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December

Pushing Through Frustration — Workshop for 4th & 5th graders
Sat. Dec.1, 1:30-3:00 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
This workshop will coach students on how to use a growth mindset to reframe their thinking, change their self talk, and accept frustration as part of learning.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growth-mindset-to-push-through-frustration-for-4th-5th-graders-tickets-50314925296

safeTALK Suicide Alertness Training
Sat. Dec. 1, 10:00 am-1:30 pm, Argosy U. 1550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Anyone over age 15 can attend this training to become aware of situations in which thoughts of suicide might be present and to know how to respond. Register:  https://afsp.org/event/safetalk-suicide-alertness-training/

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.
Register: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/ds-ls-workshops/

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.
Register: http://familycompass.com/parenting-class/

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.
Register: https://www.labschool.org/page/outreach/lecture-series

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.
Register by Nov 28: https://www.acps.k12.va.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=964&DomainID=51#calendar1526/20181205/event/3740

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/TheArcofNoVA and click the “Send Message” box right under our profile picture. We’ll reply and help you get what you need.

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.
Register by Dec 5.

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.
Register: https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754

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.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-stay-calm-when-your-kids-push-your-buttons-tickets-52816277909

Screening of Written Off with 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.
Information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/events/2018-12-06-written-off-alexandria

Moving on from ECSE to Kindergarten with an IEP
Thu. Dec. 6, 6:30-8 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg, 21000 Education Ct, Ashburn
A panel presentation will cover the special education referral process and continuum of services and an overview of the kindergarten program
Register: https://www.lcps.org/Page/179754

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.
Register: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/

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.
Register: https://thearcofnovatrust.org/event/social-security-the-application-and-appeal-process-for-ssi-and-ssdi/

World of Possibilities Expo
Sat. Dec. 8, 11 am-3 pm, Red Lion Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr, Timonium, MD
Learn about products, services, technology and resources for people with all kinds of disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Free loaner wheelchairs and repairs on site.
Information: https://expo.caringcommunities.org/

Learn How to Tell Your Story Brunch
Sat. Dec. 8, Ben Glass Law Office 3998 Fair Ridge Dr. Ste. 250, Fairfax
NAMI Northern Virginia is expanding the popular Ending the Silence program. Learn how to be part of this powerful mental health and suicide prevention program.
Session for adult family members & school staff — 9:00 -10:30 am,
Register here.
Session for young adults (ages 18-35) — 11:00 am – 12:30 pm,
Register here.

Screening of Intelligent Lives Followed 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.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-screening-of-intelligent-lives-documentary-tickets-52382562655

Focus Group for Therapeutic Recreation
Mon. Dec. 10, 6:30-8:00 pm, Lee Center 1108 Jefferson St. Alexandria
Help determine recreational needs of Alexandria residents with developmental disabilities. Child care and food will be provided.
RSVP by Dec. 7: jackie.person@alexandriava.gov, (703) 746-5423

ADHD 101: My Child Has ADHD, Now What?
Mon. Dec. 10, 6:30-7:30 pm, Bridges Therapy 11166 Fairfax Blvd. Ste. 207 Fairfax
Learn the basics about ADHD and how you can start helping your child with ADHD.
Register: http://bridgestherapyandwellness.com/events/

Using Positive Strategies During Stressful Parenting Situations $ 20
Tue. Dec. 11, 10 am, Family Compass 11150 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.
Register: http://familycompass.com/parenting-class/

MANDT Overview for Parents
Tue. Dec. 11, 6-8 pm OR Wed. Dec. 12, 9-11 am LCPS 21000 Educ. Ct. Ashburn
Building healthy, positive relationships between and among people is the ultimate goal of the Mandt® training program. “Supporting People, Not Just Their Behaviors.”TM
Register: https://www.lcps.org/ParentResourceServices

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.
Register: https://goo.gl/forms/63tkoYEAeaJeoqNm2

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!
Register: https://chadd.org/ask-the-expert/

SSI/SSDI 2.0: An In-depth Examination
Wed. Dec. 12, 6:30-8:00 pm, TCW HS, Rm. 134, 3801 W. Braddock St. Alexandria
Learn practical strategies to complete paperwork and interview appropriately for SSI/SSDI to benefit young adults with disabilities.
Register by Dec. 7: e-mail courtney.davis@acps.k12.va.us or phone 703-824-6764

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/ or 703-204-3941

IT Credential Fair Sponsored by Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities
Thu. Dec. 13, 11:30 am-2:00 pm,
The fair will host industry experts on how to train for and secure IT jobs. Disability Coordinators from DARS, DBVI and Am. Job Centers will be on site.
Contact: Kate Kaegi kate.kaegi@dars.virginia.gov or Tish Harris tish.harris@dbvi.virginia.gov

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/ or 703-204-3941


Plan Ahead….

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

Community Feedback Needed
Give your feedback to help direct the funding of local nonprofits and community organizations that fill needs in Fairfax County. Responses are anonymous.
Complete survey by Dec. 15: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fundingpool?fbclid=IwAR3yQKfbZmJCL5uP26UEo32-ddcC1cI_ouVTqPp_NF1d22QnF-FV14wDuZ4

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.
Register by Nov 28: https://www.acps.k12.va.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=964&DomainID=51#calendar1526/20181205/event/3740

Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax
A new program will provide no-cost mental health services to income eligible children and youth ages 5-21.  Information:  https://giveanhour.org/initiatives-and-programs/healthy-minds-fairfax/

Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together
Alternate Tuesdays, Oct. 2 through May 2019,  6:00-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.  This peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 – 22  meets twice a month.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time.  Light dinner included.   Register:  https://www.formedfamiliesforward.org/registration-for-free-support-groups-now-open/  or  703 539-2904

On Demand – Dyslexia & the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape
Webinar On demand, available 24/7.

*Please Note: FCPS (Fairfax County Public Schools) and ACPS (Alexandria City Public Schools) can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance.