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:
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  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. 
Mind in the Making:  Focus and Self Control
Tue. Jan. 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This is the first of seven life skills that are essential for children’s success in life. Participants will learn strategies for improving the skills, and activities to promote them. 
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. 
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.
Mind in the Making: Perspective Taking
Tue. Jan. 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This is the second of seven life skills that are essential for children’s success in life. Participants will learn strategies for improving the skills, and activities to promote them. 
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.
Child Find Chats: Raising Young Communicators 
Wed. Jan. 16, 9:00—11:00 am LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Educ. Ct. Ashburn 
Learn about the progression of speech and language development, communication and the brain, and how to foster language in everyday activities. 
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.
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.
Mind in the Making: Communicating
Tue. Jan. 22, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This is the third of seven skills that are essential for children’s success in life. Participants will learn strategies for improving the skills, and activities to promote them. 
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.
Health Care — College and Career Fair 
Fri. Jan. 25, 9 am - noon, Falls Church HS 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church
This college and career fair is open to all FCPS high school students interested in health care education and as a future career. 
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
Mind in the Making:  Making Connections
Tue. Jan. 29, 6:30-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This is the fourth of seven skills that are essential for children’s success in life. Learn strategies for improving these skills and activities to promote them. 
Positive Mealtime Strategies
Wed. Jan. 30, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn 
Register:  Register:  or 571-252-6540
Managing Problem Behaviors in Young Children
Wed. Jan. 30, 6:30-8:00 pm,  Adams ES Lib. 5651 Rayburn Ave. Alexandria
Learn how to set realistic expectations, encourage positive behavior and self-esteem, and recognize lagging skills in preschool and elementary students.
Register by 1/24:  email or phone 703-824-0129 
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 — 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.
Save the Date — Annual FCPS Special Education Conference 
Sat. April 6, Lake Braddock SS 9200 Burke Lake Rd, Burke
The event will focus on supporting inclusive and post-secondary practices for students with disabilities. It includes 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
Support Groups for Youth
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:
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:  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.
Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress
‘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.
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:
Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  or call 703-472-4678.
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  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: or call 703-799-2882.
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George 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
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
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:   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.
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: