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 2014
Retreat For Parents of Challenging Kids ( 9:00am to 3:00pm )
A Restorative Retreat for Parents of Challenging Kids

With Barbara Freethy, M.ED.and Marilee Marrinan, BS Ed, RPP, CST

Description: Parenting highly sensitive, challenging children can be both exhilarating and exhausting! The intense demands of consciously parenting these children often requires the need for self-care and replenishment. No matter how many parenting books and courses, if we are operating on depletion and overwhelm, none of these "best parenting" techniques will prove successful.

Event Location: Vywamus Foundation Falmouth, Maine

For more information contact: Transdisiplinary Workshops www.transdis.com/live-courses/course_detail.php?id=123

One day event - September 19, 2014
My Day to Play! ( 4:30pm to 6:00pm )
My Day to Play at the Maine Discovery Museum

The museum will be closed to general admission and special activities and sensory boxes will be provided. The theme for September is Harvest Time, including a science activity with apples and a sensory box with artificial apples hidden in it. Sensory-Motor activities in the baseball diamond include our new tunnel and a parachute. We always have an animal time for the children to interact with live creatures. To register for the event call the museum at (207) 262 7200. It is not necessary to pre-register, but it helps us to plan. If you have questions, please email Rosalyn Fisher at fisherbngr@aol.com
Fee for a family is $4.50.

Event Location: 74 Main St. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: Rosalyn Fisher 207-262-7200 https://www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/ fisherbngr@aol.com

One day event - September 21, 2014
The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time ( 7:00pm )
Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle . Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors
Please call the Opera House for discounted student ticket prices. 207.873.7000.

Event Location: Waterville Opera House 1 Common St. Waterville, ME

For more information contact: 207-873-7000 www.operahouse.org/Events/Projection-Events/

One day event - September 21, 2014
8th Annual Ride for Autism! Registration is Open!
The 8th Annual Ride for Autism is fun for the whole family!

This ride is open to all levels of cyclists. Participants choose from three routes ranging in length with ocean views. Each ride is clearly marked and accompanied by a committee member for any help that may be needed.

Top rider prizes and raffle prizes!
A barbeque lunch is provided after the ride!

Event Location: Kennebunkport Conservation Kennebunkport, ME

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

One day event - September 27, 2014
Parents of Children with Autism Fall Counseling ( 4:00pm to 5:00pm )
Fall Counseling Group
(cost for this counseling group $20/person $25/couple can bill Mainecare & Anthem

Mondays, September 29th to December 8th (10 weeks)

Providing help with:
Sense of isolation experienced by many parents of children with developmental disabilities
Grief and personal loss of living with what might have been for your child
Fallout of stress on marriage and family relationships
Enhanced communication among family members
Need for community connection and support
Evolving sense of identity in family constellation

Event Location: 16a Lincoln St. Brunswick, ME

For more information contact: Betsy Elder, LCPC,C 207-504-6600 elder.betsy@gmail.com

One day event - September 29, 2014
Social Thinking ( September 29-30 )
Social Thinking; Practical Strategies For You and Your Students

Social Thinking, a language based treatment paradigm, provides more sophisticated lessons for higher functioning students struggling with social communication and social learning. Often these individuals are diagnosed with Aspergers, high functioning autism, ASD, ADHD, NLD, but many have no diagnosis.

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Garcia Winner, founder of Social Thinking.

Additional date in Boston: October 9-10, 2014

Event Location: Boston, MA

One day event - September 29, 2014
October 2014
Social Thinking ( October 9 & 10, 2014 )
Social Thinking; Practical Strategies For You and Your Students

Social Thinking, a language based treatment paradigm, provides more sophisticated lessons for higher functioning students struggling with social communication and social learning. Often these individuals are diagnosed with Aspergers, high functioning autism, ASD, ADHD, NLD, but many have no diagnosis.

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Garcia Winner, founder of Social Thinking.

Event Location: Boston, MA

One day event - October 9, 2014
2014 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum ( 1:00pm to 3:00pm )
Candidates Forum for Governor of Maine

Please join the DRC and our partners as we host a forum for Maine's candidates for governor. This is our opportunity to engage with the candidates on the important issues and concerns facing Mainers with disabilities, their families, allies and advocates.

Congressman Mike Michaud and Eliot Cutler have confirmed their attendance, and Governor LePage has been invited.

ASL interpreters and assistive listening devices will be available. This forum is sponsored by the Disability Rights Center, together with Alpha One, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine Center on Deafness, NAMI Maine, Maine Parent Federation, The Iris Network, Consumer Council System of Maine, Maine APSE, Syntiro, Southern Maine Parent Awareness, Speaking Up for Us, GEAR Parent Network, Autism Society of Maine, and Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine, Inc.

Event Location: Le Club Calumet 334 West River Rd. Augusta, ME

For more information contact: Shannon Crocker 1.800.452.1948

One day event - October 10, 2014
10th Maine Autism Alliance Conference ( 8:30am to 4:00pm )
Guest Speaker: Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

Breakout sessions TBA on the Autism Alliance webpage.

Event Location: Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME

For more information contact: www.maineautism.org/conferencehome.html

One day event - October 11, 2014
Transition Pilot Program ( Oct. 20 to Nov. 24, 2014 )
Bridging the gap between high school and adulthood in a fun, supportive environment.

Six Week Program - limited space!

The program is built upon evidence-based practices and will be led by a licensed social worker and veteran Pine Tree Camp team member. Our team will lead participants in experiential learning activities designed to build skills while having fun. Participants will develop their own goals and our team will partner with each participant providing individualized support to make progress toward goals.

Event Location: Scarborough, ME

For more information contact: Lillian Scenna 207-386-5941 lscenna@pinetreesociety.org

One day event - October 20, 2014
ASM Annual Meeting ( 6:00pm to 8:00pm )
You re invited to attend ASM Annual Meeting

Please join us for a banquet dinner followed by the announcement of new board members and a farewell to others. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Stephen Meister Director of the Edmund Ervin Clinic who will discuss the trends in Maine.

Following the guest speaker we will announce the award recipients. There is no cost to attend but membership is recommended. Please RSVP to attend by calling 800-273-5200.

Now accepting Award nominations in the following categories:

Professionals (not in the field of autism, but contributing to it): Any professional within their own field of expertise who contributes in any manner relative to individuals and/or families affected by ASD. Example: Media person who wrote series or article on autism, State Representative or Senator supporting autism related bill etc.

Family Members or Persons with Autism: To an individual with autism or a family of an individual with autism who has contributed to the community to enhance the lives of individuals with autism Example: Promotes education or autism awareness to the local community, schools, or general public.

Professionals Providing Services: Any professional practicing within the field that has devoted his/her service potential and opportunities to supporting, treating, and effectively providing services to individuals and families with ASD. Example: Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Special Ed Teacher etc.

See link to download nomination form.

Event Location: Hilton Garden Inn 5 Park St. Freeport, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-273-5200 news.phdcon.com/UserFiles/113/file/Conferences_Workshops/ASM%20Award%20Nomination%20Criteria%202014%281%29.pdf library@asmonline.org

One day event - October 24, 2014
Childhood ADHD
Advanced Non-Drug Treatments and Strategies that Change the Brain.

Speaker: Debra Burdick, LCSWR, BCN

Seminar on CD or DVD package available.

Event Location: Portland, ME

For more information contact: 800-844-8260 www.pesi.com

One day event - October 27, 2014
Communication Language and Literacy ( October 27 & 28, 2014 )
Communication Language and Literacy: Technology and Strategies for Complex Learners

Presented by: Pati King-DeBaun, M.S. CCC-SLP

This workshop will address the language and communication needs of students who struggle with communication, nonspeaking students, and/or students who use augmentative communication. Supportive strategies for communication and participation in typical language and early literacy activities will be addressed. Participants will learn the importance of engagement levels in literacy and language experiences and how to support students as they progress.

Event Location: Double Tree by Hilton South Portland, ME

For more information contact: 207-797-8255 www.mrhassociates.com/ chammond@mrhassociates.com

One day event - October 27, 2014
November 2014
Health & Wellness Expo ( 10:00am to 4:00pm )
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare present their 2nd annual, FREE community health and wellness expo including screenings, demonstrations, flu shots, and more.

Featured speaker Shonda Schilling, will also do a book signing on her NY Times bestseller "The Best Kind of Different", a family's journey with Asperger's.

Event Location: Civic Center Portland, ME

For more information contact: www.pressherald.com/2012/10/05/health-expo-features-shonda-schilling-_2012-10-05/

One day event - November 2, 2014
December 2014
Autism Meltdowns in Children and Adolescents ( 8:00am to 4:00pm )
Autism Meltdowns in Children and Adolescents: Practical Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Post-vention Seminar

Speaker: KATHY MORRIS, M.ED., B.S.

Alternate Locations:
Manchester, NH on 12/4/2014
Burlington, VT on 12/5/2014

More information/brochure coming soon that can be seen on PESI's website link.

Event Location: Portland, ME

For more information contact: PESI https://www.pesi.com/search/detail/index.aspx?eventid=30884

One day event - December 3, 2014