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ASM Online Videos / Webinars

"Coffee with Cathy" ASM Online Videos and Webinars - Archived videos on Youtube

Cathy Dionne, ASM Executive Director and Guests:

April 3 -  "Home with children and meeting their needs" Guest: 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. Video

April 8  "So your child is home and you are seeing increased behaviors" Guests: James Ball, Ed, D., BCBA-D & Kristie Brown Lofland, M.S., CCC-A.  Discussion: The struggles and behaviors that families may be experiencing while their children are home during this time of COVID-19. Recording

April 10 - "Anxiety of being home with your child(ren) and what that may look like and what could help" Guest: Dr. Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, retired child psychologist Video

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

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. Video

May 1 - Nancy Cronin Executive Director of Maine Developmental Disabilities Council - will discuss adults with ID/DD and group home settings and the difficulties they face. Video

May 8 - "What does ESY services look like during COVID 19" Guest: Ben Jones Attorney with Disability Rights Maine will discuss rights with IEP’s during COVID 19, and what can parents do if their school is not reaching out to them or the student. Video

May 15 - "Re-entering school in the fall and perperation" Guest:  Dr. James Ball will discuss and answer your questions regarding re-entering school in the fall, some of the challenges families may face, strategies and plans to help families and children prepare. Recording   Transition Workbook

May 29 - "Social stories can be used in many different formats" Guest: Kristie Brown Lofland, Autism/Educational Consultant – Ms. Brown Lofland has a background in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  We will address how pictures and and talk about the PECS (picture exchange communication system) program. Video

June 12 - “What it is Like to Be an Adult in Quarantine” Guest: Dr. Kerry Magro is an award-winning professional speaker and best-selling author who's on the autism spectrum. We will discuss the struggles for adults and the quarantine - change in routine, unemployment, isolation and more.
Kerry is the author of “Defining Autism from the Heart” and  Kerry has spent the past 8 years traveling the country as an international motivational speaker through the National Speakers Association. In that time he has spoken at over 800 venues about disability and bullying related issues.“I used to have severe nonverbal autism. Today I am a full-time professional speaker & best-selling author and autism-film consultant.” Video

June 26 - “Crisis Supports for the Autism Community” Guest Lisa Morgan M.Ed. CAS. After experiencing the loss of her husband of 29 years to suicide, Lisa authored, "Living Through Suicide Loss with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)".  Now, Lisa, an autistic adult diagnosed late in life, has become an advocate for other autistic adults who have had similar experiences.  She has started a conversation with several nonprofit organizations in the US to help enhance the suicide prevention and postvention resources to be a better fit for autistic adults, as well as, to spread awareness of the resources available to the autism community. Video