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Family Information Page during COVID

ASM created this page to get important information out to families as well as ideas on activities they can do with their children or adults while we are home. Here you will see links to lots of online activities and things that can be done at home added to this page. We know this will be a difficult time for families as routines will be disrupted. This page will be updated so check back in for more great ideas!
ASM and our commitment to you during COVID-19

Please continue to call ASM as a resource at 800-273-5200 or Email:
Cathy E. Dionne Executive Director – asm@asmonline.org
Susan Vincent – susan@asmonline.org - facebook, website, events
Tena Hinds – tena@asmonline.org  - Autism Information Specialist program, school issues, resource material
Tara Perry – tara@asmonline.org library, donations, webinars, resource material

Parent Survey During COVID 19

The Autism Society of Maine, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council and Maine Parent Federation, INC are partnering together to best represent Maine families who have children or adults with special health care needs or disabilities. We have put together this short survey to inquire about your current challenges, what state agencies and departments are communicating with you, and if the communication has been valuable. Our intention is to be able to take this information to improve our services to your families as well as to be able to advocate for your needs at the state level. Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Free Pictures / Symbols

 

ASM is offering to provide pictures that can be customized to your needs with the help of "Boardmaker" software. These pictures may be helpful visual and communication tool for schedules and activities. (Boardmaker is a trusted tool for parents, teachers and therapists to create symbol-adapted accessible curriculum materials for students.)

Please contact ASM if you would like us to create a customized / laminated 8 x11 color page of various pictures/symbols and mailed out to you Free of charge for Maine residents:  library@asmonline.org

Events

ASM "Calendar of Events" will be updating with webinars made available by ASM and other organizations.
ASM "Support Group Page" will be updating groups that will be meeting online.
ASM YouTube Children's "Books Aloud" series will be adding books weekly!

     
 
Coffee with Cathy - ASM Webinar Series - Friday's at 2:00pm - A Different Guest Each Week!
Webinar Recordings are Available Here!

Books Videos by ASM "Read Aloud"
Children's autism acceptance books by ASM. Listen to this amazing stories of autism acceptance and see each page turned with Tara Perry, ASM Staff.More book videos added each week! Come back!Visit ASM's Youtube Playlist: Children's Autism Book Videos

Peer Support Text Line with NAMI Maine: Lots of things are different right now for teens in Maine due to COVID-19, and that can feel overwhelming. You are not alone! Talk about your feelings and get support from another young person by texting us at (207) 515 - 8398. We're here for you every day from 12pm - 10pm. This peer support text line is for youth 14 - 20 years old and staffed by individuals under between 19 and 23 years of age. For more info, visit: www.namimaine.org/teentextline

Parent COVID-19 Information

CDC COVID-19 (National)  Guidance and Latest Updates
COVID-19 Toolkit by Topic by Autism Society of America
COVID-19 Video Series by Autism Society of America
State Advocacy Toolkit for COVID-19 Efforts by Autism Society of America
Maine Center for Disease Control Prevention by Maine DHHS
ME Residents COVID-19 Testing Coverage for Uninsured 

Maine Agencies/Organizations

211 Maine Assistance and Resources please call 211; email info@211maine.org, or text your ZIP code to 898-211 for a response. 
Resource page for Families and Caregivers  Maine Department of Education/Office of Special Services
Resources for Special Ed Parents during school closures by Maine Parent Federation
NAMI Maine Family Program & COVID-19 (Maine Respite Services)
NAMI Maine Basics Free online educational program for parents/caregivers of children/adolescents w/ mental illness (5/4-5/20)
NAMI Maine Family to Family Free online educational program for those w/ loved one w/ mental illness (choose date-1st week May)
"Let's Go! IDD Resources" by Maine Health
Resource Guide by Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, Maine
Food Pantries & Meal Sites in ME by Good Shepard Food Bank of Maine
Food Assistance, Housing, TANF, Unemployment Insurance by Maine Equal Justice
Resources for this Difficult time (COVID-19 Virus)  by Maine Parent Federation
Useful Resources during COVID-19 Outbreak by MAIER
Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine, Inc. & The Kinship Program Online Training & Support
Online Trainings Parents/Caregivers of Children w/ Behavioral Health Needs G.E.A.R Parent Network

Helpful Resources

Your Child/Adult Back to School/Work After the COVID-19 Pandemic - Workbook by James Ball and Kristie Brown-Lofland
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities by Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA)
Autism and Fear of Wearing Masks by Linda Hodgdon; Visual Strategies for Autism
Teach Children how to Wear a Mask (video) by Brody the Lion
Wearing a Mask Story for Children by Autism Little Learners
Article: Some autistic people can't tolerate face masks. Here's how we're managing...by the Washingtonpost.com
Library of resources for social stories and graphics to create digital social stories by PBIS
Social Stories by PBISWorld.com
Useful Visual Strategies by Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP 
Library of resources for developing visual schedules  by PBIS
Resource for individuals with special needs by Do2Learn 
Printable visuals by Able to Learn
Coping with COVID 10; List of Resources by Association for Science in Autism Treatment
Tips for Teaching Activities of Daily Living by Regis College
Disability and Inclusion Strategies During COVID-19  (video webinar) by Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
Life lessons (weekly video series) Developed byTerese Dana, M.S., BCBA, founder of TD Social Skills
Tips to Help Autistic Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Quarantine by Temple Grandin
Supporting Parents During COVID-19  by Child Mind Institute
“Ask Dr. Tony” on Coronavirus/COVID-19, Autism and Anxiety (Video) Dr. Tony Attwood
Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times by AFIRM 
Social Stories, Tips, & Information by National Autism Association
How to talk to Children about the Coronavirus by Child Mind Institute
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 by Centers for Disease and Prevention
5 Things To Know About CoronaVirus and People With Disabilities by Forbes

