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Shocktober Opens its Doors for Two Nights in FEARbruary!

Shocktober Opens its Doors for Two Nights in FEARbruary!

LEESBURG, Virginia – February 4, 2019 – Shocktober’s Paxton Manor will open its doors for its fifth annual My Bloody Valentine event, two nights in February the weekend after Valentine’s Day: Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th! It is Shocktober in … FEARbruary, the Carvers are looking for dates for the Valentine’s Day Dance Massacre, a terrifying twist to your typical Valentine’s date! Doors open at 7pm and the last tickets are sold at 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

This year we have amazing community partnerships and sponsorships including our own BLOOD red wine, “My Bloody Valentine Wine,” that is locally produced by Tarara Winery in collaboration with Shocktober, on sale this FEARbruary at our My Bloody Valentine 2-night event. Shocktober merchandise is also available to purchase online and on site.

Dates: Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th

Hours: Friday and Saturday: 7pm-10pm

Location: 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Cost: Tickets are sold online at https://shocktober.org/ and at the door. ONLINE ONLY SPECIAL: $60 for 2 people “Couples Pass” for My Bloody Valentine at Paxton Manor; General Admission $35 (online only) $40 (at the door) for one person. Group discounts available online only.

Although known for its frightening PG-13 tours among thrill-seekers and locals, all proceeds from Shocktober’s My Bloody Valentine benefit The Arc of Loudoun, a non-profit organization that advocates for and provides direct service to children and adults 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.

If you have a family member with special needs, want to volunteer, attend our events, or support The Arc of Loudoun, visit www.thearcofloudoun.org .

Stroke Recovery – Northern Virginia

Stroke Recovery 

Ability Fitness Center, located at The Arc of Loudoun in Northern Virginia, serves stroke survivors and people living with physical disabilities. At Ability Fitness Center, stroke survivors can exercise, develop skills to practice daily activities, and create friendships with others who may have similar disabilities. 

The main goal at Ability Fitness Center is for each stroke survivor (or people living with other physical disabilities) to improve their quality of life and reach their maximum potential. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Specialized Equipment 

Our specialized equipment is created for people living with physical disabilities. 

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike – enables clients with very little muscle control to exercise using pulses of electrical current to stimulate their nerves 
  • NuStep – has an inclusive design and specialized adaptive equipment, making total-body strength and cardio work-outs possible for virtually any user, including many who use a wheelchair 
  • Lite Gait – allows client to comfortably walk in an environment free from falls, and also allows clients to learn to walk with proper upright posture
  • Easy Stand Glider – active standing provides lower body range of motion and upper body strengthening. Users move the handles with their arms (or a caregiver can assist) which creates a reciprocal movement in the legs. The full range seat  allows full leg extension while standing.
  • Learn about all of our equipment here. 

Testimonials

Meet Tony, a stroke survivor

“Back in August of 2016 I suffered a severe stroke. Doctors told me it was 9.5 out of 10. It was very severe. I came to Ability Fitness Center (AFC) for my recovery. One thing I noticed, I lost quality of life when I had a stroke. And AFC definitely improves quality of life. 

When I first came to AFC, I was able to walk, but my walking form was not very good at all. Endurance was five minutes being able to stand, right now I’m standing for one hour. Now, my gait and posture has improved a lot. Before, I could only walk about ten feet before passing out, and now I’m able to walk about half an hour. It’s just been amazing. My speed has gotten to a point now, where I can almost walk a normal speed.

The progress I’ve made here has been tremendous. I would not be doing the things I’m doing now without AFC. I know that for a fact. I recommend Ability Fitness Center to anybody.” 

 

Meet Debbie, a stroke survivor

Debbi suffered from a stroke 15 years ago and has been a member of Ability Fitness Center (AFC) since January 2018. Debbi loves attending AFC several times a week, where she uses a majority of the equipment. She says, “After only going to AFC for a couple of months, I’ve already seen such a difference in myself, which is is amazing! Even my 14 year old daughter has complimented the improvement in my walking! If I can get my teenager to notice you know I’m making real improvements!”

Learn more about Ability Fitness center here

 

Contact us:

Email: hparker@thearcofloudoun.org

Phone: 571.439.1520

Fax: 703.777.1935

IFSP Application Training – September 17, 5:30-7:00pm

Individual and Family Support Program (ISFP) Application Training 

Learn about the IFSP online application process at The Arc of Loudoun!

