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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is National Speech-Language-Hearing Month

To request ADA accommodations and/or language interpretation for a Parent Resource Center event, please contact us at 703-228-7239 or prc@apsva.us at least 7 days prior to event.

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Mental Health Awareness Month logoUnderstanding Depression in Adolescents: Essential Information for Parents/Caregivers
Tuesday, May 14, 2024: 7pm to 8pm

Join us for a virtual event on Tuesday, May 14th where we will come together to address the experiences faced by parents/caregivers dealing with teenagers with depression. This interactive online seminar is designed to equip caregivers with the knowledge and tools needed to identify depression, understand the prevalence of major depressive disorder, explore elements of recovery and treatment strategies, and provide proactive guidance to support the well-being of the teen.

Speaker: Chana Engel, CRNP (she/her/hers) is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her BS/MS in nursing with a focus on Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health at Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in Studies in Neuroscience, from Boston University. Chana has worked within the Emotion and Development Branch (EDB) of the NIMH since 2010. Her work in the Branch has included screening and diagnostic assessments of children and adolescents, coordinating and conducting inpatient and outpatient research treatment for patients and families, facilitating clinical training across the Branch, and mentoring research assistants. She has diverse expertise in pediatric mental health, particularly in bipolar spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, chronic irritability, developmental disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Her research interests include identifying treatment mechanisms and novel treatments for depression and anxiety in youth.

SEPTA logo Arlington SEPTA Awards for?Excellence in Supporting Special Education
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Kenmore Middle School Auditorium
200 S. Carlin Springs Road

  • 6:30 pm – Light Reception
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Award Ceremony?

Join Arlington Special Education PTA (SEPTA) in celebrating Arlington teachers, staff, volunteers and students who have gone above and beyond to support Arlington students. Help us applaud the hard work of these individuals who have contributed to furthering inclusive education for students of all abilities in 糖心少女.
Responses requested for attendance.

High School Students and Executive Functioning
Monday, May 20: 11:30am to 12:30pm
Virtual Session via Zoom

Executive functioning (EF) skills help us plan, prioritize, react appropriately, and handle our emotions. Executive functioning skills help high school students manage academics, social skills and teen responsibilities.

Join us on Zoom to learn more about:

  • Development of Executive Functioning Skills
  • High school expectations
  • Strategies parents can use at home to support academic and social success


  • Solange Caovan-Hornbake, School Psychologist
  • Frida Krachenfels, Student Support Coordinator
  • Lori Ockerman, School Psychologist
  • Kelly Pendleton, School Psychologist

Middle School Students and Executive Functioning
Tuesday, May 21: 7pm-8:15pm

Students need executive functioning (EF) skills to plan, organize, strategize, pay attention to and remember details, and manage time and space. Middle school is when many students start to apply their learned EF skills to academics.

Join us on Zoom to learn more about:

  • Development of Executive Functioning Skills
  • Middle school expectations
  • Strategies parents can use at home to support academic and social success


  • Tessa Charles – School Psychologist
  • Dr. Matthew Gavin – Student Support Coordinator
  • Amy Nemeth – School Psychologist
  • Meggie Scogna – Student Support Coordinator
  • Brooke Zeller – School Psychologist

ASEAC logo Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) Meeting
Wednesday, May 22: 7-9pm
2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 456, Arlington, VA 22204 or via Zoom
To register, please email aseac.mail@gmail.com

Topic: ASEAC will hold its last meeting of the year on May 22. They will discuss recommendations from their bullying and discipline subgroups. ASEAC is also seeking candidates to run for Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary for next year.

The Arlington Special Education Advisory Committee (ASEAC) is a group of parents and community members appointed by the Arlington school board to gather information and advise the school system about how to improve education for students with disabilities.
During every meeting, ASEAC welcomes comments from the community about issues affecting students with disabilities. Interpretation and captions will be provided in multiple languages.

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Celebrate Calm Parent Workshop: Stop Defiance, Yelling & Power Struggles

Monday, May 20th: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Kenmore Middle School (Auditorium)
200 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204

A highly engaging and popular presenter is returning to Arlington. During this session, Kirk Martin will demonstrate 10 ways to:

  • Get your kids to listen the first time.
  • Stop defiance & disrespect.
  • Motivate unmotivated kids.
  • Stop daily fights over homework, screens, and morning routine.

The Kenmore PTSA invites you to attend this FREE live event
Questions? Please reach out to kenmoreptapresident@gmail.com
Watch video clips and learn more at celebratecalm.com/podcasts


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Arlington Unites 2024

Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 09:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Moving Beyond Conversations on Wellness for Children, Youth, and Families

Join this event to showcase our shared commitment to building a stronger, more resilient community. Arlington Unites is a way for all members of our community to learn about resilience initiatives, and explore ways to make Arlington more ready and able to face challenges. Childcare and lunch will be provided to registrants.
?(ONLY sign up if you will attend in-person; FREE signup means we will provide lunch and a tee shirt)

Sessions will be offered that address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and one or more of the following:

  • Understanding traumas, how they impact families, and how to respond to prevent harm and promote healing.
  • Understanding trauma, its impacts, and how to respond in an informed manner to mitigate harmful effects and promote healing.
  • Improving connections and communication between youth and their caregivers and other trusted adults.
  • Building awareness about youth substance use issues, and community resources and services to address them.

