Developmental Connections

Developmental Connections is a nonprofit designed to support children with developmental disabilities, with a primary focus on social skills development.

Developmental Connections serves students in Loudoun County with developmental disabilities in the area of social skills development. We cater to our students' social and emotional needs through fun and supported after-school clubs and summer programs.

[11/07/18]   Meeting new people and making new connections!

[08/09/18]   Big things coming soon! Golf outing for you golfers and a Gala in the works. Keep an eye out 🤭

A Warm Welcome to Michelle Carney, Incoming President and Executive Director! - Developmental Connections

We are excited to welcome Michelle Carney to the Developmental Connections team as our new President and Executive Director! As one of the core professionals who helped shape our programs from the beginning, she has been a constant source of support! We look forward to seeing her grow into her new role. Read the announcement below, and join us in welcoming her! The Developmental Connections team is excited to name Michelle Carney, M.Ed., BCBA, as its new President and Executive Director. As one of the core professionals who shaped the vision of our program, Michelle has been a special partner with our organization over the past several years. Michelle will...

Social Thinking

Download the song lyrics to help develop lesson plans to use with the music, while teaching Superflex Curriculum!

It was a great Marvin's Club yesterday at Rosa Lee Carter! We talked about what makes each of us feel comfortable in Marvin's Club and some of the things we'll be working on this year!

Join us this Saturday morning for our 2018 Social Thinking Conference at K2M Inc in Leesburg! We can't wait to see you all!

Join us for our Social Thinking Conference 2018 on Saturday February 24. This is an exciting opportunity for educators, parents and professionals to learn more about one of the most important aspects in education and life: social-emotional competence! We are excited to have everyone!

Social skills are invaluable, not only in the classroom but in life as well. Social learning and training prepares our children to do better in school, make friends, impress future employers, get along with coworkers, and promote healthy relationship building for life!

Thank you The Key Center for supporting Developmental Connections and our 2018 Social Thinking Conference! We are so excited to share such a valuable social learning resource with our amazing community!

A big thank you to our Social Thinking Sponsors, Club Ed who are supporting our 2018 Social Thinking Conference and helping our community develop better social skills training and awareness!

Thank you Therapeutic Alliance, LLC for supporting Developmental Connections' Social Thinking Conference and encouraging our community to learn more about social learning!

Thank you Children's Speech Therapy Center for sponsoring our Parent Scholarship fund, helping more families in the northern Virginia area have access to social learning resources and training!

Don't forget to get your tickets for our Social Thinking® conference on February 24, 2018! EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS ENDS TOMORROW JANUARY 12!!

We hope to see you there!

If you are an LCPS staff member, please email Gina for your discount code at [email protected].


"I want you to know that I would not change you for the world, but I will change the world for you."

Thank you to this year's CNN Hero of the Year Amy Wright whose coffeeshop Bitty & Beau's employs more than 40 developmentally and intellectually disabled workers who bring joy to their customers each day!

CNN Hero of the Year Amy Wright tells her two children with Down Syndrome: “I would not change you for the world but I will change the world for you”

Our Social Thinking conference registration is OPEN! If you have been wanting to learn strategies on Social Thinking, Social Detective, Superflex and more, this is the training for you. Get your tickets early, as space is limited! Parent scholarships available. And contact us if you're an LCPS employee!

May the GIVING be with you, this holiday season! Today we're joining the global #GivingTuesday effort and you can help. If we can get 100 people to give $10 each, we can held fund an entire Marvin's Club and inspire social confidence in our students. Share with your friends and family and donate here:

Happy Thanksgiving! After a weekend busy with family, food, and sales galore, Tuesday is dedicated to Giving! On November 28th, Developmental Connections will be participating in a global giving effort, #GivingTuesday, and we want to encourage our amazing community to join the effort! Visit to give today!

What if we all gave on one day? We can! One week from now on November 28, 2017, our community will come together for 24 hours of unprecedented giving day to support the amazing work of Developmental Connections through #GivingTuesday! Donate today and be apart of our $10 challenge! If 100 people donate $10, we can help fund supplies, curriculum and more for an entire Marvin's Club!

A big thank you to all who came out to Costume Connect last Wednesday to support us and participate in the Trunk or Treat! Hope your Halloween was spooky fun 🎃

Today’s the day!!! Get your costumes and face painting, balloons, crafts, video game truck, trunk or treat, and more! Sound like a blast? Join us TODAY for free at 4pm at the Whole Foods Market in Ashburn.

Shout out to our amazing sponsors Dr. Leonard A Poe Jr, G-Force Gymnastics Training Center , and Simms Showers LLP - DC Metro!

🎃 Halloween is a week-long event, right? Don’t forget to complete your HalloWEEK experience with our fall fun Costume Connect: Trunk or Treat & Fall Festival event, great for the whole family!

Online registration is still going, and you can always get tickets for the event at the entrance. Don't forget that admission tickets are FREE! 👻
If you have any questions, contact Gina at [email protected].

Shout out to our amazing sponsors Dr. Leonard A Poe Jr, G-Force Gymnastics Training Center, and Simms Showers LLP - DC Metro!

We have so many awesome sponsors this year for Costume Connect, including East Coast Edge Performing Arts Center and Ashburn Orthodontics! For a full list of all our sponsors, go to our page:

💃 Learn about East Coast Edge PAC:

😁 Learn about Ashburn Orthodontics:

Don't forget to reserve your FREE tickets for this year's Costume Connect Trunk or Treat & Fall Festival at!
It's this Wednesday, October 25 at 4pm!

More shout outs to our amazing sponsors, G-Force Gymnastics Training Center, Simms Showers LLP - DC Metro, and Betsey's Bling for supporting Costume Connect this year!

🏋 To learn more about G-Force Gymnastics, visit their website here:

⚖ To learn more about Simms Showers LLP, visit their website here:

💍 To learn more about Betsey's Bling, visit her website here:

Don't forget to get your FREE tickets at and tell your community! OurTrunk or Treat & Fall Festival is quickly approaching!! 🎃

Shoutout to Dr. Leonard A Poe Jr for supporting Costume Connect as our Great Pumpkin Sponsor! Dr. Poe's goal is to help people achieve good health and raise their health potential naturally, without the use of medicine or surgery. Thank you for being amazingly supportive of Developmental Connections & Costume Connect!

To learn more about Dr. Poe and Core Concepts Chiropractic, visit their website here:

Don't forget to get your FREE tickets at and tell your community! Only one more week left until this exciting Trunk or Treat & Fall Festival!! 🎃

Nope, it’s not too late to get those tickets for this family-fun fall event! Costume Connect online registration is still up and going until October 20!

Tickets here:!
If you have any questions or want to register your trunk, contact Gina at [email protected].

Shout out to our amazing sponsors Core Concepts Chiropractic, G-Force Gymnastics Training Center, and Simms Showers LLP - DC Metro!

Shoutout to Orangetheory Fitness Ashburn for promoting our event! We love our amazing sponsors for supporting and promoting Costume Connect. Don't forget to get your tickets and tell your community! Only one more week left until this exciting Trunk or Treat!! 🎃

Don’t forget to register for your Costume Connect 1K Run & Trunk or Treat tickets! Online registration is still up and going until October 20.

Tickets here:!
If you have any questions or want to register your trunk, contact Gina at [email protected].

Shout out to our amazing sponsors Core Concepts Chiropractic, G-Force Gymnastics Training Center, and Simms Showers LLP - DC Metro!


🎃👻Comment below your favorite spooky movie to win a FREE RED ROBIN 😋 GIFT CARD!🎃👻

(Must be 18 or older, and reside in Loudoun County, VA)
(See full rules here:

1K Costume Run & TRUNK OR TREAT

Congratulations Jessica James for winning two Cobb Theatre movie tickets in our “What’s Your Favorite Thing About Fall” Sweepstakes!

Didn't win? That's okay! Tune in next week for another exciting opportunity and don’t forget to register for your tickets to Costume Connect on October 25 at Whole Foods in Ashburn from 4pm to 7pm!!

You can get your tickets at the link below. Join Whole Foods Market and Developmental Connections for the first Costume Connect – a 1K Costume Run and a Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 25 from 4:00 - 7:00p.m. at the Whole Foods shopping center in Ashburn. *All proceeds benefit the nonprofit, Developmental Connections, supporting students...

