THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021 2:00pm to 3:15pm
It has been one year since many families and individuals changed their way of life. From having to self-isolate to wearing a mask everywhere. Join us for an important discussion around Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mental Health to discuss the effects of a yearlong pandemic and how this relates to mental health issues and autism spectrum disorder. What can we do? Will there be a lasting impact?
Cathy Dionne, ASM Executive Director with Special Guests:
Dr. Matt Siegel, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics of Tufts University School of Medicine, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Developmental Disorders Service of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, and Faculty Scientist II at Maine Medical Center Research Institute.
Dr. Emily Siegel, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist with two decades of experience providing mental health services to youth with developmental disabilities and their families. She worked in the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics department of Maine Medical Center for a decade and is currently in private practice in Yarmouth, Maine.
THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021 at 2:00pm
Social Thinking Methodology and Social Competency
Nancy Clements, Speech Language Pathologist, Executive Director of Social Thinking
This workshop focuses on using the Social Thinking Methodology and Social Competency Model to anchor the “why” and the “how” to help our most vulnerable social learners. Participants will be provided with state-of-the-art information to promote social engagement, self-awareness, self-regulation, and organized thinking through the lens of the social mind in action. REGISTER
THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021 at 2:00pm -
Managing Frustration, Anxiety & Meltdowns in the New Normal
Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project
Individuals with social-behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. Changes to routine imposed by Covid often present particular problems for such individuals. This webinar describes how to handle restricted activities, remote learning, and altered school routines. It also covers how to deal with meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent frustration and manage anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate individuals to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to
generalize skills into the natural setting and increas acceptance and tolerance from peers.REGISTER
APRIL 22, 2021 at 2:00pm
Effective Social Skills Training with Dr. Jed Baker, Ph.D. (PART TWO)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2021 at 6:00pm
Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues
Professor Tony Attwood PhD and Dr. Michelle Garnett PhD
For people with ASDs, depression is common, and has particular features and causes. the webinar will explain and describe depression, the forms it can take, and how it looks and feels for a person on the autism spectrum. The webinar will help to increase self-awareness, including identifying personal triggers, and provide the tools to combat depression. REGISTER