Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Friday, December 22nd, 2017 by seskaggs7

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities.  It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems.   2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring    English:  703-204-3941  Espanol: 703-204-3955  The PRC can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance.
Plan Ahead — 2018 Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Awards
Application Deadline: Jan. 15
These awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of young people with LD and ADHD.
Plan Ahead –– 2018 Diamonds in the Rough Conference
Finding Common Ground:  Strategies that Work for all Students
Sat. Mar. 10, Johns Hopkins University, Rockville, MD
Early Registration:  before Jan 15 — $65
Plan Ahead Youth Leadership Academy 2018 — Developing Young Leaders
July 9-12, Virginia State University
Application Deadline:  March 16
Information & Application:
Skill Development for Families with Children with Autism or Related Disorders — with Webinar Option
Thu. Jan. 4, noon-2 pm Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Rd. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how to teach pro-social behaviors, providing clear and effective expectations, setting limits and following through with demands.
Mindfully Managing Caregiver Stress
Mon. Jan. 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, 4031 University Dr. Suite 100, Fairfax  (Enter on South St.)
This workshop will give you proven tools for reducing stress and taking care of yourself while taking care of your family.  The presenter also raised a special needs child.
Tax Tips for Parents of a Child with Special Needs
Mon. Jan. 8, 7:30 – 9 pm, McLean Bible Church,  Rm. B, 8925 Leesburg Pk, Vienna
Find out what expenses can be itemized deductions.
RSVP (not required):  or  703-770-2980
What Legal Paperwork Do Kinship Caregivers Need?
Tues. Jan. 9, 2 – 4 pm, 4031 University Dr. Fairfax (Enter on South St.)
Find out about school enrollment and other paperwork that kinship (relative) caregivers need for the children in their care.
Register: or 703 539-2904
Help Your Child with ADHD and Yourself – Fresh Approaches to Better Parenting
Tue, Jan. 9, 7:00-8:30 pm  Sycamore School 4600 Fairfax Dr. Arlington
Gain insight into your own parenting style, and use coaching strategies to identify ways to strengthen your approach to parenting.
Mastering the ‘Process’ of School: How to Help Your Student Who Struggles with Executive Functioning
Wed. Jan. 10, 7:30 – 9 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC
This presentation will share both an educator’s and a parent’s perspective on how mastering executive functions creates skills that students will use throughout life.
Executive Functioning: Strategies to Help Children Orchestrate their Lives
Fri. Jan. 12, 10 am – Noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1 Dunn Loring
Learn strategies that build the skills children need to be successful in and out of the classroom. Topics will include organization, planning, time management, and others.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?
Wed. Jan. 17, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Pentagon Library & Conf. Ctr. Rm. B3, Arlington
Learn how to develop strategies to prevent bullying, talk to you child about bullying, obtain help from professionals, and find out about disability harassment laws.
Adolescence and ASD: Executive Function, Self-Awareness and Transition to Adulthood
Wed. Jan. 17, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkw. Suite 500, Chantilly
Learn how to help teens increase self-awareness around their own executive functioning, with a focus on the skills necessary for transition to adulthood.
Register:  or  703-793-9353
How to Help Children Build Self-Esteem (Even in a High-Pressure Culture)
Thu, Jan. 18, 11:45 am-1:15 pm StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Drive #200  McLean
Learn how act with and to talk to your children in a way that helps them feel “heard,” emotionally supported, and worthy — all keys to healthy self-esteem.
Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Teens
Fri. Jan. 19, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the biological roots of anxiety in children and teens, and strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
You’re Not the Boss of Me! 10 Secrets to Motivate Strong-Willed Toddlers, Tweens and Teens
Wed. Jan. 24, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr.  2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Restore calm in your life and your home when you implement the concrete strategies presented at this workshop by Celebrate Calm Founder Kirk Martin and his son Casey.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
I Have Needs Too! Supporting the Siblings of Children with Special Needs
Wed. Jan, 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Chantilly HS  4201 Stringfellow Rd. Chantilly
Learn about strategies for managing the mixed emotions and increased responsibilities of siblings of children with special needs.
Inclusive Movie Night — Presumed Competency:  Journey of Deej
Sat. Jan. 27, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Christ Church  7600 Ox Rd. Fairfax Station
This will be a free screening with a follow up discussion of Deej, a documentary on six years in the high school and college life of a young nonspeaking man with autism.
Free if you bring one non-perishable food to donate to Food for Others;  Register:
Plan Ahead 2018 Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop
Unlocking Potential: Strategies for Success 
Sat. Mar. 3, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Early registration:  before Feb 9 — $50  includes breakfast & lunch
Support Groups for Youth
Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together 
Alternate Tuesdays, Oct. 10 through May 2018,  6:30-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.
This peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 – 22  meets twice a month through May.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time.  Light dinner included.
Support Group for High School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 – 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.  No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  703- 641-8940
People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church
Youth with disabilities age 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guests on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills.
Information:  Diane Monnig  703 208-1119 x 118
Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact:  Jenny   703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  703 716-4646
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: 703-799-2882
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:   571-490-1268
Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse  703-246-2495
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
Contact:  Melissa at Cost: $15 per meeting.
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.
Arlington Family Support Group meets one Sunday of each month at 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Michelle Best
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
Contact:   or  202 215-5859
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:

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