Event Calendar

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Our calendar provides a central point for keeping track of all our programs, events, and meetings. Check back regularly to see what interesting seminars and activities are coming soon.

Please note that while we try to keep this calendar as accurate as possible, unexpected or short-notice changes, such as those due to weather or illness, may not be reflected here.



September 2015
8
"It s So Much Work to be Your Friend" Video Conf. ( 6:00pm to 8:00pm )
It s So Much Work to be Your Friend Video Presentation by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP

Are you concerned that your child has few or no friends? Do you watch your child struggle with social isolation and rejection? This workshop will enlighten you about learning disabilities and help your child find social success. Participants will learn what is making it difficult for their child to be a good friend and practical solutions to social skills issues.

Call 1-800-264-9224 to register for this free workshop.

Event Location: Crisis & Counseling 10 Caldwell Rd. Augusta, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.com/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - September 8, 2015
Disabilities Overview & Resources ( 6:00pm to 8:00pm )
Disabilities Overview & Resources: Presented by Norm LeBlanc, CPSP
This workshop will provide an overview of children s disabilities as well as special education qualifying conditions, accommodations and modifications for those disabilities to assist you in making your child s school experience a positive and successful one. We will also review local and statewide resources available to your child and family.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Ctr, Physicians Bldg, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Dr., Rockport

Call 1-800-264-9224 to register for this free workshop.

Event Location: Penobscot Bay Medical Ctr. 4 Glen Cove Dr. Rockport, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.com/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - September 8, 2015
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"It s So Much Work to be Your Friend" Video Conf. ( 9:00am to 11:00am )
It s So Much Work to be Your Friend Video Presentation by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP

Are you concerned that your child has few or no friends? Do you watch your child struggle with social isolation and rejection? This workshop will enlighten you about learning disabilities and help your child find social success. Participants will learn what is making it difficult for their child to be a good friend and practical solutions to social skills issues.

Call 1-800-264-9224 to register for this free workshop.

Event Location: Educare 56 Drummand Ave. Waterville, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.com/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - September 10, 2015
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Car Show for Autism Awareness ( Registration is at 7:30am )
"Bring What You Run!" Car show with lots of food (BBQ), many great raffles, and a whole lot of fun for everyone! Registration starts at 7:30am

Burnout Competition!

Proceeds go directly to the Autism Society of Maine!

Event Location: 92 Mudgett Rd. Parsonsfield, ME

For more information contact: rwam4@yahoo.com

One day event - September 13, 2015
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The Big Give Campaign
The Autism Society of Maine invites you to get involved in our "Big Give for Autism" on September 17th.

By supporting the Autism Society of Maine, you join with others to provide much-needed support for individuals with autism and their families. Sign up today to receive your Big Give for Autism (#AutismBigGive) reminder email and then spread the word about the Autism Society s giving day. Everyone knows someone impacted by autism. Let s work together to enhance their lives, provide support and give dignity to those who for years have been socially isolated and overlooked.

Event Location: ONLINE

For more information contact: Autism Society of Maine 1-800-273-5200 https://www.autismbiggive.org/ info@asmonline.org

One day event - September 17, 2015
18
Autism Conference ( 7:00am to 4:30pm )

Autism Conference - Three Leaders in the World of Autism!

Dr. Jed Baker will speak on his new book "Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens"

Sean Barron, Sean tells the story of how he learned the "unwritten rules of social relationships" and went from being a child with low-functioning autism to the successful man he is today.

Eustacia Cutler, the mother of Temple Grandin, will offer her view of autism through personal experience. Her daughter is one of the most accomplished spokespersons on autism and animal behavior world-wide.

Event Location: Portland, ME

For more information contact: 1800-489-0727 www.fhautism.com

One day event - September 18, 2015
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Disabilities Overview & Resources ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Disabilities Overview & Resources: Presented by Norm LeBlanc, CPSP
This workshop will provide an overview of children s disabilities as well as special education qualifying conditions, accommodations and modifications for those disabilities to assist you in making your child s school experience a positive and successful one. We will also review local and statewide resources available to your child and family.
Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm 2nd Floor

Call 1-800-264-9224 to register for this free workshop.

