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.



July 2015
29
Dr. Greene - Behaviorally Challenging Kids ( Ju;y 29 -31, 2015 )
Collaborative and Proactive Solutions: Advanced Training in Dr. Greene's Model for Understanding Behaviorally Challenging Kids

Co-sponsored by Lives In The Balance, this training is for educators and mental health clinicians who have some existing familiarity with the Dr. Greene's model and would like to increase their skills in their school, agency or private practices.

The training makes extensive use of videotaped examples of key facets of the model and live demonstration. It is conducted in a manner that provides maximum opportunities for questions, practice, interaction, and discussion. Participants will be provided with in-depth coverage of various aspects of implementation in school and clinical setting

Event Location: Portland, ME

One day event - July 29, 2015
August 2015
6
"It s So Much Work to be Your Friend" Video Conf. ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
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: Comunity Concepts 103 Deerfield Lane Farmington, ME

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

One day event - August 6, 2015
13
Navigating Transition from School to Adult Life ( 9:00am to 11:00am )
Participants will learn about the transition from school to adult life for individuals on the autism spectrum. Discussion topics will include eligibility requirements, assessments, and the time frame for assessing services in the areas of post-secondary education, employment, independent living and guardianship.

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 - August 13, 2015
15
G.E.A.R. Annual Family Picnic ( 1:00 to 4:00pm )
Admission is Free. Inform the Ranger at the gate you re here for the G.E.A.R. Family Picnic. Lunch will begin promptly at 1 pm

Damariscotta Lake State Park is a favorite summer destination for many Maine families. A large freshwater lake with a sandy beach provides a relaxing location for picnicking & beach goers. A picnic lunch will be provided. Picnic tables are located near the beach. Please bring your beach apparel and blankets. And do not forget sunscreen! There will be no life guards on duty so parents are responsible for their own children s safety. Please come & join in the fun!

Pre-registration is required so call today: 1-800-264-9224

Event Location: Damarascotta Lake State Park 8 State Park Rd. Jefferson, ME

For more information contact: 1-800-264-9224 www.gearparentnetwork.com/

One day event - August 15, 2015
Sensory Friendly Movie! ( 10:00am )
The movie featured is: Underdogs

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 - August 15, 2015
25
"It s So Much Work to be Your Friend" Video Conf. ( 9:30am 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: Kennebec Behavioral Health 5 Comerce Drive Skowhegan, ME

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

One day event - August 25, 2015
30
Autumn Ride for Autism - Save Date!
Sponsored by the United Bikers of Oxford County. Leave LA Harley and then come back for a BBQ and entertainment.

Stay Tuned!

Event Location: LA Harley Lewiston, ME

One day event - August 30, 2015
September 2015
3
Autism and Strategies ( 5:30pm to 7:30pm )
Autism and Strategies
Presented by: Aimee DesRoches, Information Specialist, Autism Society of Maine

Participants will learn a basic understanding of autism along with general strategies, environmental strategies, sensory strategies, communication strategies, behavioral strategies, social skill strategies, educational strategies and classroom strategies.

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

Event Location: Comunity Concepts 103 Deerfield Lane Farmington, ME

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

One day event - September 3, 2015
4
Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management ( 10:00am to 12:00pm )
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.

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

Event Location: Community Health & Counseling 1093 West Main st. Dover-Foxcroft, ME

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

One day event - September 4, 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
10
"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
13
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
17
The Big Give Campaign
Join The Big Give for Autism

More information will be coming on how you can help improve the lives affected by autism.
The Big Give Campaign will allow you to choose to make a donation to the Autism Society of America or an Autism Society Affiliate from your State.

See link for more information.

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"

Alexis Wineman, the first person with autism in history to be chosen as a state winner in the Miss America competition. She will speak of the challenges she faced having a speech impediment and autism.

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
24
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
25
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
26
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
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
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