Upcoming Community Events

Events By Month and Day:

Upcoming Events
Note:  Events in Blue are SEPTA Events

May 2018

The Art and Science of Talking with Your Kids
Wed, May 2, 7 pm, Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmorland St. McLean
Learn research-based guidelines that help parents communicate with more warmth, respect, and sincerity to open parent-child relationships.
Register here –  tickets $25-$30

Guardianship and Less Restrictive Alternatives, Part I
Wed. May 2, 6:30-8 pm, T.C. Williams HS Media Ctr. 3330 King St. Alexandria
This two-part workshop will give parents the information they need to figure out the best option for their child. Plan to attend both sessions.
Register by April 25 here.

Tax Planning for Special Needs Families
Thu. May 3, 10-11 am, Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste 500, Chantilly
Being the parent of a special needs child can come with significant financial considerations. Learn the tax tips and guidelines you should know.
Register online here or call 703-793-9353

Suicide Prevention
Thu. May 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg., 2100 Education Ct., Ashburn
This workshop includes research-based principles of suicide prevention, including guidance for parents and LCPS suicide prevention strategies and procedures.
Register online here or call 571-252-6540

Special Needs Legal & Financial Planning Workshop
Thu. May 3, 7-9 pm JCCNV 8900 Little River Tnpk. Fairfax
This workshop will give an overview of financial and legal planning for families with an individual with special needs.
RSVP to Carey at calford@financialguide.com or call 703-865-6502

Irritability in Children
Fri. May 4, 10:00-11:30 am Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Dr. 1, Dunn Loring
Learn how parents can help a child with severe irritability, treatment options, and ongoing irritability research conducted at NIMH.
Register online here or call 703-204-3941

Alternatives to Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making
Fri. May 4, 10 am-noon Arc of NOVA 2755 Hartland Ave. Ste. 200, Falls Church
Learn about guardianship and alternatives to it, including supported decision making, health care directives, and powers of attorney.
Register online here.

Parents of Autistic Children Meeting on Social Skills
Sat. May 5, 10 am-1 pm Lutheran Church 6304 Lee Chapel Rd. Burke
After a presentation on cultivating social communication skills in our children, we will have a social hour and refreshments. Request child care by May 1.
Register online here.

Swings Are Underrated: Understanding Sensory Processing
Mon. May 7, 7:30-9:00 pm McLean Bible Ch. Rm. B, 8925 Leesburg Pk. Vienna
Learn about he 8 sensory systems, how to recognize sensory processing problems and some strategies to help with mild challenges.
RSVP (not required): rosie.oakley@mcleanbible.org or 703-770-2980

Understanding the Eligibility and IEP Process
Mon. May 7, 10-11:30 am, T.C. Williams HS Rm. 134, 3330 King St. Alexandria
This workshop is designed to give parents new to ACPS Special Education services a basic understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
Register by April 30: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/calendar/

Depression in Children and Adolescents
Tue. May 8, 6:30-8 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn important information about depression including signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment options, and available resources.
Register online here or call 703 204-3941

Guardianship and Less Restrictive Alternatives, Part II
Wed. May 9, 6:30-8 pm, T.C. Williams HS Media Ctr. 3330 King St. Alexandria
This two-part workshop will give parents the information they need to figure out the best option for their child. Plan to attend both sessions.
Register by May 2: https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/calendar/

Strategies and Supports for Children and Teens with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Fri. May 11, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors that constitute OCD, their causes, treatment options, and parents’ role in addressing this condition.
Register online here or call 703-204-3941

Where are You in this Story? Family Identity in Adoption and Foster & Kinship Care — Family Movie Night
Fri, May 11, 6:00–8:30 pm 4031 University Dr. Fairfax (enter on South St.)
Pizza and salad dinner, followed by a family friendly movie for children and adult discussion of clips from the This Is Us television series.
Register online here or call 703-539-2904

Hidden Talents Shine Up Talent Show
Sat. May 12, 3-8 pm, Am. Legion #177 Banquet Hall, 3939 Oak St. Fairfax
Celebrate the talents of children, youth and adults with special needs. Performances, music, dancing, prizes, food, games, and face painting.
Information: Shannon Riney, (571) 328-5836, www.yoursunshine.org

W.I.S.E. Up!
Sat. May 12, 10 am-noon C.A.S.E. 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Suite 290 Sterling,
This workshop for adopted kids in grades 3-6 helps them investigate multiple ways to respond to tough questions they may get about their adoption stories.
Register: adoptionsupport.org/wiseupworkshopregistrationform/ code: Virginia

Navigating Special Education in Public Schools
Wed. May 16, 6:30-8:00 pm, 4031 University Dr. Ste. 100, Fairfax (South St. entrance)
This presentation will emphasize legal protections provided with eligibility, IEPs, due process, transition services and least restrictive environments.
Register: https://formedfamiliesforward.org or 703-539-2904

Camelot Elementary School Acceptance Team Presentation
Wednesday, May 16, 7-9 pm Camelot ES, 8100 Guinevere Dr. Annandale.
The Regional Director for Special Olympics will talk about how UNIFIED Sports works.

