October Events at the FCPS Parent Resource Center

By FCPS & Fairfax County Public Schools
Healthy Minds
September 17, 2019

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers trainings and conferences on a wide variety of topics throughout the school year! All workshops are held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA, Entrance 1, Room 100, unless otherwise noted. Language interpreters and accommodations are available for all Parent Resource Center workshops upon request by contacting them at 703-204-3941 or prc@fcps.edu.

Here are available events for October:

Post-Secondary Education Options: Parent Coffee & Conversation

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn about post-secondary concerns for students contemplating college. Highlights will include disclosure, accessing accommodations, disability support services, and the differences between high school and college.

From Chaos to Calm: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles

Please join Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, for a laugh-out-loud funny presentation filled with practical, concrete strategies to restore calm in your home and stop the power struggles.

This is perfect for parents of children ages 2 – 22! Get your kids to listen the first time. Stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling. Stop whining, tantrums, and sibling fights. Get kids off screens without a fight. Create stress-free mornings, homework time, and bedtime.

Mastering the Process of School: Helping Students Build Study and Organization Skills

Executive Functioning (EF) skills, such as time-management, materials organization, planning, and prioritization, and initiating and completing work, are critical for student success in school and in life. Students with executive function challenges can have difficulty fully demonstrating their knowledge and strengths.

Join us for this workshop to learn about executive functioning and the strategies you can use to help your child develop stronger executive functioning skills. This session will both define and provide explicit strategies to help bolster these essential skills for students accessing a challenging curriculum or high-incidence support.

Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities

Don’t miss this FREE Resource Fair for students with disabilities and their parents! Learn about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living, and advocacy options. This resource fair is for all individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation.

6:30-6:45 p.m. Registration - Participants and Adult Service Providers
6:45-7:15 p.m. Overview Presentation (Little Theater)
7:15-8:45 p.m. Adult Service Provider Fair/Exhibits (Cafeteria)

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse and Today’s Youth

It can be so hard to watch someone close to you destroy themselves with drugs and alcohol. Learn how to deal with being hurt by your loved ones and how you can support them in their darkest moments.

Local substance abuse expert, Sam Lucania, with support from FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness, will share some of his life experiences and lessons learned. Learn how to improve your ability to handle the unexpected influences in your child’s life. There is indeed hope in recovery and we can turn our lives around when we take the right steps. Learn the signs and strategies to support and help your child.

Dyslexia Open House

Browse exhibit tables and learn about next steps for FCPS students with dyslexia.

Helping your Child Cope with Stress

As parents, we want to shield our children from stress and adversity as much as possible. However, we cannot protect them from everything; everyone will face challenges in his or her life. What we can do is give children the skills necessary to face those stresses and challenges head-on, to learn from them, and to grow in strength and maturity as a result.

Join Dr. Lisa Bateman, clinical psychologist, in this important session that will focus on recognizing stress in children, building resiliency skills, and the role of mindfulness and executive functioning skills.

Future Quest: College and Career Conference for Middle and High School Students

Future Quest is a FREE college and career conference held every two years for middle and high school students with disabilities, young adults with disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them. The conference is organized by George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Transition Coalition. One of the largest events of its kind in Virginia, Future Quest features more than 40 workshops and 40 exhibits related to a successful life after high school.

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