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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.



March 2015
12
Maine Quality Counts - Regional Forum ( 5:00pm to 7:30pm )
Spring Regional Forums
Hosted by Maine Quality Counts

Getting the whole Story: Strengthening Partnerships to Promote Improved Care Transitions for People with Memory Loss, Serious Mental Illness, and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
How Collaboration between Primary Care and the Medical Neighborhood can Work for you.


This set of Regional Forums will continue to bring together primary care teams, patients/families, and their medical neighborhood partners to collectively identify ways to improve care transitions through enhanced communication and coordination for individuals coping with memory loss, serious mental illness, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Spring 2015 Regional Forums will take place from 5 - 7:30 pm on the following dates and locations (dinner served from 4:30 - 5pm):

Orono: University of Maine, Wells Conference Center - Thursday, March 12

Lewiston: Central Maine Medical Center - Tuesday, March 17

Augusta: Senator Inn - Thursday, March 26

Presque Isle: Aroostook Medical Center - Thursday, April 9

Portland: University of Southern Maine, Glickman Library - Wednesday, April 15

Event Location: University of Maine Wells Conference Center Orono, ME

For more information contact: Maine Quality Counts (207) 620-8526 www.mainequalitycounts.org/articles/138-841/pcmh-and-health-homes-spring-regional

One day event - March 12, 2015
14
Asperger / Autism and Disclosure 2015
This conference covers all aspects of disclosure pertinent to children, teens, and adults: from parents disclosing to their child, their family, and to the community and adults disclosing to colleges, potential partners, or employers . Sandwiched between the keynote speakers, professionals, parents, and adults will delve into and discuss the many facets of this complex topic in small workshops. We will also present a number of 1st-person accounts throughout the day. All conference participants will receive a book of these 1st-person stories and experiences around disclosure.

Event Location: Bentley University Waltham, MA

For more information contact: AANE events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=46810C9E4DE26EDE1C1AE5BAD761F905.worker_registrant?llr=b54cxzaab&oeidk=a07eahni30hd8cf4d7c

One day event - March 14, 2015
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
16
Lives in the Balance ( 6:00pm to 8:00pm )
Lives in the Balance
With Dr. Ross Greene

Dr. Greene is the founding Director of Lives in the Balance and the originator of Collaborative & Proactive Solutions as described in his books, The Explosive Child and Lost at School.

Cost: FREE
Register by calling G.E.A.R. Parent Network or visit online.

Event Location: Biddeford High School 18 Maplewood Ave. Biddeford, ME

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

One day event - March 16, 2015
17
Maine Quality Counts - Regional Forum ( 5:00pm to 7:30pm )
Spring Regional Forums
Hosted by Maine Quality Counts

Getting the whole Story: Strengthening Partnerships to Promote Improved Care Transitions for People with Memory Loss, Serious Mental Illness, and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
How Collaboration between Primary Care and the Medical Neighborhood can Work for you.


This set of Regional Forums will continue to bring together primary care teams, patients/families, and their medical neighborhood partners to collectively identify ways to improve care transitions through enhanced communication and coordination for individuals coping with memory loss, serious mental illness, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Spring 2015 Regional Forums will take place from 5 - 7:30 pm on the following dates and locations (dinner served from 4:30 - 5pm):

Orono: University of Maine, Wells Conference Center - Thursday, March 12

Lewiston: Central Maine Medical Center - Tuesday, March 17

Augusta: Senator Inn - Thursday, March 26

Presque Isle: Aroostook Medical Center - Thursday, April 9

Portland: University of Southern Maine, Glickman Library - Wednesday, April 15

Event Location: Central Maine Medical Ctr. Lewiston, ME

For more information contact: Maine Quality Counts (207) 620-8526 www.mainequalitycounts.org/articles/138-841/pcmh-and-health-homes-spring-regional

One day event - March 17, 2015
18
Accessible Educational Materials - FREE WEBINAR ( Time: 3:15pm to 4:15pm )
Accessible Educational Materials and K-12 Students: What Therapists Need To Know

Program Description
Many students who receive support services from Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists need to have their educational and instructional materials in accessible, specialized formats (Accessible Educational/Instructional Materials AEM/AIM). Whether due to language-based or physical disabilities, the use of AEM/AIM is an essential part of the educational program as they allow access and full participation in the general curriculum. This webinar, which covers some new information and IEP sections, will guide you through the steps to successful AEM/AIM implementation for your students who need them.

