Special Education Resources and Events

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:

SUPPORT GROUPS

Support Groups for Youth

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD  meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 – 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax,  Enter on South St.  No parents!  Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  coach@BrainRelief.org  or call 703- 641-8940
 

Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress   www.facebook.com/cosdcmetro/

‘Meraki’ Teen Drop-In Group Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm, at 1st Floor Lobby of Merrifield Center, 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax  Contact: 703-207-7893 Peer Recovery Support Staff.

Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together
Alternate Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through May 2019,  6:15-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.  This peer-to-peer support group is for youth ages 14 – 22.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time.  Light dinner included.  Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-2019-stronger-together-peer-support-groups-tickets-48128410371
 
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:  coach@BrainRelief.org  or call 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:  Call Diane Monnig  at 703-208-1119 x 118.
 

Support Group 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.
 

Kinship Café meets monthly on the second Wed. in Fairfax. Free dinner for all. Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register ahead 703-246-4653 or https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27.

 

Kinship Caregivers Support Group meets 1st & 3rd Thurs. monthly in Alexandria. Free dinner and resources.  Child care may be available. Contact:  Mary E. Fleming 703 246-4653

 
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
 
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.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.
 
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/
 

EVENTS

Plan Ahead Events

 

Plan Ahead — South County Dads Parenting Group

Tue. Feb. 5-Apr. 30, 6:30-9:00 pm Gum Spr. CC 8100 Fordson Rd. Alex.
This 12 session class focuses on self-awareness, self-care, parenting skills, and relationship skills.  Includes meals and access to father-child activities.
 
Plan Ahead — Cecily’s Advocacy Conference 2019
Sat. Mar. 2, 8:00 am-2:30 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
 
Plan Ahead — Family Reunification Workshop
Wed. Mar. 20-April 10, 5:30-8:00 pm, Park View HS 400 W. Laurel Ave. Sterling
Join us for a workshop for Spanish-speaking immigrant parents and recently reunited youth to learn ways to cope and improve family relationships.  Includes dinner & childcare.
Register:  Daiana Bañales-Dorman at 703.820.9001 x109 DDorman@scanva.org
 
Plan Ahead — Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training
Fri. Apr. 5, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Kelly Ctr. 14715 Bristow Rd. Manassas  
Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.
 
Plan Ahead— Annual FCPS Special Education Conference 
Sat. April 6, 8 am-2 pm, Lake Braddock SS 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke
This conference for parents and teachers includes over 50 presentations, a keynote speaker, an exhibit hall, and a student strand for youth age 14-22.
 
Plan Ahead — Diamonds in the Rough Conference    Cost Varies
Fri./Sat. Apr. 12-13, JHU 9601 Medical Ctr. Dr. Rockville, MD
Parenting Chldren with Special Needs:  Preparing to Launch at Every Age
 
Plan Ahead — Spring Forward Family Fun Day and Regional Conference   
Sat. Apr. 27, 8:30 am-2:00 pm, GMU Colgan Hall 10900 Univ. Blvd. Manassas 
Families formed through foster care, kinship care, and adoption are invited.  Adults focus on learning while children have a blast at GMU’s The EDGE. Free child care to age 4.
Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-forward-family-fun-day-and-regional-conference-tickets-54145770457  $0 – $40         Early Bird prices thru March 3
 

March 2019 Events

I Can Bike After-School Program
Various weeks in March through May at Middle Schools in Fairfax County
This program uses adapted bicycles, a special instructional program, and trained staff to run the weeklong trainings for children with disabilities.
Information and registration:  https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-fcps-fairfax-va/
 
Details That Make a Difference in Special Education — With Webinar Option
Fri, Mar. 1, 10 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. # 200, Falls Church
Learn about the special education process, how to avoid common pitfalls, and how to become an effective advocate for your child.
 
Technology to Support Reading and Writing 
Fri. Mar. 1, 10 am-noon, PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about technology tools for students Gr. 1-12 who struggle with reading and writing. Bring a laptop, tablet, or phone and register for a Google account.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Gang Awareness
Wed. Mar. 6, 6:30-8:00 pm, Ramsay ES Library 5700 Sanger Ave. Alexandria
Learn about the risk factors and warning signs of gang involvement (elem.- HS) and how to help prevent your child’s participation in gangs. 
Register by March 1:  email janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129
 
ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia
March 3-17  locations vary  $0-$14
View and discuss films dedicated to promoting an awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, of people with life challenges and different abilities.
 
Transition University — 4 Week Online Course 
Mondays, Mar. 4-Apr 8,  9 am-5 pm,
Learn how to think ahead to navigate the planning process for a school age child with developmental disabilities so as to prepare for their future adult life.
 
Resource Fair and Screening of Intelligent Lives
Mon. Mar. 4, 6:00-8:30 pm, Service Source 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
After the resource fair at 6 pm, enjoy this documentary at 7 pm in the ReelAbilities Film Festival about Downs Syndrome.
 
Screening of Perfectly Normal for Me
Tue. Mar. 5, 7:30 pm, Reston CC 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston
Enjoy this film in the ReelAbilities Film Festival about an inclusive after-school dance program in Queens.
 
