FCPS Parent Resources

 Parents there are many wonderful resources for you provided by Fairfax County public schools.  Please browse this list to find any information you may need on the services offered.
Parent Information Relating to Special Education
All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities.  It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help parents solve problems. Information from past workshops and conferences is available at www.fcps.edu/node/28555 .
2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring    English:  703 204-3941  Espanol: 703 204-3955
Prescriptions to Combat Disorganization and Procrastination
Thur. Jan. 5, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Wakefield HS Auditorium, 1325 S Dinwiddie St. Arlington
Are assignments done at the last minute? Are your child’s backpacks and binders chronically disorganized? This parent workshop will teach you ways to help your child.
Mind in the Making – Making Connections
Fri. Jan 6, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Parent Resource Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd.  Entr. 1, Dunn Loring
Learn the research behind why making connections is one of the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Learn strategies and activities for improving this skill for your children.
A Fresh Perspective on Medication Intervention for ADHD and Autism
Mon. Jan. 9, 7:30 – 9:00 pm.  McLean Bible Church, Com. Rm. B, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna
Learn about medications typically prescribed for ADHD and Autism from an experienced prescribing physician.
RSVP appreciated, but not required:  Emily.Johnson@mcleanbible.org or 703-770-2938
Redrawing the Lines:  Neurodiversity: A Compass for the Changing World
Wed. Jan. 11, 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Lab School 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington, DC
Author, activist, and learning disabilities advocate, Jonathan Mooney will speak on neurodiversity:  the research behind it, the people who live in it, and the lessons it has for all of us.
Developing Self-Motivation in Students with Social and Self Regulatory Difficulties
Wed. Jan. 11, 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Auburn School  3800 Concorde Pkwy. Suite 500, Chantilly
Some children with disabilities experience difficulty with motivation, self-regulation, attention, stress, and sleep. This lecture will focus on how to help kids meet their goals and manage stress.
Register;  http://www.theauburnschool.org/page/153  or 703 793-9353
Getting to Know ASNV:  Autism Society of Northern Virginia
Tue, Jan. 17,  8:45 – 9:45 am.  ASNV 10467 White Granite Drive, 3rd Floor, Oakton,
Learn about the ASNV’s programs, mission, and vision for the future! Hear from program participants about how ASNV has changed their lives.
RSVP:  email Elizabeth at development@asnv.org
Stressed Out Over Homework: What Causes It and What Parents Need To Know
Tue. Jan. 17, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Blenheim Interpretive Ctr.  3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
In this workshop you will learn why children often end up in last-minute panics that cause them and the whole family stress, and simple tools to reduce procrastination.
The Power of Play: A Relationship-Based Approach to Improving Behavior
Thur. Jan. 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Loudoun County PS Admin. Bld. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn  Learn how to play with children in ways that build their confidence, increase their problem solving skills, and create positive adult/child relationships that will improve their behavior.
ABA Workshop on Transitioning to Middle School
Wed, Jan. 25,  10:00 am, Gatehouse Adm. Ctr. Rm. 3050, 8115 Gatehouse Rd, Falls Church
also Wed. Jan. 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Same Location.
This workshop is for parents of students with autism, intellectual disabilities, or physical disabilities.
Register: Send name and contact info to Liane Sprunk, lsprunk@fcps.edu or 571 423-4110
Tech Thursday – Google Docs
Thur. Jan. 26 10:00 am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. for Parent Serv. Entr. 1, 2334 Gallows Rd.
Assistive Technology Services will teach the easy tools in Google Docs that FCPS uses to help students. Bring your own computer if you would like to build an account and follow along!
Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool
Fri. Jan 27, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Dunn Loring Ctr. for Parent Serv. Entr. 12334 Gallows Rd.
Do your children know they have a secure place in your family?  Join us to learn strategies to  become the cool, calm and connected parent your child really needs.
The Importance of Executive Function and Your Child
Tue. Jan. 31, 7:30 pm. Oakwood School 7210 Braddock Rd., Annandale
Dr. William Stixrud will be speaking.
Mind in the Making – Critical Thinking
Fri. Feb. 3,  10:00 – 12:30 pm. Dunn Loring Ctr. for Parent Serv. Entr. 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. 
Learn the research behind why critical thinking is one of the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Learn strategies and activities for improving this skill for you children.
 
Dads’ Parenting Group 
Tue. Feb 7 – May 9, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Gum Springs Comm. Ctr., 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria
This 12-session program Includes the 24/7 Dad™ parenting class, access to Fairfax County resources,and Father-child friendly community activities.  Call early, classes fill up quickly
Register:  Bernie Herron 703-324-7308  or Champana Bernard 703-324-3611
 
The Ins and Outs of Qualifying for Social Security Disability, SSI, or DAC Benefits
Wed. Feb. 8, 7;00 – 8:30 pm. Formed Fam. Forward 4031 Univ. Ave. Fairfax   Enter on South St.
Learn the basics on which children with disabilities qualify for Social Security Disability, SSI, or DAC (Disabled Adult Child) benefits; and learn how the application and appeals process works. 
 
Executive Functions:  What Are They? What Do We Know? What Can We Do To Support Kids to Manage the Challenges They Present?
Wed. Feb. 8, 7:30 – 9:00 pm.  Lab School 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington, DC 
Does your child have trouble staying organized or getting motivated to do homework and tasks at home?  Research provides teachers and parents with strategies to address these challenges. 
 
Keeping Your Cool Means Taking Care of You
Fri, February 10, 10am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. for Parent Serv. Entr. 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. 
Do your children “push your buttons”?  Do you “cave in” under pressure? Join us to learn strategies to become the cool, calm and connected parent your child really needs. 
 
ABA Workshop Building Independent Behavioral Control in your Children
Wed, Feb. 15, 10:00 am. Gatehouse Adm. Ctr. Rm. 3050, 8115 Gatehouse Rd, Falls Church
also Wed. Feb 15, 7:00 to 8:30 pm  Same Location
This workshop is for parents of students with autism, intellectual disabilities, or physical disabilities.  
Register: Send name and contact info to Liane Sprunk, lsprunk@fcps.edu or 571 423-4110  
 
Tech Thursday – Technology Tools to Support Executive Functioning
Thu, Feb. 16,  10 am – noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. for Parent Serv. Entr. 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. 
Siblings in Special Needs Families
Wed. Feb. 22,  7:30 – 9:00 pm  Auburn School  3800 Concorde Pkwy. Suite 500, Chantilly
Register:  www.theauburnschool.org/page/153  or 703 793-9353
Support Groups for Parents
Alpha Moms. This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.
CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder meetup.com/novachadd/
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Oakton ADHD Parent Group  4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm.
Contact:  Maureen Gill   maureen@adhdcoachforparents.com
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm
Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com 703 716-4646
JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group  1st Wed. of each month, 7:00–8:30 pm
Contact:  Melissa at MelissaH@jccnv.org Cost: $15 per meeting.
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm
Contact:  Heather   daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group  meets on the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact:  Heather    daviesva@gmail.com  or  703-362-4985
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
POAC: Parents of Autistic Children   2nd Sat. of January, March & May, 10-noon
Contact:  Nicole Zupan <nicizupan@verizon.net>