Parent Education and Support Groups, Upcoming Events – February 2018 Edition

Summer Camp Guide for Students with Special Needs
Assembled by FCPS; includes a wide variety of public and private options.
To request a copy:  email  or 703-204-3941
Register Now — FCPS Special Education Conference  
Sat. April  21,  8 am – 3 pm  Hayfield Secondary School
This conference for parents and teachers includes three breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, and exhibit hall.  Choose from over 60 presentations.
Mind in the Making – Focus and Self-Control
Thu. Mar. 1, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
The first in a series of interactive workshops to address the seven essential skills every child needs will cover focus and self-control and activities to promote this skill.
The Motivation Meltdown: When Parents Care and Kids Don’t — Webinar
Mar. 1,  12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Free Technology Tools to Support Students with Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties
Fri. Mar. 2, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
Explore free strategies and resources to support students with reading difficulties in the digital classroom and at home.
Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop:  Unlocking Strategies for Success    
Sat. Mar. 3, 8 am-2;30 pm McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Choose four from over a dozen presentations including the fundamental skill of sensing time and the relationship between motivation and executive control.
Community Conversation: Strengthening Youth Resilience
Mon. Mar. 5, 1-4 pm, FCPS Virginia Hills Center, 6500 Diana Lane, Alexandria
This forum will include information on childhood anxiety, psychological readiness for learning,   youth mental wellness, and teen resilience.
Neurofeedback: How Strengthening Brains Can Help Conquer Challenging Thoughts and Behaviors — Webinar 
Mon. March 5, 7 pm
Learn about neurofeedback and its applications with children and youth who struggle with learning, attention, and emotional regulation.
Creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment – Online Course
Wed. Mar. 7 and Wed. Mar. 14, 7-8:30 pm
This two-course series will tackle “Obstacles to Creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment” and “Strategies for Creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment”.
Raising Responsible Children
Wed. Mar. 7, 6:30-8 pm, MV Community Sch. 2601 Commonwealth Ave. Alexandria
This workshop will offer parents guidance on how to help  children develop a moral compass, accept responsibility, and learn how to make appropriate choices.
Teaching Children Essential Social Skills
Wed. Mar. 7, 7-8:30 pm, Arc of Greater PW, 13505 Hillendale Dr., Woodbridge
Learn about the life skills all children need to optimize happiness and health.  All strategies will be solution-focused and immediately implementable. Childcare avail.
Registration: Contact Jan at or 703.730.3124
Deej – Movie Screening
Thu. Mar. 8, 7 pm, Kenmore M.S. Auditorium, 200 S Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington
Please join us for a showing and discussion of Deej, a movie about a nonspeaking young man who dreams of autistic civil rights. No registration required.
Mind in the Making – Perspective Taking
Thu. Mar. 8, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
The second in a series of interactive workshops on seven essential skills every child needs will cover perspective taking. and activities to promote this skill.
Integrated Music Support:  A Collaborative Team Approach
Thu. Mar. 8, 6:30-8:00 pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Auburn
Increase your understanding of how students with special needs can learn music with their peers.
Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors – With Webinar Option
Fri. Mar. 9 and Fri. Mar. 16, 9:30–11 am,  2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church
Families with children aged 2-10 years will learn the developmental factors contributing to challenging behaviors and strategies to effect positive change in your home.
Introduction to Special Education
Fri. Mar. 9, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
This orientation is for parents new to special education. Learn about the special education process and available resources.
Finding Common Ground:  Strategies that Work for All Students
Sat. Mar. 10, JHU Montgomery Cnty Campus, 9601 Medical Center Dr, Rockville, MD
During this all-day conference, hear from speakers on executive functioning, learning disabilities, autism and ADHD across the age span from pre-school to young adults.
Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair
Sun. Mar. 11, noon-3 pm, Ivymount School, 11614 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD.
Learn about services and activities for individuals with special needs, including autism. Includes exhibitors and info sessions throughout the afternoon.
An Overview of Section 504 Plans
Mon. Mar. 12, 10:00-11:30 am  Room 134, 3801 Braddock Rd. Alexandria,
The goal of this workshop is to help parents understand how a Section 504 Plan can support students with learning differences.
The Self-Driven Child
Wed. Mar. 14, 7:30-9 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC
Learn how to foster a strong sense of autonomy or agency in children in order to lower stress and build self-motivation.
Understanding Discipline Policies for Individuals with Disabilities
Wed. Mar. 14, 6:30-8 pm, Lyles Crouch Academy, 530 S. St. Asaph St. Alexandria
In this workshop, parents will gain an increased understanding of terminology and discipline policies that impact students with disabilities.
Registration: Contact Janet Reese, or  call 703-824-0129
What You Need to Know About Students with ADHD and Anxiety – Webinar
Thu. Mar. 15, 3 pm
ADHD and executive function deficits can lead to increased anxiety in school. In this webinar, you will learn strategies you can use across grade levels.
Mind in the Making – Communicating
Thu. Mar. 15, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
The third in a series of workshops on the seven essential skills every child needs will cover strategies for improving communication and activities to promote this skill.
Screamfree Parenting: Keeping Your Cool Means Creating Your Space
Fri. Mar. 16, 10 am-12:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join us for an interactive workshop to learn strategies to become the cool, calm, connected parent your child really needs.
Wings for All Airport Practice 
Sat. Mar. 17, 8 am, Dulles International Airport
Families who have a child with a disability have the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security, and boarding a plane.
Project First Responder
Tue. Mar. 20, 6:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Building, 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
This program assists first responders, individuals with autism and other developmental
delays, and their families to learn how to successfully manage emergency situations.
Mind in the Making – Making Connections
Thu. Mar. 22, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
The fourth in a series of workshops on seven essential life skills every child needs will cover the importance of making connections and activities to promote this skill.
Morning at the Museum — US Botanic Garden
Sunday, March 25, 8:30-!0:00 am 100 Maryland Ave. SW Washington DC
Early entrance to the annual orchid show and special activities for families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities.
Register:  email names of attendees to  or 202-226-1047
Register — Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference  
Thu. May 3, 4:30-8:30 pm & Fri. May 4, 9 am-4:30 pm, Bowie, MD
Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests to measure progress and regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics and strategies for effective advocacy.
Registration:      $180 includes meal and books
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  703 716-4646
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: 703-799-2882
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:   571-490-1268
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
Contact:  Melissa at Cost: $15 per meeting.
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.
Arlington Family Support Group meets one Sunday of each month at 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Michelle Best
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at
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:

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