In Our Backyard:  The Opioid and Heroin Crisis
Audience:  Students in Grades 7-12 & Parents
Learn how opioids impact the brain and body, how people become addicted, who is most vulnerable, ways to prevent addiction, and where to turn for help.
Webcast available at:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/36964
 
REVIVE Training 
March 6, 12, or 17, 1 hour class at various times and locations 
REVIVE! is a program that makes naloxone (Narcan®) available to lay people so they can be prepared for, recognize, and respond to opioid overdose emergencies. 
 
Anxiety in Children
Wed. Mar. 6, 7:00-8:30 pm, MH Ctr., Tr. Rm. 2, 13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge
Learn about anxiety disorders in children, ways to help your child cope, and when professional help may be needed.
Register:  email Jan Russel:  jrussell@arcgpw.org or 703-730-3124
 
Screening of This Business of Autism
Wed. Mar. 6, 7 pm,  Recital Hall at Robinson SS 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax 
This documentary by a local filmmaker highlights the feasibility and economic and social benefits of employing young adults with autism. 
 
Stress Less, Laugh More: Strategies For Reducing Stress and Increasing Happiness For Families
Wed. Mar. 6, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sycamore Sch. 4600 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 300 Arlington
Learn how to recognize stress in kids, some strategies for reducing stress, and other ways to promote long-term psychological health.
 
Essential Social Skills
Wed. Mar.13, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW HS Media Ctr. 3801 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria
Learn how important social skills are to success in life and specific strategies to strengthen social skills in children of all abilities and ages.
Register by Mar. 8:  email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129  
 
IEPs & Inclusion Workshop
Sat. Mar. 9, 10 am-noon, ASNV Office 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn how to advocate for your child via the IEP process and how to foster inclusion and autism acceptance in your child’s school and community.
 
Protecting Our Youth:  A Conversation about Teen Trafficking for Parents and Teens
Wed. Mar. 13, 6:30-8:30 pm, Stone Bridge HS 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn
Teens and parents will learn about the dangers of teen trafficking in our community, learn about protective strategies, and develop plans of action. 
 
Technology Tools to Support Executive Functioning
Fri. Mar. 15, 10 am-noon, Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This workshop will focus on strategies and technology tools to help students manage their feelings, time, materials, and information. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Ask the Expert:  A Summer at Camp — Webinar with extended access
Tue. Mar. 19, 2:00 pm 
Looking for a camp for your child with ADHD?  Learn how to evaluate summer programs and their staff and how to understand the differences between them.
 
Parents & Caregivers:  Learn to Be a Determined Family Together!
Tue. Mar. 19, 7:00-8:30 pm, Key MS, Springfield
Learn about the I’m Determined project and how to incorporate effective self-determination skills into everyday life at home and in school. 
 
MANDT Overview for Parents
Wed. Mar. 20, 9-11:00 am, LCPS 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Building healthy, positive relationships among people is the goal of the Mandt® training program. “Supporting People, Not Just Their Behaviors.”TM 
 
Familias Reunidas — programa de 5 miércoles — en español
Family Reunification Workshop — 5 Wednesdays — in Spanish
20 marzo – 10 abril, 6-8 pm, Parkview HS 15101 400 W Laurel Ave, Sterling
¿Se ha reunido con su hijos, pero encuentra la situación difícil? Únase con otros padres para aprender maneras de mejorar la relación con sus hijos. 
Have you reunited with your children, but find the situation difficult? Join other parents to learn ways to improve the relationship with your children.
Registración: Daiana Bañales-Dorman 703-820-9001 x 109 o ddorman@scanva.org 
 
Collaborative IEP Meetings: Parents as Partners
Wed. Mar. 20, 6:30-8:30 pm  Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the IEP process and its components, your role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the team members, and planning for your child’s IEP meeting.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Managing Bumps in the Road:  Building Resilient Relationships with Your Teen
Thu. Mar. 21, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
We will discuss parent-child relationships during the middle school and high school years. 
 
Loss and Grief Experienced by Children and Teens in Kinship Families
Tue. Mar. 26, 6:00-8:15 pm, Gum Spr. CC 8100 Fordson Rd. Alexandria
Learn about the factors affecting this loss, effective ways to open communication, and how to strengthen relationships and attachment.  Dinner and childcare provided.
Register by Mar. 22:  email KFI@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703 246-4653
 
Summer Activities Resource Fair
Sat. Mar. 23, 9 am-noon, LCPS 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Explore summer at-home activities and camps that are available through nonprofit and for-profit organizations and government agencies. 
 
Abira and the Mountain
Sat. Mar. 23  2:00-3:30 pm, Robinson SS Theater 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
This teen and young adult theatre production is a fairy tale about disabilities, challenging life circumstances, acceptance, empathy and love. 
 
ADHD 101: My Child Has ADHD, Now What?
Mon. Mar. 25, 6:30-7:30 pm, Bridges Therapy 11166 Fairfax Blvd., Suite 207 Fairfax
Learn the basics about ADHD and how you can start helping your child with ADHD via education supports, medical supports, and social/emotional supports. 
 
Tech Tools, Strategies & Apps
Thu. Mar. 28, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sycamore Sch. 4600 N. Fairfax Dr. #300 Arlington,
Learn about free and affordable features, apps, and resources to support your students! Reduce family stress, get things done more efficiently and free up time.
 
Teen Depression: What Parents Need to Know
Fri., Mar. 29, 10 am-noon, Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about depression in teenagers, elements of recovery, and strategies for treatment. Parents will be provided with strategies to use to help their teenagers.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Wings for All Airport Practice 
Sat. Mar. 30, 8 am-noon, Dulles International Airport
Families with a child with a disability (including sensory difficulties) can practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding a plane. 

February 2019 Events

Preventing Teen Suicide
Wed. Feb. 6, 6:30-8:00 pm TCW HS Auditorium 3330 King St. Alexandria
Suicide is a leading cause of death in teens, and awareness is key to its prevention. Parents will learn about risk factors, signs, and resources to help.
Register by Jan 31:  email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129
 
High School Success: A Strategic Transition for Teens Moving to Higher Grades
Fri. Feb. 1, 10 am-noon  Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how to help teens finish middle school strong, build positive habits, shift from guided to independent learning, and use effective time management.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
Transition to Employment Panel — With Webinar Option
Fri. Feb. 1, 10 am-noon, Arc of Nova 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200 Falls Church
Learn about DARS eligibility and services for during and after high school followed by information from individual and group supported employment organizations.
 
From Possibilities to Practical Applications — Disability Education & Transition Conference        $50-$60
Sat. Feb. 2, 9 am-4 pm Hilton, 12042 W. Broad St. Henrico, VA
This disability education and transition conference will include workshops, exhibitors, and meals.  Reduced fee for age 18+ self advocates who volunteer.
 
Sibshops
Mon. Feb. 4, 9 am-noon Providence Comm. Ctr., 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax
This workshop is for children in grades 2-5 who have siblings with special needs. Your child will meet other siblings, share experiences and receive peer support.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
South County Dads Parenting Group
Tue. Feb. 5-April 30, 6:30-9:00 pm, Gum Springs CC 8100 Fordson Rd. Alexandria
Focuses on five characteristics all fathers need to be effective dads: self-awareness; self-care; fathering, parenting, and relationship skills.  Includes meals & activities.
Information:  Bennie Herron 703 324-730 or  Kimberly Torres  703 324-3064
 
College Steps / NOVA Information Session
Tue. Feb. 5, 7-8 pm Rm. CA302 Stu. Serv. Bldg. 8333 Little River Tnpk. Annandale
This nonprofit provides personalized peer support for college students with neurodiverse backgrounds — including social or learning challenges.
 
Getting Your Child Past Procrastination Without Being the Bad Guy
Wed. Feb. 6, 9:30-10:30 am Cooper MS, 977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean
Presentation by Ann Dolin during the PTA meeting. No registration.
 
Gap Year Fair for Students and Parents
Wed. Feb. 6, 6:00-8:30 pm, Marshall HS 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Following a 45 min. presentation (which starts at 6 pm), attendees can view exhibits and talk with representatives for many gap year programs.
 
Familias Fuertes 6-11 — programa de 14 miércolesen español
Strengthening Families 6-11 — 14 Wednesdays — in Spanish
El 6 de feb. al 15 de mayo, 6:00-8:30 pm, Brent Place 375 S Reynolds St. Alexandria
Niños entre 6 y 11 años y sus familias se juntan para una cena, clases para padres y jóvenes en habilidades familiares y sociales. La clase incluye rifas semanales.  
Children ages 6-11 and their families meet for a meal, followed by separate parent and youth classes in social, life, and family skills.  Includes weekly raffles. 
Registración:  Contacte a Alice Clark al 703-820-9001 ext. 105 o aclark@scanva.org 

 

Familias Fuertes 10-14 — programa de 8 miércolesen español
Strengthening Families 10-14 — 8 Wednesdays — in Spanish
El 6 de feb. al 15 de mayo, 6:00-8:30 pm, Glasgow MS 4101 Fairfax Pkwy, Lincolnia
Este programa para padres y jóvenes entre 10 y 14 años enfoca en habilidades de comunicación, prevención del abuso de sustancias y poniendo limites efectivos.
This program for parents and youth ages 10 -14 focuses on communication skills, substance abuse prevention, and setting appropriate limits.  
Registración:  Contacte a Alice Clark al 703-820-9001 ext. 105 o aclark@scanva.org 
 
Sensory Processing and Behavior:  How Are They Related? 
Wed. Feb. 6, 7:00-8:30 pm, Arc of PWC 13505 Hillendate Dr. Woodbridge
Register:  jrussell@arcgpw.org pr (703) 730-3124.  Childcare avail. w/ regis. by Jan. 31.
 
Parenting Children with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges in Foster and Adoptive Families Webinar with Extended Access     
Thu. Feb. 7, 1:00-2:30 pm  Free with coupon code:  PARENT
Children with early trauma often carry deep wounds.  Learn about common concerns in foster and adopted youth and how to help.
 
FASD in Schools — Webinar
Thu. Feb. 7, 6:30-8:00 pm  
Learn about school accommodations and supports that have the potential to help some students with Fetal Alcohol spectrum Disorder.
 
Ask First:  Teenagers, Dating and Traumatic Experiences
Thu. Feb. 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about healthy vs unhealthy relationships, warning signs, how to talk with children about building healthy relationships and resources for support.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or 571-252-6540
 
Why Won’t My Child Go to School? A Conversation about School Refusal
Fri. Feb. 8, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about symptoms and causes of school refusal, the differences between it and truancy, strategies for parents, and resources to help support students.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
Helping Your Child Build Study and Organizational Skills
Sat. Feb. 9, 10 am, Ideaventions Academy 12340 Pinecrest Rd, Reston
Learn strategies to bolster executive function skills and how to use a growth mindset to help your child push through frustration and develop independence.
 
