Special education RESOURCES for Parents

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

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.

When other events become available they will be posted at:

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 prc@fcps.edu   or 703-204-3941

Plan ahead -- Cecily's Advocacy Workshop:  Unlocking Strategies for Success    
Sat. March 3, 8 am-2;30 pm McLean Sch. 8224 Lochinver Ln. Potomac, MD
Choose four topics from among more than a dozen including the fundamental skill of sensing time and the relationship between motivation and executive control.
Early registration ( before Feb 9)   $50  includes lunch & continental breakfast

Plan Ahead -- Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference  
Thu.-Fri May 3-4, 4:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Comfort Inn Hotel, 4500 Crain Hwy. Bowie, MD   
Learn about special education law, rights, and responsibilities; tests to measure progress; SMART IEPs; and tactics and strategies for effective advocacy.
Information:  http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/reg/18.05.md.flyer.pdf
Register:  www.loudvoicestogether.com/events-1.html  $180 includes meal & books

Los ABCs para padres -- 8 Week Class in Spanish
Thursdays, Feb. 1 - Mar. 22, 6:00 - 8:30 pm   in City of Alexandria 
Topics include child development, family rules, discipline, and stress management.  A family meal, childcare for ages 0 to 4, a children’s program and raffles are included.
Information and Registration:  call Alice Clark  703-820-9001 ext. 105  

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Thu. Feb. 1, 6-8 pm, Fusion Academy, 333 John Carlyle St. Alexandria 
Attend a screening of a film that opens up the conversation about anxiety and provides resources and hope. Stay for a discussion with a mental health professional.
Registration: https://www.fusionacademy.com/fusion-campus-location/alexandria/upcoming-events/      See also:  angstmovie.com

An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child -- 10 Sessions
Thurs. Feb.1-Apr. 12, 7:30-9:00 pm  Maddux  11614 Seven Locks Rd. Rockville, MD
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:  http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/  $ Cost varies.

What is Restorative Justice?
Fri. Feb. 2 10-11:30 am, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Door 1, Dunn Loring 
This workshop will cover how restorative justice is used in FCPS , the benefits of using restorative language, and activities that promote communication.
Registration:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703 204-3941

Morning at the Museum -- National Museum of African Art
Sat. Feb 3, 9-10 am, 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
Early entrance to the Museum and special activities for families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities.
Register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/si-morning-at-the-museum-national-museum-of-african-art-tickets-41717656634

Reducing Anxiety in the Classroom: Tools for Families and Educators
Mon. Feb. 5, 6:30-8 pm,  4031 University Dr. Ste 100, Fairfax (enter on South St.)
Learn parenting tips and suggestions for your child's IEP to help maximize academic success for children impacted by anxiety. 
Register:  https://formedfamiliesforward.org

Teaching Children Essential Social Skills
Mon. Feb. 5, 7:30-9:00 pm McLean Bible Ch.  Rm. B, 8925 Leesburg Pk, Vienna
Learn about seven social skills that are necessary to optimize the happiness and health of all children, and learn strategies for teaching those skills.
RSVP (not required): rosie.oakley@mcleanbible.org  or  703-770-2980

How to Select the Best Accommodations for Your Child with ADHD - Webinar
Tue. Feb. 6, 2-3 pm 
Learn about accommodations that work for ADHD and how to tailor accommodations to the behaviors and needs of your child. 
Register: http://www.chadd.org/Training-Events/Ask-the-Expert.aspx

Dads’ Parenting Group - 12 session course
Tue. Feb. 6 - May 1, 6:30-9:00 pm Gum Springs Ctr. 8100 Fordson Rd. Alexandria
Focuses on five characteristics all fathers need to be effective dads: self-awareness; self-care; fathering, parenting, and relationship skills.  Includes meals & activities.
Information:  Bennie Herron 703 324-7308 or  Kimberly Torres  703 324-3064

Fairfax County Parks Spring Adapted Recreation
Tue. Feb. 6  Registration opens
Swimming, gymnastics, yoga, ice skating, Tae Kwon Do, fishing, kayaking.
Information:  http://parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov/rev1_browseresult.asp?category=9999&desckeyword=adapted&age=9999&match=matchall&Submit=Search

Math Anxiety -- Webinar
Wed. Feb. 7, 12:15-1:00 pm
Register:  http://ectutoring.com/calendar

The Little Mermaid -- Sensory Friendly Show
Wed. Feb.7, 6:30 pm Russell Theater, Robinson SS 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax
This presentation by Robinson Middle School Drama will include three sensory-friendly features.

