Resources for Special Education
- FCPS Behavior Intervention Services
- FCPS Guidelines on the Use of Physical Restraint & Seclusion
- FCPS Special Education Resource List
- Ongoing Support Groups for Youth and Parents
All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted. No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources. Confidentiality is respected.
Support Groups for Youth
Community of Solutions Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress www.facebook.com/cosdcmetro/
Support Group for Parents
- Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group 4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm. Contact: Alyssa ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com or call 303-903-9972.
- Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. Contact Kim Griffin: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Loudoun County CHADD Parent Support 3rd Tue. morning of the month in Sterling. Contact: Bonnie Little 571-306-2932 or on Facebook @loudounahdhsupport
- West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group 3rd Thur. of each month at 8:00 pm Contact: Sharon email@example.com or 703-716-4646.
- West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group 1st Tues. of each month, time TBA, Contact: Sharon firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-716-4646.
Accommodations for Recreational Classes and Camps with Fairfax County Parks
Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training. To request accommodations, email email@example.com or 703 324-8563
Fairfax County Parks – Adapted Recreation for Kids
A new program will provide no-cost mental health services to income eligible children and youth ages 5-21. Information: https://giveanhour.org/initiatives-and-programs/healthy-minds-fairfax/
On Demand Events
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training
Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and strategies for effective advocacy.
Info: https://www.wrightslaw.com/webex/law.adv.index.htm. $50-90
The Parent Playbook — 9 Module Online Course on Autism
From the VCU Autism Center for Excellence & Virginia Autism Council. An introduction on Autism Spectrum Disorder for families, including tips for caregivers, characteristics, interventions and recommended programs and services. Access: https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/courses/parent_playbook.cfm
Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape
Webinar On demand, available 24/7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frehRL58UTs
Plan Ahead 2020 Events
Plan Ahead — Transition Series 2020 $25-$50
July 2020 Events
S.O.S. A Parent’s Guide to Daily Routines, Screen Limits & Safe Social Outings
Wed. July 1, 1 pm, With Replay Option
Hear practical advice on creating effective summer routines, managing screen time, and arranging safe peer interactions.
Una Introducción a la Prevención del Suicidio
Lunes, 6 de julio, 6:30–8:30 pm Via Zoom
Los participantes conocerán los factores de riesgo del suicidio, cómo reconocer las advertencias de otras personas y cómo mantener a salvo a nuestros seres queridos.
Financial Planning for Your Future 101
Thu. Jul. 9, 1:00 pm, via Zoom
Learn about goal based financial planning, budgeting, risk management, investments, estate planning, and the SECURE Act.
The Juggle: Building Your Resilience through Self-Care
Fri. July 10, 10:00-11:30 am, Webinar
This workshop will acknowledge and celebrate parents/caregivers and introduce practical strategies to build resilience based on brain science.
Stop the Drama! — For Parents, Teens, and Young Adults
Sat. July 11,11am-noon, Webinar
The Drama Triangle is a powerful tool to address patterns of drama and dysfunction. Use it to create empowerment, problem solving and healthier behavior.
Capacity Building for IEP Teams
Sun. Jul. 12-26, 3 hours — Available 24/7 Online
Learn practical strategies to help future IEP meetings be more positive, productive, and collaborative for parents and educators.
Autism & College
Sat. July 18, 1:00-2:30 pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 946 600 1682
Talk Saves Lives — LGBT Module
Sun. Jul. 19, 4:00-5:30 pm, Online
Suicide can be prevented. Learn about suicide prevention, including common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe.
When Behavior Impedes Learning: A Parent’s Guide to Advocating Objectively and Effectively at School
Thu. July 23, 1 pm, With Replay Option
Learn about functional behavior assessments (FBA) and how to use one to craft a behavior intervention plan (BIP) to help a child improve behavior.
Screening: Deej — #NoBodyIsDisposable Film Series
Thu. July 23, 8-10 pm,
Deej, a movie about a nonspeaking child with autism who doesn’t give up his pursuit of learning and college, will be followed by a discussion with advocates.
Register: https://tinyurl.com/DeejNoBodyIsDisposable ASL/Captioning provided.
Disability Visibility Project — Book Launch
Sat. July 25, 7 pm, Webinar
Readings from these first-person stories by disabled people will be combined with a panel discussion with five of the book’s contributors.
“You’re So Emotional!” Why ADHD Brains Wrestle with Emotional Regulation
Tue. July 28, 1 pm, Webinar with replay link
Learn about recent research on emotional dysregulation due to ADHD, current understanding, and effective treatments.
More Than Sad: Teen Depression — Presentation for Parents
Tue. Jul. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm, Via Zoom
This program teaches care-giving adults about depression, demystifies treatment, and encourages those who are struggling to seek help.
June 2020 Events
May 2020 Events
April 2020 Events
March 2020 Events
I Can Bike After-School Program
Various weeks in March-May at some middle schools in Fairfax County
This program uses adapted bicycles, a special instructional program, and trained staff for weeklong trainings for children with disabilities.
Info. & registration: https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-fcps-fairfax-va/
February 2020 Events
Building a Community of Support: Bringing the Disability Community Together Through Group Support, Advocacy, and Education
19 de febrero-15 de abril, 6:00-8:30 pm, Glasgow MS 4101 Fairfax Pkwy. Alexandria
January 2020 Events
Parenting Education Programs — 12, 13, or 14 sessions
December 2019 Events
November 2019 Events
October 2019 Events
Numerous Dates — Non-Partisan School Board Candidate Forums
Strengthening Families — 8 week course
Tue. Oct. 1-Nov.19, 6:00-8:30 pm, Hammond ES 4646 Seminary Rd. Alexandria
Parents and youth (ages 10-14) can strengthen family bonds through discussion, games, roleplaying, and family projects. Free dinner & Childcare (for ages 2-9).
Register: Aurea Galvan Palacios firstname.lastname@example.org 703-820-9001×105
Tue. Oct. 2-Nov. 20, 6:00-8:30 pm, Key MS 6402 Franconia Rd, Springfield
Explore practical strategies to motivate children, help develop good study habits, increase focus, and reduce procrastination… without being the bad guy!
Register: https://www.acps.k12.va.us/Page/397 or phone 703-824-0129
LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
September 2019 Events
May 2019 Events
Learn about your child’s right to AT, strategies for advocating for appropriate AT for your child during IEP meetings, and how to choose the right devices.