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 5:30pm-7:00pm 
At The Arc of Loudoun 
601 Catoctin Circle, NE 
Leesburg, VA 20176

Register for the training HERE. 

What is ISFP funding?
The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP)Funding provides cash assistance for services, supports, and items for individuals with a developmental disability that enhances or improves their quality of life and promotes independence and community-based living.

Who can apply?
Individuals with a developmental disability or their family member and who are on the DD waitlist.

For more informationn about the waiver waitlist, please visit or contact your local community services board (CSB).

Just like last year, all applications must be submitted on‐line using the IFSP Application web portal located at https://ifsponline.dbhds.virginia.gov.

September 10, 2018 is the first day to save an application draft. You will be able to review the application, fill in your information, and save a draft copy. If you need to make changes, you will be able to correct or edit your information. You will not be able to submit your application before the submission date.

On October 10, 2018 at 9:00 am, applicants will be able to submit a completed application. You will not be able to submit your application before the submission date. Remember, the IFSP Funding Remember, the IFSP Funding Program provides assistance on a first‐come‐ first‐served basis. Early applications are encouraged

All applications must be submitted online by November 8, 2018

Register for the application training HERE. 

FBA & BIP Workshop April 10, 5:30-6:30 pm

Join us at our Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) & Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) Workshop 

Does your child tantrum? Do they scream, cry, or drop to the floor? At this workshop you will learn how to interpret Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans. 

A Functional Behavior Assessment is a tool used to determine why a child is engaging  in challenging behavior. A Behavior Intervention Plan is used to help a child’s team learn how to manage challenging behavior needs. 

Our workshop is on Tuesday evening, April 10 at ALLY Advocacy Center (Building #625) in Nora’s Room at The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus, from 5:30-6:30 pm.

$15 for the General Public. 

Register online HERE.

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Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Workshop – April 25th

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: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org TEL: 703.777.1939 ext. 208 

 

Parent Support Group meets May 1; 5:30pm-6:30pm

 

Interested in joining our Parent Support Group? Please contact Eileen Shaffer at: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org

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.

Upcoming meetings: 

Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

October 3

November 7

December 5

January 2

February 6

March 6

April 3

May 1

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: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org

Ability Fitness Center Golf Tournament – May 2nd

The 6th Annual Ability Fitness Center Golf Tournament is on Thursday, May 2nd!

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 2nd | 12:00 PM –  8:00 PM

Where: Loudoun Golf & Country Club, Purcellville, VA 

Online Registration and sponsorship information here. 

Paper registration form here. 

 

 

Music at the Manor – May 19, 2018

Music at the Manor Festival | Saturday May 19, 2018, Rain or Shine

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Come experience Music at the Manor Festival, a day-long celebration of
family, friends, food, and of course, live 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 in Leesburg, Virginia
What: Featuring bands, food, wine, beer,
local artisans, raffle, kid’s activities
Tickets: FREE – General Admission*
$20 VIP Tickets – Includes 2 drink passes
and access to VIP Hospitality Suite

The Lineup…
11:00-12:00: Rikki J and the Blue Rhythm
12:30-1:30: Willie White
2:00-3:00: Never Born To Follow
3:00-3:30: Jack Squared
3:30-4:30: Stone Cold
5:00-6:00: Juliana MacDowell
6:30-7:45:The Voodoo Blues

*RSVP Appreciated

Free parking is available onsite. The event will occur rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs.
Please note: No outside food or drink allowed at event. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors, vendors, and raffle donors! 

Sponsors

 

Food and Beverage Vendors

Raffle Donors

5 Tara | Anytime Fitness | Be Beauty | Benton Family | BurgerFi | Copperwood Tavern Crystal Mills | Eagan Family Exit Plan | Firework’s Pizza | Ford’s Fish Shack | iFlyJennifer Alves | Ketterman’s Jewelers | La Villa Roma   Paisano’s Pizza | Play it Again Sports | Tarara Winery | Victory Martial Arts | Wegmans

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Amazon donates .05% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice (The Arc of Loudoun!) 

It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Follow the steps in the Infographic below to learn how to shop with Amazon AND give back to The Arc of Loudoun. 

 

Kendra Scott Pop-Up at Tarara Winery, June 24

Sip while you shop for a cause at Tarara Winery! We’ll have our latest summer collection, as well as the must-haves for your Kendra Scott collection. 20% of all sales will benefit The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus. 

