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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Due to school and building closures, all workshops will be virtual. Registrants will be provided a link by email on the morning of the webinar.

2020-2021 Webinars

Registration opens one month before each webinar. Sign up for our New You Choose newsletter to get an email when registration opens.

August 2020

1-2-3 Magic: The 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting A Webinar for Families

1-2-3 Magic allows you to get back in charge of your home, enjoy your family again, and help your kids develop their emotional intelligence.  

In this presentation, you will learn how to set limits for and connect with your children by breaking down the task of parenting into three straightforward steps:

  • Get your kids to STOP difficult behavior (whining, arguing, tantrums, etc.).
  • Get your kids to START doing what you want them to do (picking up, going to bed, doing homework, etc.).
  • Powerful strategies to reinforce the bond between you and your children.

Presented by Lauren Hawkins and Robin Yuckenberg, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teachers

Watch 1-2-3 Magic: The 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting A Webinar for Families

September 2020

Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You

Are you worried about managing your child’s virtual schooling this year? Do you hate becoming the “school police” when your child won’t focus? Do you have to balance your child’s schooling with your own remote workload? We hear you, and we’re here to help. 

You’ll learn how to avoid parent-child conflict around academics with practical tips for:

  • Establishing routines and expectations that really work
  • Creating ideal spaces for virtual learning
  • Keeping kids focused while learning online
  • Minimizing distractions from video games and other screens
  • Getting your own work done at the same time (Yes, it’s possible!)

Don’t tackle this unusual year without a plan. Instead, join us and feel more prepared and confident for the year ahead, with a toolbox full of practical strategies that actually work. We can’t wait to see you there!

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Friday September 11, 2020, 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Watch Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You

10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids

Do you need help calming your explosive household? Tired of yelling at, negotiating with and bribing your child? Do you want your child to take responsibility for their schoolwork, chores and attitude? How can you prevent kids who need consistency from falling behind with distance learning models? How are teachers/parents going to keep kids on task without shutting down?

It’s time to stop the yelling, arguing and power struggles with toddlers and teens.

Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, will show you how to create stress-free mornings, school, dinner and bedtime. We promise you will laugh and leave with a dozen practical strategies that really work.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Stop Defiance, Disrespect, & Meltdowns
  • Get Your Kids to Listen the First Time
  • Create Stress-Free Mornings, Homework, & Bedtime
  • Get Kids Off Screens Without a Fight
  • Motivate Strong-Willed Kids without Crushing Their Spirits
  • Prevent kids who need consistency from falling behind with distance learning models.

Friday September 18, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Watch 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

  • 9/24/20: Setting the Stage for Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations
    • Overview on establishing and maintaining routines, procedures, and expectations.
    • Strategies to teach and reinforce routines, procedures, & expectations
  • 10/22/20: Challenging Behaviors Part 1: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control
  • 11/19/20: Challenging Behaviors Part 2: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond
  • 12/17/20:All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Regaining Control and Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Thursday September 24, 2020, 10 a.m - 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Watch Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations

October 2020

How to Get Your Child/Adolescent to Open Up to You 

We all want to know what's going on in our children's lives. We want to know about school and about their friends. We want to hear their successes and their struggles. But what happens when your kids won't tell you what's going on in their lives? What if you ask questions and all they do is shrug and mumble "It was fine," or "I don't know"?

Webinar Highlights:

  • Strategies to use with reluctant children
  • How to open lines of communication with your children
  • How to increase productive, effective communication 

Presented by Parenting Specialist, Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE.

Friday October 2, 2020, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Vaping: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Talking with your teen or young adult can be challenging. Having meaningful, ongoing conversations about drugs and alcohol, however, is key to helping keep your son or daughter healthy and safe.

Presentation Highlights:

  • Current trends in substance use and abuse
  • Impact of substances on physical and emotional development
  • Paraphernalia display and discussion
  • Tools for parents

Presented by Tiffany Jones, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.

Friday, October 16, 2020, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Alcohol, Drugs, and Vaping: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Moving on To Life in the Community: A Virtual and Free Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities 

Don’t miss this VIRTUAL and 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.   

Presenters include: Career and Transition Services, The Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and the ARC of Northern Virginia.

