Special Education Events

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities.  It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems.   2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring    English:  703-204-3941  Espanol: 703-204-3955  The PRC can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance
Skill Development for Families with Children with Autism or Related Disorders — with Webinar Option
Thu. Jan. 4, noon-2 pm Arc of Nova, 2755 Hartland Rd. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn how to teach pro-social behaviors, providing clear and effective expectations, setting limits and following through with demands.
Mindfully Managing Caregiver Stress
Mon. Jan. 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, 4031 University Dr. Suite 100, Fairfax  (Enter on South St.)
This workshop will give you proven tools for reducing stress and taking care of yourself while taking care of your family.  The presenter also raised a special needs child.
Tax Tips for Parents of a Child with Special Needs
Mon. Jan. 8, 7:30 – 9 pm, McLean Bible Church,  Rm. B, 8925 Leesburg Pk, Vienna
Find out about income tax deductions, exemptions, and credits available to families of children with special needs, as well asthe tax benefits of newly available ABLE accounts.
RSVP (not required): rosie.oakley@mcleanbible.org  or  703-770-2980
What Legal Paperwork Do Kinship Caregivers Need?
Tues. Jan. 9, 2 – 4 pm, 4031 University Dr. Fairfax (Enter on South St.)
Find out about school enrollment and other paperwork that kinship (relative) caregivers need for the children in their care.
Register:  www.FormedFamiliesForward.org or 703 539-2904
Help Your Child with ADHD and Yourself – Fresh Approaches to Better Parenting
Tue, Jan. 9, 7:00-8:30 pm  Sycamore School 4600 Fairfax Dr. Arlington
Gain insight into your own parenting style, and use coaching strategies to identify ways to strengthen your approach to parenting.
The Development of Speech, Language and Social Skills in Young Children
Wed. Jan. 10, 6:30-8:00 pm  John Adams ES Library 5651 Rayburn Ave. Alexandria
Gain an understanding of the development of language, play, and social skills in young children, and learn ways to stimulate speech in the home and community.
Register: email janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us  or  703-824-0129
Mastering the ‘Process’ of School: How to Help Your Student Who Struggles with Executive Functioning
Wed. Jan. 10, 7:30 – 9 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC
This presentation will share both an educator’s and a parent’s perspective on how mastering executive functions creates skills that students will use throughout life.
Yoga and Mindfulness for Self-Control — 6 week class for 8-12 yr.-olds  $199
Thu. Jan. 11, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Bridges Therapy 11166 Fairfax Blvd. #207 Fairfax
The classes will include energizing and calming postures, yoga and mindfulness games, and linking breath to movement as a way to regulate the body and emotions.
Executive Functioning: Strategies to Help Children Orchestrate their Lives
Fri. Jan. 12, 10 am – Noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1 Dunn Loring
Learn strategies that build the skills children need to be successful in and out of the classroom. Topics will include organization, planning, time management, and others.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703-204-3941
Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?
Wed. Jan. 17, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Pentagon Library & Conf. Ctr. Rm. B3, Arlington
Learn how to develop strategies to prevent bullying, talk to you child about bullying, obtain help from professionals, and find out about disability harassment laws.
How to Help Children Build Self-Esteem (Even in a High-Pressure Culture)
Thu, Jan. 18, 11:45 am-1:15 pm StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Drive #200  McLean
Learn how act with and to talk to your children in a way that helps them feel “heard,” emotionally supported, and worthy — all keys to healthy self-esteem.
Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Teens
Fri. Jan. 19, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the biological roots of anxiety in children and teens, and strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703-204-3941
Parents of Autistic Children, POAC-NoVA Annual Parent-to-Parent Meeting
Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 1 – 4 pm  Abiding Presence Church 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke
Families will provide advice on sibling issues, IEPs, and laws affecting families with autism.
Childcare available if you RSVP to President@poac-nova.org by Thursday, January 18.
You’re Not the Boss of Me! 10 Secrets to Motivate Strong-Willed Toddlers, Tweens and Teens
Wed. Jan. 24, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr.  2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Restore calm in your life and your home when you implement the concrete strategies presented at this workshop by Celebrate Calm Founder Kirk Martin and his son Casey.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279  or 703-204-3941
I Have Needs Too! Supporting the Siblings of Children with Special Needs
Wed. Jan, 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Chantilly HS  4201 Stringfellow Rd. Chantilly
Learn about strategies for managing the mixed emotions and increased responsibilities of siblings of children with special needs.
Inclusive Movie Night — Presumed Competency:  Journey of Deej
Sat. Jan. 27, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Christ Church  7600 Ox Rd. Fairfax Station
This will be a free screening with a follow up discussion of Deej, a documentary on six years in the high school and college life of a young nonspeaking man with autism.
Free if you bring one non-perishable food to donate to Food for Others;  Register:  https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/arcofnva/eventRegistration.jsp?event=4844 
Los ABCs para padres — 8 Week Class in Spanish
Thursdays, Feb. 1 – Mar. 22, 6:00 – 8:30 pm   in City of Alexandria
Topics will include child development, family rules, discipline, and stress management.  A family meal, childcare for ages 0 to 4, a children’s program and weekly raffles are included.
Information and Registration:  call Alice Clark  703-820-9001 ext. 105
Plan Ahead 2018 Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop
Unlocking Potential: Strategies for Success 
Sat. Mar. 3, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Early registration:  before Feb 9 — $50  includes breakfast & lunch