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paisano’s Leesburg Summer Bash on June 30

Come join us for a fun-filled day in the sun at Catoctin Corner as we welcome in summer and to benefit a great cause! All proceeds benefit The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus. Along with delicious Paisano’s food, there will be family activities and meet & greets throughout the day: 

Live music, kid’s entertainment, special character meet and greets, prize raffles, Paisano’s gift cards, giveaways and much more! Come meet Santana Moss at his autograph signing from 4-5pm. More information here. 

July High Heeled Happy Hour on July 10

Mingle, drink, shop and get pampered at the July 10th High Heeled Happy Hour with special guest Bobbi Desai (a special needs mom and real estate agent) from Century 21 Redwood Realty. Proceeds from the event benefit The Arc of Loudoun! Register here.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This Business of Autism” Film Premiere – July 28

“This Business of Autism” Northern Virginia Film Premiere – July 28 

You’re invited to the Northern Virginia Film Premiere of “This Business of Autism.”

Saturday, July 28 | 2:00pm – 4:30pm | Regal Cinemas Fox 16 and IMAX, Brambleton, VA 

Buy tickets here!

Join the producers, members of the cast, local practitioners and local dignitaries to watch this timely and topical feature-length documentary on employment opportunities for adults with autism, produced by Loudoun’s own Mesh Omnimedia!

Immediately following the film, there will be a 30-minute Q&A session with the director, members of the cast and local practitioners–including The Arc of Loudoun’s own Director of Clinical Services, Kendra McDonald!

Don’t miss this unforgettable opportunity to see what people with disabilities CAN do in the workforce! 

Buy tickets here!

Watch “This Business of Autism” trailer below: 

12 Band Jam and Ride – August 11th; 10:30am-12am

12 Band Jam & Ride

Come out and enjoy 12 different awesome bands that will be jamming all day and night! Proceeds benefit the Aurora School serving students with special needs. 

Saturday, August 11, 2017 | Spanky’s Shananigans – Leesburg, VA

RIDE: 10:30am Kickstands up – Riders Depart

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

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

JAM: 12:00pm to 12am – Enjoy the bands – 12 Band Jam Lineup

$10 admission at door for 12 Band Jam

Win fabulous raffle prizes!

50/50 raffle!  Prizes awarded every hour between 3pm – 10pm!

List of Bands:

  • 12 PM: Andy Hawks Train Wreck Endings
  • 1 PM: Striped Cows
  • 2 PM: Gary Hoffman Band 
  • 3 PM: Chris Timbers 
  • 4 PM: Ricky J and the Blue Rhythm
  • 5 PM: Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 6 PM: Fast Eddie and the Fast Lane Blues Band
  • 7 PM: Stone Cold
  • 8 PM: The Hipnecks
  • 9 PM: David Lange
  • 10 PM: Bastards of the Twang 
  • 11 PM: Willie White 

 

 

Pathways to Justice Training September 20

Pathways to Justice Training

The Arc of Loudoun and the Loudoun County Community Criminal Justice Present:

INFORMING SUPERVISION: Intellectual and Developmental Disability awareness training for Criminal Justice Personnel 

WHEN: September 20, 2018 | 8:30am-4:30pm (lunch provided) 

WHERE: Ida Lee- Banquet Hall | 60 Ida Lee Drive, Leesburg, VA 20176

WHO: Individuals served who access the community at large without a support person

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, MUST SUBMIT BY AUGUST 31, 2018

REGISTER HERE. 

AGENDA: 

This training focuses on:

-Identifying the needs and understanding the complexities of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities

-Considerations when case planning

-Awareness when interacting and providing supervision to this population

– Effective collaboration

Speakers will include perspectives from Law Enforcement, Attorneys, Family Panelists and Consumers from the Arc of Loudoun.

Featured Presentation by Bioethicist Dr. Michael Gillette.

REGISTER HERE. 

 

Check out images from our first Pathways to Justice Training here.

Opportunities Open Golf Tournament – October 1

Opportunity Open Golf Tournament

October 1, 2018 | 7:30am – 2:00pm | River Creek Country Club

100% of the profits from the 22nd Annual Opportunities Open help support Dulles International Airport Rotary charities, including ECHO, ServiceSource, the ARC of Northern Virginia, the Arch of Loudoun, FOP Cops and Kids and local student scholarships. 

More information here. 

ABA Therapy Training – For Parents and Caregivers – October 2 and October 4

Join us in this 2 part class on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)! 