The target audience for this free webinar is SLPs, OTs, and PTs who work with schools-age populations.

Event Location: WEBINAR

One day event - March 18, 2015
Accessible Educational Materials - FREE WEBINAR ( Time: 3:15pm to 4:15pm )
Accessible Educational Materials and K-12 Students: What Therapists Need To Know

Program Description
Many students who receive support services from Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists need to have their educational and instructional materials in accessible, specialized formats (Accessible Educational/Instructional Materials AEM/AIM). Whether due to language-based or physical disabilities, the use of AEM/AIM is an essential part of the educational program as they allow access and full participation in the general curriculum. This webinar, which covers some new information and IEP sections, will guide you through the steps to successful AEM/AIM implementation for your students who need them.

The target audience for this free webinar is SLPs, OTs, and PTs who work with schools-age populations.

Event Location: WEBINAR

One day event - March 18, 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
22
My Day to Play & Safety Education ( 4:00pm to 6:00pm )
My Day to Play & Safety Education at Maine Discovery Museum

MAIER s Maine Family Partnership will be hosting a My Day to Play and Safety Education event for children with autism and their families on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015. This free event will be at the Maine Discovery Museum during a time closed to other visitors.

Children can enjoy fun activities at the Museum and get to meet local firemen, policemen, and other first responders in a safe, nonthreatening setting.

Matthew Brown, of Autism Safety Education and Training (ASET) will be presenting safety information to parents and caregivers at 4:30pm. Come learn about how to be proactive in keeping your children safe in your homes, schools, and communities. Safety handouts and resources will be available to take home. Parents of older children, teens, and adults are encouraged to attend. Join us for this free opportunity to play, gather important information and resources about keeping your children, teens and young adults with autism safe, and enjoy time and refreshments with other families!

For more information on My Day to Play events, visit Maine Discovery Museum My Day to Play . To register for the event, call the Maine Discovery Museum at (207) 262-7200. Registration is appreciated, but not required.

Event Location: Maine Discovery Museum Bangor, ME

For more information contact: To Register 207-262-7200 www.mainediscoverymuseum.org

One day event - March 22, 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
Maine Quality Counts - Regional Forum ( 5:00pm to 7:30pm )
Spring Regional Forums
Hosted by Maine Quality Counts

Getting the whole Story: Strengthening Partnerships to Promote Improved Care Transitions for People with Memory Loss, Serious Mental Illness, and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
How Collaboration between Primary Care and the Medical Neighborhood can Work for you.


This set of Regional Forums will continue to bring together primary care teams, patients/families, and their medical neighborhood partners to collectively identify ways to improve care transitions through enhanced communication and coordination for individuals coping with memory loss, serious mental illness, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Spring 2015 Regional Forums will take place from 5 - 7:30 pm on the following dates and locations (dinner served from 4:30 - 5pm):

Orono: University of Maine, Wells Conference Center - Thursday, March 12

Lewiston: Central Maine Medical Center - Tuesday, March 17

Augusta: Senator Inn - Thursday, March 26

Presque Isle: Aroostook Medical Center - Thursday, April 9

Portland: University of Southern Maine, Glickman Library - Wednesday, April 15

Event Location: Senator Inn Augusta, ME

For more information contact: Maine Quality Counts (207) 620-8526 www.mainequalitycounts.org/articles/138-841/pcmh-and-health-homes-spring-regional

