Special Education Events

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.

Todos estos eventos son gratuitos excepto donde se indique.

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events are announced they will be posted with these at:



Registration for Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Camps


Early Childhood Academy — For families of young children with disabilities

Continuing to May 31— self paced course

Learn practical information to help you help your child develop skills to be successful in life.

Register:  https://www.tickettailor.com/events/peatc/1160549

Learning Your Way  Online Self-Paced Courses

24/7 Access, until Jun. 30, 11 pm

Special Education 101, Trauma 101, Dispute Resolution, Other Health impairments, Kinship Care, Constructive Collaboration

Register:  https://formedfamiliesforward.org/services/learning-your-way-online-courses/

Strategies to Promote Healthy Sleep in Kids with Disabilities

Wed. May 1, 11:00 am
Gain tried-and-true strategies to promote falling asleep, staying asleep, and awaking at scheduled times.

Register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TVvzxn2bSZW5D4UOjeDDJw#/registration


ADHD Diagnosis, Now What? Navigating Life with Your Unique Brain

Wed. May 1, 3:00-4:30 pm

Learn about ADHD; become aware of areas where you need support;  and learn about resources.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adhd-diagnosis-now-what-navigating-life-with-your-unique-brain-tickets-887914926447?aff=erellivmlt

Anatomy of an IEP

Wed. May 1, 6:30-7:45 pm

Learn about the sequence and contents of the separate sections of an Individualized  Educational Plan.

Register:  https://peatc.org/event/from-referral-to-eligibility-sped-workshop-series/

Building Independence with the TFIL Team

Thu. May 2, noon-1 pm

Learn how the Arc2Independence app can be customized to help your student navigate daily routines and challenges.

Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/workshops/#bitt-0404

Connecting the Dots: Early Childhood Hearing Loss

Thu. May 2, 6:30-7:00 pm

Learn risk factors, signs of hearing loss during childhood, and how it could affect a child’s growth and learning.

Register:  https://peatc.org/event/connecting-the-dots-early-childhood-hearing-loss/

Youth Mental Health First Aid — Course for Adults

Fri. May 3, 9:00 am-3:30 pm,  $25

Learn the risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges in youth, their potential impact, and how to respond.

Register:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/ereg/Registration.aspx?groupID=47


IEP University (IEPU) — Self-Paced ~ 6 hours of content

Mon. May 6 to Sun. May 26 with access 24/7

Get accurate and useful information about IEP development and meetings including many practical strategies.

Register: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/peatc/1215242?

Building Strong Parent Advocates  Self-Paced Course

Mon. May 6 to Sun. May 26, ~ 6 hours of content

Build a solid foundation to understand the special education process while being empowered to be your child’s best advocate.

Register:  https://www.tickettailor.com/events/peatc/1220341?

Helping your Anxious Child

Tuesdays, May 7 & 14, 10-11 am

Video courses plus group discussion. $ varies

•May 7, Part I: Child-Centered Approaches

•May 14, Part II: Parent-Centered Approaches

Information:  https://www.parentchildjourney.com/excursions/

Register:  https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/gfk9q6k


Anatomy of an IEP — For Military Families

Wed. May 8, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Learn about the sequence and contents of the separate sections of an Individualized  Educational Plan.

Register:  https://peatc.org/event/from-referral-to-eligibility-sped-workshop-series/

The Co-Development of Motor Skills and Executive Function in Autism

Wed. May 8, 1 pm

Learn about emerging research on the development of motor skills and executive function in autism.

Register:  https://autism.org/motor-cognitive-development/

Measurable IEP Goals

Wed. May 8, 6:30-8:00 pm

Learn about the benefits of high expectations, what are measurable goals, and why monitoring progress is so important.

Register:  https://peatc.org/event/from-referral-to-eligibility-sped-workshop-series/

Lunch. Learn. Inspire

Thu. May 9, 11 am-1 pm

Share challenges you’ve noticed for someone with a developmental disability and benefit from the ensuing discussion.

Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/workshops/#sdm-0507

It’s A Balancing Act:  Reclaiming Yourself Through Self-Care and Wellness

Thu. May 9, 6:30-7:30 pm, 14715 Bristow Rd. Manassas

Gain tangible strategies to make self-care an integral part of your routine in caring for your family.

Register:  https://www.tickettailor.com/events/peatc/1221836

Empowering Beginnings:  Unlocking Early Services and Supports — For Military Families of Children ages 0-4

Thu. May 9, 6:30 pm

If your child is not meeting milestones, or you have concerns, act early to find out more and gain help!

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M2Ww1qqcS2Ofiz9T3Dmolw#/registration

Talk Saves Lives:  An introduction to Suicide Prevention

Thu. May 9, 7-8 pm

Suicide can be prevented. Learn how to recognize common risk factors and warning signs, and learn how to respond.

Register:  https://ncactsl05092024.attendease.com

Attachment: Creating a Relationship with My Child Where They Feel Safe and Protected — in Spanish

Apego: Creando una relación con mi hijo donde se sienta seguro y protegido 

Viernes, 10 de mayo, 10:00-11:30 am

Cuatro de los retos que puede tener mi hijo, y estrategias para responder sin afectar el desarrollo de un apego seguro.

Registrarse:  https://www.fcps.edu/event/apego-creando-una-relacion-con-mi-hijo-donde-se-sienta-seguro-y-protegido-attachment-0

Morning at the Museum — National Museum of Natural History

Sat. May 11, 8:30-10:00 am, 1100 Constitution Ave. Washington, DC

Families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may come to explore the exhibits and for sensory-friendly activities.

Register:  https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/39694734/morning-at-the-museum-at-the-national-museum-of-natural-history-washington-national-museum-of-natural-history

Storytime Reading:  Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health 

Sat. May 11, 11 am-noon, 8601 Mathis Ave. Manassas

This book introduces for youth (age 5-11) the ideas of mental health, healthy coping, and trusted adults who can help.

Register:  https://gizmo05112024.attendease.com

Sensory Friendly Evening at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Sat. May 11, 6-7 pm, 100 Maryland Ave, SW, Wash. DC

Families with children with cognitive or sensory disabilities can explore the plant displays and learn about carnivorous plants.

Register: https://usbg.swoogo.com/Evening-at-the-Garden-Sensory-Friendly-Visit-May24

ADHD is Awesome:  The Holderness Family Guide to Thriving with ADHD

Mon. May 13, 1 pm, with replay link

How to dispel ADHD myths and reframe your thinking about ADHD, modeling it with positivity, and embracing both routine and fun.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/holderness-family-guide-adhd-is-awesome/?

Covid-19 Compensatory Services Partnership Between FCPS and Varsity Tutors

Tue. May 14, 10-11 am OR Wed. May 15, 7-8 pm

Learn about a new opportunity for your student to receive COVID compensatory education based on their IEP.

Register:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgfAGlHTaeSPyu0RHv7SvT4Tvv4zexMsN4RA3zTOLRCmr7hQ/viewform

How to Successfully Navigate Disability and Life Insurance Issues with the Experts

Tue. May 14, noon

Hear from disability and life insurance denial experts on these policies and what to look out for.

Register: https://thearcofnova.org/workshops/#how-to-navigate-0514

More Than Sad —Training for Parents & Caring Adults

Tue. May 14, 7:00-8:30 pm, 4-6 pm,

This program teaches caring adults about depression, demystifies treatment, and encourages those in need to seek help.

Register:  https://ncacmts05142024.attendease.com

Distracted and Devoted:  Navigating Family Life with ADHD

Tue. May 14, 7:30-9:00 pm

Embracing the Chaos: stay focused; stay connected:

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distracted-devoted-navigating-family-life-with-adhd-tickets-877698990307

Changes in Autism Symptoms Across Childhood

Wed. May 15, 1 pm

Learn how autism symptoms change throughout child development.

