Event Calendar


PRC Drop-In ImageParent Resource Center (PRC) Drop-In
Thursday, September 19, 2019: 10am to Noon
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Suite 158, Arlington, VA 22204
New to special education? Have questions? Concerned about your child? Want to connect with other parents?
The Arlington Public Schools Parent Resource Center (PRC)offers a variety of supports to families – primarily those with children with disabilities and unique learning needs- including parent learning opportunities and classes, individual meetings, and a lending library. Each month, we will host an informal but informative “drop-in” for families wishing to learn more about the PRC, the special education process, and community resources. This is an opportunity to meet the PRC team, enjoy light refreshments,ask questions, and connect with others! We can’t wait to meet you. Please let us know you’re coming by registering online, or contacting us at prc@apsva.us or 703.228.7239.
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Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting
September 24, 2019: 7:00pm – 9:00pmASEAC
Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 452/454, Arlington, VA 22204
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ASEAC invites all interested citizens to participate in their monthly public meetings. At the beginning of each meeting, ASEAC welcomes comments from the public regarding the needs of students with disabilities in APS. See the ASEAC Public Comment Guidelines at https://www.apsva.us/special-education-advisory-committee/ for information about submitting public comments. Any person who would like an interpreter and/or any person with a disability who needs accommodations to access the meeting should contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 239 or prc@apsva.us at least seven business days in advance of a meeting to request assistance.

ASEAC 2019-20 Meetings 

September 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Rooms # 456
October 22, 2019 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Rooms # 456
November 19, 2019 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Rooms # 456
December 17, 2019 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Room # 456
January 28, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Room # 456
February 25, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Room # 456
March 24, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Room # 456
April 28, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Room # 456
May 26, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Syphax Education Center – Room # 456
June 16, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Syphax Education Center – Room # 456

IceCreamSocial.2019Arlington SEPTA Ice Cream Social & Extracurricular Activities Fair
Saturday, September 28, 2019: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington, VA 22204
Enjoy ice cream with other families and meet DC area extra-curricular providers. All are welcome! (Food allergy options available.)
RSVP at: https://tinyurl.com/septa2019icecreamsocial



Transition University
Tuesdays, October 8 – November 12
PEATC (Virginia’s Parent Education and Advocacy Training Center) will be offering a 5-session series to help parents/guardians navigate the transition process for their school age child and prepare for the adult world. Parents/guardians may join us at the Parent Resource Center (PRC) on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11am to participate in a collaborative learning sessions as part of a group, or register to participate independently online.

Course Description:
For families of children with disabilities, thinking about the future can bring mixed emotions. Some families are just trying to make it through day-to-day challenges and might not feel they have the energy to think about what happens after high school. Others may want to plan for that transition, but are confused by unfamiliar language, complex steps, and the many agencies that may be involved in adult services. Join PEATC for this FREE 5-week course that focuses on providing parent-friendly transition information to help make transition planning easier. This course is designed for parents/caregivers of elementary, middle or high school students that receive special education services, but is open to everyone.  The goal is to share factual information on transition services and to help make the transition from school services to the adult services world less confusing. Topics covered in this course will include:

  • What is Transition and Why is it Important?
  • Transition Services in the IEP
  • Supported Decision Making, Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Age of Majority
  • Future planning including Special Needs Trusts, ABLE accounts and Letters of Intent
  • Transitioning into Independent Living (employment, further education, housing, etc.)
  • Connecting to Your Community and to Adult Services – and much more!

Register online for the group sessions at the PRC on Tuesday mornings, or register online for the self-paced individual course (open from October 6 through November 10).

School Refusal and School-Related AnxietySchool Refusal & School-Related Anxiety
Monday, October 14, 2019: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center
2100 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 452/454/456, Arlington, VA 22204

Presented by: Dr. Jonathan Dalton

We know that today’s children and teens are facing higher levels of anxiety than previous generations.  For example, anxiety disorders affect approximately 38% of girls and 26% of boys prior to the age of 18, and today’s youth are between 5 and 8 times more likely to show symptoms of an anxiety disorder than their same-aged peers did during WWII and the Great Depression.  Much of this anxiety is experienced in relation to school, and can also interfere with school performance and attendance.  This presentation will focus on evidence-based but counterintuitive strategies the parents can use to help their children and teens who experience high levels of anxiety. Specifically, we will outline a toolbox of parenting skills including how to use attention and praise to reduce anxiety, when anxious behavior should be ignored or redirected, how to teach effective cognitive coping strategies, and how to build grit and resilience in vulnerable children and teens.

Dr. Dalton is a licensed psychologist who founded the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change (CABC) in Rockville, MD and McLean, VA. CABC is a specialty psychology practice staffed with 10 licensed psychologists and a postdoctoral fellow who specialize in the evidence-based treatment of children living with anxiety disorders.  He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Villanova University, a master’s degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University with a specialization in child and family psychology. He completed two years of pre-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Kennedy Krieger Institute, and advanced postdoctoral training at the Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders at the University of Maryland. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and teens, with a focus on anxiety-based school refusal. He frequently lectures and trains other mental health professionals on the treatment of anxiety and related disorders, and consults with school systems to reduce the effect of anxiety upon students.
Register online, or contact the PRC at 703.228.7239 or prc@apsva.us.
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Note: Although schools will not be in session on October 14th, the session is being held in the evening on this APS Professional Learning Day. We are grateful to be able to provide this learning opportunity for parents and community members in the evening.

Arlington Public Schools Sibshops




Sibshops are peer recreation and support sessions – for students who have brothers or sisters with disabilities, special needs, and/or significant health issues. Participants will meet other sibs (often for the first time), have fun, laugh, talk about  having a sib with special needs, play some great games, participate in engaging activities, and build community together.

Super Sibs Club (Grades 2-5)
October 17: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
January 30: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
March 19: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
May 28: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Register your 2nd-5th grade child for Super Sibs Club here, or contact the PRC at 703.228.7239.
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Middle School Sibshops (Grades 6-8)
October 24: 6pm to 8pm
February 27: 6pm to 8pm
April 30, 2019: 6pm to 8pm

Register your middle school student (grades 6-8) for Middle School Sibshops here, or contact the PRC at 703.228.7239.

Donations to cover the costs of snacks and materials are requested as follows – $5 for each 2 hour session.  Read more about sibshops.

Sibshops are co-sponsored by Arlington Public Schools Parent Resource Center and Arlington SEPTA, with support from Arlington County’s Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts units.

Future Quest: College and Career Conference for Middle and High School StudentsFutureQuest Flier English
Saturday, October 26, 2019: 8am to 3pm
George Mason University – Johnson Center
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.
Register for Future Quest 2019
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Need more information?  You can contact the Parent Resource Center at 703.228.7239 or emma.parralsanchez@apsva.us.

We look forward to talking with you.