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September 2019

Lunch & Learn Series: "When Anxiety Affects Education, " presented by Dr. Jonathan Dalton and Dr. Monique Reynolds, licensed clinical psychologists with the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change. Drs. Dalton and Reynolds will focus on specific strategies that parents can use at home to assist with school-based anxiety. In addition, they will discuss:

  • the mechanisms through which anxiety interferes with learning
  • the hidden role of avoidance in school-based anxiety
  • how we can accommodate anxiety without enabling avoidance
When: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (lunch provided)
Where: The StudyPro, 849 Old Dominion Dr. Suite 200, McLean, VA 22101
Fee: No charge. Lunch will be provided. Call (571) 321-5800 for registration information or click HERE.
6th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference, Tools for Fostering Success at Home, in School, and Throughout Life
FCPS Dept. of Special Services is partnering with Inova and Kaiser Permanente on this year's conference. The morning will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote. The conference will feature a special session for High School students, called the "Our Minds Matter Teen Summit," in the morning. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova's Act on Addiction Summer, to be held from 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
When: Saturday., October 5, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA 22030
Registration: For more details and to register, visit the conference website.
Lunch: Will be provided, courtesy of Inova.


2019 CHADD/NAMI ADHD and Mental Health Resource Fair 

What: Knowing is better! That’s why ADHD Awareness Month is celebrated every October, with events and activities around the world. This year, CHADD Chapters are joining forces to present a Resource Fair for the benefit of all families in Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, author of "ADHD: A Coat of Many Colors." Eight breakout sessions will highlight various topics of ADHD and mental health.
Why: This fair is a great opportunity to meet with professionals, school representatives, and non-profit organization members who can provide resources you need if you or a family member have been diagnosed with ADHD and a co-occurring mental illness. Experts include specialists in ADHD and the areas of learning differences and mental illness. 
When: Saturday, October 12, 2019,⋅8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: ASCE HQ Bechtel Conference Center, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191
Cost: General Admission is free


Increasing the Representation of Black Boys in Gifted Education: Strategies for Educators and Parents. Lunch & Learn Webinar presented by the Maryland Coalition for Gifted & Talented Education (MCGATE). Guest speaker is Dr. Ramon B. Goings, assistant professor of educational leadership at Loyola University Maryland. His research interests center on exploring the academic and social experiences of gifted/high-achieving Black males, PreK - PhD, diversifying the teacher and school leader workforce, and investigating the contributions of historically Black colleges and universities.

When: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Fee: Free for MCGATE Members; $25 for non-members, which includes an annual membership

Registration: Register by October 1, 2019, at


2 Days of 2e Virtual Conference: Organized by With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC,   2 Days of 2e virtual online conference is for parents, educators, and clinicians, to learn how to best reach and teach 2e learners (gifted with a learning difference).

When: Available on-demand through April 2020. Live-Chat during sessions on Tue., Oct. 29 and Wed., Oct. 30, 2019. 

What: 12 renowned experts and thought leaders discuss topics from emotion regulation, social thinking, and trauma to learning styles, classroom regulation, and teaching strategies. Participants learn how to use research-based tools for their home, classroom or clinical office. Participants are eligible to receive a Certificate documenting Contact Hours, issued by the University of Connecticut.

Fee: Register here. The cost is $109 for an individual; $98 per person for groups 5+.


Exceptional Schools Fair

What:  Sponsored by The American University School of Education, Teaching and Health, the Fair is designed to showcase schools and programs that will help children with diverse learning needs thrive, both academically and socially.
When:  Sunday, November 17, 2019,  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Katzen Arts Center, American University at Ward Circle, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Cost: The Fair is free and open to the public. Free parking!


Georgetown University Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and Children’s National Health System are studying executive function skills, (like attention, memory, and learning), using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  They are seeking to recruit participants, ages 8-13, with a clinical diagnosis that impacts their Executive Functioning, such as Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, and Conduct Disorders.

The study involves behavioral testing and an MRI scan. While getting the scan, the child will complete computerized tasks that are first practiced outside of the scanner. Parents may be asked to participate in an interview and complete paper questionnaires at the appointment or complete these over the phone. If you have questions or would like to join the research study, please contact Charlotte Jeppsen, BA Clinical Research Assistant Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology Children’s National Health System by phone (301-765-5425) or email.  IRB Protocol #8049.

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children's National Health System is currently recruiting children and young adults (ages 13-21) who are developing typically and two of their biological first degree relatives (parents and siblings) to study the relationship between genes and key cognitive and behavioral features in youth with and without autism. Eligible participants will be asked to provide a genetic sample (either saliva or a cheek swab) during an in-person clinical or research visit and will be asked to complete some activities and questionnaires.

Perks: Participants receive compensation for their time: $10 per genetic sample (up to $30 per family) and $40 per family for completing the activities and questionnaires. If you are interested in participating, please email Chelsea Armour or call 301-765-5449.