Is your child engaging in challenging behavior? Applied Behavior Analysis can help you address challenging behavior.  At this workshop you will: learn the basics of ABA,  determine why behavior is occurring, and learn how to positively reinforce the behavior you want from your child. 

Part 2 includes: examples, demonstrations, and a question and answer session.  Attendance to both workshops is highly encouraged!

These classes will be on two evenings, October 2 (Part 1) at The Arc of Loudoun in ALLY Advocacy Center (Building #625 in Nora’s Room) and October 4 (Part 2) at the Aurora Behavior Clinic from 5:30-6:30 pm.

$30 for 2 classes OR $15 for Part 1 on October 2 and $15 for Part 2 on October 4

Register online HERE.

 

Shocktober 2018 October 5-November 4

Shocktober Haunted House

Every fall, Paxton Manor in Leesburg, VA transforms into a 4-story, terrifying, award-winning haunted house, giving thousands of patrons the scare of a lifetime. Built in the late 1800s, Paxton Manor has become the topic of many urban legends and a must-see attraction for thrillseekers across the country. The real reason for Shocktober? It’s the largest fundraising event for The Arc of Loudoun, a local nonprofit creating a lifetime of opportunities for children with special needs and their families.

Shocktober 2018 is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from October 5- November 4. Doors are open from 7pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday and 7pm-9pm on Sundays. 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets are on sale now! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click one of the buttons below: 

LightUp Fest at One Loudoun – November 8-January 2

LightUp Fest at One Loudoun

Date: November 8, 2018 to January 2, 2019
Time: 5:30pm to 10:30pm daily 

The LightUP Fest is an eight-week exhibition that combines the latest lighting technology and artisan crafted lanterns to showcase the rich heritage, tradition and culture of the world. 

With 77 stunning displays presented in different themes, the LightUP Fest promises to be an eventful night for everyone!

There are 4 major themes in the exhibit – Tour of Fantasy; Freedom America; Mysterious East and Magical World. One of the featured highlights unique to this exhibit is the display of the Capitol Hill Building. There are also many interactive segments well suited for Instagram worthy moments.

In addition to the incredible light displays, there are daily acrobatic performances, unique arts & craft showcase, and a wide variety of unique cuisine including street food from China available for the enjoyment of the festival goers.

This is truly a must-see extravaganza and a wonderful experience for the entire family!

Use code ILoveLoudounARC2018 and recieve a 10% discount off to LightUp Fest. If you use this code, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to The Arc of Loudoun!  

Buy your tickets here.

Aurora Behavior Clinic Grand Opening – November 14th 5-7pm

Aurora Behavior Clinic Grand Opening 

In gratitude of your support, we invite you to our
Aurora Behavior Clinic Grand Opening Celebration
on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5-7 pm.

Join us for the ribbon cutting, open house, and light refreshment as
we celebrate our new home in the Stone Barns located
at The Arc of Loudoun 

RSVP here. 

Giving Tuesday, November 27

On Tuesday, November 27, The Arc of Loudoun is celebrating Giving Tuesday.

Your donation will help to support and grow The Arc of Loudoun programs and the communities we serve. Thank you for your support in empowering, embracing, and engaging adults and children with disabilities and their families. 

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DMV comes to The Arc of Loudoun; February 5; 10am-3pm

ALLY Advocacy Center is bringing DMV to you!!! We are thrilled to announce that DMV-Connect will be setting up shop in the ALLY Advocacy Center building at The Arc of Loudoun on Tuesday, February 5th from 10am-3pm (by appointment only)

How to Schedule an Appointment

**Please contact Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.org or 703-777-1939, ext. 208 for an appointment. To be eligible for an appointment, you must have a family member with a disability or be a staff member at The Arc of Loudoun.

About DMV-Connect

DMV-Connect is an outreach program of the Department of Motor Vehicles that connects Virginians to services who may not be able to travel to or wait in line at a traditional DMV office.

If you have a family member with a disability and would like to get them an Identification Card (even if they are under 15 years old), they now offer the opportunity to get an indicator on the card designating the following categories: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Hearing Impairment, Speech Impairment and Insulin-dependent diabetic. This a great, proactive way to insure that First Responders are notified of the disability. Please note that in order to do this, you must bring a doctor’s evaluation or note that lists the diagnosis.

They will also be able to conduct other services including: Virginia State IDs, Veterans IDs, Child IDs, Driver’s licenses, Disabled parking placards and Vehicle titles and registrations. To avoid long waits, we are scheduling appointments for this service.

**Please contact Eileen Shaffer at eshaffer@thearcofloudoun.org or 703-777-1939, ext. 208 for an appointment. To be eligible for an appointment, you must have a family member with a disability or be a staff member at The Arc of Loudoun.

Documents to download before your appointment:

My Bloody Valentine – February 15 and February 16

Shocktober presents: My Bloody Valentine

Every FEARbruary, near Valentine’s Day, Paxton Manor opens is doors for an annual anti-Valentine event.  Our haunted house My Bloody Valentine event is a self-guided tour through love-wrecked horrors inside the terrifying Paxton Manor. 

Whether you want to hold your loved one closer while going through 32-rooms of terror or whether you are single and want to go out with a bunch of friends because love… stinks, our event is open to you!  

The real reason for Shocktober’s My Bloody Valentine? The funds from the event support The Arc of Loudoun, a local nonprofit creating a lifetime of opportunities for adults and children with special needs and their families.

My Bloody Valentine 2019 is open Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16. Doors are open from 7pm-10pm.

Ticket prices:

My Bloody Valentine (ONLINE): $35.00(Plus Service Fee), (At the door): $40.00

Couples Pass (ONLINE ONLY): $60.00 (Plus Service Fee) for 2!

Group Rate (ONLINE ONLY): for groups of 10 or more: My Bloody Valentine at Paxton Manor $28.00(Plus Service Fee)/per person

Tickets are on sale now! All tickets are non-refundable.

Valentine’s Day Dance – February 22

REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL! Stay updated on future The Arc of Loudoun events by subscribing to our email list here.

Meet new friends, have fun, and DANCE! Featuring the very special DJ Stephanie Rasul. Light drinks and snacks will be provided.
(Attendees must be 19 and older, Participants that need assistance for physical and behavioral needs must be accompanied by their caregiver)

When: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 | 6:30-8:00PM
Where: ALLY ADVOCACY CENTER – Located at The Arc of Loudoun
601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

Professional Crisis Management Workshop for Parents and Professionals; February 23rd and 24th

Professional Crisis Management Training (PCM)  

Prevent aggressive behavior before it begins with PCM (Professional Crisis Management) Training! At this training, learn de-escalation and crisis management strategies.

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

DATE: February 23rd and February 24th from 9am- 6:30pm 

COST$400 – Community Members & Caregivers, $350- Indivdiuals Cert. for Aurora and Aurora Behavior Clients, $500 – Two parents Cert. for Aurora and Aurora Behavior Clients

REGISTER: Amy Metaxa, ametaxa@thearcofloudoun.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.

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.

 

 

 

Annual Meeting – February 27

The Arc of Loudoun  requests the honor of your presence for our

Annual Meeting
On Wednesday, February 27th, Two Thousand Nineteen
At Six O’clock in the Evening

The Arc of Loudoun 
The Aurora School
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, Virginia

Come enjoy a light dinner, drinks, and connecting with The Arc of Loudoun family. We will elect our new slate of Board of Directors,  share  “2018: Year in Review,” present the Beth Mills Special Service Award and Rick Berry Professional Award, 

Thank you for what you do to empower, embrace, and engage children with disabilities and their families. 

Please RSVP by February 25th here OR contact Morgan Payne
Email: mpayne@thearcofloudoun.org
Telephone: 703.777.1939  ext 106

Ability Fitness Center Open House – February 28

Ability Fitness Center Open House

Ability Fitness Center, a therapeutic fitness and wellness center for people
with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease,
multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.

Can you or somebody you know use our services? Join us at our Open House, February 28 where you can tour the facility, meet the staff, and learn about the equipment. 

When:  Reschedule to Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 9am-4pm 

Where: Ability Fitness Center, 585 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

RSVP here. 

Adult Social Station – Board Game Night – March 29

Adult Social Station – Once a Month Social!

At our monthly Friday socials from 6:30-8:00 PM , adults with disabilities (19 and older) learn how to appropriately interact with others and achieve social success.