Parenting in the Digital Age
Wed. Feb. 7, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC
Learn how to protect your children by combining basic parental controls with proven behavior techniques to empower them to use technology safely. 
Register:  https://www.labschool.org/page/outreach/lecture-series

Plan Ahead -- Accommodations for Summer Camps with Fairfax County Parks
Tue. Feb. 8  Registration opens
Fairfax County Park Authority is committed to providing all residents equal access to programs, classes, and camps.  Accommodations include physical accessibility, ASL interpreters, assistive devices, sensitivity training for classmates, and staff training.
To request accommodations, email gary.logue@fairfaxcounty.gov  703 324-8563

Section 504: What Parents Need to Know
Fri. Feb. 9, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how students with a disability may qualify for a Section 504 Plan based on a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703 204-3941

Super Transition Saturday: Planning for Middle Sch., High School and Beyond
Sat. Feb. 10  8:30 am-1:00 pm, Lanier MS, 3801 Jermantown Rd, Door 1, Fairfax
Learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities.  Student/parent panel included.  (Snow Date: Feb. 24)
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEwIa1c8S_DTPkjPNdI4-dNE517UgIF5qwYFz1x9WaSV8lfQ/viewform   

Morning at the Museum -- National Zoological Park
Sat. Feb 10, 9-10 am, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DC 
Early entrance to Amazonia and special activities for families with students with cognitive or sensory disabilities. Parking: enter Lot D from Beech Dr. $22/car
Register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/si-morning-at-the-museum-national-zoological-park-tickets-41720394824

Arlington SEPTA Summer Activities Fair 
Sat. Feb. 10, 5-7 pm Arl. Mill Comm. Ctr. 909 S. Dinnwiddie St.  Room 527 Arlington   
This fair has a wide variety of vendors from VA/MD/DC who provide summer camps, therapies, groups, and special events for children with disabilities. 
Register:  https://goo.gl/49hdBA

Understanding Evaluations in the Special Education Process
Thu. Feb.15, 7:00 pm  Lee HS Lancer Hall, 6540 Franconia Rd.  Springfield
This presentation takes participants through the reasons for evaluations, timelines, and special education eligibility meetings, and develops a basic understanding of scores.
Register:  https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/calendar-of-events/

Understanding Your Twice Exceptional Child
Fri. Feb.16, 10-11:30 am, The Sycamore Sch. 4600 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 300, Arlington
Twice-exceptional children have both disabilities and above average intelligence.  Learn how to bring out the best and raise self-esteem for a twice-exceptional child.
Register: https://thesycamoreschoolva.org/events/twice-exceptional/

The Gift of Limits: Setting Behavioral Expectations for Your Young Child 
Wed. Feb. 21, 6:30-8:00 pm  John Adams ES Library 5651 Rayburn Ave. Alexandria
This workshop will help parents set appropriate behavioral limits for their young children.
Register: email janet.reese@acps.k12.va.us  or  703-824-0129

Reducing The Impact Of Anxiety In Our Children
Thu. Feb. 22, 11:45 am-1:15 pm The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200  McLean
Learn specific skills that parents can use to respond to anxiety in children and teens, and how to teach healthy coping strategies.
Register:  http://thestudypro.com/events-calendar/

Screamfree Parenting: Peace Begins with Pause
Fri. Feb. 23, 10 am-12:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Join us for this first workshop in our series of 4 interactive workshops to learn strategies to become the cool, calm, connected parent your child really needs. 
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or 703 204-3941

Morning at the Museum -- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Sat. Feb 24, 9-10 am, Independence Ave & 7th St SW, Washington, DC
Early entrance to the Museum for families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities.  Activities on the 3rd floor.  
Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/si-morning-at-the-museum-hirshhorn-museum-and-sculpture-garden-tickets-41722156092

W.I.S.E. Up! Adoption Workshop 
Sat. Feb. 24 10 am-noon, C.A.S.E., 7857 Heritage Dr., Ste. 300, Annandale
Create a safe place for children to express their feelings about being adopted and prepare them for the inevitable classmate’s questions. For 4th - 6th graders.
Register:  http://adoptionsupport.org/w-s-e-giving-adopted-kids-simple-tools-answer-tough-questions/

The Motivation Meltdown:  When Parents Care and Kids Don't -- Webinar
Wed. Feb. 28, 12:15-1:00 pm 
Register:  http://ectutoring.com/calendar

IEPs: Knowing Student’s Rights and How To Achieve Them (Part II)
Wed. Feb. 28, 7:00-8:30pm. Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy., Ste 500, Chantilly
Learn more about IEP review meetings and student’s rights in the IEP process.  
Register:  https://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153 or 703-793-9353

Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  
Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.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   703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  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 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:  rich_westhoff@hotmail.com   571-490-1268

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  703-246-2495

JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm  
Contact:  Melissa at MelissaH@jccnv.org Cost: $15 per meeting. 

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather    daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather    daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985

OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm  
Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  202 215-5859

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia  
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com    

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2620 Gallows Road
Vienna, VA 22180
Office: 703-208-7600
Attendance: 703-208-7676

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Principal: Peggy Dammeyer
Asst. Principal: Erica Riley

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Mon-Fri (PM): 12:30 - 3:50

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