Special Education News for Parents 

Support Groups for Parents

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 info@formedfamiliesforward.org
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. 
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: https://www.facebook.com/TheArcofNoVAand 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. 
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.
Screening ofWritten Offwith a Post Film Discussion
Thu. Dec. 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Ln. Alexandria
This first-person account of substance use disorder will be followed by a community conversation about substance use disorders and resources in our area. 
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 aboutproducts, services, technology and resources for people with all kinds of disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Free loaner wheelchairs and repairs on site.
Screening ofIntelligent LivesFollowed by Panel Discussion
Mon. Dec. 10, 6:30 pm, Robinson Sec.Sch. 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax 
Three young adults with intellectual disabilities — Micah, Naieer, and Naomie — defy perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.
Using Positive Strategies During Stressful Parenting Situations $ 20
Tue. Dec. 11, 10 am, Family Compass11150 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.
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!


The IEP Transition Plan: Postsecondary Planning in Middle and High School
Thu. Dec.13, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Talk with Career and Transition Services staff about questions to ask the school team, questions to ask your child, and the role an IEP plays in increasing self-advocacy.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/or703-204-3941
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: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/or703-204-3941

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