Upcoming events

    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

    Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

    Cost: Free for members; $15 for non-members

    This event aims to cover the following questions from both the kid’s and parent’s perspective:

    • Are you ready to date?
    • Whom do you want to date?
    • What are your personal boundaries?
    • Where do you meet people?
    • How does online dating work?
    • Are you prepared to meet IRL (in real life)?
    • What happens next?
    Parents can submit their questions when registering at the xMinds website. We will hand out index cards to youth at the event so that they can pose their questions anonymously.

    Speaker: Jonathan Rhoads, LCSW-C; JMR Counseling
    Jonathan Rhoads is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. His specific areas of focus include dating and relationships, online safety, and social media anxiety management, as well as appropriate use of social media platforms as they pertain to building healthy social relationships.

     This is a
    Workshop-style event

    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

    Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

    Cost: Free for xMinds members; $15 for non-members

    If you are starting to think about college, you are probably asking many questions. How do you help your son or daughter prepare for college? How do you assess if your child is ready for college? What supports and services will be available? How do you find the right fit for your student’s needs? Preparing for college is about more than grades, test scores, and a college list. It involves working on academic skills, as well as the less visible skills such as waking up on time, managing long-term projects and advocating for oneself.

    Join us for a presentation in which we will discuss these issues and more as we review the college planning, preparation, and placement process. We’ll focus on practical skills that will allow your student to be HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL in college. We will explore the six essential skills for college success, what colleges are looking for, the types of accommodations and services that are available, how to promote college readiness and finding the “right fit”.

    Sue Cook Christakos, College Consulting Collaborative

    Sue Cook Christakos is a former attorney who, in this capacity, drafted policy pursuant to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). She has also served as a reading tutor for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and contributed time as a parent surrogate for MCPS, wherein she advocated on behalf of students pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). Sue currently works as an independent educational consultant for students with learning differences, assisting them with advocacy and independence skills, and ultimately helping find an appropriate college placement. She has a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University, and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.


Speaker Events

Our monthly speaker events give the Montgomery County community a chance to hear from local experts who specialize in improving the educational experience for students on the autism spectrum.


Our workshops offer families of students on the autism spectrum interactive experiences that educate and inform about strategies for succeeding in school and life.

Annual xMinds in MCPS Forum

Our annual "Extraordinary Minds in MCPS Forum" informs parents about public school placements and services for students across the autism spectrum in Montgomery County. Our Forum is an important service that helps parents participate meaningfully as members of their child's Individual Education Program (IEP) team.

Events Guide

These symbols help provide guidance on the format and style of xMinds events.


This is a lecture style event; the audience will primarily be listening to a speaker.


This event is interactive; there will be active participation from attendees.


This is an informal social gathering intended to foster community and networking.


This event is intended
for Parents Only.


Children are welcome
at this event.
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