Parenting in a Busy World: Mindfulness Strategies
Thu. May 17, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg., 2100 Education Ct., Ashburn
Register online here or call 571-252-6540

The Case for the Self-Driven Child
May 17, 11:45 am –1:15 pm StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
Learn how to help your children feel a stronger sense of self-control, which will result in greater resilience, motivation and healthy life-long habits.
Register: http://thestudypro.com/events-calendar/

Increasing Cognitive Flexibility in Your School-Aged Child
Thu. May 17, 7 pm Family Compass 11150 Sunset Hills Rd. Suite 150, Reston
Cognitive Flexibility is the ability to adapt to new and unexpected events. Parents will leave with specific ways help their children tolerate change. $20

Accessibility Resource Fair
Fri. May 18, 11 am-1:30 pm Heritage Ctr. 7611 Little River Tnpk. Suite 329, Fairfax
Learn about employment options and assistance programs. Meet service providers from agencies that serve people with ALL types of disabilities.
Contact: Shannon.Anderson@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-533-5747

Screamfree Parenting – Keeping Your Cool Means Taking Care of YOU
Fri. May 18, 10:00 am-12:30 pm PRC 2334 Gallows Rd. Dr 1, Dunn Loring
Learn the tools to stay cool during life’s challenging moments, and become the calm, connected parent your child really needs.
Register online here or call 703-204-3941

safeTALK: Suicide Prevention Training
Sat. May 19, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm Argosy U. Rm. 706, 1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington
This half-day training prepares anyone over the age of 15, to notice and take appropriate action in situations where someone may have thoughts of suicide.
Register: https://afsp.wufoo.com/forms/k1558es31kvhzn9/
Free CEUs available: https://www.livingworks.net/resources-and-support/continuing-education/  Cost is $15

Talk Saves Lives
Sat., May 19, 11:30 am-12:30 pm or 4-5 pm Jirani 9425 West St, Manassas
This suicide prevention program covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to prevent suicide.
Register: https://afsp.org/our-work/chapters/events/?chapter_code=DC

More Than Sad (for Teens)
Sun. May 20, 1:00–2:15 pm Jirani Coffeehouse 9425 West St, Manassas
This suicide prevention program teaches teens to recognize the signs of depression, challenges the stigma surrounding it, and demystifies treatment.
Register: https://afsp.wufoo.com/forms/z1tbrm6u0ewa38s/

More Than Sad (for Parents)
Sun. May 20, 1:00–2:15 pm Centerfuse 9071 Center St, Manassas
This suicide prevention program teaches parents how to recognize depression, how to initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and how to get help.
Register: https://afsp.wufoo.com/forms/zzd26cl01lh2fb/

Permission to be Brave: Promoting Creativity for Learners with Special NeedsWebinar
Thu. May 24, 4:30–5:30 pm

How to Keep Your Child Academically Engaged This Summer Without Fights, Battles, and Tears — Webinar
Wed. May 30, 12:15-1:00 pm
Register online here or call 703-934-8282

Talk Saves Lives
Wed. May 30, 6:30–8:00 pm Arlinton Library 1015 N. Quincy St. Arlington
This suicide prevention program covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to prevent suicide.
Questions? Contact Allie Bond at afsp.ncac.education@gmail.com.

The Foster Parent ExperienceWebinar
Thu. May 31, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Free to first 400 registrants with code: FOSTER
A panel of experienced foster parents will share their wisdom and advice on foster parenting, including how to help traumatized children feel safe and learn to trust.
Register: http://adoptionsupport.org/store/the-foster-parent-experience/

June 2018

Fairfax County SEPTA First Annual Awards Ceremony and Celebration
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm), Fairfax Circle Church
3110 Chichester Lane,  Fairfax, VA.  Please RSVP by June 6, 2018.


Plan Ahead!

Recreation for Children with Special Needs

I Can Bike After-School Program
Various weeks in March through June at Middle Schools in Fairfax County. This program uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program, and trained staff to run the weeklong trainings for children with disabilities. Information and schedule:  https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-fcps-fairfax-va/

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 prc@fcps.edu  or 703-204-3941

Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy $250
July 16-27 M-F 9 am – 3 pm 915 N. Oakland St. Arlington
Braille instruction for children ages 4-14, including projects, games, and field trips.
Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo-60eYnCOw&feature=youtu.be
Site information: https://nfb.org/bell-academy-faqs-affiliate/va
Apply by April 15: https://nfb.org/bell-student-application-form

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.