Reources to Benefit Parents, Teachers and/or Teens

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice, homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addition and overdose; and underage drinking. Information may be found by exploring the following resources:


Saturday, September 16, 9am-1pm: Exceptional Military Families Summit (Mount Vernon High School)

Saturday, October 14, 9am-12:30pm: Town Hall Meeting: “Raising a Teen in the 21st Century” (Junior Achievement Finance Park, 4099 Pickett Road, Fairfax. Breakout sessions include: Stress& Anxiety, Positive Family Time--Successful Parenting Models, Substance Use, and Learning Disabilities. This event is free; click here for details.

Workshops, Training, Online Resources, and Support Groups
(Listings are Updated Monthly)

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases, you must register if registration information is provided.

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.  

2334 Gallows Rd. Rm 105, Dunn Loring  English: 703 204-3941 Espanol: 703 204-3955

Executive Functioning: Strategies to Help Orchestrate Your Life
Tues. Sept. 12, 7:00 - 8:30 pm Oakwood School 7210 Braddock Rd. Annandale
This talk will focus on ways to build children's executive function skills such as: organization, planning, prioritization, task initiation, and managing emotions.

Autism Research Symposium
Fri, Sept. 15, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm Marriott Fairview Park, 3111 Fairview Pk. Dr. Falls Church
The Virginia Tech Ctr. for Autism Research will present autism research from biomedical, imaging, technology, education, and clinical translational fields. 
RSVP required: email or (703) 865-6502.

Family Movie Night: Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASDs
Fri. Sept. 15, 6:00-8:30 pm Formed Families Forward 4031 University Dr., Fairfax 
Is your family impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)? Come for a movie on this topic. Children have a G-rated film next door. Dinner served at 6 pm.
Register: or 703-539-2904

Creating the Future: Building a Whole Life for Adults in the Down Syndrome Community  
Sat. Sept. 16, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Paul VI Catholic HS 10675 Fairfax Blvd. Fairfax
This conference for parents of youth with Down syndrome age 16 and above will present best practices of health and behavioral concerns for adults with Down syndrome. 
Register by Sept.14:  or 703-621-7129  $30

Exceptional Military Families Summit
Sat. Sept. 16, 8:30 am -1 pm Mount Vernon HS, Door 4, 8515 Old Mt. Vernon Rd.  Alexandria 
A day of resources and information for military families with children with special needs, including presentations and an exhibit hall.
Register: or 703 204-3941

POAC-NoVa Information and Support Group
Sat, Sept. 16, 1 - 4 pm Location TBD in Fairfax County
This yearly back-to-school meeting of Parents of Autistic Children will cover the "Buddy" program, extended school year services, and Q & A for FCPS Behavior Intervention Services.

Fairfax County Family Parenting Classes
Mondays Sept. 18 - Dec.18 5:30 - 8:00 pm Locations in Fairfax, Alexandria, and Reston
These caring, comprehensive classes for parents and their chidden help them learn ways to work together as a family. Dinner and child care included.

Sat. Sept. 19, 10 am - 1:30 pm Argosy University, 1550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington,
This half-day training prepares anyone over the age of 15, to notice and take appropriate action in situations where someone may have thoughts of suicide.
Register by Sept. 6: Free
CEUs: $20

Helping Your Child Succeed in Virginia High Schools: Understanding Alternative Assessments for SOLs
Sept. 21, 6:30 - 8:00 pm Formed Families Forward 4031 University Drive, Fairfax
Learn about alternatives to the Virginia SOL assessments for students whose disabilities prevent them from demonstrating their knowledge to achieve the verified credits they need.
Register: or 703-539-2904

Transition Series 2017
Sat. Sept. 23 & Oct. 21, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm Marymount U. Rowley Hall 2807 N Glebe Rd. Arl. 
Planning for parents of youth with intellectual disabilities who will transition from school services to adult services. Parents must attend both days; both are optional for youth.
Register by Sept. 13:

Recovery Resource Open House
Wed. Sept. 27, 4 - 7 pm Merrifield Center 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr. Fairfax
This event will provide information on solutions to substance abuse disorders including a wide variety of treatment providers and six half-hour presentations on addiction and recovery.
No registration.

