Events By Month and Day:

February 2018

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.

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: See also:

Diploma Options and Graduation Requirements
Thu. Feb. 1, 6:30—8:30 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn. Parents of students with IEPs should think ahead to how their student will graduate, including the use of credit accommodations and locally verified credits. Register:  or  571-252-6540

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:  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: 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:

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:

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):  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:

Gap Year Fair
Tue. Feb. 6,  6:00 – 8:30 pm, Marshall HS  7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Following a presentation from 6:00 to 6:45, high school students and parents can view exhibits and talk with gap year program providers, trip leaders, advisors, and alumni. Register:

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.

Math Anxiety — Webinar
Wed. Feb. 7, 12:15-1:00 pm. Register:

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:

Executive Functioning Problems:  What’s A Family to Do?
Wed. Feb. 7,  7-9 pm  Henderson MS 7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. We will focus on the practical implications for families of children with delayed acquisition of executive function skills and how to remedy the situation. Register:

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  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: 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:

When the Bus Stops Coming
Sat. Feb. 10, 8:30 am-12:30 pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Auburn. Plan now for life after high school by learning about Career and Transition Services, DARS Employment Services and parents as case managers. Register:  or 571-252-6540

DBT – Help For Self-Destructive Teens   $25
Sat. Feb. 10, 9:00-10:30 am In Step 8500 Executive Park Ave. #204, Fairfax.
Learn how teens use self-destructive behavior to manage conflicts and strong emotions; and learn about DBT, a therapy to change this behavior. Register:

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:

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:

REVIVE Trainings
Tue. Feb. 13, 11:30 am Merrifield Ctr. Rm. LL 419, 8221 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr. Fairfax
Wed. Feb. 21, 1 pm Gatlan Ctr. Rm. 168, 8119 Holland Rd. Alexandria
Sun. Feb. 18, 3 pm A New Beginning Gym, 4213 Walney Rd. Chantilly
Learn what to do and not do in an overdose situation, how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards.  Supplies are provided for use when needed. Info:

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:

Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Special Needs 
Thu. Feb. 15 7–9pm, JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Learn about employers who have employees with special needs, supportive employment organizations and other resources for those seeking employment. SVP to Carey: (703) 865-6502 or

Building Healthy Relationships
Thu. Feb. 15, 10 am-noon Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring. This workshop, for parents of middle and high school students with disabilities, will provide important information to help your child build healthy relationships in the social world. Register: or 703 204-3941

Beneath the Mask: Supporting the Many Layers of Adopted Teens — Webinar
Thu. Feb. 15, 1:00–2:30 pm   Extended Access until March 18, 2018. Understand themes — including identity and difficult information — where teens can get stuck, and learn how to help them. $15 or free with code MASK Register:

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:

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  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:

Robinson Secondary School’s Partnership Program
Thu. Feb. 22, 7 pm Recital Hall, Robinson SS 5035 Sideburn Rd. Fairfax. Join the Fairfax County Special Ed. PTA Liaisons to learn about an inclusion class and club from a teacher and students at this school. Contact Joanne at if you need childcare.

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: or 703 204-3941.

For Dads Only:  The “Why’s” and “How’s” of Our Children’s Behavior
Fri. Feb. 23, 6:00 –8:00 The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200 McLean. This “Dad’s only” event focuses on what is behind children’s (sometimes challenging) behavior and what dads can DO and SAY to foster responsible behavior. Register here.

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:

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:

Welcoming Inclusion Network (WIN)
Mon, Feb. 26, 6:30-8:00 pm  Fairfax County Government Center Conf. Rm 2. Join a diverse group of stakeholders to advance employment and day services for individuals with developmental disabilities as part of an integrated community.

General Membership Meeting to Elect Nominating Committee &  Regular Board Meeting
Tue. Feb. 27, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Dunn Loring Administrative Center Entrance #2, 2334 Gallows Rd.

Resilient Parenting:  Self-Care and Parenting Fatigue
Tue. Feb. 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, Farmwell Stn. MS 44281 Glouchester Pkwy, Ashburn. Come learn about community providers who can help support special needs families.  Childcare provided with advance registration. RSVP:  571-252-6540

The Motivation Meltdown:  When Parents Care and Kids Don’t — Webinar
Wed. Feb. 28, 12:15-1:00 pm. Register:

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: or 703-793-9353.


March 2018

Practical Planning for Neurodiverse College Students
Wed. March 7, 7:00 – 9:00pmRobinson Secondary School, Recital Hall
5035 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax VA.  Please join Fairfax County SEPTA; Kerin Hilker Balksson, Director of Pathway to the Baccalaureate at Northern Virginia Community College and FCPS Parent; Aaron Rakow, PHD & CEO of College Steps; Janet Bradford, FCPS Parent Alumni and Cathy Greulich, FCPS Parent Alumni

Disability Waiver Presentation given by the ARC and Bylaws General Membership Meeting
TBD – Late March 2018 7:00 – 9:00pm (Location TBD)

April 2018

13th Annual FCPS Special Education Conference
Sat. April 21 – Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA.

April Board Elections & General Membership Meeting
Mon. April 30 (Time/Location TBD)


Plan Ahead!

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

Plan Ahead — 2018 Youth & Parent Summit
Application due March 9, 2018
Event: June 13-15 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. This conference for youth (ages 13-21) and their parents focuses on self-determination skills and issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. Information:

Plan Ahead — Virginia System of Care Slogan and Logo Contest
Entries due March 1
The Virginia System of Care needs a new slogan and a new logo. Youth contest winners get $500 towards their education. Information:

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.–workshops/save-the-date-cecilys-advocacy-workshop-2017-2018

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:
Register:  $180 includes meal & books.


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.