The Challenges of Adolescence for Females on the Autism Spectrum 
Sat. Feb. 9, 10 am-noon, ASNV Office 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn how to support girls with ASD though the transitions of adolescence.
 
Screening of Ain’t No Mountain
Sun. Feb. 10,  4 pm, Beth El 3830 Seminary Rd. Alexandria
This film documents the largest-ever expedition of climbers with disabilities as they attempt to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
 
Social Competence — For Children with Autism or other Developmental Disabilities
Tue. Feb.12, 6-8 pm OR  Wed. Feb. 20, 9-11am, LCPS  21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn how to help your child understand and gain stills in social situations, expectations, cues, interactions, and rules.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or 571-252-6540
 
Mind in the Making — Taking on Challenges 
Tue. Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn why this skill is important and strategies for improving this skill in children ages 0 – 8.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. Feb. 13, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Parents and students will learn about and practice using this technology to plan complex tasks using smaller steps, set goals, and track progress toward them.
 
Mind in the Making — Self-Directed, Engaged Learning
Tue. Feb. 19, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn why this skill is important and strategies for improving this skill in children ages 0 – 8.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
Screening of Intelligent Lives
Wed. Feb. 20, 7 pm, Bishop O’Connell HS 6600 Little Falls Rd. Arlington
This film challenges what it means to be intelligent and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education and  meaningful employment.
 
Helping Your Child Build Study and Organizational Skills
Wed. Feb. 20, 7 pm, Spring Hill ES 8201 Lewinsville Rd, McLean
Learn strategies to bolster executive function skills and how to use a growth mindset to help your child push through frustration and develop independence.
 
Stress Less, Laugh More: Strategies For Reducing Stress and Increasing Happiness For Families
Wed. Feb. 20, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sycamore Sch.4600 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 300 Arlington
Learn how to recognize stress in kids, some strategies for reducing stress, and other ways to promote long-term psychological health.
 
A Soulful guide to Managing Your Energy Rather than Your Time
Thu. Feb. 21. 11:45 am-1:15 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
 
Crianza con Cariño — programa de 8 juevesen español
Nurturing Parenting Program — 8 Thursdays — in Spanish
El 21 de feb. al 11 de abr. en Alexandria (se da la dirección exacta con registración)
Aprende acerca del desarrollo de niños, el elogio, la empatía, reglas de familia, la disciplina y el manejo del estrés familiar. La clase incluye una cena y cuido de niños.
Learn about child development, praise and empathy, family rules, discipline,  and family stress management. Includes a family meal and  childcare.
Registración:  Contacte a Alice Clark al 703-820-9001 ext. 105 o aclark@scanva.org 
 
Selective Mutism
Fri. Feb. 22,  10 am-noon  Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about selective mutism and how symptoms persist.  Learn ways to successfully support a child to overcome their fear of speaking, both at school and out in the world. Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
Super Transition Saturday
Sat. Feb. 23, 8:30 am-12:15 pm, Jackson MS, 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church
Students with disabilities benefit from planning for after high school even if they will attend college.  Start that planning in elementary and middle school here.
Info &Registration:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
When the Bus Stops Coming:  Life After High School for Students Who will Need Ongoing Support
Sat, Feb. 23  8:30 am-12:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn about LCPS Career and Transition Services, DARS Employment Services, and ways   for parents and students to prepare now for their future.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or 571-252-6540
 
Q & A Advice for Parenting Teens with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges in Adoptive Families  — Webinar with Extended Access
Thu. Feb. 28, 1:00-2:30 pm    Free with Coupon Code:  ADVICE
Expect guidance on handling risky behavior, interactions with birth family, issues in transracial adoption and how to get help for serious mental health concerns.
 

January 2019 Events

Accommodations for Recreational Classes with Fairfax County Parks

The Park Authority is committed to providing all residents equal access to programs, classes, and camps.  Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.
To request accommodations, email gary.logue@fairfaxcounty.gov  or  703 324-8563
 
Fairfax County Parks – Adapted Recreation for Kids
Swimming, gymnastics, ice skating, fitness, park explorers.
 
Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation 
 
VA DARS, Ticket to Work Partnership Plus, 1619B, and Medicaid Works — with Webinar Option
Fri. Jan. 4, 10 am – noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
This overview of Vocational Rehabilitation will include points of contact for DSS offices, functional definitions of programs, and a description of the Virginia Model.
 
Americans With Disabilities Act:  The Basics — Webinar
Tue. Jan. 8, 10:30-11:13 am  
Learn about the provisions of the ADA, including employment protections, interactions with state and local governments, transit, and reasonable accommodations. 
 
Getting Past Procrastination:  How to Get Kids Organized, Focused, and Motivated…
Tue. Jan. 8, 7:00-8:30 pm, JMHS Lecture Hall 5, 2500 James Madison Dr. Vienna
Learn about the different types of procrastination, why it’s so common, and how parents can help kids outsmart it to focus, plan ahead, and finish on time. 
 
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. Jan. 9, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Parents and students will learn about and practice using this technology to plan complex tasks using smaller steps, set goals, and track progress toward them.
 
How to Rock School: 5 Disciplines Kids Need to Succeed
Thu. Jan. 10, 9:00 am, Kent Garden ES 1717 Melbourne Dr. McLean
Learn how a growth mindset and executive function skills can help students have less stress and more success at school.
 
Plan Ahead — LifeSkills Training for Middle School Students — 6 Session Course 
Thu. Jan. 10-Feb. 14, 5:30-7:00 pm, Sherwood CC 3740 Old Lee Hwy. Fairfax
This is a proven program for teens to learn healthy habits and build communication and social skills.  Dinner served.  Teens who attend regularly earn gift cards!    
 
Coping Strategies for Anxious Children
Fri. Jan. 11, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how to help children (ages 8-17) with anxiety; when anxiety becomes a disorder; strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders; and stress reduction tools. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
Autism Advocacy 
Sat. Jan. 12,  10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr, Oakton
Learn how to be an effective autism advocate, current autism advocacy issues, and what to expect when advocating at the state level.
 
Organize Your IEP Records — for Teachers and Parents
Sat. Jan. 12, 2-4 pm, Fairfax Church of Christ 3901 Rugby Rd. Fairfax
Tame the chaos!   Bring your paperwork, and we will provide the how-to directions.  The first 30 registrants will receive free binders and materials.  
 
Author Talk and Book Signing
Mon. Jan. 14, 7-9 pm, Robinson SS Recital Hall, 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
Meet the authors of Voices from Around the IEP Table, a book about the perspectives of IEP team members, culturally diverse students, and their families.
 
Changing the Game: A Parent Guide to Healthy Screen Use
Wed. Jan. 16, 9:00-10:30 am  Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste. 500, Chantilly
Learn why screen time is so addictive; how to balance age-appropriate limits with self-regulation; and what to do if your child shows signs of internet addiction.
Register:  https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153
 
The Invisible Disability: Understanding and Identifying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) — 1st of 3 Webinars
Wed. Jan. 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Learn about the current diagnostic tools and criteria to identify FASD, the latest trends in treatment, and how best to support a loved one with this disorder.
Register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2927688697826620930
 
Special Education PTA Membership Meeting and Roundtable
Thu. Jan. 17, 7-9 pm, Jackson MS Lecture Hall 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church
Join the discussion with the Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) for all parents and school staff serving students with disabilities in Fairfax County.
 
Introduction to Special Education
Wed. Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn what special education is, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).
 
The Impact of Childhood Trauma at Home and School: Building Resilience
Wed. Jan. 23, 6:30-8:00 pm Hammond MS 4646 Seminary Rd. Alexandria
This workshop will offer strategies to help minimize the impact of trauma exposure and how to build resilience in children of all ages.
 
Students & Stress:  What’s Going On and How Can Parents Help?
Thu. Jan. 24, 11:45 am-1:15 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
 
The Self-Driven Child: How Promoting a Sense of Control Lowers Stress and Increases Motivation in Children and Teens — Webinar
Thu. Jan. 24, 1:00-2:30 pm, Extended access Jan. 24 – Feb. 20
Learn how to foster a strong sense of autonomy or agency in children in order to lower stress and build self-motivation. Free Registration code: EARLY2019
 
Housing Hackathon 
Thu. & Fri. Jan. 24 & 25,10 am Tech NoVA 7054 Haycock Rd. Falls Church
Entrepreneurs, startups, businesses, students, and others are invited to use data to create innovative solutions to disability housing challenges in Fairfax County.
 
Practical Strategies for Supporting a Loved One with FASD — Webinar
Mon. Jan. 28, 6:30-8:00 pm
Learn how to use neuro-behavioral strategies to support a child with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to become more successful and reduce frustration.
 
Como navegar la crianza en los años de la adolescencia — taller de 7 semanas
Tue. Jan. 29-Mar. 12, 6-8 pm, Park View HS 400 W Laurel Ave. Sterling
Se centra en crear un ambiente para apoyar cambios de comportamiento positivos con familias de niños mayores de 11 años.
Registrarse:  Daiana Bañales-Dorman  703-820-9001 x 109 DDorman@scanva.org
 
Positive Mealtime Strategies
Wed. Jan. 30, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about nutritional balance, and ways to increase your child’s interest in, and tolerance for food.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or 571-252-6540

 

December 2018 Events

 
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
 
Community Feedback Needed
Give your feedback to help direct the funding of local nonprofits and community organizations that fill needs in Fairfax County.  Responses are anonymous.
 
Plan ahead — Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC Partner Training Strategies
Wed. Dec. 5, 6:30- 8:00 pm TCW HS, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
Learn about various AAC tools and how to use them to enhance a child’s ability to communicate at home, school, and in the community. 
 
Finding the Right Residential Provider
Tue. Dec. 4.11:00 am-12:30 pm, Arc of Nova 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church 
This will be a panel presentation on helping people with disabilities and their families find the right residential service provider for their situation. 
 
Is My Child More Than Just a Picky Eater?   $ 20
Tue. Dec 4,10 am, Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. Ste. #150 Reston
Learn how to manage mealtimes, encourage your child to expand his or her diet, and gain recommendations for when to seek professional help.
 
The Neuropsychology of Dysregulation:  Understanding and Supporting Students Who Learn Differently
Wed. Dec. 5, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab School 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
Learn how to support students who struggle with dysregulation by taking into account their particular difficulties such as anxiety, slow processing speed, or inflexibility. 
 
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.  
 
Plan Ahead— Understanding the Eligibility and IEP Process 
Mon. Dec. 10, 10:00-11:30 am, TCW HS, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
This workshop is designed to give parents, who are new to special education services in ACPS, a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. 
 
The Message of Behavior  
Thu. Dec. 6, 9:00-11:00 am LCPS Adm. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Review ways to understand what your child with ASD is communicating through his or her behavior so that you can respond effectively.
 
How to Stay Calm When Your Kids Push Your Buttons
Thu. Dec 6,  11:45 am – 1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn:  how to better understand your triggers;  strategies and tips for staying calm; and to know what to do and say at the moment.
 
Screening of Written Off with a Post Film Discussion
Thu. Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 pm,  Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Ln. Alexandria
This first-person account of substance use disorder will be followed by a community conversation about substance use disorders and resources in our area. 
 
Mindfulness for Children: Evidence-Based Practices to Use at Home
Fri. Dec. 7, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Participants will learn the basics and benefits of yoga and mindfulness with practical  ways to use of these holistic practices with their children at home.
 
Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI
Fri. Dec. 7,10 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for disability for a child (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do to appeal a denial, and how to leverage the benefits received.
 
World of Possibilities Expo
Sat. Dec. 8, 11 am-3 pm, Red Lion Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr, Timonium, MD
Learn about products, services, technology and resources for people with all kinds of disabilities, their families, and caregivers.  Free loaner wheelchairs and repairs on site.
 
Screening of Intelligent Lives Followed by Panel Discussion
Mon. Dec. 10, 6:30 pm, Robinson Sec.Sch. 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax     
Three young adults with intellectual disabilities — Micah, Naieer, and Naomie — defy perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.  
 
Using Positive Strategies During Stressful Parenting Situations    $ 20
Tue. Dec. 11, 10 am, Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. Ste. #150 Reston
This training will provide tips to use during stressful parenting situations, how to problem-solve in a pro-social manner, and how to implement positive solutions.
 
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students   
Wed. Dec. 12, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Parents and students will learn about and practice using this technology to plan complex tasks using smaller steps, set goals, and track their progress toward them.
 
Ask the Expert — Goal Setting and Keeping, for the ADHD Brain — Webinar
Wed. Dec. 12, 2 pm 
Learn how to establish a plan and keep the goals you set. Consider how I could help you, your family and/or your business to live a happy, fruitful and abundant life!

 

The IEP Transition Plan:  Postsecondary Planning in Middle and High School
Thu. Dec.13, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Talk with Career and Transition Services staff about questions to ask the school team, questions to ask your child, and the role an IEP plays in increasing self-advocacy.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/ or 703-204-3941
 
Collaborative IEP Meetings:  Parents as Partners
Thu. Dec. 20, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the IEP process and its components, parent’s role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team members, and planning for the meetings. 
Register:   https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 

November 2018 Events

An Overview of Section 504 Plans — Plan Ahead
Mon. Nov. 5, 10:00-11:30 am, TCW HS Rm 134,  3801 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria
The goal of this workshop is to help parents understand how a Section 504 Plan can support students with learning differences.
Register by Oct. 31: email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129 
 
The Subtle Presentation of Autism   $40
Fri. Nov. 2, 9 am-noon ASHA 2200 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD
Learn about core features of autism, gender differences, motivational and self-regulatory challenges, and the importance of developing autonomy.
 
Introduction to Special Education
Fri. Nov. 2, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring 
This is an orientation for parents who are new to special Education, and it will also include resources that are available for parents.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Circle of Support Conference   $ Varies
Sat. Nov. 3, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Hylton HS 14051 Spriggs Rd. Woodbridge
This is a full special needs conference with a keynote, three workshop sessions, an exhibit hall, paid child care, and sessions for disabled individuals.
 
Exceptional Schools Fair
Sun. Nov. 4, 11 am-2 pm, Katzen Arts Ctr. Mass. Ave & Neb. Ave, Wash. DC
These private schools can educate students with disabilities ranging from mild language-based learning differences to more severe cognitive impairments.
 
Autism Parenting Summit — Virtual Conference
Mon.- Sat. Nov 5-10, 9 am-10 pm
This week-long online conference will include over 30 autism and parenting experts to help you help your child navigate school, work, and life.
 
Consumer Directed Attendant Panel — With Webinar Option
Mon. Nov. 5, noon–2 pm, The Arc 2755 Hartland Rd. Ste. 200, Falls Church
This panel will discuss strategies for finding, hiring, training, and maintaining the best consumer directed attendants for Medicaid Waiver and private pay.                                       Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ds-ls-workshops/
 
The Atypical Learner: Biology, Behavior, and Optimizing Outcome
Wed. Nov. 7, 7:30-9:00 pm The Lab School 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
Learn how a neurodevelopmentalist can use a child’s behavior, learning, and brain function to develop treatment that will optimize the child’s future development. 
 
Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities
Thu. Nov. 8, 10 am-2 pm, Holiday Inn, 10424 Balls Ford Rd. Manassas
Learn about critical decision points regarding your child’s education path and when these decisions should be made.
 
Fairfax County SEPTA  Inclusion Night
Wed. Nov. 7, 7 pm, Robinson SS, Recital Hall, 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
Learn about several inclusive programs currently happening in Fairfax County Public Schools and ideas for Inclusive Schools Week this month.
 
