Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair

Ivymount’s Special Needs Resource Fair will be held on Sunday, February 24th, from noon to 3:00 p.m. at The Ivymount School, 11614 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD. The Resource Fair is targeted to families of children with special needs, including autism, in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This informational event is free and open to the public. We are excited to have over 50 participating exhibitors this year, including 14 new organizations, that provide a variety of services and resources to children and young adults with special needs and their families. The Resource Fair also offers a complimentary Workshop series presented by Ivymount staff.

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION

EXHIBITOR LIST

Financial Planning, Trusts and Estate Planning, Attorneys

  • Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, P.C.
  • Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Meltzer Group/NFP

Camps, Sports, Theater, Music, Arts, and Social Groups

  • ArtStream, Inc.
  • Bretton Woods
  • Camp Aristotle at the Auburn School
  • Capital Music Therapy Services
  • Easterseals Camp Fairlee
  • Fitbound
  • Fitness for Health
  • Great and Small Therapeutic Riding
  • Imagination Stage
  • Ivymount Outreach
  • KEEN Greater DC
  • MOCO Movement Center
  • Music Therapy at Levine Music
  • Potomac Community Resources, Inc. (PCR)
  • SPIRIT Club
  • Sports Plus Group, Inc.
  • Summer Sensations Camp
  • Summit Camp and Travel

Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities

  • Alliance Pediatric
  • Calmra Inc.
  • Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding
  • Cura Personalis Project, Inc.
  • Integrated Living Opportunities
  • Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH/MOST)
  • Madison House Autism Foundation
  • Maryland Relay
  • Melwood
  • Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
  • RCM of Washington, Inc.
  • Renoxx Caregivers
  • SEEC
  • WMATA (Metro)
  • Weinfeld Education Group

 Therapy and Home Services                                

  • Ivymount Early Childhood Clinic
  • Ivymount Endeavors ABA Services
  • Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
  • Kingsbury Wellness & Learning Group
  • Little Leaves Behavioral Services
  • Play on Words Therapy, LLC
  • Proud Moments ABA
  • Skill Builders, LLC
  • Stepping Stones Therapy

Learning, Vocational, and Academic Resources

  • College Internship Program (CIP) - Berkshire
  • College Living Experience
  • Ivymount School & Programs
  • LearningRx

Advocacy and Parent Groups

  • Friends of MANSEF
  • MANSEF
  • The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health

WORKSHOP SERIES

Promoting Physical Activity in the Home and Community
Hosted by Timothy Busch, M.S.Ed, CAPE & Anthony Monescalchi, M.S.Ed, CAPE  (Ivymount & Maddux School’s Adapted Physical Education Teachers and Outreach Recreational Program’s Camp LOL and  Afterschool Clubs’ Group Leaders) 

Tim and Anthony will cover the importance of physical activity and provide practical recommendations for how to engage your child with special needs in physical activity in the home and community settings.

 

Parenting with Acceptance and Commitment
Hosted by Jennie Kampf, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA (Iymount School Program Director & Ivymount Outreach Consultant) 

As a parent you have many wishes for your child and family - these typically align with your values.  At times these wishes or values may seem unattainable or too difficult to reach.  Jennie will introduce concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Training as tools to identify the values you have for your child and family, accept the difficult feelings and situations that stand in the way, and commit to actions that move you closer to your values. 

Communication Strategies for Individuals with Autism
Hosted by Katie Quinn, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA (Ivymount School and Endeavors Program Services Director) and Colleen Whitaker, M.Ed. BCBA, LBA  (Ivymount Endeavors Early Childhood Coordinator)

Katie and Colleen will describe practical, evidence-based strategies for supporting and enhancing the communication of students and young adults with autism who exhibit significant deficits in speech and language skills. They will discuss how to support language comprehension, provide a language-rich environment, and encourage language use.

Useful Tips to Help Your Child through the Journey to Adulthood
Hosted by Amy Alvord, M.A., (Ivymount School Student Services Director and Outreach Self Advocacy Group Leader) and Sharon Nickolaus, M.S., OTR (Ivymount School Director of Transition Services and Outreach Self Advocacy Group Leader)  

Amy and Sharon will host discussion and Q & A on understanding your child's role in the transition planning process, promoting independence through the development of self-advocacy skills and talking to your child about their disability.

Conversation Club: Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Cognition Challenges to Engage in Successful Conversation with Peers
Hosted by Lynn Cannon, M.Ed.  (Ivymount School, Maddux School and Outreach Programs Social Learning Coordinator)  

Conversation Club co-author, Lynn Cannon, will discuss a unique and fun way of teaching kids with high functioning autism to converse with their peers. Conversation Club teaches not only the "how" but also the "why" of conversation. Lynn will share several practical strategies that families and teachers can implement immediately. Conversation Club book sets will be available for purchase.


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