Special Education Resources

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Special Education Workshops & Education SessionsCalendarSupport Groups for Parents of Children in 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:https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/

Workshops and Education Sessions

Parent Discussion on Understanding the Opioid Epidemic 
Wed. Nov. 14, 6:00-7:30 pmVienna Community Ctr. 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna
Parents can learn about opioids, how they work in the brain, risk factors, how to spot signs of use, and how to talk to your teen about drug use. 
Register:  viennav.gov/registration using Activity # 222302A1

A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Treatment
Wed. Nov. 14, 6-8 pm, Govt. Ctr. Rm. 120-C, 12000 Govt. Ctr. Pkwy. FairfaxLearn about various mental health treatments, how to choose the best treatment for a condition, and how to find credentialed providers in the area.
Register:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=87

MPower Me Tech Workshop — For Parents and Students
Wed. Nov. 14, 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

The 10 Most Important Things to Know about IEPs
Wed. Nov.14, 7:00-8:30 pm, The Arc of GPW 13505 Hillendale Rd. Woodbridge
Hear about what to expect in an IEP meeting, how things should go, and what to do when you feel the team is not acting in the best interest of your child.
Register:  email Jan Russell jrussell@arcgpw.org or 703-730-3124

Special Screening of Written Off with Post Film Discussion
Thu. Nov. 15, 6:15-8:30 pm,  Chantilly Library 4000 Stringfellow Rd. Chantilly
This first-person account of a substance use disorder will be followed by a community conversation about substance use disorders and resources in our area. 
Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-screening-of-written-off-with-post-film-discussion-tickets-51081729829

Jack’s Brain, Jill’s Brain: Gender Differences and Why They Matter
Fri. Nov. 16, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring 
Learn how the brains of girls and boys are developmentally, structurally and functionally different, along with appropriate behavioral and emotional interventions. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

Building Bridges:  Strengthening Connections in Adoption
Sat. Nov. 17, Church of St. Andrew 15300 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring
Conference for adoptees (grades 1-12) and their parents
Register:  adoptionsupport.com

Executive Functioning Workshop
Mon. Nov. 26, 7:30-8:45 pm, First Christian Ch. 6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Presented by Adam Berman, a peer presenter for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.
Register:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efsgqkjw69bf304f&oseq=&c=&ch=

Dyslexia Open House
Thu. Nov. 29, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Talk with an FCPS dyslexia specialist, browse exhibit tables, and learn about next steps for students with dyslexia. 
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Harnessing ADHD Superpowers
Fri. Nov. 30, 10 am-noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring
Learn about the strengths and challenges of students with ADHD and the benefits of parenting as a consultant. Ideas for parents of children of all ages.
Register:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/  or 703-204-3941

How to Rock School: 5 Disciplines Kids Need to Succeed
Fri. Nov 30, 8:45 am  Churchill Road ES 7100 Churchill Rd. McLean


Support Groups for Parents with Children in Special Education

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 703-472-4678.
  • West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or call 703-716-4646.

Loudon County Parents of Teens with ADHD last Wed. of the month at Cascades Library in Potomac Falls.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703-545-6089.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families. Arlington Family Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best at mczero@yahoo.com

OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859.

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia.  Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com

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:  mark.bramer@gmail.com

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/