Workshop Warehouse

Did you miss a Parent Resource Center workshop?

Would you like the presentation/handout from any of the workshops listed below? Email us or call us (703-204-3941) and we will send it to you! Some of the workshops below can be watched on our YouTube Channel.

May 2019

Digital Citizenship: Tips for Parents

As parents in the digital age, being aware, alert and involved in your children’s use of the internet is crucial. What else can you do to keep your child safe on the internet? Digital Citizenship can be described as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior, its positive and negative impact on self and others, with regard to technology use. It is important for parents to help their child become safe, ethical, responsible and respectful digital citizens. Join the PRC for this workshop to learn necessary supports so all students have a safe online space in which to learn healthy, and respectful technology use at home and school. Richard Stegman, Andrea Jones and Erika Deem, members of the FCPS Digital Citizenship team will present this workshop for all parents. Watch Digital Citizenship: Tips for Parents on YouTube.

High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to High School

If you’ve got a tween, you know that middle school is no cake walk. Multiple teachers, personal schedule responsibility, and long-term assignments all require more independent thought and focus. In ninth grade, that reality gets kicked up a notch. Join the PRC for this workshop to learn:

  • How to finish middle school strong while building positive habits for the future.
  • How to make the shift from guided to independent learning so your child doesn’t feel overwhelmed or lost.
  • The secret to effective time management as a high-school student balancing academics with sports, activities, friends, and work.
  • How your teen can manage his or her all-important social life so it doesn’t interfere with school.

This workshop is presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author. Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc. Watch High School Prep: A Strategic Transition from Middle School to High School on Youtube.

Emergency Preparedness for Parents of Students with Disabilities

For the millions of Americans with disabilities, natural and human-made disasters present a substantial challenge. Fairfax County’s Office of Emergency Management is committed to the inclusion of all by spreading the message of preparedness to its residents with disabilities and access and functional needs. Join the Office of Emergency Management for a discussion on emergency preparedness for your family, plans that exist in Fairfax County for evacuation and sheltering, and accommodations that might be needed during an emergency for your child.

April 2019

Autism and Safety: Public Safety Considerations, Guidance for Families, Caregivers and Self-Advocates

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other cognitive disabilities may not recognize danger, react well in an emergency or be able to seek help. This workshop will provide parents and educators of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other cognitive disabilities information on safety risks for individuals with special needs, proactive steps to reduce the risk of potential dangers and resources available in the community for emergency preparedness. Scott Campbell, a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Public Safety Workgroup for Autism Awareness; Autism Safety and Awareness Trainer for families and first responder personnel in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.; former President of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia; and former President of Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) of Northern Virginia will present this important workshop. Watch Autism and Safety: Public Safety Considerations, Guidance for Families, Caregivers and Self-Advocates on Youtube.

Flash Forward, Career and Transition Event

Presented by FCPS Career and Transition Service, Flash Forward will provide students with IEP's and their parents an introduction to options after high school. Representatives from postsecondary and adult education employment, community programs and services will be available. The schedule includes information tables, an overview of postsecondary options and a breakout of workshop sessions.

February 2019

Why Won't My Child Go to School? A Conversation about School Refusal

Dr. Lisa Batemen, Neuroscience, Inc., presented this workshop sharing information on school refusal. Highlights included symptoms of school refusal, including behavioral symptoms, and patterns of behavior. Dr. Batemen also shared information on the differences between school refusal and truancy, causes of school refusal, strategies for parents and resources to help support students. Watch Why Won't My Child Go to School? A Conversation about School Refusal on YouTube.

Selective Mutism

In this workshop participants learned about the diagnosis of Selective Mutism, how symptoms are maintained and persist and ways to successfully support children in overcoming their fear of speaking, both at school and out in the world. Dr. Kristin Swanson is a clinical psychologist, specializing in work with young children (ages 2 to 12) and their families presented this workshop. She has developed an expertise in Selective Mutism and works to support families in helping their children overcome their fear of speaking.

Super Transition Saturday

This workshop was provided for parents and educators of students receiving special education services. Participants were provided information about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities. Breakout sessions covered postsecondary education support services, employment and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post school success and in-school CTS supports that are available to all Fairfax County Public School students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond.

January 2019

Mind in the Making

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky, encompasses an evidence-based list of life skills that are essential for children to succeed socially, emotionally and intellectually in the short and long term. Participants were provided strategies for improving these skills, their importance in children's lives and activities to promote them. The seven essential life skills are: focus and self control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges and self-directed, engaged learning.

Coping Strategies for Anxious Children

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) presented this workshop for parents of anxious children, ages 8-17. Highlights included how to help children with anxiety, when anxiety becomes a disorder, strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders and stress reduction tools. Participants also heard about current NIMH studies on anxiety in children.

Introduction to Special Education

This workshop was provided for parents NEW to special education. Topics covered included: what is special education, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).