Register:  https://autism.org/changes-in-autism-symptoms-across-childhood/

Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings

Wed. May 15, 6:30 pm

Learn what to expect at an IEP meeting, how to prepare for it, and how to work together afterwards to support your student.

Register:  https://peatc.org/event/from-referral-to-eligibility-sped-workshop-series/

Pathways to Wellness:  Mental Health Recovery

Fri. May 17, 9 am-2 pm, Ernst CCC, Annandale

Celebrate the journey and progress toward mental health recovery with speakers, and workshops.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2024-pathways-to-wellness-conference-tickets-776200676117    $ varies


Storytime Reading:  Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health 

Sat. May 18, 10:30-11:15 am, 18115 Tiangle Shopping Plaza, Dumfries

This book introduces for youth (age 5-11) the ideas of mental health, healthy coping, and trusted adults who can help.

Register:  https://gizmo05182024.attendease.com


Growth Mindset for Writing — For 4th & 5th grade students

Sat. May 18, 1:30-3:00 pm, 6849 Old Dominion Drive, # 200, McLean

Students will explore the parts of the writing process and will develop strategies to overcome their stuck spots.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-growth-mindset-strategies-for-writing-4th-5th-graders-tickets-858429193827

Talk Saves Lives:  An introduction to Suicide Prevention

Sun. May 19, 4-5 pm

Suicide can be prevented. Learn how to recognize common risk factors and warning signs, and learn how to respond.

Register:  https://ncactsl05192024.attendease.com

Helping Your Child Experience Social Success

Tuesdays, May 21 & 28, 10-11 am,  $ varies

Video courses plus group discussion led by Dr. Dan. 

•May 21, Part I: Understanding Social Difficulties

•May 28, Part II: Social Choreography

Information:  https://www.parentchildjourney.com/excursions/

Register:  https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/gfk9q6k

Exploring the PMDD-ADHD Link: How to Recognize and Treat Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Tue. May 21, 1 pm, with replay link

Take an in-depth look at PMDD, it’s symptoms, similar disorders, and the importance of self-advocacy in healthcare.

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/pmdd-symptoms-women-adhd-link/


Dispute Resolution Options in Virginia

Wed. May 22, 6:30-7:45 pm

Learn about the various dispute resolution options, how they work, and when it may be best to use a specific one.

Register: https://peatc.org/event/from-referral-to-eligibility-sped-workshop-series/

TFIL Talks: Lessons from the Arc2Independence App

Tue. May 28, 7 pm

Individuals with IDD or DD can watch how they could use this app to help them with transportation, safety, or daily living.

Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/workshops/#tll-sp2024


Plan Ahead — Nurturing Parenting Class —Families of children ages 5-11 

Tuesdays, Jun. 11 to Sep. 17, 6-8 pm, virtual

Families increase their empathy, find new ways to foster appropriate behavior, build self-esteem, and learn to have fun together.

Register:   email buildingstrongerfamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov or phone  Erica Rincon Diaz 703-324-5004

Plan Ahead — Active Parenting Class —Families of children age 0-4 

Tuesdays, Jun. 11 to Sep. 17, 5:30-8:00 pm, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax

Learn nurturing parenting routines and infant massage, and build self-esteem.  With a meal and child care.

Register:   email:  buildingstrongerfamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov or phone  Sammy Zeballos 703-324-3532


Plan Ahead — iCan Bike www.icanshine.org

Week of June 24-28, Tuscarora HS, Leesburg   $350

Over the course of a week, trained adults and student volunteers help kids with disabilities to learn how to ride a bike.

Contact:  https://icanshine.org/ican-bike-leesburg-va/ or call  Eileen 703-777-1939 x 208

Plan Ahead — African American Culturally-Focused Parenting Class

Wednesdays Jun. 26 to Sep. 18, 5:30-8:00 pm, Gum Springs CC, Alexandria, meal included.

This parenting class emphasizes African American history, culture, and traditions.  All family members have age-appropriate instruction.

Register:  email: ParentingEducation@fairfaxcounty.gov or phone Marcus 703-324-7737 or Tierra 571-407-6639