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.



January 2015
27
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Oh My! ( 9:30am to 11:00am )
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Oh My! Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP Are you raising a second set of children at a time you thought you would be planning your retirement? This discussion will focus on specific issues that may be challenging for grandparents today and uncover ideas and solutions for greater success and less stress.

Also on: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington Workshop is offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health issues.

*Pre-registration is recommended so you can be notified if workshop is cancelled.

Event Location: Kennebec Behavioral Health 5 Commerce Dr. Skowhegan, ME

For more information contact: G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.org/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - January 27, 2015
30
A Restorative Retreat for Parents of Intense Child
A Restorative Retreat for Parents of Intense Child

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.

Self-care moments are often at the bottom of our list -- the "how" and "when" become great obstacles to this essential ingredient of positively parenting the intense child. This is a retreat dedicated to you as parent and will focus on your replenishment and self care. Through the day, you will discover the means that allow you to begin a daily practice to maintain your energy and enthusiasm for living life well.

Speaker(s): Barbara Baum Freethy, M.ED., Marilee Marrinan, BCPP, CST, BS Ed

Event Location: Vywamus Foundation Falmouth, ME

For more information contact: 207-846-8643

One day event - January 30, 2015
31
Maine's Got Talent! ( 9:00am to 1:00pm )
Audition for: Maine's Got Talent; LA's Premier Music Competition

Share your talent, experience a world class performance hall and win a prize! First Place: $750.00, Second Place: $500.00, Third Place: $250.00.
Rules, Guidelines and Information:
The Maine s Got Talent LA s Premier Music Competition fundraising event, is open to all performing artists who live or work in Maine, including out-of-state students attending Maine schools. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three acts the night of the event. The prizes are as follows: First Place: $750.00, Second Place: $500.00, Third Place: $250.00. All proceeds from Maine s Got Talent LA s Premier Music Competition will benefit Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services and L/A Hearing Center.

Performers must bring their own musical accompaniment, however, a piano will be available that day.

Event Location: Franco American Heritage Ctr. 46 Cedar St. Lewiston, ME

For more information contact: Sandcastle 207-783-1585 www.sandcastlemaine.org info@sandcastlemaine.org

One day event - January 31, 2015
February 2015
3
Pine Tree Society s Autism Transition Program ( Program Begins )
Bridging the gap between high school and adulthood in a fun, supportive environment. Skill Builders for young adults with autism begin February 3, 2015.

Pine Tree Society's Autism Transition Program helps teens and young adults with autism build the skills they need for a successful future. Through a variety of fun, social activities outside of the school environment, participants have an opportunity to:
Connect with peers who share similar challenges
Discover new abilities in center and community-based settings
Explore vocational interests through workplace visits and community service
Express emotion and develop skills that promote a healthy mind, body and spirit

From February to June 2015, Pine Tree Society is offering a series of Transition Skill Builders, each with a different theme. Based on their personal interests, participants may choose to attend just one Skill Builder or all three. Each Skill Builder runs for six Tuesdays 3-5pm.

Event Location: Scarborough, ME

One day event - February 3, 2015
5
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Oh My! ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Oh My! Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP Are you raising a second set of children at a time you thought you would be planning your retirement? This discussion will focus on specific issues that may be challenging for grandparents today and uncover ideas and solutions for greater success and less stress.

Workshop is offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health issues.

*Pre-registration is recommended so you can be notified if workshop is cancelled.

Event Location: Community Concepts 103 Deerfield Lane Farmington, ME

For more information contact: G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.org/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - February 5, 2015
7
Play Our Way: Private Playtime ( 8:00am to 10:00am )
Play Our Way: Private Playtime for Families Affected by Autism

Families of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are invited to the Museum for a special, private playtime. The Museum will be closed to the general public, providing a more conducive play environment. Our staff has made adjustments to the lighting in our exhibit and play areas, and noise-reducing headphones will be available.
Free event and no registration required.

Event Location: Children's Museum & Theatre Portland, ME

For more information contact: Louisa Donelson 828-1234 x227 www.kitetails.org/exhibits-and-programs/for-children-with-special-needs/ Louisa@kitetails.com

One day event - February 7, 2015
10
Making Friends with the IEP ( 6:00pm to 8:00pm )
Making Friends with the IEP

Presented by: Ann Long, Parent Training & Information Specialist, Maine Parent Federation
IEP meetings, IEP Teams, the IEP, timeframes, notices and evaluations can be confusing and overwhelming. Join us as we follow the IEP process and review common terms and definitions. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and will receive a copy of the Maine Unified Special Education Regulations. This workshop is designed for parents, foster parents or anyone who has or works with a child between the ages of 2 and 20 who has an IEP or 504 Plan.