Whole Foods already has pumpkins... and we already have SO many trunks for our Trunk or Treat and Costume Run! Register before tomorrow to reserve your spot (and get those early discounts!!) And tag your friend who loves Whole Foods Market! >>


What's your favorite thing about fall for a chance to win TWO (2) COBB THEATRE MOVIE TICKETS! Don’t forget to get your tickets for Costume Connect: 1K Costume Run & Trunk or Treat before October 6 for the Early Bird Discount! Tickets here:

Shout out to our amazing sponsors Core Concepts Chiropractic, G-Force Gymnastics Training Center, Simms Showers LLP - DC Metro, and SpeedPro Imaging NoVa!

Winners will be announced Friday!
Limit one (1) entry (comment) per person. Must be 18 years or older and reside in Loudoun County, VA to enter and/or win (this is so the winner can pick up tickets at our Sterling office). Contest will last from Wednesday October 4, 3:25 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) and will end Thursday, October 5, 9:25 p.m. ET Winners will be chosen at random the following Friday, October 6 at 8 a.m. ET. Winner will be contacted Friday, October 6 at 8 a.m. ET via Facebook Message. All entries must be received by Thursday, October 5, 9:25 p.m. and abide by sweepstakes rules to be valid (see full rules: ). Purchase of Costume Connect tickets is not necessary for sweepstakes.This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored by, run by or associated with, Facebook.

Get your early bird discount for Costume Connect tickets before THIS FRIDAY!!

Tickets here:
If you have any questions or want to register your trunk, contact Gina at [email protected].

Would your Child Benefit from Social Skills Support?

How to tell if your child may need some extra social skills support. Here are some things to look for. Some children may benefit from extra social skills support and here are some points to consider if you are looking for a social development program.

Our restaurant items have been our most popular! Who can turn down a nice dinner? Plus support us and Marvin's Club when you bid!

When was the last time you had a family portrait? Want to bid on a good deal? From Little Nest Portraits in Leesburg!

Bidding for D.C. United VIP tickets - Owner's Box seats ends tomorrow! Next bid is $110 for a $600 value! Hurry to take advantage of the deal!

Social Thinking

The future is always unknown, but there is always hope. And always, always growth. Let's never forget that as our kids change and grow up.

"I wish I could tell other parents at the start of their journey what it’s taken me two decades to learn. First, that your child may continue to grow and change and, even at the age of 21, may surprise you by doing things you never thought possible. Second, that in the end, success won’t be measured by academic performance or job placement. It will have more to do with accumulating small pleasures and filling your life with those."

Social Thinking

Whole Body Listening Larry - helps us to think with our eyes, bodies and brain. Like the saying that "it's a tool, not a rule!" It can be used in a lot of different ways with your students or children.

Taking a Deeper Look at Whole Body Listening: It’s a Tool Not a Rule. Many children do not fully understand what is expected of them or may not be able to meet the expected demands when it comes to listening. Truesdale emphasizes that whole body listening is “a tool, not a rule,” meaning that adults need to think flexibly about how best to use it. There is no “one way” to teach the whole body listening concept. The goal is to create effective approaches for those with a variety of learning styles. And most importantly, to do this in ways that respect each person’s particular needs and abilities.

[08/24/17]   Happy first day to our schools! We are looking forward to working with each one of you this year and help us all become super flexible thinkers! Have a great first day back! Discovery Elementary School John W. Tolbert Elementary School Countryside Elementary School Rosa Lee CarterElementary Hillside Elementary PTO

[08/15/17]   *Quick fact for your Tuesday!*

Did you know for every dollar spent on social learning programs, there is an $11.00 economic return on investment?

From jobs to higher education to better relationships, we are preparing both our children and communities success for later in life!

Developmental Connections - Social Skills Services

YAY! Our new website is here! Take an in-depth look into our programs and mission and see how you can get involved in what we do!

We are welcoming our new leaders at Developmental Connections today in our newsletter. Read it here and make sure you are subscribed!

We are so pleased to welcome Bethany to the Developmental Connections team as Project Manager! We are excited to be working with you!

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