Winthrop, Maine 1-800-273-5200

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. 

We also ask that if you’re a neighbor and can lend a hand to another neighbor please reach out. Please continue to call ASM as a resource at 800-273-5200 or email: can use our platform to try and connect you to a source.  Above all else please be kind to one another.  We will get through this together. 

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!

ASM Facebook Live Series - Each Friday at 2:00
(do not have to register, just go to ASM Facebook page
Special Guests:

April 3 - Jennifer Brooking - A mom supporting three children with various needs including autism.  We will talk about what it is like with three children home and trying to continue meeting their needs.

April 10 - Dr. Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer (retired child psychologist) – address the anxiety of being home with your child(ren) and what that may look like and what could help

April 17 - Caryn Husman MS, OTR/L – Will address what parents can do at home with their children and meeting their occupational therapy needs.

April 24 - Carrie Woodcock Executive Director of Maine Parent Federation – Both Carrie and Cathy have a child(ren) with special needs and how this new environment of being home effects  their learning, social, and home life.

Wednesday, April 8th at 2:00pm

"So, your child is home and you are seeing increased behaviors"
Join Cathy Dionne, Executive Director, ASM and Jim Ball Ed,D., BCBA-D on Wednesday April 8, 2020 at 2:00pm for a live webinar. Jim will be discussing the struggles and behaviors that families may be experiencing while their children are home during this time. Jim will offer some solutions and techniques that may help to ease these stressful times.  To register for this FREE webinar– click here:


This page will be updated so check back in for more great ideas!

Parent Information

"Let's Go! IDD Resources" by Maine Health
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 
Food Assistance, Housing, TANF, Unemployment Insurance by Maine Equal Justice
COVID-19 Toolkit by Topic by Autism Society of America
Mental Health & Respite by Autism Society of America
NAMI Maine Family Program & COVID-19 (Respite Services)
Social Stories, Tips, & Information by National Autism Association
Resources for this Difficult time (COVID-19 Virus)  by Maine Parent Federation
Maine Center for Disease Control Prevention by Maine DHHS
COVID-19 Preparedness and Resources by Autism Society of America
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

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 Early Learning Academy, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ during the period of school closure! 

Craft Activities

Paper Shamrocks

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

Would You Rather

Fishbowl Game

Would you Rather Questions   by
Creative Ways to Pick Kiddos Mind (also includes toddler friendly questions) by

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


Make Rock Candy                       Cooking With Kids

Make Crystals - 2 ingredients


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

Books on Video

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 

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 


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