Upcoming Adult Social Station: Spring into Fun Board Games | March 29 | $20 Fee – Register here 

Schedule of 2019 events:

March 29: Spring Into Fun Board Games (Session Fee of $20, Register here. )

April 12: Family Bingo Night (Free)

May 17th: Creative Art at ALLY (Session Fee)

June 21: Summer Dance (Free)

July 12: Ice Cream Social and Games (Session Fee)

Where: ALLY Advocacy Center at The Arc of Loudoun, 601 Catoctin Circle, NE Leesburg, VA 20176

At the monthly socials, adults with disabilities will:

  • Practice every day appropriate conversations
  • Learn “What makes a good friend.”
  • Create peer relationship and conversations using the principles of
    verbal behavior and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) with an ABA Therapist

*All participants that need assistance for physical or behavioral needs must be accompanied by their caregiver.

An ABA therapist will be present at the socials to include ABA principals during activities/events.

Contact: Nyteisha Stith at nstith@thearcofloudoun.org or 703.777.1939 ext. 200

 

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

To Register: nstith@paxtoncampus.org or 703.777.1939 ext. 200

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 Nyteisha Stith at 703.777.1939, ext 200 or nstith@paxtoncampus.org

 

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!

 

 

VSA Art Group for Adults; Mondays: 10am-12pm

Art Group – Targeted for ages 16 and up. These fun and creative art projects are not only a great way to express yourself, but are also an interesting way to connect with peers. Artwork will be shared and discussed with the group, offering a chance to not only discover art, but also something about yourself and each other!

Location: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
When: Weekly Monday 10:00 – 11:00AM
Cost: $10/session ($15 for both Studio and Group)

Open Studio – Targeted for ages 16 and up. This ongoing studio session provides an artistic outlet for people just beginning to explore their interest in the visual arts as well as those who have long enjoyed painting, drawing and other art media. Participants will enjoy meeting at area art centers to do their own work at their own pace, with an instructor on hand for tips and techniques.

Location: ALLY Advocacy Center on Paxton Campus
When: Weekly Monday 10:00 – 11:00AM
Cost: $10/session ($15 for both Studio and Group)

Creative Benefits

The growing VSA arts DaVinci Art Studio provides various exciting opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy the multiple benefits of making art. The creative process can help focus, relax, express oneself, discover the world, and practice decision-making skills — the artist gets to chose, and they are always right!

While classes listed below are drop-in, please contact us at (540)338-7973 or contact Lisa Zimmer-Chu, VSA Artistic Director via LZimmerchu@vsaloudoun.org regarding your interest in order to help with planning.

Fees are nominal (please inquire if assistance is needed) and all programs include materials.

Our Instructures and Volunteers:

Lisa Zimmer-Chu, VSA Artistic Director for the Visual Arts is also the instructor for both the DaVinci Open Art Studio and DaVinci Group. She holds a BFA in Painting from Michigan State University as well as an MPS in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute in New York. She has also served on the Board of Directors and taught at the Round Hill Arts Center.

Stolen Golf Cart Fund

“It makes me pretty sad that such a memorable cart got damaged and vandalized by someone. I do hope that it can be bought back to slow and safe use for Paxton.”
-Drew Gutenson
STEP Up Team

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TO DONATE TO OUR STOLEN GOLF CART FUND: 

ONLINE: Choose STOLEN GOLF-CART FUND
in the Drop-down menu. DONATE NOW!

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BY CHECK:

Designate Golf Cart Fund on the check.

Make your check payable to Paxton Campus, and mail to:

Paxton Campus
Attn: Meredith Lefforge
601 Catoctin Circle, NE
Leesburg, VA 20176

Paxton Campus’ beloved golf cart was stolen off our property sometime between Wednesday 8/5 and Thursday 8/6

This golf cart was used by our STEP Up team to practice driving, to deliver campus mail and to move things around the campus.

Please consider donating today!

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Read the article in the Leesburg Today 

The Sherwood R. Simons Achievement Award

The Sherwood R. Simons Achievement Award

In 1967 a group of parents who had children with special needs joined together and formed The Arc of Loudoun, a non-profit organization, in the hopes of starting a preschool that would accept their children when no one else would. Mr. Sherwood Simons and his wife, Ann Simons, were one of those families who were looking for their son to have “A Life Like Yours”. They wanted him to have a school where he would be welcomed like every other child….where he could feel included, have friends, feel safe, and be given the opportunity to learn and reach his maximum potential.

Thanks to the Simons Family and the dedication of many parents who came afterwards,  The Arc of Loudoun has grown into a full service organization, with multiple programs and services that together, serve over 3,000 children and adults with disabilities, and their families each year.

At The Arc, we do our best to meet the needs of the disability community, but we cannot do it alone. With estimates of approximately 16,000 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Loudoun County alone, collaboration with other non- profits, government agencies, corporate partners, and many caring and dedicated individuals is absolutely necessary to achieve “A Life Like Yours”.

