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
27
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
29
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
1
Challenging Behaviors - Professional Development ( 8:30pm to 3:30pm )
Challenging Behaviors

Dr. Cathy Pratt, University of Indiana Resource Center on ASD
Having a child on the autism spectrum who engages in problematic behaviors, places a tremendous stress on families. This one-day workshop will examine the potential underlying conditions surrounding behaviors, and strategies for addressing challenging behaviors that both help in the moment and that can lead to longterm change.

Dr. Pratt is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community located at Indiana University. Dr. Pratt is on faculty at Indiana University and presents internationally. She serves on the Board of the national Autism Society and is Immediate Past Chair. She has been a teacher of children across the autism spectrum and most recently became a board certified behavior analyst.

Registration begins at 8:30am.
The workshop begins at 9:00am.
Beverage service provided. Lunch is the responsibility of each attendee.

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

For more information contact: umaine.edu/autisminstitute/trainings/

One day event - October 1, 2014
Parent Support Group ( 6:00pm to 7:30pm )
Do you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Would you like to meet other parents, care takers, and grandparents? In collaboration with Spring Harbor, the Autism Society of Maine will offer a support group on the first Wednesday every month. Each meeting will have a specific theme that will be addressed. There will be special guest speaker and a variety of topics.

School is beginning and there is information that you need to know. Join us for a conversion around IEP s, how to plan for a transitions, and various other questions that will be answered. There will be time for greet and meet with other families.

Event Location: Spring Harbor Hospital Westbrook, ME

For more information contact: Cathy E. Dionne 1-800-273-5200 asm@asmonline.org

One day event - October 1, 2014
6
Tracking Progress - Professional Development ( 8:30am to 3:30pm )
Tracking Progress: Tools to Guide Academic and Behavioral Success

Presenter: Jill Conley, BCaBA

This workshop will dive into the world of behavioral and academic data tracking. To get there, we ll be looking at real life scenarios, working together as small groups, trying out some data tracking tools, role playing and participating in other hands-on activities that will highlight the material being presented.

There will also be time to talk about what to do once the data have been collected. All too often, we find ourselves up to our ears in data and tend to forget just how important it is to the success of our students. Join me as we dig deeper into the importance of tracking student progress and the impact this tracking can have on student success!

Registration begins at 8:30am. The workshop begins at 9:00am.
Beverage service provided. Lunch is the responsibility of each attendee.

Event Location: Thomas College Summit Room Waterville, ME

For more information contact: umaine.edu/autisminstitute/trainings/

One day event - October 6, 2014
9
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
10
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
ASD & Evidence Based Practice - Professional Dev. ( 8:30am to 3:30pm )
ASD and Evidence-based Practice: Connecting Research to Practice

Courtney Pacholski, BCBA
Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.

The focus of this training will be on moving from theory into practice so that educators may implement the most current and evidenced-based practices in their classrooms and wider school communities. There will be an emphasis on research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as a review of the new DSM-V. Practical approaches to teaching students that include a variety of resources will be covered: a needs assessment, structured work systems, visual supports & schedules, and an exploration into the Autism Internet Modules (AIM). A step-by-step approach will be shared on how to build local capacity and scale-up proactive and positive programming with fidelity for children with ASD.

Registration begins at 8:30am.The workshop begins at 9:00am.
Beverage service provided. Lunch is the responsibility of each attendee.

Event Location: Houlton High School Bird St. Houlton, ME

For more information contact: umaine.edu/autisminstitute/trainings/

One day event - October 10, 2014
11
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.

Be sure to stop by the ASM table!

Event Location: Augusta Civic Center Augusta, ME

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

One day event - October 11, 2014
14
Aroostook County Task Force ( October 14 &15, 2014 )
Aroostook County Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Sponsors a FREE Training

Law enforcement officers, law enforcement students and advocates are encouraged to attend this free training.

See link provided to see the complete list of presenters and topics.

Event Location: University of Maine Campus Center Presque Isle, ME

One day event - October 14, 2014
16
Language and Communication - Professional Dev. ( 8:30am to 3:30pm )
Language and Communication and the Relationship to ASD

Suzanne Bishop, MA CCC-SLPF

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Language
The DSM V criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder includes deficits in social communication and social interactions across contexts, stereotyped or repetitive speech, as well as rigid thinking all of which acknowledge the disordered language produced by persons with ASD. Participants of this workshop will gain an understanding of current research findings regarding the language differences persons with autism exhibit. Additionally assessment information and research based treatment approaches will be covered.

Presenter: Suzanne Bishop, M.A. CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of person s with autism spectrum disorder. Registration begins at 8:30am. The workshop begins at 9:00am.
Beverage service provided. Lunch is the responsibility of each attendee.

Event Location: Lawrence Jr/Sr High School Fairfield, ME

For more information contact: umaine.edu/autisminstitute/trainings/

One day event - October 16, 2014
20
Social Narratives and Beyond - Professional Dev. ( 8:30am to 3:30pm )
Social Narratives and Beyond: Communication, Behavior, and ASDs

Elizabeth Field, M.Ed., Autism FieldWork

This presentation/ interactive workshop will focus on the use of social narratives and other related intervention techniques to effectively help students with autism spectrum disorder become more behaviorally and socially appropriate at school. Recognizing the need to change, finding the motivation to do so and developing new habits is difficult for most people, but it is especially challenging for children and teens whose neurological make-up frequently leads to high anxiety, a drive to maintain sameness, and a limited ability to accept viewpoints and agendas that differ from their own.



Registration begins at 8:30am. The workshop begins at 9:00am.
Beverage service provided. Lunch is the responsibility of each attendee.

Event Location: University-Me Hutchinson Cente Belmont Avenue Belfast, ME

For more information contact: umaine.edu/autisminstitute/trainings/

One day event - October 20, 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
21
Screening and Assessment ( 8:30am to 3:30pm )
Screening and Assessment

Nancy Cronin, Maine Developmental Disabilities Center

This professional development opportunity will discuss screening tools for ASD and the process for assessment. Further, this presentation will describe quality improvement activities undertaken in Maine to improve early identification and intervention by increasing coordination and communication between medical diagnosticians and early childhood providers.

Registration begins at 8:30am. The workshop begins at 9:00am.

Event Location: Brunswick Hotel Brunswick , ME

For more information contact: umaine.edu/autisminstitute/

One day event - October 21, 2014
24
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
27
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
1
Parent & Family Epilepsy Conference
Join us for this FREE conference for family and individuals affected by epilepsy. Enjoy a lunch and learn more about your epilepsy.

Visit the Autism Society of Maine's table!

Event Location: Dana Center 22 Bramhall St. Portland, ME

One day event - November 1, 2014
2
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
3
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.

*Techniques to develop self-control and self-management skills
*Essential skills to defuse explosive behaviors and de-escalate meltdowns
*Activities for reviewing behaviors when calm *Case examples with dozens of strategies you can use immediately

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