Event Location: Curtis Memorial Library 23 Pleasant St. Brunswick, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.com/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - September 24, 2015
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ASM Annual Meeting ( 6:00pm to 8:30pm )
Please join us for a banquet dinner followed by the announcement of new board members and a farewell to others. We will talk about accomplishments of the past year and of our goals for the upcoming year. After our guest speaker for the evening (to be announced) we will announce award recipients. There is no cost to attend but membership is recommended. Please RSVP to attend by calling 800-273-5200.

ASM is now accepting award nominations. Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Maybe a teacher, in home worker, or someone who has touched the lives of many individuals with autism. ASM wants to celebrate these people at our Annual Meeting on September 25, 2015. Criteria to nominate someone for an award: Professionals (not in the field of autism, but contributing to it) Family Members or Persons with Autism Professionals Providing Services Please note that each category has specific criteria, and that information is available by contacting ASM. The nominations committee and final decisions will be made prior to the ASM Annual Meeting. Awards will be given out at the ASM Annual Meeting. If you would like to nominate someone please use the form on the link beow and send to ASM.

Event Location: Fireside Inn 81 Riverside St. Portland, ME

For more information contact: Autism Society of Maine 1-800-273-5200 www.asmonline.org asm@asmonline.org

One day event - September 25, 2015
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Sensory Friendly Movie! ( 10:00am )
The movie featured is: Hotel Transylvania 2

Please see link for more information about the movie!

**Sensory Friendly Movies are regular movies in a sensory friendly atmosphere. Lights up; volume down; dancing, singing, talking and walking around are encouraged. These are geared towards people with sensory issues.

Event Location: Cinemagic Grand in Clarks Pond 333 Clarks Pond Parkway South Portland, ME

For more information contact: 207-772-6023 cinemagicmovies.com/loc_ClarksPond

One day event - September 26, 2015
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My Day to Play at Maine Discovery Museum ( 4:30pm to 6:00pm )
My Day to Play at MDM - a special program for children on the Autism Spectrum

Please join us for My Day to Play, a program designed to provide children on the autism spectrum with a safe, comfortable environment to explore and to give families who face similar challenges a place to connect.

Quiet Sensory Discovery Boxes with some new materials each session

Gross Motor Sensory Play

Quiet Space available

Different sessions of animal one-on-one and special science exploration time

$4.50/family [special limited time program admission!]

Please call (207) 262-7200 to register! Email Rosalyn Fisher with questions/concerns.

Event Location: 74 Main St. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: Rosalyn Fisher 207-262-7200 https://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/Programs/Special-Events/My-Day-To-Play.aspx osurosalyn1960@gmail.com

One day event - September 27, 2015
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Positive Behavior Supports for People with IDD ( 8:00am to 4:00pm )
Presenter: Dan Baker, PhD What you don t know can hurt you! In this fast-paced, interactive session, attendees will learn about the strategies of positive behavior support for persons with IDD (Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) considering first how to understand reasons for problem behaviors, then reviewing intervention options. Positive Behavior Support is an evidence-based approach that embraces many different types of intervention, including mental health supports, wellness, and behavior analysis. Attendees of this session will practice analyzing many different problematic situations and identify potential solutions. Port Resources, Positive Behavior Support for People with IDD 280B Gannett Drive South Portland, ME 04106

Event Location: Fireside Inn & Suites 81 Riverside Dr. Portland, ME

For more information contact: 207-828-0048x121

One day event - September 28, 2015
Social Thinking with Michelle Garcia Winner
7 Unique Conferences Over Two Weeks!

September 28th to October 16th

Social Thinking's inspiring and practical conferences are designed for professionals and parents alike -- for anyone working with students and adults who are experiencing social and communication problems (high-functioning autism, Asperger's, ADHD, nonverbal learning disorders... or no diagnosis).