One day event - March 26, 2015
30
Effective Language Intervention ( March 30 & 31, 2015 )
Effective Language Intervention: Evidence Meets Child
Presented by Linda Milosky, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

This workshop addresses the question that we ask with every child we serve: What will work? Speech-language pathologists, teachers, teachers aides, behavior specialists and other professionals are focused on improving children s communication, a basic and critical human skill. We do so with a wide variety of children who come from families who differ on many dimensions within larger diverse social environments. How do we decide what will work for any one child/family and how do we revise our actions if they do not work? The workshop will draw upon the research literature, the experiences of the presenter as a clinician, educator and researcher, and the experiences of the audience. Attendees will engage in practice with a variety of evidence-based techniques for analysis, diagnosis, and treatment. Participants will learn to individualize techniques based on research and how to measure the effects of those modifications.

Event Location: Double Tree by the Hilton 363 Maine Mall Rd. South Portland, ME

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

One day event - March 30, 2015
April 2015
4
Team Up for Your Child ( 8:00am to 5:00pm )
Getting services for a child with behavioral health needs can be overwhelming. Team Up for Your Child is a step-by-step guide designed to help families navigate confusing service systems and work smarter with doctors, schools, agencies and insurers.
Facilitated by: Michelle Hill and Rebecca Williamson, G.E.A.R Parent Representatives

This workshop is free of charge for parents, grandparents, and guardians of a child with behavioral health needs.

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

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

One day event - April 4, 2015
9
Maine Quality Counts - Regional Forum ( 5:00pm to 7:30pm )
Spring Regional Forums
Hosted by Maine Quality Counts

Getting the whole Story: Strengthening Partnerships to Promote Improved Care Transitions for People with Memory Loss, Serious Mental Illness, and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
How Collaboration between Primary Care and the Medical Neighborhood can Work for you.


This set of Regional Forums will continue to bring together primary care teams, patients/families, and their medical neighborhood partners to collectively identify ways to improve care transitions through enhanced communication and coordination for individuals coping with memory loss, serious mental illness, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Spring 2015 Regional Forums will take place from 5 - 7:30 pm on the following dates and locations (dinner served from 4:30 - 5pm):

Orono: University of Maine, Wells Conference Center - Thursday, March 12

Lewiston: Central Maine Medical Center - Tuesday, March 17

Augusta: Senator Inn - Thursday, March 26

Presque Isle: Aroostook Medical Center - Thursday, April 9

Portland: University of Southern Maine, Glickman Library - Wednesday, April 15

Event Location: Aroostook Medical Ctr. Presque Isle, ME

For more information contact: Maine Quality Counts (207) 620-8526 www.mainequalitycounts.org/articles/138-841/pcmh-and-health-homes-spring-regional

One day event - April 9, 2015
11
Autism Resource Fair ( 9:30am to 12:00pm )
Fair will include informational booths about local resources, and activities for children.

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Andrew Kahn.

Event Location: Sebasticook Valley Middle Newport, ME

One day event - April 11, 2015
Portland Pirates Autism Awareness Night! SAVE DATE ( 7:00pm )
SAVE DATE!

If you enjoy hockey, then you will love this event. ASM has teamed up with the Portland Pirates for a benefit. Bring your family and friends. To honor families and individuals affected by autism.

Event Location: Portland, ME

For more information contact: portlandpirates.com/

One day event - April 11, 2015
15
Maine Quality Counts - Regional Forum ( 5:00pm to 7:30pm )
Spring Regional Forums
Hosted by Maine Quality Counts

Getting the whole Story: Strengthening Partnerships to Promote Improved Care Transitions for People with Memory Loss, Serious Mental Illness, and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
How Collaboration between Primary Care and the Medical Neighborhood can Work for you.