How Can You Help Kids Work Through Frustration?
Thur. Sept. 28, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm The StudyPro 6849 Old Dominion Drive #200 McLean
Learn how to help children maintain a growth mindset to help them feel more competent, stress less about perfection, and maintain an optimistic outlook even when they struggle.

Respite & Day Programs Workshop
Thur. Sept. 28, 7-9 pm Jewish Community Ctr of NOVA 8900 Little River Tnpk. Fairfax
This workshop and exhibitswill showcase various respite and day programs as well as the Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program and the Individual and Family Support Program.
RSVP to Carey 703 865-6502 or

Support Groups for Youth

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 - 3:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr Fairfax, VA enter on South St. No parents! Call 703-403-3335 to enter building. Contact: 703- 641-8940

People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 - 8:00 pm The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church
Youth with disabilities age 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guests 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

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group 4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm
Contact: Jenny 703 472-4678
West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm
Contact: Sharon 703 716-4646

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center 2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: 703-799-2882
D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm Contact: 571-490-1268

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse 703-246-2495

D.A.D.S. Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm Contact: 571-490-1268

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

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month 7:30-9:00 pm
Contact: or ?703-362-4985
Springfield Family Support Group meets on the 4th Thur. of each month 7:00-8:30 pm
Contact: or ?703-362-4985

OCD Family Support Group 1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm
Contact: or 202 215-5859

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia
Bimonthly Support Group



Woodson PTSO: Family / Student / Teacher Enrichment Program Series

Coordinator: Elena Teobold

As part of the PTSO mission one of our objectives is to continue to offer programs to empower families, students, teachers and staff with useful, practical skills and resources to build and strengthen communication skills, resilience and reduce stressors at school and in the home. The PTSO, in collaboration with the Woodson Admin, has developed an Enrichment Series which consists of guest speakers, author visits, parent support groups, topic panels, and much more. Please let us know what topics you’d like to hear about that will best support your family.
Previous Family Enrichment Programs are available for your review:

Presented February 2015: “Authentic Success- Parenting for the Long Run” by Dr. Heather Tedesco for Woodson High School. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SLIDES

 As a parent, what does success mean to you? What does it look like for your child now and what will it look like at the age of 30? Character, resilience, true grit, self-control, responsibility and independence. How can parents support and grow those traits in our kids?

Presented November 17 & 18, 2014: “Assessing Your Child’s ‘Readiness to Launch’” by Dr. Heather Tedesco for Woodson High School. CLICK HERE TO VIEW SLIDES

Parent Talks with Psychologist, Dr. Heather Tedesco were well received by parents and staff at Woodson at the Monday & Tuesday events. Preparing kids to be responsible and productive adults beyond just high school is a full time effort. Whatever path they decide to take, we want them to be equipped with family values, coping skills and oh yes, at least know how to do their own laundry!
A few nuggets to ponder:

  1. Competence breeds Confidence and builds Self-Esteem
  2. What are your top three family values?
  3. Do you know your child’s coping mechanisms?

Woodson PTSO Staff Self-Care (in partnership with Heart & Soul Yoga and The Community of Solutions

Coordinator: Mary Beth Quick

The Community of Solutions and Heart & Soul Yoga began an initiative in 2015-2016 to provide Staff Self-Care Days to Woodson Teachers and Staff 4- 6 times each school year. During the lunch period, 11:20am-1:20pm, we invite a variety of wellness practitioners, offer a few minutes of yoga, mindfulness, chair massage, therapy dogs, healthy tips, “tastes” and tea, all with the intention of providing just a few minutes of “nourishment” for the WTW staff.  This brief escape is one way that we support Woodson’s Cav Culture of being: Proactive / Accountable / Empathetic / Respectful / Connected.