Parenting in the Digital Age  
Thu. Nov. 8, 11:45 am-1:45 pm  The Study Pro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to reduce the expectation of screen time, get your child to listen when it is time to unplug, and reduce the damage to self-esteem due to social media.
 
Girls with ADHD:  Strategies for Supporting and Advocating for Our Daughters
Nov. 8, 6:15-8:00 pm,  4031 University Drive, Fairfax   Enter on South St.
The session will address unique characteristics that impact identification, delivery of services, and parenting of girls with ADHD.  Includes time for Q&A.
 
Collaborative IEP Meetings:  Parents as Partners
Fri. Nov. 9, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the IEP process and its components, parent’s role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team members, and planning for the meetings. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Application Window for Individual and Family Support Program — Plan Ahead
Apply by Nov. 10
Individuals on the DD Waiver Wait List are eligible to apply online for up to $1,000 worth of supports and services via the Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP).
 
Autism Education Workshop:  Social Skills
Sat. Nov. 10, 10 am-noon, ASNV 10467 White Granite Dr. Oakton
Learn how to identify the steps for social problem-solving and how to help your children make responsible independent decisions in various social situations.
 
Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN) Meeting 
Tue. Nov. 13, 6:30-8:00 pm Herrity Bldg. Rm. 106, 12055 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. Fairfax
Connect with others in Fairfax County who are working to create a more integrated community for people with developmental disabilities. 
 
Getting Past Procrastination: How to Get Your Kids Organized, Motivated and Focused…Without Being the Bad Guy
Tue. Nov. 13, 7:00-8:30 pm Westfields HS 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly, VA
No Registration.
 
Parent Discussion on Understanding the Opioid Epidemic 
Wed. Nov. 14, 6:00-7:30 pm  Vienna Community Ctr. 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna
Parents can learn about opioids, how they work in the brain, risk factors, how to spot signs of use, and how to talk to your teen about drug use. 
Register:  viennav.gov/registration using Activity # 222302A1
 
A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Treatment
Wed. Nov. 14, 6-8 pm, Govt. Ctr. Rm. 120-C, 12000 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. Fairfax
Learn about various mental health treatments, how to choose the best treatment for a condition, and how to find credentialed providers in the area.
 
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. Nov. 14, 6-8 pm, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Parents and students will learn about and practice using this technology to plan complex tasks using smaller steps, set goals, and track their progress toward them.
 
Life After High School: A Look at Post-Graduation Options and Opportunities 
Wed. Nov. 14, 7:00-8:30 pm Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste. 500, Chantilly
Learn from a panel about options, supports, and timelines for students with ASD, ADHD and related disorders to continue their education following high school graduation.  Register:  https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153
 
The 10 Most Important Things to Know about IEPs
Wed. Nov.14, 7:00-8:30 pm, The Arc of GPW 13505 Hillendale Rd. Woodbridge
Hear about what to expect in an IEP meeting, how things should go, and what to do when you feel the team is not acting in the best interest of your child.
Register:  email Jan Russell jrussell@arcgpw.org or 703-730-3124
 
Special Screening of Written Off with Post Film Discussion
Thu. Nov. 15, 6:15-8:30 pm,  Chantilly Library 4000 Stringfellow Rd. Chantilly
This first-person account of a substance use disorder will be followed by a community conversation about substance use disorders and resources in our area. 
 
Special Needs Housing Workshop
Thu. Nov. 15,  7-9 pm JCCNV 8900 Little River Tnpk. Fairfax
Using working housing models, learn ways to include housing in family legal papers, and ideas and supports for those with special needs.  Includes exhibit fair.
RSVP to Carey at:  calford@financialguide.com or 703-865-6502
 
Jack’s Brain, Jill’s Brain: Gender Differences and Why They Matter
Fri. Nov. 16, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring 
Learn how the brains of girls and boys are developmentally, structurally and functionally different, along with appropriate behavioral and emotional interventions. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Apprenticeships and Skilled Workforce Career Fair 
Fri. Nov. 16, 11 am-1:30 pm, Edison HS Auxiliary Gym 5801 Franconia Rd. Alexandria
Students, recent graduates, and their parents can meet industry leaders  who offer skilled workforce employment, education, training, and apprenticeship programs. 
 
Building Bridges:  Strengthening Connections in Adoption
Sat. Nov. 17, Church of St. Andrew 15300 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring
Conference for adoptees (grades 1-12) and their parents
 
Executive Functioning Workshop
Mon. Nov. 26, 7:30-8:45 pm, First Christian Ch. 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Presented by Adam Berman, a peer presenter for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.
 
Dyslexia Open House
Thu. Nov. 29, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Talk with an FCPS dyslexia specialist, browse exhibit tables, and learn about next steps for students with dyslexia. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
The IEP Transition Plan: Postsecondary Planning in Middle and High School
Fri. Nov. 30, 10 am-noon, VA Hills Adm. Ctr. 6520 Diana Ln, Alexandria
Talk with Career and Transition Services staff about questions to ask the school team, questions to ask your child, and the role an IEP plays in increasing self-advocacy.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Harnessing ADHD Superpowers
Fri. Nov. 30, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the strengths and challenges of students with ADHD and the benefits of parenting as a consultant. Ideas for parents of children of all ages.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
How to Rock School: 5 Disciplines Kids Need to Succeed
Fri. Nov 30, 8:45 am  Churchill Road ES 7100 Churchill Rd. McLean

October 2018 Events

NAMI In Our Own Voice
Tue. October 2, 7-8 pm Barrett Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria
Two speakers will share personal, inspiring stories about living with a mental health condition and their journeys towards wellness. Q & A included.
 
