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Autism Fall Conference - Nov. 3rd - Autism Society of Maine

Autism Society of Maine's  FREE! Autism Fall Conference

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Black Bear Inn & Conference Center, Orono

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As a Social Thinking Trainer and Speaker for Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking Methodologies, Nancy helps people with social emotional learning challenges improve how they interpret and respond to social information to better connect with others. “At our conferences, we teach professionals and parents strategies to improve social com-petencies in those they support. Our practical strategies can be used imRTI, SEL, and others”mediately in the classroom, clinic, home and community, and help improve performance on educational standards (including the Common Core Standards), as well as reinforce programs such as PBIS.

Nancy Tarshis is a speech-language pathologist whose prolific career includes extensive experience working with children and their parents. In 1992, she joined the professional team at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where, in 1996, she was named Supervisor of Speech and Language Services. Currently, she maintains a clinical practice, see-ing patients birth to 21 for diagnoses and therapeutic treatment, supervises ten speech pathologists, lectures to medical residents and psychology interns, participates in research projects, and serves as adjunct clinical instructor at Teachers College, Columbia, Hunter College, NYU, and Hofstra University

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Handout for: Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day

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First Breakout Speakers   1-2:30  Download Handout: Lindsay Payeur, Functional Behavioral Assessment

Lindsay Payeur and Cheri Laflamme are both Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) and have utilized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in their work with individuals for the last 20 years combined.

Lindsay’s experience with ABA and Autism spans across a variety of settings, including preschool, day treatment, residential, and in-home services. While working in these settings, Lindsay has had the opportunity to conduct Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) in each, with an emphasis on FBAs in the home setting.                                              

Cheri has worked in Public Schools as a Special Education Teacher and later as a BCBA.  She helped build a K-12 ABA program, has done private consulting with CDS. Cheri is presently a full time BCBA with a Lewiston based company providing Specialized 28 services in home.

Together, Lindsay and Cheri will talk about the different functions of behavior and how a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) helps to identify why behaviors occur.  With that information, interventions and supports are put in place to help reduce problematic behaviors. She and Cheri will also address FBA’s in the school setting - who should do them, the components a parent should expect to be included in the assessment, and when an FBA should be completed. 

Nancy Tarshis, Keynote speaker  will continue her keynote address by further exploring with her audience, a greater depth of understanding for social thinking and the impact it has on individuals, as well as a few key ideas on where to start. There will be time for questions and answers as well. 

Second Breakout Speakers 2:45-4:15

Maryam Mermey is a registered expressive arts therapist who works nationally and internationally bringing light to the wounds of trauma with youth and adults from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Her award winning Transforming the Bullying Cycle through Expressive Arts model, film and book, are used world-wide for trainings with challenged young people and adults including those on the autism spectrum and professionals in the field of healing.

In this breakout session Dr. Maryam Mermey will open with a film to introduce “Transforming the Bullying Cycle through the Expressive Arts Model”, in action with youth from California, Maine and Massachusetts. The film is followed by a discussion of practical applications with children and youth on the autism spectrum. An expressive arts activity using pipe cleaners is presented as an example found to be empowering for young people with autistic neurodiversity. Dr. Mermey will leave workshop participants with a copy of her award winning book, New to the Forests of Selay.

Adult Panel Discussion will feature ASM’s Executive Director, Cathy Dionne, as she facilitates a discussion with a panel of 4 Adults on the Autism Spectrum.   Questions related to their lives, past and present, will be presented and their perspectives will be shared.  Adults will range in ages from 18 - 35.  

Please call ASM if you have any questions about this event: 1-800-273-5200. 



Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

CEU's: We anticipate the University of Maine's approval for 0.6 CEUS for ASM’s Fall Autism Conference in Orono. Participants can choose a signed CEU’s application that will need to be mailed to the University of Maine ($20.00) or a certification of attendance.                                                                                       .