We need volunteers to help set up (minimal), guide staff to the various offerings and help with clean up (minimal). This is a great way to volunteer with a minimal time commitment. For more information or to volunteer, contact: Coordinator: Mary Beth Quick at


Special Education and Frost-Woodson Special Services

Coordinator: Joanne Ladino

The Woodson PTSO Special Education Services Committee partners with Woodson Admin to provide supplemental support for parents, teachers, and students to achieve the best outcomes for all students with learning differences

Special education services comprise a range of supports, most typically delivered via an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 (accommodations) plan. As students progress through secondary education, and when planning for the transition to postsecondary life, the group provides essential assistance in helping identify resources and information.

The goal is to support all persons involved in special education by providing opportunities for networking, trainings and informative programming, as well as a place for parents, students, teachers, and other IEP or 504 team members to come together and achieve stronger relationships. We start this process with liaison services from Frost Middle School into Woodson through the Frost-Woodson Special Services program.

In the past, Frost-Woodson Special Services has consisted of a parent-student-teacher interest group, affiliated with both the Woodson PTSO and the Frost PTA, whose goal is to provide information and support to students receiving special education services and their families via a Yahoo listserv.

If you are interested in helping to identify programming opportunities or participating in any aspect of information sharing, please contact Joanne Ladino at


Community of Solutions,
Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

Heather Davies
Valerie Flowe
Mary Beth Quick

CoS is a volunteer group of parents, teens, school administration, mental health professionals and other concerned citizens from Fairfax County who share a common interest: helping our teens live happy, healthy lives.

Here are some of the actions CoS is currently focusing on:

  • Building Resilience – incorporating mindfulness into the classroom, after-school yoga for students
  • Student/Teacher Forum – initiated by a Woodson high school student in an effort to build bridges of communication between students and school staff
  • Host Staff Self-Care Days – for stress-relief and to show appreciation for teachers and administration
  • Self-Advocacy – focus on strategies for communicating this valuable life-skill to students
  • Education – that focuses on teen wellness, mental illness and reducing stigma
  • Positive approaches to Homework and AP Classes – examines the academic research, stress factors and solutions implemented throughout Fairfax County
  • Promote Positive Messaging – to teens via social media and other visual means
  • Advocacy – working at the school, county and state level to support improved teen mental health services

Other CoS Impact/Actions/Solutions:

  • Advocated for the implementation of a crisis line app
  • Encouraged students and teachers to become certified in Mental Health First Aid
  • Host a monthly National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) support group at Woodson HS
  • Facilitated eliminating homework during school holidays.
  • Created mental health and wellness resource magnets for student lockers

Learn More. Get Involved. Make a Difference.
Join our FaceBook page to hear about upcoming meetings and to participate in the discussions. Sign up for our mailing list to receive email notifications about upcoming meetings and related community events.





FCPS Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center of the Fairfax County Public Schools promotes parent awareness of the services provided by the Fairfax County Public Schools for children with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities and their families. The Center encourages parent participation in the educational decision-making process and provides seminars, training programs, and information to foster the parent/professional partnership.


George Mason Center for Psychological Services

Woodson POC: Heather Davies



Woodson Coordinator: Heather Davies

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)builds better lives for those affected by mental illness. There are two Fairfax County NAMI NOVa meetings that specific for family of youth:
    Location: Woodson High School (Library), 9525 Main St., Fairfax, VA
    (focus: parents of youth)
    Meets: 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Contact: Heather at
    703-978-0248 or

    Location: Prince of Peach Lutheran Church, Room #24, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA
    (focus: parents of youth)
    Meets: 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Contact: Heather at 703-978-0248 or

Woodson Coordinator: Heather Davies

Attention TEENS: We are a part of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County and work to create peer-to-peer education programs for elementary, middle and high schools about substance abuse and making healthy choices. Work with other high school leaders committed to keeping their schools and youth  safe and drug free, participate in monthly meetings, interact with local business leaders, policy makers, health care providers and law enforcement.
For more information, go to: Unified Prevention Coalition Youth Council web site.


Are you aware of Virginia’s Underage Drinking Laws? Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. It’s against the law.



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