taking field trips to places like the National Air and Space Museum,” he says. “But going to Top Golf is my personal favorite!”

Not only is Drew an employee at Paxton, he’s also an advocate for people with special needs. Since participating in The Arc’s self-advocacy and public speaking group Speak Up, Drew has learned how to advocate for himself. Last year, Drew and other members of Speak Up traveled to Richmond; where he had the opportunity to speak directly to state lawmakers about transportation and group homes for people with disabilities.

Drew says he’s also learned how to be safe in the community through programs like ALLY’s ‘PILE’ (Positive Interaction with Law Enforcement) initiative on campus. This program teaches law enforcement personnel how to interact and with people with disabilities. Drew explains that programs like these are one of the reasons why The Arc of Loudoun is important to him saying,

”Being here helps to keep me safe. I have special needs, I have high-functioning autism. There are a lot of people with special needs around here, and Paxton benefits the whole community!”

iCan Bike Spring Poker Run April 22

Paxton Campus has partnered with Leesburg Moose Lodge to host “iCan Bike” Spring Poker run on Saturday, 4/22. Funds will support iCan Bike Camp, a program that teaches children and adults with disabilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

More information about iCan Bike HERE 

We hope you can join us!

50 Faces of The Arc- Trish

Meet Trish Thomason, mom to 17-year-old Eric, a student at The Aurora School. Before her family moved from Colorado to Virginia, Trish researched different schools for Eric to attend, which is how she discovered The Arc of Loudoun and Aurora. Eric thrives in a smaller, inclusive, structured environment, so Aurora was the perfect fit for him. In the one and half years since Eric’s been attending Aurora, Trish has seen a huge improvement.

“His focusing and ability to do tasks has gotten much better,” she says. “He also has better self-regulation of his emotions. And he’s happy! There’s definitely been schools where he didn’t want to go at all, and that doesn’t happen now. He gets excited about different things happening at school every single day.”

Not only does Eric attend The Aurora School, he also participates in many of the events that The Arc of Loudoun on Paxon Campus holds for its members. He enjoys doing adaptive yoga, art classes, and he absolutely loves music therapy. Eric’s even volunteered at Paxton’s annual fundraising event, Shocktober. After graduating from Aurora, Trish hopes Eric will join STEP Up, a day support program that teaches vocational skills to adults with disabilities.

“He loves animals and wants a giraffe as a pet. I want to give him the opportunity to work with animals, even just once a week. And that can be a place that can meld his interests with something that can grow within The Arc or Paxton Campus family.”

Trish loves The Arc of Loudoun because of the people.

“The people and staff are my favorite thing!” she exclaims. “Eric doesn’t get to just deal with his staff, but with other people from different programs as well. This allows Eric, and all the students, more opportunities for a wider social network.” She says The Arc’s efforts to incorporate individuals into the community is huge. “And that’s what I like about it. I like that they’re taking steps to let our kids be involved in the community, as well as bringing the community in to appreciate what our kids do. I think that’s so important.”

Trish also believes it’s important to give back to an organization that has given her so much, which is why she volunteers once a week with STEP Up.

“Ever since Eric started, I’ve volunteered at every program he’s been at. I come whenever I have free time, it’s a way to give back to them. I think it’s important to be involved. I want my kid happy and safe and I’ll work with any program that’ll let that happen.”

In the future, Trish hopes that more people will know about The Arc.

“I need it. Everybody needs it. I don’t have to spend so much time researching what’s out there about my kid’s future. The Arc has taken so many of those steps [of researching] away from us, which allows us to spend more time with our kids.”

50 Faces of The Arc- Aidan

Aidan is an enthusiastic student at The Aurora School on Paxton Campus. His infectious laugh can often be heard resonating throughout the entire building! He’s extremely musical and is always asking when he can enjoy his favorite activity: playing his piano keyboard. However, before attending Aurora, this simple act of asking would’ve been impossible– since he could initially only communicate using three pictures. Today, after six years of instruction at Aurora, Aidan can use sign language, express his thoughts through the use of an iPad, read over 100 words, and is now learning to talk. As Aidan conquers his communication skills, he continues to learn countless new skills that will provide him the chance to thrive in the community with his peers and live a more independent life. Hailey, Aidan’s lead Applied Behavior Analyst Instructor explains the importance of Aurora,

“The Aurora School and The Arc of Loudoun provides young adults, like Aidan, the opportunity to learn and grow into their full potential. I wish more people knew about the amazing progress our students make using ABA (instructional methods), and how all of the Aurora staff are striving to provide our students with, ‘A Life Like Yours.’”

 

Music at the Manor: FREE Fridays in May

The FREE Concerts are held every Friday evening in May – RAIN OR SHINE.  Event starts at 5:00p.m. and ends at 8:00p.m. Our live Spring music series presents a variety of music to satisfy all tastes – from jazz to blues to folk rock. Tickets are not required. Bring your own chairs and blankets. We’ve got tents to keep you dry in case it rains! 

Music at the Manor is looking for young talented musicians or musical groups to perform on Friday May 19, 2017. There will be fifteen minute blocks for young artists to perform.  Slots are now open, SIGN UP HERE!

Christine Favreaux, of Tine’s Captured Moments will be taking Professional Family Photos, $99- May 12th and May 26th. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 

 

 

This event was made possible by the following sponsors: 

PLATINUM Sponsor:

Thos. D. Walsh Inc., Realtors 

GOLD Sponsor: 

AHT Insurance

ASEC- Advanced Systems Engineering Corporation

 

Ariad Partners

 

Procentrix 

Omnilert

 

SPOTLIGHT Sponsor:

A & A Heating and Air Conditioning 

Living Realty

St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church

  • Melissa & Andrew Heifetz
  • Scott & Jessica Billigmeier
  • The Pellicano Family

Music and Food Lineup:

May 5: The Voodoo Blues/Jambalaya Bros.

May 12: Riki J and The Blue Rhythm/Res Q BBQ

May 19: Loudoun Emerging Youth/Bada Bing Bagels

  • Music at the Manor is looking for young talented musicians or musical groups to perform on Friday May 19, 2017. There will be fifteen minute blocks for young artists to perform.  Slots are now open, SIGN UP HERE!

May 26: King Street Kats/Paisano’s Pizza, Leesburg

WINE, BEER & FOOD FOR SALE

Fabulous Food, Classic Cars, Raffle Prizes, Local Artisan Exhibits, Face Painting! 

Christine Favreaux, of Tine’s Captured Moments will be taking Professional Family Photos, $99- May 12th and May 26th. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 

We’ve been featured as an event on Visit Loudoun! Check us out here!

Join us at Paxton Campus on the lawn of our beautiful 17-acre campus to listen to some live local music! Concerts will be held on the porch of the historic Paxton Manor on the beautiful Paxton Campus. Plenty of free parking available.

Paxton Campus  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Leesburg that serves children with disabilities, and their families.

Built in the late 1800s, the mansion was built by the Paxton family to use as a vacation home. When Mrs. Paxton died in 1922, she left her estate to a trust to provide for needy children. The property  is currently home to The Arc of Loudoun, The Aurora School, Open Door Learning Center, ALLY Advocacy Center and Step Up;

Serving children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Please contact Meredith Lefforge, Director of Development for more information: mlefforge@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939 x 212

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Thanks to all those who joined us at any or all 4 weeks of Music at the Manor in 2015.

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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.

 

 

 

Yard & Bake Sale- May 20 Support our Preschool

Open Door Learning Center is hosting their Spring Yard/Bake Sale on Saturday, May 20th (rain or shine) from 7am-11am. We’re looking for buyers, sellers, and bakers!

Want to be a vendor at the yard sale? Fill out this form HERE!

Want to donate some baked goods? Please contact Christine Favreaux at cfavreaux@paxtoncampus.org

Location: Paxton Campus, 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg, VA 20176 

 

Volunteer Orientation June 19th

Interested in volunteering for The Arc of Loudoun on Paxton Campus? Then come to our VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, on Monday, June 19th from 6:30-8:00pm in ALLY Advocacy Center. 

At the orientation you’ll tour the campus, learn about the different 2017 volunteer opportunities, and learn more about Paxton’s mission and various programs! 

RSVP REQUIRED HERE!  

Please contact Tammy Goddard with any questions: tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org 

*NOTE* if you only volunteer at Shocktober you do NOT need to attend this session. There will be a separate orientation at “Ghoul School” for Shocktober volunteers. 

Interfaith Spirituality Support Group Wednesdays 2017

We are accepting new members! 

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What: Interfaith Spirituality Support Group. Each meeting will be facilitated by a Spiritual Companion.

WhoAll parents and caregivers of people with disabilities are welcome to join any or all of the meetings.

When: Wednesdays in 2017

 

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1/18 evening

1/25 morning

2/1 morning

2/8 evening

2/15 morning

2/22 evening

3/1 morning – Impositions of Ashes will be available at Paxton Campus on this day.  

3/8 evening

3/15 morning

3/22 evening

3/29 morning

4/5 evening

4/19 morning

4/26 evening

5/3 morning

5/10 evening

5/17 morning

5/24 evening

5/31 morning

6/7 evening

 

Where: In the Janney Parlor of St. James Episcopal Church: 14 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Contact the Rev. Daniel Velez-Rivera  of St. Gabriel’s

Telephone:  703-779-3616

Email: fr.daniel@saintgabriels.net

Giving Tuesday, December 1st

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#WEAREPAXTON on #GivingTuesday

On Tuesday, December 1st, Paxton Campus is celebrating Giving Tuesday.

We need your help to make this year’s campaign successful. Here’s what you can do:

1) Take a “selfie” and tell us why YOU give to Paxton “I (or We) give to Paxton because …”  with #WeArePaxton and #GivingTuesday – Download sign here

and/or

2) Make a donation to Paxton Campus online here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/paxtoncampus/

I give to Paxton because ... #Giving Tuesday #WeArePaxton

I give to Paxton because … I am honored to be a part of this “family” and share in their voice

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We give to Paxton because… our daughter has blossomed here and loves her Paxton “family”.

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I give to Paxton because… I am thankful I have a job at Paxton.

SPONSORS

Paxton Campus has partnered with local businesses to help raise funds for programs and to help raise awareness about what we do. Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Reston Limo

Birds of a Feather

Empower Me Fitness

Blossom and Bloom

Pittsburgh Ricks

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#WEAREPAXTON because…

Your donation on Giving Tuesday, December 1st will help us continue to support and grow these programs and the communities they serve.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us do more for our community.

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#GivingTuesday #WeArePaxton

Adult Football Dance- Friday, September 11th; 6-8:30pm

Football Season is here! Let’s celebrate with a DANCE!

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Wear your favorite team’s jersey and join us and have a great time with light refreshments, dancing, great music and social opportunities!

WHAT: Adult Football Dance

WHO: Adults 18+

WHEN: Friday, September 11th  from 6 pm to 8:30 pm

COST: FREE!

RSVP: For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tammy Goddard at tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939, ext. 207

 

 

Campus Updates

We love our BEAUTIFUL campus and a lot of exciting things have been happening on campus to keep it beautiful, create new opportunities and expand our programs.

Here is your CAMPUS UPDATE!


BENCHES

You may have noticed the wooden benches scattered all throughout Paxton. Our amazing volunteer, Eoin Whelan, donated these benches as part of his Eagle Scout project. These benches provide a great place for our students and employees to take a break, socialize with friends or just enjoy the outdoors!

As you can see we have been putting them to good use already! Thank you for your generosity, Eoin!

OAK TREE

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The large oak tree in front of ALLY will live longer and stand stronger thanks to our friends at Bartlett Tree Experts.

Two weeks ago, they visited our campus and provided a ‘Deep Root’ liquid injection of slow-release fertilizer. For those of you who are not tree experts like Bartlett, this injection slowly releases fertilizer to help reduce dead limbs, the impact of insects and diseases and increases the longevity of the oak tree.

Bartlett Tree Experts also donated and laid down mulch on campus.

We are so happy that our oak tree will continue to stand tall in the years to come and can’t thank Bartlett Tree Experts enough for donating their time and resources!

VEGETABLE GARDEN

Paxton teamed up with Legacy Farms last Sunday to start our vegetable garden for the STEP Up team. This garden will provide space for STEP Up to work in the garden, harvest the vegetables and eventually sell them at the Farmer’s Market.


Great volunteers came out on Sunday to help and the results are AWESOME! The first step is done!

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Paxton Campus is thrilled to be working with Legacy Farms and can’t wait for this STEP Up opportunity to develop.

Next Chapter Book Club

It’s 6:30 on Monday and chips, popcorn and water bottles are sprawled over a table in the back of Rust Library in the Story Time Room. About ten chairs are tucked in around the table, but more keep getting added as the night goes on. More members keep trickling in for the Next Chapter Book Club meeting.

IMG_7250 For those of you who don’t know, the Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers the opportunities for people with cognitive or developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books, and make friends in a relaxed community setting.

Our NCBC usually meets on the first and third Monday of every month at Rust Library.

Right now, we are reading WHITE FANG.whitefang

White Fang is a novel by Jack London about a half-dog/ half-wolf living in Canada during the 1890’s. We are on chapter 7 and everyone is enjoying the story so far.

As everyone starts arriving, we talk about our weekends and what book we would like to start next.

Some titles like Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson get thrown around. Every person is given the chance to suggest what he or she would like to read next. If you have any suggestions on what we should read next, let us know!

A little before 7, we dive into chapter 7.

First, we make sure everyone has a copy of the book and then we recap what happened last week for any member who missed the last meeting.The room grows quiet as the first reader begins. All you can hear is quiet crunching from popcorn being snacked on.
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Everyone’s head is buried in the book. Some follow a long word by word with their bookmark.

*page flip* and the story continues you. The reader of the story switches from person to person around the room, everyone bringing a new voice to the story.

Some quiet and clear. Some loud and excited.

The NCBC is a no pressure environment- every member has the chance to read if they would like to but no one has to read.

IMG_7261It is inspiring to see how many members take a turn reading. All of their friends encourage them to read and stay engaged in the story the entire time.

By the time we get to Chapter 11, it is almost 8 pm. Things are not looking good for White Fang. He is in the middle of a scary but exciting fight.

We are left on a cliffhanger. What will happen to White Fang?

We will find out TONIGHT at our NCBC meeting!

If you are interested in joining us, email Tammy at tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org! Anyone at ANY reading level is welcome to join the club!

Come hear what happens to White Fang tonight at the Rust Library from 6:30-8pm.

To learn more: http://www.paxtoncampus.org/book-club/

Paxton Gets A Bus Stop!

Need to catch a ride from Paxton? Don’t feel like driving, but you want to attend one of our awesome, upcoming events? Now you can!

Paxton Campus is the proud owner of a bus stop! Our bus stop is located on Catoctin Circle right outside the entrance to Paxton.

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The beautiful bench is thanks to our friend, Miss. Emily Burch. Emily picked the Paxton Campus as part of her Silver Award for Girl Scouts and got us this awesome bus stop bench!

Now, when you visit you can rest and enjoy some shade under the tree.
Thank you Emily Burch and Girl Scout Troop 4472! We love our bench. .

This bus stop opens up transportation opportunities for our staff here on campus, as well as the community around us. Jennifer Alves, receptionist at Paxton Campus, was so relieved and happy when Paxton received a bus stop.

“This area (Leesburg) can be really restraining for those who don’t drive.”

Jennifer uses the bus on some days to commute from work and this gives her more freedom and independence in her schedule.

This bus stop is helping Paxton Campus be more accessible to EVERYONE and we are so happy!

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Check out our bus stop next time you stop by The Paxton Attraction and use it while riding Route 55!

Do More 24 – June 4th – Day of Giving

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Thank you to all those who donated to Paxton Campus and participated in our Selfies for Good contest. We had so much fun!  THANK YOU!

 

 

#WEAREPAXTON 

On  Thursday, June 4th we can all Do More to help our community.

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Paxton Campus has partnered with United Way of the National Capital Area and 600 other local nonprofits in the greater DC area in this annual day of giving.

We need your help to make this year’s campaign successful. Here’s what you can do:

1)         Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 4th.

2)         Bookmark this giving link. https://www.domore24.org/#npo/paxton-campus

3)         Spread the word! Post our giving link and your support on your social media       channels.

4)         Donate on June 4th. You can help us to win additional cash prizes!

#WEAREPAXTON because…

Your donation on June 4th will help us continue to support and grow these programs and the communities they serve.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us Do More for our community.

Autism and the DSM-5. Friday, May 23rd, 10am-12:30pm

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Autism and the DSM V
Friday, May 23rd from 10am to 12:30pm.

Registration starts at 9:30am

Light Refreshments Provided

Workshop Location:
The Aurora School
601 Catoctin Circle NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
Registration ends May 21, 2014
Cost: $40 for workshop

*Space Limited.

Workshop Description:
This workshop will provide an introduction to the DSM-5 diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and a review of the data regarding the impact of the changes in the diagnostic criteria for autism. The session will also include a description of the new diagnosis of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder and will explore how the condition relates to ASD and to previous descriptions in the literature of pragmatic language impairment. Lastly, this session will include how changes in the diagnostic criteria impact recommendations for family members and service providers.

About the Presenter:
Donald Oswald is the Director of Diagnostics and Research at Commonwealth Autism Service. Dr. Oswald is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with people with autism spectrum disorders. He obtained his PhD in clinical psychology in 1989 from Virginia Tech and completed a clinical internship at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Oswald has been active in teaching and research related to the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. For the past 20 years, he was on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Common-wealth. While there, Dr. Oswald collaborated with Commonwealth Autism staff in creating the Transdisciplinary Assessment Clinic to provide diagnostic assessment services to young children and their families. Dr. Oswald is an Independent Trainer for the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised and has provided training workshops on these instruments throughout the state of Virginia.

Paxton Campus creates a butterfly garden!

 

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Here is a time series of photos taken on the morning that we created a butterfly-shaped Monarch Waystation, at Paxton Campus in Leesburg Virginia.

On Saturday, June 22nd, Paxton staff and volunteers from our community created a butterfly-shaped Monarch Waystation. *The time series of photos above show the steps taken to create our garden.

With generous donations of native plants (milkweed and nectar plants for monarchs and other pollinators) from Earth Sangha and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC); advice from Ann Garvey of the LWC’s program on habitat restoration; and the hard work and determination of 15 creative and enthusiastic volunteers. We want to thank you all for the support!

This garden will not only help host the monarchs through this leg of their journey, it will also serve to bring a natural sensory experience to our students, both at Open Door Learning Center, our preschool and kindergarten program; as well as students from The Aurora School, our school for children and young adults with autism and other related disabilities.

Though this project is not 100% completed, we were able to do the most important step, get the plants in the ground to flourish and bring the butterflies to our campus!