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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
$65 w/ meals
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
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
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 email@example.com 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
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,
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
Registration: Contact Janet Reese, firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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
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
delays, and their families to learn how to successfully manage
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
Register: email names of attendees to email@example.com 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.
$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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: email@example.com 571-490-1268
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 affected families.
Arlington Family Support Group meets one Sunday of each month at 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact: Michelle Best firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month 7:30-9:00 pm
Contact: Heather email@example.com or 703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202 215-5859
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group Contact: Nicole Zupan at email@example.com
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: