Parent Information Relating to Special Education

Here is a collection of special education resources you may find helpful.

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:
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.
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.
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:  or 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  or  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:  or 703-204-3941 
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.
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):  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. 
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:  or 703 204-3941
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:  or703-204-3941
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: or 703-539-2904
Parenting in a Busy World: Mindfulness Strategies
Thu. May 17, 6:30-8:30 pm, LCPS Admin. Bldg., 2100 Education Ct., Ashburn 
Register:  or 571-252-6540
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:  or 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.  
How to Keep Your Child Academically Engaged This Summer Without Fights, Battles, and Tears -- Webinar
Wed. May 30, 12:15-1:00 pm
Register:  or   703-934-8282
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder  
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact:  Jenny   703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  703 716-4646 
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: 703-799-2882
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:   571-490-1268
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  703-246-2495
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.
Arlington Family Support Group meets one Sunday of each month at 7:00-8:30 pm 
Contact:  Michelle Best
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather  or  703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm  
Contact:   or  202 215-5859
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia  
Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at
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:

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