Special Education Liaisons

This section is dedicated to providing our special education families with information, resources and a forum for responding to and supporting your journey advocating on behalf of your teen. Feel free to contact Jane Winant, PTSA Special Education Liaison, with any comments, questions, content recommendations or suggestions on how we can improve.


Jane Winant

PTSA Special Education Liaison

AHS Cat B Family Newsletter

April 2017


February 2017


December 2016

Calling Parents of Cat B Graduates!

A few of you are on this email list, and current Cat B parents could benefit from your experience. Would you be willing to sit on a parent panel to talk informally about your lives after high school and answer questions from current Cat B parents? We would love to hear from you if you are able and willing to share. Thanks for your consideration, and just email me if you are interested! Jane

A note from Cat B teacher Ms. Reap:  we really need plastic bags.  If anyone has their groceries/other retail purchases bagged in plastic bags, instead of recycling the bags or throwing them out, please send them in with their son/daughter to school. Thank you!

FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC)


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. Information from past workshops and conferences is available at www.fcps.edu/node/28555.  2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring English: 703 204-3941 Espanol: 703 204-3955


Dyslexia and the IEP: How to Make Sure the IEP is in Tip-Top Shape

On demand Webinar available 24/7 - click here


Provide input on Airport Security Screening for Individuals with Disabilities

The Disability Branch of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seeks your input on TSA's security screening and customer service activities at airports.  Click here



Dads' Parenting Group 

Twelve Mon. May 1 - Aug. 7, 6:00 - 8:30 pm Heritage Church. 2501 Fox Mill Rd. Reston

This 12-session program Includes the 24/7 Dad™ parenting class, access to Fairfax County resources, and Father-child friendly community activities.  

Register:   click here or 571-722-6162


Webinar:  Working with Adult Allies

May 16, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm ET

Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network explores how youth self-advocates and adult allies can collaborate effectively.


Control the Clutter: Piles into Files

Wed. May 17, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 4031 University Av.  Fairfax (enter on South St) 

Learn high- and low-tech strategies for managing medical and educational events and records, including tracking symptoms and setting reminders.

Register:  703 539-2904 


The Social Impact of ADHD

Wed. May 17,  7:00 – 8:30 pm, Rm. 2 Thom. Jeff. Lib. 7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church Information:  (703) 829-6129


FCPS Parent’s ABA Workshop on “Building Independence in the Community"

Wed, May 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am or 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Gatehouse Adm. Ctr. Rm. 3050/51, 8115 Gatehouse Rd. Falls Church

This workshop is intended for parents of students with autism, intellectual disabilities, or physical disabilities. Interpreters available with advance notice.

Register: provide name & phone to Liane Sprunk  571-423-4110 


Mindful Parenting: Remaining Calm While Improving Family Dynamics

Thur. May 18, 6:30 – 8:30pm LCPS Admin. Bldg. 21000 Education Ct. Ashburn

Learn how to utilize mindfulness in your role as a parent to support your children in improving focus, reducing anxiety, and being more present in each moment.

Register:  click here


Academic Transitions POAC-NoVA Information and Support Group Meeting  

Sat, May 20, 1 pm – 3 pm  Jew. Comm. Ctr. Of NOVA, 8900 Little River Tnpk. Fairfax

Experienced parents and professionals will present strategies to reduce the difficulty of transitions into kindergarten and middleschool (1-2 pm) and beyond high school (2-3 pm)

RSVP for childcare by noon on Friday, May 19th


Scream FREE Saturday

Sat, May 20, 8:30am – 2:30pm  Dunn Loring Ctr. Entr. 1, 2334 Gallows Rd. Dunn Loring

Learn strategies to become the calm and connected parent your child really needs. Screamfree Parenting gives you the tools to stay cool during life’s challenging moments. Register: 703 204-3941


Webinar:  Understanding the Impact of Trauma - What to Do at Home and School

Tues. May 23, 11 am

This session on childhood trauma and its impact on learning and behavior will include suggestions for schools and families on implementing trauma-sensitive practices.

Register:  703 539-2904


Special Needs Planning Conference

Sat, June 3, 9am – 3pm  Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria

This conference and resource fair is for all individuals with disabilities looking for information to help plan for the transition to adulthood and a secure financial future. 

Register:  click here

All of these opportunities are FREE unless noted.


Support Groups for Youth


Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together Alternate Tuesdays, January 10 through May 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm in Fairfax. Sponsored by Formed Families Forward, this peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 - 22 meets twice a month through May. Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time. Register: formedfamiliesforward.org/youth-together-peer-group/ or 703 539-2904 $3


Support Group for High School Students with ADHD meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 - 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St. No parents! Call 703-403-3335 to enter the building. Contact: coach@BrainRelief.org (703) 641-8940


Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHA meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 - 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St.  No parents!


People First for Young Adults 2nd Tue. monthly, 7–8:30 pm The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church. Youth with disabilities ages 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guest speakers on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills. Information: Diane Monnig 703 208-1119 x 118


Community of Solutions Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

All of these opportunities are FREE unless noted.


Local Support Groups for Parents


Alpha Moms. This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean. Contact: robin4brady@gmail.com


CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder meetup.com/novachadd/


Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group last Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm Contact: Jenny ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com 703 472-4678


Oakton ADHD Parent Group 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm. Contact: Maureen Gill maureen@adhdcoachforparents.com


West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact: Sharon clintob@aol.com 703 716-4646


JCCNV Special Needs Parent Support Group 1st Wed. of each month, 7:00–8:30 pm Contact: Contact: Melissa at MelissaH@jccnv.org Cost: $15 per meeting.


NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.


Oakton Family Support Group meets 1st Thurs. of each month, 7:30-9:00 pm Contact: Joanna.naminova@gmail.com or 703 620-2633


Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month 7:30-9:00 pm Contact: Heather daviesva@gmail.com or 703-362-4985


Springfield Family Support Group 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm Contact: Heather daviesva@gmail.com or 703-362-4985


OCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each Month, 7:30 pm Contact: familygroupocd@verizon.net or 202 215-5859



2017 - 2018

Executive Board

Carrie Holmes – President

Norma Foti - VP of Membership

Margaret Kindling – Secretary

Maria Cruz – Treasurer