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“Learn the Signs- Act Early” CDC Resource

Keeping track of your young child’s developmental milestones may be something you think about only during well-child visits, but if you have concerns about how your child plays, learns, acts, speaks, or moves, it may be something you think about often. Research tells us that early intervention is key for supporting babies and young children […]

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MAIER kicks off Professional Development Webinars for 2021!

We are kicking off the new year with two new webinars to support the professional development needs of professionals working with individuals on the autism spectrum, one especially for those who work with children 3-5 years. Although these webinars are developed with professionals in mind, they are always available to parents, caregivers, and other interested […]

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SMILE Boxes brighten the lives of MAIER families

This fall the Maine Autism Institute’s Family Partnership partnered with the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center (AOEC) to bring more than 75 SMILE Boxes to Maine children and teens on the autism spectrum. SMILE Boxes are designed to support families that include a member on the autism spectrum in exploring new ways to connect with one […]

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New Sexuality Education Resource available from MAIER

Teaching children about sensitive topics such as private body parts, changes during puberty, and healthy relationships can be difficult for a parent of any child, but for families that include a child on the autism spectrum, there are special concerns and sometimes the need for specially developed tools to introduce topics and begin conversations. MAIER’s […]

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Fall 2020 Pathways Newsletter

As the year winds down and we look forward to 2021, we bring you this issue of Pathways to share news about our recent activities and our plans for the coming year. Our goal is to support individuals on the autism spectrum through our work with educators, professionals, researchers, families, and communities, which brings us to many […]

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Raise Your Awareness for International AAC Awareness Month With New Video Resources! No Registration Required for Viewing!

Raise your awareness for International AAC Awareness Month with new video resources, presented by Haley Usilton: “Supporting Literacy Development for Individuals with ASD” and “Do it Yourself Augmentative and Alternative Communication at Home”. These two new videos are targeted at supporting the use of augmentative & alternative communication and literacy development! No registration is required […]

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ASM Fall 2020 Virtual Autism Conference

The Autism Society of Maine is pleased to invite you to be a part of this exciting opportunity to exchange ideas, resources, and knowledge that will inspire hope and innovation for those who live and work with individuals with autism. FREE online event! More Information & Registration

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Online Certificate in Grandparents Leadership offered by the UM Center on Aging

The University of Maine Center on Aging is offering an online certificate program for professionals and volunteers who work with grandfamily caregivers. The online Certificate in Grandfamilies Leadership program provides core education, technical support, and leadership development for professionals delivering grandfamily and kinship programming across the country. Participants will complete nine online modules over a […]

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MAIER Research Highlights

Drs. Deborah Rooks-Ellis and Sarah Howorth shared their research supported by the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research in two recently published journal articles. Encompassing two distinct research projects, the first investigated the use of telehealth for providing early intervention (EI) services to rural families and the second reported on the effectiveness of a […]

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