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:
 
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
 
Sibshops
Sat. Mar. 2, 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
 
Growth Mindset:  Getting Our Minds Set for Math
Sat. Mar. 2, 1:30-3:00 pm The StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Fourth and fifth graders will learn tools and strategies they can use to work through challenging problems and reduce anxiety when they get stuck.
 
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
 
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.
 
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.
 
Communication and Play 
Wed. Mar. 6, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn  
Learn about important functions of play, facilitating play, and enhancing communication skills in young children ages 0-5.  
Register:  https://www.lcps.org/parentresourceservices  or 571-252-6540
 
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.
 
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.
 
Exploring Early Childhood AT Home: Assistive Technology for Preschool
Fri. Mar. 8, 10 am-noon, PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Explore strategies, websites, and resources to support nonspeaking preschool students at home. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
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.
 
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
 
Assistive Technology to Support Communication
Fri. Mar. 22,10 am-noon, Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) best practices including core vocabulary, common tools, and communication partner modeling.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941
 
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. 
 
The Keys to Successful Toileting
Wed. Mar. 27, 9-11:00 am, LCPS 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Learn behavioral strategies for children with autism including determining readiness, habit  and schedule training, overcoming fear, modeling, and pre-teaching.
 
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.
 
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. 
 
 
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.
Burke CHADD Parent Support Group  last Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm. Contact:  Kim kimberlyrgriffin@yahoo.com
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.
 
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/