6:30-7:15     Overview Presentation
7:15-7:30     Participants move to virtual breakout rooms   
7:30-8:30     Virtual Q&A with Adult Service Providers 

Wednesday October 21, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Register for Moving on To Life in the Community: A Virtual and Free Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities  

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series 

  • 9/24/20: Setting the Stage for Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations
  • 10/22/20: Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control
    • Parents/guardians will review strategies and methods to teach self-control strategies and general tips on how to proactively prevent challenging behaviors
  • 11/19/20: Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond
  • 12/17/20:All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Thursday October 22, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Register for Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control

Dyslexia Awareness Month: A Webinar for Families

Join the FCPS Dyslexia Specialist, Carrie Leestma for an Update on FCPS Resources.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Register for Dyslexia Awareness Month: A Webinar for Families

Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood

A recent survey of young adults in the US reported that nearly 45% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 now live with their parents - even though they are employed.

This session will provide:

  • 10 Tips to help launch your young adult successfully into adulthood
  • Strategies to teach your child “soft” employment, money management and communication/self-advocacy skills.

Presented by Dr. Amy Fortney Parks, LPC, ACS, Owner of The Wise Family Counseling & Assessment Services in Alexandria and Arlington

Friday, October 30, 2020 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register for: Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood

November 2020

SibShops: A Webinar for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!
     

Monday, November 2, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or 1 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register for SibShops: A Webinar for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs

Digital Citizenship Series: Tips for Parents: Helping Kids Navigate Life in the Digital Age 

  • Series Part 1: How to Find Balance with Technology
    • When technology becomes the primary place for school and connecting with others, what does it look like to set boundaries?
    • We will discuss ways to stay connected with the world and how to get back on track when it goes too far.  
    • Friday, November 6, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Series Part 2: Hot Topics: What Concerns You the Most?
    • What can you do to set your child up for success to handle whatever challenges and temptations they may face with technology?  
    •  What can you do to help them rebound when they make a mistake?  We will be asking you to share your top concerns about the world of technology and your child so that we may craft this webinar around advice and resources on the hottest topics.
    • Friday, November 13, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Digital Citizenship Series: Tips for Parents: Helping Kids Navigate Life in the Digital Age 

College Boot Camp 2020: A Webinar for Students 

Join Career and Transition Services online for a virtual College Bootcamp!  This virtual College Boot Camp is for students with an IEP that are graduating in 2021 and plan to attend college. Career and Transition Services staff will work with students on starting the application process.

  • Do you have an IEP?
  • Are you graduating in 2021?
  • Do you want to go to college?
  • Do you need help getting started?

THEN THIS BOOT CAMP IS FOR YOU!!!!!

Participants will:

  1. Complete a college search in Naviance 
  2. Identify and explore your top three colleges 
  3. Get familiar with the Common App ® 
  4. Determine your next steps

*Please note parents are welcome to sit in on the workshop with their students, however this event is for students.  
*If parents are interested in learning more about postsecondary options, we encourage parents to attend Postsecondary Education Options on December 9, 2020.

Monday, November 9, 2020, 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Register for College Boot Camp 2020: A Webinar for Students 

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

  • 9/24/20: Setting the Stage for Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations
  • 10/22/20: Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control
  • 11/19/20: Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond
    • Strategies and methods to teach self-control strategies
    • General tips on how to proactively, prevent challenging behaviors
  • 12/17/20:All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Thursday November 19, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Register for Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond

December 2020

Registration opens 11/1/2020

Positive Discipline: Keeping Your Sanity While Getting Your Teens to Cooperate

This workshop will provide information to parents on various discipline techniques and routines to use for adolescents.

Specific information to be presented will include:

  • The Teen Brain
  • The Purpose and Meaning of Discipline
  • Constructive Communication
  • Choices and Consequences
  • Rules and Rewards

Presented by Marcus Garr and Debi Hackney, Social Service Specialists, Parenting Education Programs, Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

Friday, December 4, 2020, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

“Dry mouth, sweaty palms, a pounding heart. Everyone feels anxious once in a while. But for approximately one in eight teenagers, anxiety is more than just a temporary worry or fear — it can stress them out too much to even come to school. And that can leave parents desperate.” Kavitha Cardoza

Join Dr. Erin D. Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for an important session helping children cope with anxiety.

Webinar Highlights:

  • How to identify an anxious child
  • How to change anxious thinking
  • The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  • How computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options 

Friday, December 11, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

  • 9/24/20: Setting the Stage for Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations
  • 10/22/20: Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control
  • 11/19/20: Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond
  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
    • Overview on the reasons why behaviors may occur
    • Overview about reinforcing positive behavior
    • General tips for encouraging replacement behaviors
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21:Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Thursday December 17, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.