With the creation of the Sherwood R. Simons Award, we are celebrating a community member who has made a significant impact in helping the disability community achieve the goal of “A Life Like Yours”. They have worked diligently in their personal or professional life to make sure that individuals with disabilities are valued for what they CAN do, rather than for their limitations. They have worked to make sure that this community is treated with fairness, kindness and justice. They are the one fulfilling the dream that parents will no longer have to search for a place for their child to fit in…..they will be welcomed with open arms.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS: Help us start a Garden!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Are you free Saturday, July 11th? Looking for a fun and helpful way to spend your afternoon?

Help us start our garden! 

Where: Paxton Campus
When: July 11th 10am-2pm

Bring your own gloves and gardening tools!
RSVP to tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org 


We have a new partnership at Paxton with Legacy Farms (Legacy Farms is a nonprofit dedicated to providing support services and agrarian based vocational training to adults with autism, as well as those with developmental and social challenges).

Legacy is working to one day have a farm for their staff to work and reside at, and in the meantime build relationships with other businesses in Loudoun.  They have reached out to Paxton to build a vegetable garden on our grounds for our Step Up program!

This is something that would be meaningful and a great business opportunity – the Step Up team can work the garden and eventually sell the veggies at the farmers market!

If so, come ready to work, get dirty and have fun! Refreshments will be provided.  Even if you can only work part of the time, we will take it

Hope to see you there!

RSVP:  tgoddard@paxtoncampus.org

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.

Aurora Turns 10!

 

 

Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Ethan, a student at the Aurora School in Leesburg for children with autism, climbs up the inflatable cake that was part of the school's 10th anniversary celebration July 12. Former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington was a special guest and signed autographs.

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Ethan, a student at the Aurora School in Leesburg for children with autism, climbs up the inflatable cake that was part of the school’s 10th anniversary celebration July 12. Former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington was a special guest and signed autographs.

Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Beverly Denny Former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington, left, signs his autograph for a 12-year-old student at the Aurora School in Leesburg for children with autism along with her teacher, applied behavior analysis therapist Hillary Mazur, during the school's 10th anniversary celebration July 12.

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Former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington, left, signs his autograph for a 12-year-old student at the Aurora School in Leesburg for children with autism along with her teacher, applied behavior analysis therapist Hillary Mazur, during the school’s 10th anniversary celebration July 12.

 

On Friday, July 12th, at 1:00pm, Paxton Campus’ The Aurora School celebrated its 10th year anniversary.

Ten years ago, The Aurora School was founded by parents in cooperation with The Arc of Loudoun. Aurora started as a very small school with only 3 students in Purcellville and now has grown to 30 students and 42 highly qualified staff, and this year we are hoping to grow even bigger!

In 2009, The Aurora School moved to the Paxton Campus in Leesburg and has been growing and thriving more each year. There to help celebrate the school’s birthday was Special Guest, Marcus Washington of the Washington Redskins.

The Aurora School is a caring, educational community that offers a quality education for individuals with special needs, primarily students with autism. We provide a progressive learning environment that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 5 to 22. Using the latest techniques, curricula, and technology, students and their families become active partners in their individualized education program. We challenge our students to achieve personal excellence and independence and offer a wide variety of special education programs. Our curricula and activities are made to meet the individual student’s needs. Among the skills we teach our students are: Verbal behavior; Academic literacy; Reading; Social skills; Self-management; and Problem solving skills.

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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!

Town of Leesburg’s Proclamation: Autism Awareness Month!

Here is Jennifer Lassiter, our Executive Director at Paxton Campus, speaking about Autism and the challenges faced by people who have Autism and their families.  She spoke in front of Leesburg’s Town Council on April 9th and received a Proclamation from Mayor Kristen Umstattd and the other members of Leesburg’s Town Council.

The proclamation states: Autism Awareness Month is a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

Thank you Town of Leesburg and our supportive Town Council Members!

The ABC’s of Applied Behavior Analysis

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we are doing a special set of blog posts here at Paxton Campus!  It’s an exciting time of the year for us, seeing places all over the world “light it up blue” to show support and spread awareness for some of the students we are fortunate enough to serve every day.  Check back later this month for more great posts in honor of Autism Awareness!

Here at The Aurora School, we use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to serve our clients needs. Applied Behavior Analysis (or ABA) is a science devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior.

