The Maine Autism Institute offers several options for education professionals and support staff to receive autism training through our workshops, school-based teams, and online training. In 2017-18, we are presenting all new workshops at our Professional Development Series, conducting Maine Autism Leader Training with six new school districts/agencies, offering our 2016-17 PD workshops for online training, and planning a two-day SCERTS training in May. Explore this page to learn more about these exciting opportunities!
The University of Maine offers graduate courses leading to a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders for Educators, Administrators and related service providers seeking advanced education for leadership roles in educational programming for students with ASD. FMI on this program, visit the Graduate Certificate page.
Special two-day SCERTS Training Opportunity in 2018! Registration coming soon- check back in early 2018!
MAIER is excited to announce we will be offering a special two-day training “Implementing the SCERTS Assessment Process (SAP) to Guide Program Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L, coauthor of the SCERTS model and a national trainer, will present this workshop on May 3 & 4, 2018 in Brunswick, Maine. Please note, this training opportunity is in addition to our Professional Development Series and requires a separate registration. This special two-day training is being offered for just $100 per person.
“The SCERTS Model is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to enhancing communication and social-emotional abilities of individuals with ASD…. SCERTS refers to Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support (Prizant & Weatherby, 2005, Vol. 1, p.1). The SCERTS model is a research-based approach supported by the clinical practice of the authors. Training will lead to thorough understanding of the SCERTS model and provide participants with the knowledge and skills to implement the model in their classrooms. We encourage you to register with others in your school team, as SCERTS utilizes a team approach. Space is limited for this training so be sure to register early! Registration will open in early 2018, so check back soon!
Registration covers two full days of training, all handouts and materials, follow-up support with the trainer, and continental breakfast each day. Training will take place at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern in Brunswick, ME. Contact hours are awarded upon completion of the workshop. CEUs (1.2) are available with a $20 processing fee. Download flyer
Welcome our new Maine Autism Leader Teams (MALT) for 2017!
Six new teams from school districts and agencies across the state will receive advanced training in evidence-based practices for working with individuals with autism. MAIER will host six training sessions, and offer ongoing mentoring and coaching sessions to participating teams over the course of the coming year. MALT training is a result of our partnership with the Maine Department of Education to provide extensive training to school-based teams that represent educators working with children with autism. FMI about MALT opportunties see Maine’s Autism Leader Team webpage.
MAIER 2017-18 Professional Development Series: Register today!
|September 28, 2017||An OT’s Guide to Sensory Processing||Katie Alexander, OTD, OTR/L||Thomas College, Waterville|
|September 29, 2017||An Educator’s Guide to Sensory Processing||Katie Alexander, OTD, OTR/L||Thomas College, Waterville|
|October 19, 2017 Cancelled||Accessing Evidence-based Strategies to Support Practice||Courtney Angelosante, M.S., BCBA||Jeff’s Catering, Brewer|
|November 16, 2017||Using Data to Support Decision-making (Part 1)||Gretchen Scheibel, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA||Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta|
|December 4, 2017||Using Data to Support Decision-making (Part 2)||Gretchen Scheibel, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA||Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta|
|February 15, 2018||Foundational Practices for Students w ASD (Part 1)||Gretchen Scheibel, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA||Jeff’s Catering, Brewer|
|March 22, 2018||Foundational Practices for Students w ASD (Part 2)||Gretchen Scheibel, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA||Jeff’s Catering, Brewer|
|April 5, 2018||Social Emotional Learning for Educators||Elizabeth Hufnagel, Ph.D.||Jeff’s Catering, Brewer|
|April 12, 2018||Augmentative and Alternative Communication||Jennifer M. Seale, Ph.D.||Jeff’s Catering, Brewer|
|May 10, 2018||Social Thinking 3.0||Nancy Clements, MA, CCC-SLP||Thomas College, Waterville|
Check our PD Calendar or click on the individual session links FMI. Maine Autism Institute professional development events run from 9am to 3:30 pm with check-in starting at 8:30am. Cost is $30/person unless otherwise noted. Contact hours are awarded upon completion of the workshop. CEUs (.6) are available with a $20 processing fee. Refunds are not provided, but substitutions are recommended if you need to cancel your registration. Register online at our secure registration. Step by Step instructions for registering.
Registration closes one week prior to each event, so register early! Late registrations will be considered if space is available.
2016-17 Professional Development Series is available for Archive Viewing!
Did you miss out on our 2016-17 Professional Development Workshops? All nine of our workshops are available to view online, at the same low cost of $30 per person/ per workshop, and contact hours are available. This Archived viewing option allows you to watch each selected workshop at a time convenient with your schedule. Please note that Archived Viewing is a single viewing option only and content should not be shared in groups unless everyone has registered and paid for the workshop. Register online at our secure registration site. Please note when you register for the Archived session, you must contact Donna at MAIER (email@example.com) to receive the login information and password to access the PD once you have registered and paid for the session.