December 2018

Mindfulness for Children: Evidence-Based Practices to Use at Home

The use of yoga and mindfulness in schools is on the rise and it’s no wonder why. These evidenced-based practices are the perfect tool to support your children in developing strong social-emotional development and improving behavior and academic performance. Participants will learn the basics and benefits of yoga and mindfulness and will walk away with practical and creative ways to encourage the use of these holistic practices at home. Watch Mindfulness for Children on YouTube.

The IEP Transition Plan: Postsecondary Planning in Middle and High School

FCPS Career and Transition Services (CTS) shared information related to the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. In-depth conversations with CTS staff, answers to questions about what parents should look for and what role the IEP plays in increasing self-advocacy was provided.

Collaborative IEP meetings: Parents as Partners

This workshop was provided for parents of children receiving special education services. Strategies to support your child's IEP meetings were shared and highlights included: the IEP process and its components, your role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team members and planning for your child's IEP meeting.

November 2018

Introduction to Special Education

This workshop was provided for parents NEW to special education. Topics covered included: what is special education, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).

Dyslexia Open House

The FCPS Office of Special Education Instruction and the Parent Resource Center hosted the 4th annual open house. Carrie Leestma, FCPS dyslexia specialist, FCPS offices and community organizations shared information at exhibit tables and resources were available.

The IEP Transition Plan: Postsecondary Planning in Middle and High School

FCPS Career and Transition Services (CTS) shared information related to the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. In-depth conversations with CTS staff, answers to questions about what parents should look for and what role the IEP plays in increasing self-advocacy was provided.

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Harnessing ADHD Superpowers

Can you identify your child’s ADHD Superpowers? This important workshop provided 21st century skills needed to be successful in the workforce and how your child’s ADHD superpowers will help them succeed. This workshop highlighted the strengths and challenges of students with ADHD, the effectiveness of parenting as a consultant and more. Information and ideas were shared for parents with children of ALL ages.

October 2018

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

Kirk Martin, Founder of Celebrate Calm, offers tips and strategies to understand your strong-willed child, motivate without power struggles, stop yelling, lecturing, and nagging and to enjoy your strong-willed child.

Post-Secondary Education Options - Coffee and Conversation

This important workshop hosted by FCPS Career and Transition Services provided important information on post-secondary education options for students with disabilities. Watch Post-Secondary Options - Coffee and Conversation on YouTube.

Moving On To Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities

This FREE Resource Fair for students with disabilities and their parents shared information about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options. This Resource Fair was for all individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation.

Due Process and Eligibility: Procedural Safeguards and Parental Rights

This important workshop presented to parents to support better understanding of parental rights regarding children who receive special education services. Highlights included special education terminology, confidentiality, independent educational evaluations, dispute resolutions and procedures when disciplining children with disabilities.

You Can Help Prevent Bullying: Strategies for Parents

This workshop shared information about how to help prevent bullying at home and in school. Highlights included what is bullying, bullying in a cyber world, bullying vs. harassment, signs to look for, and ways to prevent and support. Watch You Can help Prevent Bullying: Strategies for Parents on YouTube.

September 2018

Google Classroom

Staff from FCPS Assistive Technology Services presented this workshop on how Google Classroom works and other tips parents need to know. Watch Google Classroom on YouTube.

Accessing Inclusive Settings: New Changes to the IEP

Staff from the FCPS Office of Special Education Procedural Support and the FCPS Office of Special Education Instruction will present this important workshop for parents of students receiving special education services.

Gender Differences in ADHD

Patricia Quinn, MD, discussed the gender differences in ADHD and the important implications in diagnosis and treatment. Watch Gender Differences in ADHD on Youtube.

May 2018

Strategies and Supports to Help Children and Teens with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Dr. Lisa Bateman, Neuroscience Inc., addressed signs and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that can be identified by parents and teachers as well as causes and treatments options for OCD.

Depression in Children and Teens

Signs and symptoms of depression in children and teens are highlighted in this presentation. Watch Depression in Children and Teens on YouTube

April 2018

Introduction to Special Education

An overview of the special education process for parents new to special education. Watch Introduction to Special Education on YouTube

Collaborative IEPs: Parents as Partners

This presentation provides an overview of the IEP process and strategies for collaboration during your child's IEP meetings. Presented by Andrew Guillen, FCPS IEP Specialist and Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, FCPS Parent Resource Center Manager.

A Closer Look at Stress and Anxiety in Elementary School Students

Kasey Cain, Resource Counselor, FCPS School Counseling Services, and Resident in Counseling presented strategies and resources to support elementary school students experiencing stress and anxiety. Watch A Closer Look at Stress and Anxiety in Elementary School Students on You Tube.

Autism 101

An introduction to understanding autism spectrum disorders presented by the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.

March 2018

Trauma 101

Information on the symptoms of trauma, reactions to trauma, and the impact of trauma on education and relationships. Fact sheets from Formed Families Forward and online resources.

