Your Source for Programs, Seminars, and Information!


In the upcoming year, the PTA will be providing useful information to families highlighting free FCPS PRC workshops and events to include other free educational opportunities.


Upcoming FCPS Parent Resource Center  workshops:

  • If you miss a workshop, you can email for materials and handouts.


A complete list of upcoming events, workshops, and activities is available here.


Parent Information Relating to 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:


New Resources


Overview of Various Learning Challenges


  • Video from
  • Simulation of a child’s perspective (select age and areas of challenge for a brief online experience).
  • Resources for Parents Across LD Categories from Learning Disabilities of America


October is ADHD and Dyslexia Awareness Month


Resources for ADHD Awareness Month:


ADHD is a common disorder that can cause challenges with  paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or be hyperactivity.  ADHD can, however, be successfully managed. 


For more information, please see: and


ADDitude Magazine is an excellent and highly readable source of insight and practical tips.  A few popular topics include:


Other sites also address important topics:


The National Resource Center on ADHD also has very useful information for parents and caregivers.

Resources for Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia affects the code the brain uses to read. Early intervention can help with strategies to develop proficient reading and writing.

For more information, please see the International Dyslexia Association website at and

Also very useful are:

Upcoming Events


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:



Family and Community Engagement Conference

The Fairfax County Council PTA invites you to FACEing the Future Together, an event to welcome and encourage all families throughout Fairfax County to become active participants in their school community. Saturday, October 20, 2018. 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22312  Click on REGISTER NOW or go to



Enjoy Your Strong-Willed Child: 10 Secrets to Stop the Power Struggles

Thu. Oct. 4, 7:00-8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Fri. Oct 5, 10 am - noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn specific strategies to stop yelling, lecturing, and nagging; motivate without power struggles;  and understand and enjoy your strong-willed child.

Register:  or 703-204-3941


An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child -- 10 Sessions

Thu. Oct 4-Dec. 9:30-11:00 am Geneva Day Sch.11931 Seven Locks Rd. Potomac, MD

Thu. Oct.4-Dec. 7:30-9:00 pm  St. Columba’s 4201 Albermarle St. NW Washington, DC

Each 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.


Get Rid of the Myths! 

Wed.-Thu. Oct. 10 - 11, 9 am - 5 pm,  MVLE inc.  7410 Fullerton Rd. Springfield

Learn about SSI/SSDI and work incentives including the myriad of rules governing Medicaid, waivers, and Medicare for individuals with disabilities.  Cost varies. Scholarships available.

Register:  or  571-339-1305


Specialized Reading Instruction 

Wed. Oct. 10, 9-11 am & Tue. Oct. 16, 6-8 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn

This session will allow parents to experience specialized reading instruction through active participation, including elementary and secondary strategies. 

Register:  or 571-252-6540techniques 


Waivers and EPSDT -- Webinar

Thu., Oct. 11. 11:30 am-1:00 pm The Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church 

This updated webinar will cover the Medicaid Waivers since the 2016 redesign, the intersection of CCC Plus Managed Care with Waivers, and mandates  to use EPSDT for some services.



Navigating the Path to Student WellnessLCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Sat. Oct. 13, 8 am - 1 pm   Briarwoods High School, Ashburn

This conference will include a keynote on Anxiety and Our Youth, over 25 concurrent break out sessions, and a Loudoun County resource fair.



Getting Past Procrastination:  How to Get Your Kids Focused, and Motivated Without Being the Bad Guy

Tue. Oct 16, 7:30-9:00 pm, Oakwood Sch. 7210 Braddock Rd. Annandale

Learn practical ways and research based strategies to make the process of homework happen more smoothly.



2018 Maryland State Conference on Gifted and Talented Education  $75

Fri. Oct. 19, 7:15 am -1:45 pm, New Town HS 4931 New Town Blvd. Owings Mills, MD 




Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights

Fri. Oct. 19, 10 am - noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Learn about parental rights, independent evaluations, dispute resolution, and procedures when disciplining children with disabilities.

Register:  or 703-204-3941


Are You Really Ready? An Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families— with Webinar Option

Fri, Oct. 19, 10 am – noon, Arc of NOVA  2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church

Learn how families of individuals with disabilities can become prepared for various types of emergencies.  A wide variety of agencies will participate on a panel.  Q & A included.



Building a System of Support - Regional ADHD Resource Fair

Sat. Oct 20, 8 am - 1 pm  BASIS Sch. 8000 Jones Branch Dr, McLean

Learn from local professionals, school representatives, and nonprofit organization members who provide for individuals with  ADHD.



Legal, Financial & Tax Considerations for Special Needs Families

Wed. Oct. 24,  9:00 am  Auburn Sch. 3800 Concorde Pkwy. Ste. 500, Chantilly
This workshop will provide a financial and legal overview, and will include tax considerations and  the integration of employer and government benefits. 



Executive Functioning Skills: What’s the Big Deal? 

Wed. Oct. 24, 9-11 am & Tue. Oct. 30, 6-8 pm LCPS Adm. Bldg 21000 Education Court, Ashburn

Executive Functioning (EF) skills impact every aspect of life. Learn to recognize EF challenges, strategies for learning EF skills, and ways to compensate for EF deficits.

Register:  or 571-252-6540


Navigating the Complex and Emotional World of Social Power:  Helping Your Kids Be Assertive and Gain Confidence

Wed. Oct. 24, 7:30-9:00 pm Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC

The talk will focus on social power in childhood relationships and guiding parents on how to help their kids learn to be assertive.



We Need to Talk About This:  Disability and Trauma Prevention, Identification, and Treatment

Thu, Oct. 25, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm The Arc of NoVa, 2755 Hartland Rd Ste. 200, Falls Church

A panel of social workers, therapists, and social skills coaches will share how to prevent abuse and trauma, how to identify trauma, and how to recover from traumatic experiences.



Bullying Behavior & Cyberbullying 

Thu. Oct. 25,  6:30-8:30 pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 2100 Education Ct. Ashburn 

Learn about K-12 bullying and cyberbullying prevention, services, and resources that are provided by school counselors and law enforcement.  

Register:  or 571-252-6540


2 Days of 2e  — Virtual Conference

October 26 & 27

This online conference focusing on gifted learners with disabilities will include speakers, discussion forums, and a virtual exhibit hall.



You Can Help Prevent Bullying:  Strategies for Parents

Tue. Oct. 30, 6:30-8:00 pm, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1, Dunn Loring

Become prepared to prevent bullying, both on line and in life, by learning what to watch for, ways to prevent it, and supports to minimize its impact.

Register:  or 703-204-3941


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.   2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring    English:  703-204-3941  Espanol: 703-204-3955  The PRC can often provide translation services for their events into Spanish, Arabic, or other languages if you contact them well in advance.


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