Special Ed Parent Programs

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:

Equity Town Hall
Tue. Dec. 3, 7 pm, Temple Rodef Shalom 2100 Westmoreland St, Falls Church
Parents and guardians, staff, and high school students may advocate for equity in FCPS including for educating and disciplining students with disabilities.
Register:  http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/320681935?id=112063&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=&view=RSVP

When Stimulants Are Not Enough:  Manage ADHD Beyond Traditional Pharmacology
Wed. Dec. 4, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
This talk will discuss ADHD treatments that include non-stimulant medication, diet and food supplements, sleep, and brain modulation methods.
Register:  https://www.labschool.org/page/outreach/lecture-series

Zones of Regulation
Thu. Dec. 5, 10 am-noon, Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
This cognitive behavioral therapy helps students learn improved emotional control, sensory regulation, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

Understanding the Eligibility and IEP Process
Mon. Dec. 9, 9:00-10:30 am, TCW, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
This workshop is designed to give parents new to ACPS Special Education services a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process
Register by Dec 5:  https://www.acps.k12.va.us/Page/397

Helping Kids with Trauma Histories Get Through Their School Day — Webinar
Thu. Dec. 5, 1:00-2:30 pm  Extended Access:  Dec. 5 – Jan. 4
Learn the trauma-informed approaches that are needed in a school environment that can help youth with a trauma history to thrive during the school day.
Register:  https://store.adoptionsupport.org/product/SYF-1219/dec-syf-webinar-helping-kids-with-trauma-histories-get-through-their-school-day.  Use coupon code SCHOOLDAY at checkout

Transitions Possibilities Workshop & Resource Fair
Thu. Dec. 5, 7-9 pm, The J 8900 Little River Tnpk, Fairfax
Families of students with developmental disabilities can learn about resources in employment, housing, transportation, higher education, skill development, etc.
RSVP:  to Carey 571-378-0245 or calford@financialguide.com

Advocacy Training with SCAN and Voices for VA Children
Fri. Dec. 6, 8:30 am-2;30 pm, Bd. Rm 1, County Complex Ct. Woodbridge
Explore your role for fostering change for children and families in PWC and VA.  Learn to use data and stories to educate local and state decision makers.
Register:  https://advocacytraining2019.eventbrite.com

Understanding Dyslexia
Wed. Dec.11, 6:30-8:00 pm, Cora Kelly Sch. Lib.1005 Mt Vernon Ave. Alexandria
This workshop offers parents an overview of dyslexia and associated challenges, as well as tools and strategies to build their child’s reading skills and self-confidence.
Register by Dec. 6:  Email  janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-0129

Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture
Fri. Dec. 6, 10 am-noon, Parent Res, Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn why some strategies we usually use to improve self-esteem may backfire and other practical strategies that really work.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

Plan Ahead — Kinship Café:  Dinner and Discussion
Wed. Dec. 11, 6-8 pm, Mott Community Center 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax
Share a meal and conversation, then hear a first-hand account of addiction and recovery, with strategies to help family members struggling with substance misuse.
Register by Friday, Dec. 6:  https://www.fairf, axcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27  or 703-246-4653

Social Security Application and Appeals for SSI & SSDI — Webinar Option
Fri. Dec. 6, 10 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for disability services for a child (SSI and/or SSDI), how to appeal a decision, and how to leverage your benefits.
Register:  https://thearcofnovatrust.org/events/

Access to Spy:  Opening Our Doors to the Autism Community
Sun. Dec. 8,  8:30-11:00 am, Intl. Spy Museum 700 L’Enfant Plz, SW, Wash. DC
Noise and light reduction in galleries; devoted quiet spaces; sensory map; limited attendance; specially-trained staff; no fee.
Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-to-spy-opening-our-doors-to-the-autism-community-registration-77880916919?

Revive Training
Dec. 10, 11, and 15, 1-hour class at various times and locations
REVIVE! is a program that makes naloxone (Narcan®) available to lay people so they can recognize, and respond to opioid overdose emergencies.
Information:  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/heroin-opioids/revive

Unstuck and On Target:  Improving Young People’s Executive Function Skills
Wed. Dec. 11, 1 pm  — Webinar
Learn about this research-based program for children and teens that helps them be more flexible, set their own goals, stay organized, and plan for their future.
Register:  www.researchautism.org

Fairfax Prevention Coalition
Wed. Dec. 11, 1-3 pm, Merrifield Ctr. 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Learn about strategies to prevent drug misuse and addiction, including vaping, opioids, and underage drinking, along with connections to treatment.
Contact:  Lori Naveda Lori.Naveda@fairfaxcounty.gov   or 703-538-7476

Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents
Thu. Dec. 12, 8:00-10:30 am, ALLY Advocacy Ctr, Bldg #625; Nora’s Rm. 601 Catoctin Circle, NE, Leesburg
Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners; build your referral network; and share best practices at our networking event.

Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know
Fri. Dec.13, 10 am-noon, Parent Res. Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn what FCPS is doing to provide schools and families with guidance to support the identification, instruction, and social-emotional wellness of 2e students.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

Understanding ACEs to Build Community Resilience
Fri. Dec 13, 12:30-2:30 pm, 1 Country Complex Ct. Woodbridge
Learn about the importance of identifying and addressing adverse childhood experiences, and how this might be important in unexpected ways.
Register:  703-820-9001 x 117 or ahalverson@scanva.org.

Sibling Support Group
Sat. Dec. 14, 9-10 am, Skill Bulders 1487 Chain Bridge Rd. #102, McLean
Facilitated by a speech-language pathologist, this group will help siblings of children with developmental delays to share, connect, and learn together.
Register:  elizabethm@skillbuildersllc.com  or  703-941-7757

Plan Ahead — Parenting Education Programs — 12, 13, or 14 sessions
5:30-8:00 pm starting in Jan. at various locations in Fairfax County
In Spanish or English. Learn what to expect, how to build strong family relationships, and how to better handle stress and anger.  Child care and dinner included.
Register:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/children-youth/parenting-education-programs

Plan Ahead — Bus to Advocate at the Capitol in Richmond VA
Tue. Jan. 28, 7 am-3 pm,  Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. #200, Falls Church
Register:  lucy.beadnell@thearcofnova.org

Support Groups

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 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 Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin: kimberlyrgriffin@yahoo.com
Loudoun County CHADD Parent Support 2nd Wed. of the month in Sterling.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932 or  blittle@windingroadcoaching.com
West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.
West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

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 Tue. 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 Caregivers Support Group  2nd & 4th Thur. monthly, 6:30-8:00 pm, South County Gov. Ctr. Rm. 220, 8350 Richmond Hgwy, Alexandria.   Free dinner and resources. Register 1 week ahead:  KFI@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-246-4653

Kinship Café  – meets monthly on the 2nd Wed. in Fairfax.  Free dinner.  Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register 1 week ahead  by calling 703-246-4653 or online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Naomi 703-862-9588  verdugo.naomi@gmail.comOCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859.

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 Monday of each month 7:30 pm . Contact:  familygroupocd@varizon.net or call 202-215-5859

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/