Parent Information Relating to Special Education

The follow is a list of events and resources relating to special education for parents.

Note, please check for additional events.


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:
Post-Adoptive Recreation Program for Youth 10-15 with Special Needs
A once-monthly Saturday recreation and respite program open to Fairfax County residents who have adopted via public or private agencies.
Contact:  Formed Families Forward
Community Feedback Needed
Give your feedback to help direct the funding of local nonprofits and community organizations that fill needs in Fairfax County.  Responses are anonymous.
Complete survey by Dec. 15:
Plan ahead — Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC Partner Training Strategies
Wed. Dec. 5, 6:30- 8:00 pm TCW HS, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
Learn about various AAC tools and how to use them to enhance a child’s ability to communicate at home, school, and in the community.
Register by Nov 28:
Pushing Through Frustration — Workshop for 4th & 5th graders
Sat. Dec.1, 1:30-3:00 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
This workshop will coach students on how to use a growth mindset to reframe their thinking, change their self talk, and accept frustration as part of learning.
Finding the Right Residential Provider
Tue. Dec. 4.11:00 am-12:30 pm, Arc of Nova 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
This will be a panel presentation on helping people with disabilities and their families find the right residential service provider for their situation.
Is My Child More Than Just a Picky Eater?   $ 20
Tue. Dec 4,10 am, Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. Ste. #150 Reston
Learn how to manage mealtimes, encourage your child to expand his or her diet, and gain recommendations for when to seek professional help.
The Neuropsychology of Dysregulation:  Understanding and Supporting Students Who Learn Differently
Wed. Dec. 5, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab School 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC
Learn how to support students who struggle with dysregulation by taking into account their particular difficulties such as anxiety, slow processing speed, or inflexibility.
Weekly Live Chats with The Arc of NOVA on Facebook
Every Wednesday, noon-2 pm
Chat live on Facebook with an expert Arc staff member who can answer your questions and help you find resources.
Visit: and click the “Send Message” box right under our profile picture.  We’ll reply and help you get what you need.
Plan Ahead— Understanding the Eligibility and IEP Process 
Mon. Dec. 10, 10:00-11:30 am, TCW HS, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
This workshop is designed to give parents, who are new to special education services in ACPS, a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
Register by Dec 5:
The Message of Behavior
Thu. Dec. 6, 9:00-11:00 am LCPS Adm. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn
Review ways to understand what your child with ASD is communicating through his or her behavior so that you can respond effectively.
How to Stay Calm When Your Kids Push Your Buttons
Thu. Dec 6,  11:45 am – 1:15 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn:  how to better understand your triggers;  strategies and tips for staying calm; and to know what to do and say at the moment.
Moving on from ECSE to Kindergarten with an IEP
Thu. Dec. 6, 6:30-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg, 21000 Education Ct, Ashburn
A panel presentation will cover the special education referral process and continuum of services and an overview of the kindergarten program
Mindfulness for Children: Evidence-Based Practices to Use at Home
Fri. Dec. 7, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Participants will learn the basics and benefits of yoga and mindfulness with practical  ways to use of these holistic practices with their children at home.
Social Security: The Application and Appeal Process for SSI and SSDI
Fri. Dec. 7,10 am-noon, The Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how and when to apply for disability for a child (SSI and/or SSDI), what to do to appeal a denial, and how to leverage the benefits received.
World of Possibilities Expo
Sat. Dec. 8, 11 am-3 pm, Red Lion Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr, Timonium, MD
Learn about products, services, technology and resources for people with all kinds of disabilities, their families, and caregivers.  Free loaner wheelchairs and repairs on site.
Using Positive Strategies During Stressful Parenting Situations    $ 20
Tue. Dec. 11, 10 am, Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. Ste. #150 Reston
This training will provide tips to use during stressful parenting situations, how to problem-solve in a pro-social manner, and how to implement positive solutions.
MANDT Overview for Parents
Tue. Dec. 11, 6-8 pm OR Wed. Dec. 12, 9-11 am LCPS 21000 Educ. Ct. Ashburn
Building healthy, positive relationships between and among people is the ultimate goal of the Mandt® training program. “Supporting People, Not Just Their Behaviors.”TM
MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students   
Wed. Dec. 12, 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 their progress toward them.
Ask the Expert — Goal Setting and Keeping, for the ADHD Brain — Webinar
Wed. Dec. 12, 2 pm
Learn how to establish a plan and keep the goals you set. Consider how I could help you, your family and/or your business to live a happy, fruitful and abundant life!


Collaborative IEP Meetings:  Parents as Partners
Thu. Dec. 20, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the IEP process and its components, parent’s role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team members, and planning for the meetings.
Register:  or 703-204-3941
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.
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
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:   or  call 202-215-5859.
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:
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: