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.


When other events become available they will be posted at:


Plan Ahead — Summer Story Time
Tue. & Thu. Jul. 9-30, 10-11 am, PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. #1, Dunn Loring
Children ages 4-7 and their parents can come for stories and activities to support executive function skills.
July 9: Focus and Self Control  July 11: Perspective Taking
July 16: Communicating  July 18: Making Connections
July 23: Critical thinking  July 25: Taking on Challenges
July 30: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning


Plan Ahead — MedStar Adaptive Sports Camp
July 8-12, 9 am-4 pm, Trinity U 125 Michigan Ave. NE Washington DC
This camp for kids ages 6-18 with a physical disability includes adapted basketball,  tennis, cycling, fitness, swimming, crafts, fieldtrips etc.. Equipment provided.


Overwhelmed? Your NoVA Autism Services and Advocacy Questions Answered
Mon. Jun. 1, 1-3 pm, Abiding Presence Church 6304 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke
Come discuss the waiver waiting list, inclusive education, ensuring waiver rates provide a living wage,  and fulfilling the commitment to close training centers.


Georgetown Summer Math and Reading Camp — Part of a Research Study  
This six week camp in Annandale will include six hours of tutoring in math (3 weeks) and reading (3 weeks) for students who struggle with math, or with both reading and math,    Contact Melanie Lozano at (202) 687-8265. $300


Family Autism Night:  Come Fish with Us!
Fri. Jun. 7, 5:30-7:00 pm, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr.  Meet on the pier.
Join us for an evening of fishing for catfish, bass, and bluegill at Lake Fairfax. Fishing rods and bait are provided.  No fishing license required.
RSVP by Tue. June 4:  Deborah.O’Bryant@fairfaxcounty.gov  or  703-324-5621


Research Study on Executive Function Skills in Children Ages 8-13
Georgetown Univ. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Washington, DC
This study is recruiting students with a diagnosis of ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, or  conduct disorder.  Behavioral testing and an MRI scan included.  IRB Protocol #8049.
Contact: Charlotte Jeppsen cljeppsen@childrensnational.org or 301-765-5425


Summer Make and Take Open House and Workshop
Tue. or Thu. Jun. 4 or 6, 10 am-2 pm, OR Fri. Jun. 7, 10 am-noon
Parent Resource Center 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Plan to spend at least 30 minutes to collect instructions and art supplies for two summer projects to do with your kids.


Kinship Café: Dinner and Discussion for Kinship Caregivers
Wed. Jun.12, 6-8 pm,  Mott Community Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
Share a family meal and conversation about raising children for relatives or friends.  Includes separate games and activities for children and teens.
Register by Fri. Jun. 7:  email kfi@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703 246-4653


Medicaid Waivers Workshop
Sat. Jun. 8, 10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn about how to navigate the Medicaid Waiver system.


Breaking Down Barriers & Creating Community for Parents of Children with Disabilities Part Three:  Sustaining and Growing Your Community of Support— Webinar
Thu. June 8, noon-1 pm.  Register:  https://bit.ly/2XyT7Ic


Building a Community of Support: Bringing the Disability Community Together Through Group Support, Advocacy and Education — Online Self-Paced Course
Sun. Jun. 9-Mon. Jul. 1
This course is designed to help parents and caregivers create, connect, and grow a community of supportive individuals to help them successfully raise children with disabilities.


Redefining Healthy Eating and Our Relationship with Food — Webinar
Tue. Jun. 11, 2 pm
The webinar will explore techniques to help turn the corner toward a better-balanced diet and a healthier relationship with food for those with ADHD.


Dyslexia and Self-Esteem — Webinar 
Mon. Jun. 17, noon
Join us to learn how to talk to your child about dyslexia and build your child’s self-esteem.


Screening and Discussion of Broken Places
Mon. Jun. 17, 6:30-9:00 pm, Fairfax Govt. Ctr. Aud. 12000 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. Fairfax
This documentary explores how childhood abuse and neglect can affect the adult lives of children, as well as the factors that can foster those children’s resilience.


Plan Ahead — The Arc of NOVA Fall 2019 Transition Series  $25-$50
Sat. Sept 28 & Nov. 9, 8:30 am-3:00 pm, Rowley Hall, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington
This 2-day interactive event educates families for when a student transitions from school to community-based services for adults with developmental disabilities.


Post-Adoptive Recreation Program for Youth 10-15 with Special Needs
A once-monthly Saturday recreation and respite program open to Fairfax County residents who have adopted via public or private agencies.
Contact:  Formed Families Forward  info@formedfamiliesforward.org


Weekly Live Chats with The Arc of NOVA on Facebook
Every Wednesday, noon-2 pm
Chat live on Facebook with an expert Arc staff member who can answer your questions and help you find resources.
Visit:  https://www.facebook.com/TheArcofNoVA and click the “Send Message” box right under our profile picture.  We’ll reply and help you get what you need.



Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com


Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com


CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 703-472-4678.West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or call 703-716-4646.Louden County Parents of Teens with ADHD last Wed. of the month at Cascades Library in Potomac Falls.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932


CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.


D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703-545-6089.


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 – call 703-246-2495.


NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families. Arlington Family Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best at mczero@yahoo.com


OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859.


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


Padres de hoy — Support group in Spanish.  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.  Call 703-824-6865 to register.  Free childcare.


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


Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/
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We will be sharing many of our workshops throughout the school year on our channel. Our first video is from Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Postsecondary Employment Ideas for Students with Disabilities, a workshop presented by FCPS Career and Transition Services,The Arc of Northern Virginia, and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. Watch Thinking Outside the Box now.

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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.