Tech Tools to Support Students with Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties

Assistive Technology Services provided free tech tools and strategies that can be useful to support students of all ages who struggle with reading at this workshop. Watch Tech Tools to Support Students with Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties on YouTube

February 2018

Building Healthy Relationships

Staff from the Mason LIFE Program at George Mason University presented strategies to discuss relationships, sex education, and dating rules with tweens and teens with disabilities. Watch Building Healthy Relationships on YouTube

Section 504 - What Parents Need to Know

Kathy Murphy, FCPS Section 504 Specialist, presented information on qualifying under Section 504, the 504 Plan process, preparing for meetings, and more. Watch Section 504-What Parents Need to Know on YouTube

What is Restorative Justice?

The principles of Restorative Justice and how the program is used in Fairfax County Public Schools. Watch Restorative Justice on YouTube

January 2018

You're Not the Boss of Me!

Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, shares ideas on how to keep parents and kids of all ages calm.

Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Teens

Research on identifying and treating anxiety in children and teens from the National Institute of Mental Health. View NIMH information about anxiety.

Executive Functioning: Strategies to Help Children Orchestrate their Lives

This presentation provides strategies to help students with organization, homework study skills and time management. Facts on ADHD are also included.

December 2017

Depression in Children and Teens

A presentation by Dr. Kenneth Towbin, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on depression in children and teens. View NIMH information about depression online.

November 2017

Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Postsecondary Employment Options for Students with Disabilities

This presentation provided postsecondary employments options for students with disabilities from FCPS Career and Transition Services, The Arc of Northern Virginia and The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board. Watch Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Postsecondary Employment Options for Students with Disabilities on YouTube

Introduction to Special Education

An overview of the special education process for parents new to special education.

Trauma 101

Information on the symptoms of trauma, reactions to trauma, and the impact of trauma on education and relationships. Fact sheets from Formed Families Forward and online resources.

October 2017

Dyslexia Open House

Information on the NEW online Dyslexia Handbook for Parents, social emotional impacts of dyslexia on students and Parent Resource Center resources on dyslexia.

Postsecondary Education Planning - Coffee and Conversation

FCPS Career and Transition Services provided resources for postsecondary education for students with disabilities and resources for transitioning from high school to college.

The Social Impact of ADHD

Cathi Cohen, Author, Clinical Social Worker, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and expert in the field of social skills training for children, shares strategies for helping children with ADHD who have challenges making and keeping friends.

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

A presentation on transition services for students with disabilities as well as a list of vendors and their handouts.

Collaborative IEPs: Parents as Partners

This presentation provides an overview of the IEP process and strategies for collaboration during your child's IEP meetings.

September 2017

An Introduction to Executive Function

The brain's executive function enables people to plan, focus attention, remember instructions and multi-task successfully. Learn how these skills affect your child's academic habits.

Exceptional Military Families Summit

Resources for military families of children with special needs. Resources from the FCPS offices of Special Education Instruction, Special Education Procedural Support, School Counseling Services, Career and Transition Services and more!

Homework Made Simple

Tips and strategies to help make this a year of stress-free homework for you and your child!

June 2017

Movement is Magic for the Summer

Summer Motor Fun Toolbox, quick sensory break ideas and more ways to include movement in your child's summer!

Housing Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities

Resources to make the move to independent housing, flexible spending information, and 2017 housing tours.

Tech Friday - Summer Writing

Activities and strategies in Word and Google to support and encourage writing.

May 2017

Calming the Anxious Waters

Strategies to help preschool and elementary school students calm anxiety.

Celebrate Calm - Stop Power Struggles from Morning to Midnight

Kirk Martin, Founder of Celebrate Calm, offers tips and strategies to avoid power struggles in your home.

April 2017

Flash Forward - Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with IEPs

Career and Transition Services contacts, list of exhibitors and more.

Next Stop

Resources from Glen Finland, author of Next Stop, including Charting the Life Course on integrated services and supports and Charting the Life Course on employment goals.

Autism & Safety

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Public Safety Considerations: Guidance for Families, Caregivers, and Self-Advocates presentation.

March 2017

Mind in the Making - The Seven Essential Life Skills That Every Child Needs

From the book by Ellen Galinsky, this workshop highlighted taking on challenges.

February 2017

Mind in the Making - The Seven Essential Life Skills That Every Child Needs

From the book by Ellen Galinsky, this workshop highlighted critical thinking.

Tech Thursday - Technology Tools to Support Executive Functioning

Technology tools and strategies that can help support students with executive functioning deficits. Presented by FCPS Assistive Technology Services.

January 2017

Mind in the Making - The Seven Essential Life Skills That Every Child Needs

From the book by Ellen Galinsky, this workshop highlighted making connections.

Dyslexia Strategies for Elementary Students

An overview of FCPS supports available for students with dyslexia and strategies for addressing the social-emotional affects of dyslexia.

Strategies to Support Secondary Students with Dyslexia

An overview of FCPS supports available for students with dyslexia and strategies for addressing the social-emotional affects of dyslexia.

Tech Thursday - Google Docs

A presentation on how Google Apps for Education can support student achievement, ways Google Docs can help students in grade 4 and up with the writing process, and voice typing tools.