Or, as I like to put it, we make data-driven decisions to drastically improve our students’ lives. So, as I’m sure you can imagine, we think ABA is just too good to keep to ourselves! ABA can be used to help people with special needs, but it can also be used to change the behavior of your spouse (wouldn’t it be great if your husband would finally take out the trash without being asked?), your friends, your co-workers, your in-laws (!!!) and even your own behavior! We believe that behavior is observable and measurable, and that behavior can be altered by changing what’s happening in the environment. We want to share this knowledge with everyone in the community, starting with the basics: The ABC’s of ABA!

A stands for antecedents. In other words, what’s happening right before the behavior of interest? Let’s use the example of a child who talks out in class. Was work presented? Did you turn away? What were other peers doing? The antecedents can be a huge part of the puzzle when you’re trying to figure out why someone is behaving in a certain way.

B stands for behavior. Here, you’ll note what behavior is occurring. From the previous example, talking out would be the behavior.

C stands for Consequences. The consequence is whatever happens immediately after a behavior. Did you ignore the child? Did you scold the child? Did you take away the work? Did other peers talk to the child? Any of these elements can help you figure out WHY the child is talking out… and, therefore, how you can fix it.

So, now that we know the ABC’s, let’s look at a few examples of how changing the environment can change behavior:

Example 1: During class, a teacher is presenting. Jack continues to talk to his classmate, Joe, even though the teacher is trying to teach. Everyone else in the class is paying attention. ?!

Antecedent: Teacher presenting.

Behavior: Jack talking.

Consequence: Joe listens and responds. The teacher turns around and scolds Jack.

*In this example, Jack received no attention from the teacher until he began talking. Let’s look at what can happen with a few small changes:

The teacher decided to move Joe to the other side of the room.

A: The teacher presents to the class.

B: Jack begins to talk.

C: No peers respond (since his friend, Joe, is too far away), and the teacher ignores Jack and continues to teach.

In this example, Jack receives absolutely no attention. Therefore, it is safe to assume that his motivation for talking out is gone!

Example 2: Whenever I see a bag of chips, I stop and eat the whole thing! (Seriously, it’s like an addiction!)

A: I see the bag of chips in my pantry.

B: I eat the whole bag.

C: The chips taste delicious! But I know this wasn’t a healthy choice.

This problem could easily be remedied through an antecedent strategy. You guessed it… don’t buy chips. BUT, chips are my roommate’s favorite food, so that’s not an option for me. Let’s look at a different way I could remedy this problem by changing my environment.

A: I put a visual representation of my fitness goals next to the chips in the pantry. Some people choose pictures of themselves, others may write a specific weight goal, or still others may choose a calorie goal.

B: I go to get chips and I see the visual. I decide not to eat the chips.

C: I put a dollar in my “good decision” jar, which can be cashed in for new clothes every week!

By changing the environment and adding a reinforcing consequence for a good decision, I have changed a bad habit!

Example 3: A young child with autism tantrums whenever he’s transitioning, even if he enjoys the place he is going.

A: Mom says, “Time to go to the store. Let’s get in the car!” and begins to have her son put on his shoes.

B: The child falls to the floor, crying and screaming.

C: After spending several minutes trying to convince the child to come, the mom finally has to leave her son with a caregiver so she can get the chores done in time for dinner.

Children with autism often have difficulties with transitions. Using ABA methods, we help our students ease into transitions with a few simple manipulations of the environment.

A: At the beginning of the day, the mom shows her son a visual schedule of the day’s activities. This schedule has both a visual image and a written image. This time, before going to the store, the mother shows her son the visual schedule showing that the store is the next place on his schedule.

B: The child puts on his shoes and walks out the door

C: The mother gives her son his favorite toy to play with once he has successfully transitioned to the car.

By showing her son what to expect throughout the day, the mother decreased his anxiety about transitions. Further, she reinforced his successful transition! Now, transitions are fun and exciting!

So there it is, the basics of ABA, in ABC format! Throughout the week, try to be aware of the ABC’s happening in your environment. These strategies can make a huge impact on your work, family, and relationship with friends.

I leave you now with one of my favorite quotes, “That there could be a science of behavior, of what we do, of who we are? How could you resist that?!”—Donald Bear.

Check back every week to learn more about ABA, The Aurora School, and Paxton Campus because… how could you resist that?!

 

Blog Post Written by Katie Wilcox, M.A.