Enjoy Your Strong-Willed Child: 10 Secrets to Stop the Power Struggles
Thu. Oct. 4, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Fri. Oct 5, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn specific strategies to stop yelling, lecturing, and nagging; motivate without power struggles;  and understand and enjoy your strong-willed child.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703-204-3941
 
Get Rid of the Myths! 
Wed.-Thu. Oct. 10 – 11, 9 am – 5 pm,  MVLE inc.  7410 Fullerton Rd. Springfield
Learn about SSI/SSDI and work incentives including the myriad of rules governing Medicaid, waivers, and Medicare for individuals with disabilities.  Cost varies. Scholarships available.
 
Specialized Reading Instruction 
Wed. Oct. 10, 9-11 am & Tue. Oct. 16, 6-8 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg 21000 Education Ct, Ashburn
This session will allow parents to experience specialized reading instruction through active participation, including elementary and secondary strategies. 
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or 571-252-6540techniques 
 
Waivers and EPSDT — Webinar
Thu., Oct. 11. 11:30 am-1:00 pm The Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church 
This updated webinar will cover the Medicaid Waivers since the 2016 redesign, the intersection of CCC Plus Managed Care with Waivers, and mandates  to use EPSDT for some services.
 
Navigating the Path to Student WellnessLCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference
Sat. Oct. 13, 8 am – 1 pm   Briarwoods High School, Ashburn
This conference will include a keynote on Anxiety and Our Youth, over 25 concurrent break out sessions, and a Loudoun County resource fair.
 
Getting Past Procrastination:  How to Get Your Kids Focused, and Motivated Without Being the Bad Guy
Tue. Oct 16, 7:30-9:00 pm, Oakwood Sch. 7210 Braddock Rd. Annandale
Learn practical ways and research based strategies to make the process of homework happen more smoothly.
 
My Teen with ADHD/Learning Disabilities . . . and Me! — 5 class series  $200
Thu. Oct. 18-Nov. 15, 6:30-8:00 pm Bridges Therapy 11166 Fairfax Blvd. #207, Fairfax
Gain insights, strategies, and practical solutions to guide you and your teen.
 
2018 Maryland State Conference on Gifted and Talented Education  $75
Fri. Oct. 19, 7:15 am -1:45 pm, New Town HS 4931 New Town Blvd. Owings Mills, MD 
 
Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights
Fri. Oct. 19, 10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about parental rights, independent evaluations, dispute resolution, and procedures when disciplining children with disabilities.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703-204-3941
 
Are You Really Ready? An Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families— with Webinar Option
Fri, Oct. 19, 10 am – noon, Arc of NOVA  2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how families of individuals with disabilities can become prepared for various types of emergencies.  A wide variety of agencies will participate on a panel.  Q & A included.
 
Building a System of Support – Regional ADHD Resource Fair
Sat. Oct 20, 8 am – 1 pm  BASIS Sch. 8000 Jones Branch Dr, McLean
Learn from local professionals, school representatives, and nonprofit organization members who provide for individuals with  ADHD.
 
Legal, Financial & Tax Considerations for Special Needs Families
Wed. Oct. 24,  9:00 am  Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste. 500, Chantilly
This workshop will provide a financial and legal overview, and will include tax considerations and  the integration of employer and government benefits. 
 
Executive Functioning Skills: What’s the Big Deal? 
Wed. Oct. 24, 9-11 am & Tue. Oct. 30, 6-8 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg 21000 Education Court, Ashburn
Executive Functioning (EF) skills impact every aspect of life. Learn to recognize EF challenges, strategies for learning EF skills, and ways to compensate for EF deficits.
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or 571-252-6540
 
Navigating the Complex and Emotional World of Social Power:  Helping Your Kids Be Assertive and Gain Confidence
Wed. Oct. 24, 7:30-9:00 pm Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
The talk will focus on social power in childhood relationships and guiding parents on how to help their kids learn to be assertive.
 
We Need to Talk About This:  Disability and Trauma Prevention, Identification, and Treatment
Thu, Oct. 25, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm The Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church
A panel of social workers, therapists, and social skills coaches will share how to prevent abuse and trauma, how to identify trauma, and how to recover from traumatic experiences.
 
Bullying Behavior & Cyberbullying 
Thu. Oct. 25,  6:30-8:30 pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 2100 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about K-12 bullying and cyberbullying prevention, services, and resources that are provided by school counselors and law enforcement.  
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754  or 571-252-6540
 
2 Days of 2e  — Virtual Conference
October 26 & 27
This online conference focusing on gifted learners with disabilities will include speakers, discussion forums, and a virtual exhibit hall.
 
FallFest 2018
Sun. Oct. 28, 1:00-3:30 pm Frying Pan Farm Park 2739 West Ox Rd. Herndon
Young adults, teens, and families — Free lunch, cider, a wagon ride, and conversations about mental health led by young adult leaders.
 
You Can Help Prevent Bullying:  Strategies for Parents
Tue. Oct. 30, 6:30-8:00 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Become prepared to prevent bullying, both on line and in life, by learning what to watch for, ways to prevent it, and supports to minimize its impact.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703-204-3941