Educational Activities

PBS Kids for activities, games and videos  
A Round-Up of Educational Free Subscriptions and more by Parenting Special Needs Magazine
Autism Acceptance App Collection  to learn, play & communicate by Apple
Eduating All Learners During the COVID-19 by Educating All Learners Alliance
Kids Zone by Sony Pictures (Youtube channel) Interactive fun, movement, learning & hands-on activities.
Boredom Busters by Family E Guide: 110 Activities including virtual field trips
Parent Resources for Learning at Home when Schools Close by SETDA
Social Stories (Pandemic related) by Carol Gray
My Coronavirus Story: Social Story by Howard County Autism Society
Sesame Street “Caring for Each Other” for videos, toolkits, resources games and tips!
10+ Social Emotional Activities for Home by Pathway 2 Success
Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic with Children by ABA Desk 
NASA Space Place: Explore Earth and Space! Crafts, Activities, Videos, Learn!
Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links: The Great Wall of China to the San Diego Zoo! 
Scholastic Learn at Home: Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
Free Online Art Classes: Free online art lessons for kids (and adults). Ease some anxiety with art therapy, learn how to create awesome projects, and enjoy getting creative!
Cincinnati Zoo Live Facebook stream daily at 3:00pm: While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, let us help make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational. Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm EDT where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. 
Virtual Museum Tours Link: 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours 
ABC Mouse: Free home access offered - Redeem code AOFLUNICEF (or you could continue trying SCHOOL7771) for FREE access to ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ during the period of school closure! 

Craft Activities

Milk Carton Elephants

No Sew Sock Bunnies

DIY Stained Glass

Fake Snow Recipe

Marshmallow Shooter

Stress Balls

Salt Painting

Baking Soda Paint

Sensory Bags

Coffee Filter Art

No Cook Playdough Recipe

 

Easy Moon Sand Recipe  
It’s easy as pie: 1/4 cup baby oil for every 2 cups of flour. 
To fill our plastic container, we did 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil.
You want to mix it well to break up any balls of baby oil that form.
We are storing it in an air tight container when not in use. I’ll keep you posted on how long it lasts!

TASTE-SAFE Moon Sand Recipe
2 cups flour 1/3 cup coconut oil
I have received a lot of questions on if baby oil is the only oil that works. I have also made moon sand with coconut oil. This makes is a “taste safe” version for smaller babies.

Family Games & Activities

Family Game Night Cup Stacking

What you need: 42 solo cups, that’s it. Two kids each get 21 cups and have one minute to stack them, make a pyramid and re stack them in a minute’s time. Whoever does it the fastest wins.

 

 


                 LEGO Challenge
LEGO CHALLENGE Game Snacks 

Would You Rather

Fishbowl Game

Would you Rather Questions   by homeschoolbase.com
Creative Ways to Pick Kiddos Mind (also includes toddler friendly questions) by Vigoritout.com
Storyland Activity and color book to print by Storyland

Obstacle Course: Use pillows, small cones, hula hoops or anything you already have in your house and set up an obstacle course to run through. The kids can help make up the course, run through it and then keep changing it to make it better.
After that, they can play Hot Lava. Throw a couple of pillows or tape some paper to the floor that is spaced out. They cannot touch the floor (which is hot lava,) only the paper/pillows and try to make it across the room. Again, the kids can make up the course try it and keep adjusting it as they like.  

Freeze Dance: Break out the music and let the kids dance. When the music stops they freeze and anyone that moves is out.

Sticky Spider Web: Use painter’s tape to make a web-like design on a doorway opening. Give your kids some newspaper to scrunch up and throw up at the web. Or get creative and use other light-weight objects like balloons. Have them count how many objects stick versus how many don’t for extra learning points.

Build a fort: Fort-building happens almost daily at our house. The kids usually use couch cushions but sheets and blankets work perfectly well and leave you with a place to sit.

Kitchen Snacks

Digital Cooking Classes for Children by delish

 

Make Rock Candy                       Cooking With Kids

Make Crystals - 2 ingredients

Videos

Great video with kids songs and puppets
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

Books on Video

"Books Aloud" Children's autism acceptance books by ASM
Story Time Online by #operationstorytime
Kids Stories in ASL (Videos) 
StorylineOnline Celebrities read animated illustrated books
How to Catch a Leprechaun Book Read Aloud 
My No No No Day by Rebecca Patterson 
Just Go to Bed by Mercer Mayer - Little Critter  
I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer - Little Critter  
Uniquely Wired: a Story about Autism and its Gifts by Julia Cook 

Some Favorite Stories on YouTube:

All My Stripes  
My Brother Charlie  
Isaac and his amazing Asperger superpowers 
The Giving Tree 
Be a Friend
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings  
Grumpy Monkey 

Ebooks

Sesame Street has offered hundreds of FREE Sesame Street eBooks available from Apple, Google Play, Kobo, and Nook.
Visit Sesame Street “Caring for Each Other” page for videos, toolkits, resources games and tips!
https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring