Aurora Behavior Clinic Grand Opening Celebration on November 14th, 2018 at The Arc of Loudoun

Aurora Behavior Clinic Grand Opening Celebration on November 14th, 2018 at The Arc of Loudoun

Leesburg, VA – The Arc of Loudoun is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Aurora Behavior Clinic (ABC) in its new location in the Stone Barns on The Arc’s campus in historic Leesburg. ABC, which provides individualized therapeutic options for children with autism and other related disabilities, will celebrate its grand opening on Wednesday, November 14th at 5:00pm with a ribbon cutting, followed by an open house and light refreshments.

Aurora Behavior Clinic opened in October 2017, and moved into the Stone Barns in August 2018. Kendra McDonald, Clinical Director of The Arc of Loudoun and a behavior therapist explains, “As a parent of a son with autism, I would’ve loved for something like Aurora Behavior Clinic to exist when my son was growing up. We’ve taken the expertise of what we do at The Arc’s Aurora School and Open Door Learning Center preschool and created the clinic for children in the community that need intensive therapy. Moving into the Stone Barns allows us to serve even more of these children!”

The clinic has a specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions using ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy, a type of therapy that uses positive reinforcement to increase wanted behaviors and decrease challenging behaviors. The clinic’s specialized team of therapists work on clients’ social skills, communication skills, and appropriate behavior. Lisa Kimball, Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Loudoun states, “There is nothing else like Aurora Behavior Clinic in Loudoun County. What makes the clinic so extraordinary is that it is a one-stop-shop. The clinic has a highly-trained team of diagnosticians, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and ABA Therapists all at one place.”

Kendra goes on to say, “The clinic is so unique in the fact that we also offer preschool ‘push-in.’ Pre-school aged clients can practice what they’re learning at the clinic, in a real classroom setting at The Arc’s preschool on campus, Open Door Learning Center. In addition, we also help parents of children with disabilities by offering support, guidance, and access to training to empower families as they reinforce the skills their children learn in the clinic at home.” 

Currently Aurora Behavior Clinic serves more than 50 clients in the community. Kendra states, “I’ve already seen astronomical success in clients who went from not communicating at all–to being able to read text, sign words, and talk vocally! Our goal is to continue to grow and reach more people in the community that can benefit from our clinic.”

The Arc of Loudoun is a non-profit organization that advocates for and provides direct service to people with disabilities, as well as their families, caretakers, and the professionals who work with them through its many programs: The Aurora School, Open Door Learning Center Preschool, ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center, Aurora Behavior Clinic and Ability Fitness Center. The Arc of Loudoun celebrated 50 years of serving people with disabilities in 2017 and is also the charity behind the fan favorite Shocktober.

If you have a child with special needs, want to volunteer, attend our events, or support The Arc of Loudoun, visit https://thearcofloudoun.org/.

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