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  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

executive control.


 $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

teen resilience.


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”.


Fee: $49

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

appropriate choices.


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 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

registration required.

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.


  or 571-252-6540

Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviors - With Webinar Option

Fri. Mar. 9 and Fri. Mar. 16, 9:30–11 am,  2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200,

Falls Church

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.


  Fee: $95

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, 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

grade levels.


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

other developmental

delays, and their families to learn how to successfully manage

emergency situations.


  or 571-252-6540

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  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   703 472-4678

West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each

month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  703 716-4646

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each

month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:


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:   571-490-1268

JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. each month, 7:00–8:30 pm

Contact:  Melissa at 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

Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm

Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985

OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm

Contact:   or  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: