Saul and Abe are twin brothers who’ve been attending The Aurora School, a year-round school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, for the past three years. Although they look exactly alike, their personalities greatly differ. Saul is independent, and he enjoys completing tasks without any help. His Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Instructor, John, says he’s very determined, “Once he [Saul] starts something, he needs to finish it. He likes to get everything just right.”
Abe, on the other hand, is not as much of a perfectionist as Saul. Abe’s ABA instructor, Kay, describes him as creative, “He [Abe] likes Pinterest, colors, and playing the piano– especially the “Rugrats” theme song,” she says.
Although their personalities are different, the staff and learning style at Aurora has been able to accommodate both of the boys’ needs. Through ABA therapy, Saul and Abe are improving their communication skills. John and Kay state,
“The teaching style here [at Aurora] really helps them. They now know how to talk about how they are feeling, and explain why they’re feeling a certain way.”
While at Aurora, the boys are learning vocational skills, such as washing their hands, adaptive behavior management, and identifying safety signs in the community.
John says, “Saul also loves to cook and that’s a skill he’s learning at Aurora. His favorite foods to make are french toast and pancakes!”
John and Kay explain that they enjoy working with Saul and Abe because of their goofy and lovable personalities, exclaiming,
“They love dancing and can do the ‘cha-cha slide.’ They’re both so silly and unique in their own way, which makes them so fun to be around!”
Because of schools like Aurora and the services provided by The Arc of Loudoun, kids are given the opportunity to succeed. Kay says, “The staff know how to handle all types of behaviors here, which allows all of the students to be themselves.”