At Social Thinking, we teach students how to think about the social world in order to communicate more effectively. Our acclaimed teaching methods help students learn to interpret and respond to abstract social information and produce related social skills for use in the classroom, home and community. We connect social learning to the Common Core Standards and provide strategies for PBIS, RTI and SEL.

Event Location: Boston, MA

For more information contact: www.socialthinking.com/Conferences/Browse#promotion

One day event - September 28, 2015
October 2015
3
Ride For Autism - Save Date!
9th Annual Ride For Autism Fun for the whole family, three rides 10 mile, 25 mile, and 50 mile.

Entertainment and great BBQ after the event.

More information will be coming!

Event Location: Conservation Trust Gravely Brook Rd. Biddeford, ME

For more information contact: Autism Society of Maine 1-800-273-5200 www.asmonline.org/involved_ride.asp info@asmonline.org

One day event - October 3, 2015
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My Day to Play at Maine Discovery Museum ( 4:30pm to 6:00pm )
My Day to Play at MDM - a special program for children on the Autism Spectrum

Please join us for My Day to Play, a program designed to provide children on the autism spectrum with a safe, comfortable environment to explore and to give families who face similar challenges a place to connect.

Quiet Sensory Discovery Boxes with some new materials each session

Gross Motor Sensory Play

Quiet Space available

Different sessions of animal one-on-one and special science exploration time

$4.50/family [special limited time program admission!]

Please call (207) 262-7200 to register! Email Rosalyn Fisher with questions/concerns.

Event Location: 74 Main St. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: Rosalyn Fisher 207-262-7200 https://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/Programs/Special-Events/My-Day-To-Play.aspx osurosalyn1960@gmail.com

One day event - October 11, 2015
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Integrating Technology for Therapy and Education ( Oct. 15 and 16, 2015 )
Best Practices Pre K-12; To Maximize Learning and Family Connections

Presented by Sean Sweeney, CCC-SLP
and Nathan Curtis, CCC-SLP

This workshop will provide a framework for using technology within therapy/education and leveraging personal and curriculum connections for establishing authentic learning and clinical opportunities. Therapists/educators can support and model the use of digital resources that present curriculum contexts while targeting specific language development structures and strategies. This session will provide examples spanning a range of age, grade and developmental levels both in web and mobile app formats. A range of low-tech to high-tech strategies, materials, and processes used to extend programming to the home will be offered.

Event Location: Portland, ME

For more information contact: 207-797-8255 chammod@mrhassociates.com

One day event - October 15, 2015
16
Social Thinking with Michelle Garcia Winner
7 Unique Conferences Over Two Weeks!

September 28th to October 16th

Social Thinking's inspiring and practical conferences are designed for professionals and parents alike -- for anyone working with students and adults who are experiencing social and communication problems (high-functioning autism, Asperger's, ADHD, nonverbal learning disorders... or no diagnosis).

At Social Thinking, we teach students how to think about the social world in order to communicate more effectively. Our acclaimed teaching methods help students learn to interpret and respond to abstract social information and produce related social skills for use in the classroom, home and community. We connect social learning to the Common Core Standards and provide strategies for PBIS, RTI and SEL.

Event Location: Boston, MA

For more information contact: www.socialthinking.com/Conferences/Browse#promotion

One day event - October 16, 2015
22
Improving Transitions in a Sensory Smart Family II ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Improving Transitions in a Sensory Smart Family: Part II
Presented by: Maggie McKenna, Occupational Therapist

Join us as we continue the conversation about improving transitions. Transitions are defined as any time that we are asking our child to shift from one place/activity to another place/activity. Many individuals with delays in sensory processing exhibit challenging behaviors during these transitional times. Come and explore techniques to encourage flexibility, as well as methods to reduce the impact of transitions. This will be another opportunity to discuss the behavior that you observe in your child. Customize strategies that will help your child develop the ability to shift and add tools for averting meltdowns due to the demands of transitions.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick


Call 1-800-264-9224 to register for this free workshop.

