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

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.
I Can Bike After-School Program
Various weeks in March through June at Middle Schools in Fairfax County
This program uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program, and trained staff to run the weeklong trainings for children with disabilities.
Plan Ahead — Spanish Only Dads’ Parenting Group – 12 session course
Thu. April 12-June, 6:00-8:30 pm Westlawn ES 3200 Westley Rd, Falls Church
Focuses on five characteristics all fathers need to be effective dads: self-awareness; self-care; fathering, parenting, and relationship skills.  Includes meals & activities.
Information & Registration:  Kimberly Torres  703 324-3064
Plan Ahead — Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy  $250
July 16-27 M-F 9 am – 3 pm   915 N. Oakland St. Arlington
Braille instruction for children ages 4-14, including projects, games, and field trips.
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
A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-based Treatment
Wed. Apr. 4, 6:30-8:30 pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Learn how to choose the best treatments for anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders or self-injury; how to find credentialed providers; and ethical considerations.
Supporting your Child at School — 3-Session Webinar Course   $49
Wed. Apr. 4,11,18, 7:00-8:30 pm
You will learn how ADHD affects your child’s learning and how to request support for your child with ADHD at school. Electronic Resource book included.
Autism 101: An Introduction to Understanding Autism
Thu. Apr. 5, 10-11:30 am Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
Come learn accurate, important, basic information about autism.
Register:  or 703 204-3941
It’s Time to Get Squared Away:  All the Gouge You Need for Your EFM
Thu.-Fri. Apr. 5-6, 8 am-5 pm Marriott Hotel, 6710 Commerce St. Springfield
Training for active duty members and spouses on special education, PCSing with an IEP, interstate military compact, Medicaid, SSI and related topics.
Register: or 800-869-6782
The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go 
Thu. Apr. 5, 7 pm Congressional Sch. 3229 Sleepy Hollow Rd. Falls Church
Learn how and why and when to avoid over-parenting and allow for failure to motivate and teach your child important life skills.
A Closer Look at Stress and Anxiety: Strategies to Support Elementary School Students
Fri. Apr. 6, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn strategies and resources to support children experiencing stress and anxiety in elementary school, including managing anxiety in the classroom.
Register:  or 703 204-3941
Empowerment Through Assistive Technology at Home and in the Workplace 
Fri. Apr. 6, 10 am-noon The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how people with disabilities can be empowered to live as independently as possible through state of the art technology.
Spring Forward Family Fun Day
Sat. Apr. 7, 9:30 am-3 pm, Providence Community Ctr., 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax
This event for families formed by adoption, foster care, or kinship includes games and activities for children and teens, and personal development for caregivers.
Register: or 703-539-2904
JPMF Splash! — 6 Session Course   
Sat. Apr. 7-May 19, 1-2 pm, Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria
Sat. Apr. 7-May 19, 1:30-2:30 pm Oak Marr RECenter 3200 Jermantown Rd. Oakton
This water skills and safety program teaches people with disabilities to “be safe and have fun in and around the water.”
Info & registration:    $25 total
Surprising Connections Between Diet and Behavior
Mon. Apr. 9, 7:30-9:00 pm McLean Bible Ch. Rm. B, 8925 Leesburg Pk, Vienna
Learn how what children eat can influence their behavior, how to investigate this for your child, and how nutrition therapy might help.
RSVP (not required):  or  703-770-2980
The Ins and Outs of Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits, Guardianships and Special Needs Trusts
Tue. Apr. 10, 6:30-8 pm, Cedar Lane ES, 101 Cedar Ln, SW, Vienna
This presentation provides crucial information for families on these topics.
RSVP: Jennifer Min 703-208-2420
Tue. Apr. 10, 7-9 pm, Cinema Arts Theater, 9650-14 Main St. Fairfax
This documentary explores family struggles over social media, video games, and internet addiction, and it presents approaches to navigating the digital world.
An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child — 9 or10 classes
Tue. Apr. 10-Jun. 7:30-9:00 pm St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Potomac, MD   or
Thu. Apr. 19-Jun. 7:30-9:00 pm Sunset Hills Mont. 11180 Ridge Heights Rd. Reston
This program is designed to help parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  For parents of children ages 3-12.
Register:  Cost varies.
Communication and Play
Wed. Apr. 11, 9-11 am, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 2100 Education Ct. Ashburn
Come to learn more about play, facilitating play, and enhancing communication skills in young children with disabilities.
How to Promote the Healthy Use of Technology
Thu. Apr.12, 11:45 am-1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn the warning signs of compulsive technology use as well as strategies for promoting the healthy use of technology.
Collaborative IEP Meetings:  Parents as Partners
Fri. Apr. 13, 10 am-12:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join us to learn more about the IEP process and it’s components, your role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team, and planning for your child’s IEP meeting.
Register:     or 703 204-3941
Summer Activities Fair
Sat. Apr. 14, 9-11 am LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Explore summer camps, classes, and activities that are available for children with disabilities and that are sponsored by government, for profit. or nonprofit groups.
Parents of Autistic Chidren of Northern Virginia Potluck Meeting
Sat. Apr. 14, 1-4 pm, Abiding Presence Lutheran Ch. 6304 Lee Chapel Rd. Burke
Get to know the POAC-NoVA board and goals, and find out about committees needing volunteers. Free childcare if registering before April 10.
Assistive Technology Tools:  What Parents Need to Know
Mon. Apr.16, 10:00-11:30 am TCW HS, Rm.134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
Assistive technology can dramatically increase the success of students with disabilities. This workshop will offer parents an overview of the tools available to students.
Register by April 9: or 703-824-0129
Choosing Child Care
Tue. Apr. 17, 7- 8:30 pm, McLean Bible Ch. 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna
Learn how to choose safe child care, including for special needs children, licensing, reporting abuse and neglect, and more. Child care will be provided.
The Walk in My Shoes Program at Floris Elementary
Wed. Apr. 18, 7 pm Floris ES Library 2708 Centreville Rd. Herndon
Allowing students to experience the world from the perspectives of students with disabilities develops classrooms where differences are respected.
No registration needed.
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections(PANDAS)
Wed. Apr. 18, 7-8:30 pm, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste. 500, Chantilly
Learn more about PANDAS, which can result from a strep infection that causes a sudden acute, debilitating onset of intense anxiety, emotional outbursts, or tics.
Register: or 703-793-9353
Enhancing Resilience:  Helping our Children Thrive and Be Happy
Wed. Apr. 18, 7:30-9 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
This presentation will describe pertinent research and provide practical strategies for building resilience in families and classrooms.
The Role of Restorative Language in Enhancing Family Connection
Thu. Apr. 19, 6:30-8:30pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct,. Ashburn
Register:  or 571-252-6540
Parent Institute Training 
Thr.-Fri. Apr. 19–20,  Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 6710 Commerce St. Springfield
This training is for parents of children in special education. It will offer next steps towards collaborating as parent leaders.
Contact PEATC at 800-869-6782 or Lakeshia Yancey at
Introduction to Special Education
Thu. Apr. 26, 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, all the resources available and have your questions answered.
Register:     or 703 204-3941
Screamfree Parenting: Keeping Your Cool Means Creating Your Space
Fri. Apr. 27, 10 am-12:30 pm  2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join us for this interactive workshop to learn strategies to become the cool, calm, connected parent your child really needs.
Register:     or 703 204-3941
Social Media and Emerging Technology Safety
Sat. Apr. 28, 7-9: pm Fairfax Church of Christ 3901 Rugby Rd. Fairfax
Learn what parents should be aware of spanning from how kids use and are addicted to social media and how predators use social media to target our kids. Includes Q&A.
Register:  email
Section 504/ADA and Learning Disabilities K-12 Students and Beyond 
Mon. April 30, 9-11 am ASHA National Off. 2200 Research Blvd. Rockville, MD
Learn how students, and parents can utilize Section 504/ADA to access an education, and how the law provides civil rights protections for LD students.

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