Workshops are offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators fo childern with emotional/behavioral health concerns.

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

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

One day event - February 10, 2015
11
Eight Great Strategies Supporting Autism ( 6:00 to 7:30pm )
Eight Great Strategies for Supporting Individuals with Autism
Guest Speaker: Eric Campbell, MS, BCBA, Senior Program Director of Educational Services, Spurwink

Receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be very overwhelming. Where do I begin to look for help? What can I do as a parent to help support my child? This presentation will give a brief introduction to eight research-based intervention strategies for individuals with Autism, and give examples of each that can be applied to everyday environments.

Workshop is offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health issues.

*Pre-registration is recommended so you can be notified if workshop is cancelled.

Event Location: St. Mary's Hospital 93 Campus Ave. Lewiston, ME

For more information contact: G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224

One day event - February 11, 2015
12
"How Difficult Can This Be?" ( 9:00am to 11:00am )
"The F.A.T. (Frustration, Anxiety, Tension) City Workshop by Rick Lavoie

Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
This unique and interactive program allows participants to experience the same Frustration, Anxiety and Tension that children with learning disabilities face in their daily lives. See how teachers, social workers, psychologists, parents and friends who have participated in Richard Lavoie's workshop reflect upon their experience and the way it changed their approach to children who have a learning disability.

Workshops are offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral concerns.

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

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

One day event - February 12, 2015
"How Difficult Can This Be?" ( 9:00am to 11:00am )
"The F.A.T. (Frustration, Anxiety, Tension) City Workshop by Rick Lavoie

Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
This unique and interactive program allows participants to experience the same Frustration, Anxiety and Tension that children with learning disabilities face in their daily lives. See how teachers, social workers, psychologists, parents and friends who have participated in Richard Lavoie's workshop reflect upon their experience and the way it changed their approach to children who have a learning disability.

Workshops are offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral concerns.

Event Location: Educare 56 Drummand Ave. Waterville, ME

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

One day event - February 12, 2015
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Transition Planning; The High School Years ( 9:30am to 11:00am )
Transition Planning: The High School Years

Presented by Ann Long, Maine Parent Federation
All parents want their child to be the leader of his or her future, but how do you get there? If you have a child receiving special education services and they are approaching transition age (14 and up), or are already transition age, this is the workshop for you. During this workshop participants will explore ways to prepare for their child s future and learn how to involve their child in transition planning. You will also learn about the IEP requirements for transition plans and begin the process of developing a transition plan for your son or daughter. The information covered can be used to better understand and advocate for your child during transition planning at IEP meetings and in the future.

Workshop is offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health issues.

*Pre-registration is recommended so you can be notified if workshop is cancelled.

Event Location: Kennebec Behavioral Health 5 Commerce Dr. Skowhegan, ME

For more information contact: G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.org/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - February 24, 2015
March 2015
4
Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management ( 6:00pm to 8:00pm )
"Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs"

Presented by: Cindy Seekins, CPSP Program Director
Do you sometimes feel like you don t know how to help your child? Children with behavioral health needs do not come with a manual! This workshop will offer a framework to understand the nature of your child s behavior and methods to flexibly respond to the needs your child presents. Positive behavioral supports emphasizes practical ideas about how to meet your child where they are at and utilize their motivation to increase success. Understanding and using Stage of Change concepts, maximizing provider involvement and enhancing natural supports will be emphasized to provide usable tools that can be applied in a variety of real life situations. Temper tantrums are disruptive behavior or emotional outbursts displayed in response to unmet needs or desires. Come and learn how to control your child s tantrums by using behavior management.

Also to be held on:
March 10, 2015 - from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor, ME.

Workshop is offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health issues.

*Pre-registration is recommended so you can be notified if workshop is cancelled.

Event Location: Catholic Charities 1066 Kenduskeag Ave. Bangor, ME

For more information contact: G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.org/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - March 4, 2015
5
Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
"Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs"

Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
Do you sometimes feel like you don t know how to help your child? Children with behavioral health needs do not come with a manual! This workshop will offer a framework to understand the nature of your child s behavior and methods to flexibly respond to the needs your child presents. Positive behavioral supports emphasizes practical ideas about how to meet your child where they are at and utilize their motivation to increase success. Understanding and using Stage of Change concepts, maximizing provider involvement and enhancing natural supports will be emphasized to provide usable tools that can be applied in a variety of real life situations. Temper tantrums are disruptive behavior or emotional outbursts displayed in response to unmet needs or desires. Come and learn how to control your child s tantrums by using behavior management.