Event Location: Curtis Memorial Library 23 Pleasant St. Brunswick, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.com/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - October 22, 2015
23
Annual AANE Connections Conference 2015 ( October 23 & 24, 2015 )
Mark your calendars now so you don't miss this important two-day conference. We have a terrific line up of speakers and topics planned, including keynotes by Ron Suskind and Sarah Hendrickx. We'll also have 34 workshops for parents, adults, professionals, and educators on such topics as medication, dating, stress reduction, transgender issues, IEPs, and public and private services for adults.

Event Location: Four Points by Sheraton Norwood, MA

For more information contact: www.aane.org/

One day event - October 23, 2015
25
My Day to Play at Maine Discovery Museum ( 4:30pm to 6:00pm )
My Day to Play at MDM - a special program for children on the Autism Spectrum

Please join us for My Day to Play, a program designed to provide children on the autism spectrum with a safe, comfortable environment to explore and to give families who face similar challenges a place to connect.

Quiet Sensory Discovery Boxes with some new materials each session

Gross Motor Sensory Play

Quiet Space available

Different sessions of animal one-on-one and special science exploration time

$4.50/family [special limited time program admission!]

Please call (207) 262-7200 to register! Email Rosalyn Fisher with questions/concerns.

Event Location: 74 Main St. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: Rosalyn Fisher 207-262-7200 https://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/Programs/Special-Events/My-Day-To-Play.aspx osurosalyn1960@gmail.com

One day event - October 25, 2015
31
Halloween & Jumper Show Fundraiser for Autism ( 9:00am )
This show has fun classes to end the season with, along with classes for year-end award points!
There will also be a class dedicated to Autism Awareness!
Proceeds to go to the Autism Society of Maine

Event Location: Stonewall Stables 237 W. Neck Rd. Nobleboro, ME

For more information contact: www.nejumpersassociation.com/news.html

One day event - October 31, 2015
November 2015
8
My Day to Play at Maine Discovery Museum ( 4:30pm to 6:00pm )
My Day to Play at MDM - a special program for children on the Autism Spectrum

Please join us for My Day to Play, a program designed to provide children on the autism spectrum with a safe, comfortable environment to explore and to give families who face similar challenges a place to connect.

Quiet Sensory Discovery Boxes with some new materials each session

Gross Motor Sensory Play

Quiet Space available

Different sessions of animal one-on-one and special science exploration time

$4.50/family [special limited time program admission!]

Please call (207) 262-7200 to register! Email Rosalyn Fisher with questions/concerns.

Event Location: 74 Main St. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: Rosalyn Fisher 207-262-7200 https://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/Programs/Special-Events/My-Day-To-Play.aspx osurosalyn1960@gmail.com

One day event - November 8, 2015
18
Autism, ADHD & Anxiety
Autism, ADHD & Anxiety in Children & Adolescents; Cutting-edge Sensory Strategies for Mental Health Treatment

Portland, ME - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Manchester, NH - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Burlington, VT - Friday, November 20, 2015

Live Video Webcast - Friday, November 20, 2015

Event Location: Portland, ME

For more information contact: www.pesi.com/search/detail/index.aspx?eventid=39267

One day event - November 18, 2015
22
My Day to Play at Maine Discovery Museum ( 4:30pm to 6:00pm )
My Day to Play at MDM - a special program for children on the Autism Spectrum

Please join us for My Day to Play, a program designed to provide children on the autism spectrum with a safe, comfortable environment to explore and to give families who face similar challenges a place to connect.

Quiet Sensory Discovery Boxes with some new materials each session

Gross Motor Sensory Play

Quiet Space available

Different sessions of animal one-on-one and special science exploration time

$4.50/family [special limited time program admission!]

Please call (207) 262-7200 to register! Email Rosalyn Fisher with questions/concerns.

Event Location: 74 Main St. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: Rosalyn Fisher 207-262-7200 https://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/Programs/Special-Events/My-Day-To-Play.aspx osurosalyn1960@gmail.com

One day event - November 22, 2015