This set of Regional Forums will continue to bring together primary care teams, patients/families, and their medical neighborhood partners to collectively identify ways to improve care transitions through enhanced communication and coordination for individuals coping with memory loss, serious mental illness, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Spring 2015 Regional Forums will take place from 5 - 7:30 pm on the following dates and locations (dinner served from 4:30 - 5pm):

Orono: University of Maine, Wells Conference Center - Thursday, March 12

Lewiston: Central Maine Medical Center - Tuesday, March 17

Augusta: Senator Inn - Thursday, March 26

Presque Isle: Aroostook Medical Center - Thursday, April 9

Portland: University of Southern Maine, Glickman Library - Wednesday, April 15

Event Location: University of Southern ME Glickman Library Portland, ME

For more information contact: Maine Quality Counts (207) 620-8526 www.mainequalitycounts.org/articles/138-841/pcmh-and-health-homes-spring-regional

One day event - April 15, 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
18
Sensory Friendly Movie ( 10:00am )
"Sponge Bob Movie"

Sponsored by:
The Lewiston Auburn Rotary Club is sponsoring a movie event in support of families whose children with autism live in the Lewiston/Auburn area.
The movie will be closed to the general public and will start at 10:00 am. You may arrive by 9:30 am.. Reserved seating is required. Each child will receive a popcorn and drink.

This event is FREE!
Registration is required by 4/8/15! Seating is limited.

Event Location: 730 Center St. Auburn, ME

For more information contact: REGISTRATION with ASM 1-800-273-5200

One day event - April 18, 2015
26
Annual Walk for Autism
13th Annual Walk for Autism April 26, 2015

University of Maine, Augusta in Bangor
University of New England in Biddeford
Farmington Fairground in Farmington
Belfast Area High School in Belfast

Walk For Autism and help us spread autism awareness and bring hope and support to families affected by autism. Invite your friends and neighbors to be a part of it too!

Event Location: Bangor, Biddeford, Farmington, Belfast

For more information contact: Autism Society of Maine 1-800-273-5200 www.firstgiving.com/ASMMaine/walk-for-autism-2015 info@asmonline.org

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

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.

What: 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.

Who: Children on the spectrum and their families
Cost: $4.50/family [special limited time program admission!]

Event Location: Maine Discovery Museum Bangor, ME

For more information contact: (207) 262-7200 www.mainediscoverymuseum.org

One day event - April 26, 2015
May 2015
2
Walk & 5K for Autism - Northeast Harbor ( 8:00 to 9:30am is registration )
8:00 - 9:30am: Registration on Site Only


Join in on the fun! Invite your friends, coworkers and family to Walk or Run in support of Autism!

The proceeds for this event will fund the Autism Society of Maine's programs that support families here in Maine.

Chris and Matt Heel have organized this fundraiser.
For more information, call (207) 276-4134 or email: mheel-3@verizon.ne

Event Location: The Neighborhood House 1 Kimball Rd. Northeast Harbor, ME

For more information contact: Chris & Matt Heel (207) 276-4134 mheel-3@verizon.net

One day event - May 2, 2015
8
Applying Technology to Support
Applying Technology to Support Social and Executive Functioning
With Sean Sweeney, MS, MEd, CCC-SLP

Description: This workshop will demonstrate a variety of visual and interactive applications that can be used with students with difficulties in social cognition and executive functioning, particularly with a lens on addressing these issues in the educational environment. Apps for iPad will be covered, with corresponding tools on the web and other platforms, including those helpful for older students struggling to access the curriculum and manage their workload. Participants will have guided practice time throughout the day, as well as opportunities for sharing and collaborating with colleagues.

Event Location: Portland, ME

One day event - May 8, 2015
24
Penobscot Music Festival ( 4:00pm to Midnight )
Eight GREAT Bands to Benefit the Autism Society of Maine!

DAKOTA
SHY BOY
MIDNIGHT ROSE
OVERDRIVE
SIDEWAYS
THE ALLISON AMES BAND
LIVE WIRE

Cash Bar and Food Available!
ONLY $2.00 Admission!
50/50 Raffle!

Event Location: Jeff's Catering 15 Littlefield Road Brewer, ME

One day event - May 24, 2015