Workshop is offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health issues.

*Pre-registration is recommended so you can be notified if workshop is cancelled.

Event Location: Community Concepts 103 Deerfield Lane Farmington, ME

For more information contact: G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.org/workshops-a-support-groups/workshops

One day event - March 5, 2015
14
Southern Maine Autism Conference
The conference is designed for parents and family members of children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as their educators and other service providers. Our attendees will leave with practical tools and strategies that can be implemented immediately in the home, school and community. Maybe more importantly, we work hard to create an environment of networking and support. You will meet others who understand.

Stay tuned for details about our speakers and breakout sessions!

Sponsored by Pine Tree Society and Spurwink

Event Location: DoubleTree Hilton South Portland, ME

One day event - March 14, 2015
19
Sharing & Keeping Personal Information Safe ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Sharing & Keeping Personal Information Safe

Guest Speaker: Catie Lary, Community Educator, Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine
Please join us for an informative presentation about social sharing and keeping personal information safe. Come and gain useful information about how to keep yourself and your children stay safe when using social networking sites. Discover some useful tips for helping your children navigate cyberspace safely. Learn about red flag sites, cyber bullying prevention and awareness of internet predators.

March 19, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Physicians Building, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport

Workshop is offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health issues.

*Pre-registration is recommended so you can be notified if workshop is cancelled.

Event Location: Penobscot Bay Med. Ctr. 23 Pleasant St. Rockport, ME

For more information contact: G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.com/workshops-a-support-groups

One day event - March 19, 2015
20
Maine's Got Talent! ( See link )
Maine's Got Talent; LA's Premier Music Competition

Tickets: $45 Section A, $35 Section B, $25 Section C

Buy your tickets today! Call the Box Office: 207-783-1585 or see link to purchase online.

Maine s Got Talent features 10 performing artists competing for cash prizes. Fifty percent of the vote come from the audience and the other fifty percent from our celebrity judges. The Celebrity Judges are Erin Menzer, 2013/14 performer of Maine s Got Talent, Mitch Thomas, Community Little Theatre and Celeste from WBLM s Morning Show. The evening s entertainment will be emcee d by Molly McGill, Managing Editor of Dispatch Magazine.

Event Location: Franco American Heritage Ctr. Lewiston, ME

For more information contact: Tickets / Info 207-783-1585

One day event - March 20, 2015
26
Executive Functioning Skills ( Mar 26, 2015 - Mar 27, 2015 )
Cutting Edge Strategies: A Two Day Intensive Training on Executive Function Skills

This two-day seminar is all about providing practical, hands-on activities, and is for both beginners and advanced learners! From task initiation and execution to time management, learn how to use strategies such as "Future Sketch", "Get Ready, Do, Done", "STOP and Read the Room", and seeing and sensing the passage of time. Along with learning hands-on and ready-to-use strategies, workshop participants will be able to define Executive Function Skills and Executive Dysfunction. They will learn how situational awareness, self-talk, forethought and episodic memory are the foundational skills for successful task evaluation.

Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP

Event Location: Freeport, ME

For more information contact: Transdisciplinary Workshops www.transdis.com/live-courses/course_detail.php?id=125

One day event - March 26, 2015
Improving Transitions in a Sensory Smart Family ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Improving Transitions in a Sensory Smart Family: Why can t we ever just get in the car and go?

Guest Speaker: Maggie McKenna, Occupational Therapist 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 an 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.

Workshop is offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health issues.

*Pre-registration is recommended so you can be notified if workshop is cancelled.

Event Location: Curtis Memorial Library 4 Western Ave. Brunswick, ME

For more information contact: G.E.A.R. Parent Network 1-800-264-9224

One day event - March 26, 2015
April 2015
17
Accessibility Summit ( April 17-18, 2015 )
Accessibility Summit; A Conference for the Special Needs Community

The conference allows families, caregivers, churches, educators, community leaders, and other professionals to hear from experts on the front lines of disability. Attendees will leave with exciting ideas, innovative strategies, and valuable resources to initiate meaningful changes in their homes, schools churches and communities.

Event Location: Washington, DC

For more information contact: 703-770-2918 www.accessibilitysummit.org

One day event - April 17, 2015