Developmental Connections is a nonprofit organization based in Ashburn, VA, designed to support children with developmental disorders (i.e., Aspergers, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder, etc).
While a growing number of public and private resources provide medical and academic support to these children, the primary focus of Developmental Connections is to support a dangerously underfunded need—social skills development. Every year, thousands of socially impaired students graduate from high school with a diploma, but without the social ability to succeed in life. To fill this critical gap, we have launched “Marvin's Club – Social Skills In Schools," which teaches public school PTA/PTOs how to run social skills enrichment programs for their schools. Marvin's Club is designed to teach developmentally delayed students social and recreational skills while involving neurotypical peers and enhancing community awareness. We serve our schools through offering staff trainings, curriculum development, modeling, and student programs catered to different populations. We have found that bringing social learning resources to schools not only impacts students with special needs, but gives tools to the whole school to promote an inclusive and supportive culture.
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