AGENDA (Subject to change)
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Check-in; Continental Breakfast; Info Tables (Information fair – featuring Arlington resources and community organizations)
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.?Welcome (remarks, acknowledgements, unveil ACEs campaign)
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.?ACEs/ACE Interface training Breakout
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.?Lunch (Pickup boxed lunch in Cafeteria)
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Poster sessions, Discussion (gaps between youth and parent data); vendor recognition
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS 75 min (Proposed sessions:)


  • Ways parents can support youth well-being;?An overview of mental wellness and mental illness; input from youth re: parent-child communication; strategies to strengthen parent-child communication.
  • Youth Substance Use Trends;?actions, resources, responses
  • Support?youth mental wellness
  • Overview of expanded resources and supports from agencies; how parents can?partner with DHS and schools?to continue support in the home


  • Lift Up Virginia and Arlington teens: Co-led session with LUV and Storyboard project; youth/TNB showcase of actions in the community.

2:15?–? 2:30 p.m. Evaluations & Certificates?(In session rooms, share a closeout statement; collect assessment survey/feedback on paper or online)
You may request & Translation?by?MAY 10?(5 business days in advance of May 18 event.)

Therapeutic Recreation Corner
TTY: 711

  • Fitness for Everyone Spirit Club Fun and Fitness runs at the Langston Brown Community Center from 10am – 11am.






May Events

?– Tuesday, May 14
?– Wednesday, May 15
?– Wednesday, May 22
Trust Talk Tuesday – Tuesday May 28
?– Tuesday May 28
?– Wednesday, May 29

Arlington DADS Group
Tuesday, May 21: 7pm to 9pm
Ireland’s Four Provinces
Dads of students with disabilities will gather for dinner and conversation between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. They are hoping for a large turnout for the final meeting of this school year, ?so contact George Buzby to reply and/or learn more about the group at gbuzby@aol.com

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Formed Families Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs.

Online Learning Courses Open Now!
is Formed Families Forward’s free online learning portal for parents, caregivers, youth and professionals. 糖心少女 is now open for Spring 2024, and it’s FREE! Enroll and access the interactive courses at your own pace. The Spring window is open through June 2024. Certificates of completion are available.
?includes six Courses on:

  • Special Education 101
  • Constructive Communication and Collaboration
  • Trauma Basics
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Kinship Care
  • Other Health Impairments

Formed Families Forward Support Groups

    • Parents and Caregivers: Details at www.FormedFamiliesForward.org

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) Parent Group

What is SPACE?

  • It is an approach to treating anxiety in children and teens
  • Uses a parent-only model
  • Parent group with 8 weekly virtual sessions on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00PM
  • Exact Dates:To Be Announced

Through SPACE, you will:

  • Increase supportive communication
  • Decrease the need for accommodations
  • Improve daily functioning
  • Become a part of the solution

For more information or to register,please contact:
Laney Park, LCSW-C-jpark@JSSA.org
Claira Winget, LMSW- cwinget@JSSA.org


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Still Meeting Virtually
This group is geared to parents whose child is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders and more. No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources. Confidentiality is respected.

School Age Students and Teens (PK-12)
Sundays, 7pm – 8:30pm

  • May 19
  • June 2
  • June 16

Register at:

Questions?? Contact:
Michelle Best
Sandy Minners
Robin Pentola






Early Childhood Academy is a FREE self-paced online course for families of young children (birth through age six) with disabilities & developmental delays.You are your child’s first and most important teacher and you help set a strong foundation for lifelong learning and success! In this 5-week online program, families of children with disabilities learn about supporting their child’s early learning and development and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.


Grupo de Chat para Padres: ?nete a nuestro nuevo GRUPO DE CHAT mediante la aplicación de WhatsApp y podrás mantenerte al tanto de todo lo que PEATC Latino está haciendo. Entra al GRUPO:

PEATC presenta esta serie de talleres virtuales para padres y profesionales que desean aprender más sobre la educación especial en Virginia.?Regístrese una vez para asistir a algunos o todos los talleres informativos! ?Aquellos que asistan a todas o más de tres talleres, podrán participar de una rifa y ganar una tarjeta de regalo de $50!Jueves, Marzo 14: Diez Cosas que Debe Saber Sobre un IEP
Martes, Abril 16: ?Su Voz Vale!
Cada taller comenzará a las 6:30 p.m. y tendrá una duración aproximada de 1 a 1.5 horas. Estas sesiones no serán grabadas.