Special Education – Parent Information

Parent Information Relating to Special Education


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 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


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): rosie.oakley@mcleanbible.org  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.


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.


The Development of Speech, Language and Social Skills in Young Children
Wed. Jan. 10, 6:30-8:00 pm  John Adams ES Library 5651 Rayburn Ave. Alexandria
Gain an understanding of the development of language, play, and social skills in young children, and learn ways to stimulate speech in the home and community.


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.


Yoga and Mindfulness for Self-Control — 6 week class for 8-12 yr.-olds  $199
Thu. Jan. 11, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Bridges Therapy 11166 Fairfax Blvd. #207 Fairfax
The classes will include energizing and calming postures, yoga and mindfulness games, and linking breath to movement as a way to regulate the body and emotions.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:  https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/arcofnva/eventRegistration.jsp?event=4844


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 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
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  703 716-4646


CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov 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:  rich_westhoff@hotmail.com   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 MelissaH@jccnv.org Cost: $15 per meeting.


NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather   daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather    daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985


OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm


POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com


Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.com