6th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair

6th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair

Ivymount’s 6th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair will be held on SUNDAY, MARCH 11th, from Noon - 3 p.m. at The Ivymount School, 11614 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD 

Our Resource Fair – which will be open to the public – will provide information about a variety of services and resources for children and young adults with special needs, including autism, and their families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

If you arrive at the fair hungry this year, we’ve got you covered. We are excited to welcome “Holy Crepes” and “Potomac Pizza” food trucks.

Over 40 exhibitors will participate, including:

Special Needs Home Rebuilders, Financial Planning, Trusts and Estate Planning, Special Needs attorneys and advocates:

Glickman Design Build

Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, PC

M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC

Maryland Insurance Administration

Merrill Lynch Special Needs Groups

Shared Horizons Inc.


Special Needs Camps, Sports, Theater, Music, Arts, and Social Groups:

Camp Aristotle at The Auburn School

Easterseals Camp Fairlee

Fitness for Health

FUNctional Cooking

Great and Small

Imagination Stage

Ivymount Outreach

Levine Music (Music Therapy Program)

MOCO Movement Center

Potomac Community Resources, Inc. (PCR)


Sports Plus Group, Inc.

Summit Camp & Travel


Special Needs Learning, Vocational and Academic Resources:

College Living Experience

Ivymount Project SEARCH

Ivymount School & Programs



Services for Children and Young Adults with Disabilities:

Bass Educational Services

Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding

Cura Personalis Project, Inc.

Expressive Therapy Center

HeartLight Healing Arts

Integrated Living Opportunities

Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH/MOST)

Melwood Horticultural Training Center

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

RCM of Washington



Special Needs Therapy and  Home Services:

Jacob’s Promise

Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)

The Kingsbury Center

Little Leaves Behavioral Services

Proud Moments Therapy

Samatrem Group

Skill Builders, LLC

Stepping Stones Therapy

Verbal Beginnings


Advocacy & Parent Groups:

Friends of MANSEF



You are welcome to attend any of our four information sessions during the fair.


Our four sessions will be facilitated by our expert Ivymount staff members and will allow participants to have an opportunity to explore topics of interest to families with children and young adults with special needs.


1. Integrating Social Emotional Learning at Home and School: Working as a Team to Support Generalization - Noon - 12:30 p.m. in the CONFERENCE ROOM

Monica Werner, Program Director: Development, Training & Consultation, Ivymount School and Outreach Programs, will speak about the importance of integrating social emotional learning into everyday experiences by expanding both parent and teacher knowledge and skills. She will discuss a new assessment tool that supports teachers to identify social learning goals for IEP’ and supplies SEL curricula. A review of high quality social emotional learning curricula will provide parents with resources and help parents to work on an essential part of social emotional growth, developing self-advocacy tools from a young age. 


2. Useful Tips to Help Your Child through the Journey to Adulthood - 12:30 - 1 p.m. in ROOM 164


Amy Alvord, Education Director at Ivymount School & Programs will share information 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.


3. Conversation Club: Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Cognition Challenges to Engage in Successful Conversation with Peers - 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. in the LIBRARY


Lynn Cannon, Social Learning Coordinator for The Maddux School and Ivymount School & Programs and First Author for Conversation Clubwill 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. The authors will share several practical strategies that families can implement immediately. Conversation Club book sets will be available for purchase.


4. Ready for Work? Helping Your Child Prepare for Future Employment - 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. in ROOM 253


Louis Leibowitz, Vocational Coordinator at Ivymount School & Programs, will speak about skills needed for post-secondary employment and what can be done now to better prepare children to be ready to hold jobs as young adults. Topics will include skills that can be taught and practiced in the home, as well as community service and volunteerism. In this workshop-style training, participants learn how to develop plans to teach an employability skill to their children at home or in the community.


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