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 – email@example.com
Susan Vincent – firstname.lastname@example.org - facebook, website, events
Tena Hinds – email@example.com - Autism Information Specialist program, school issues, resource material
Tara Perry – firstname.lastname@example.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.
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: email@example.com
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
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!
Milk Carton Elephants
No Sew Sock Bunnies
DIY Stained Glass
Fake Snow Recipe
Baking Soda Paint
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 Game Snacks
Would You Rather
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.
Digital Cooking Classes for Children by delish
Make Rock Candy Cooking With Kids
Make Crystals - 2 ingredients
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!