2020-21 Professional Development Series

Training Modules

Connecting FACES in Maine

 with Dr. Jamie Pearson

PEERS® Friendship Skills Boot Camp

 with Sarah Howorth, Ph.D., BCBA


Helping Your Teen Work Towards Independence as an Adult: A Mother and Son Perspective

Speakers: Connor Archer and Jessica Archer, M.S.

Using Evidence-based Practice Isn’t an Option… Now What?

Speaker:  Gretchen Scheibel, MS, OTR/L, BCBA

Function-Based Problem-Solving: Practical Strategies to Address Behavior in the Classroom

Speaker: Gretchen Scheibel, MS, OTR/L, BCBA

Strategies for Supporting Inclusive Pre-K Classrooms

Speaker: Kellie Irving, M.S.

Our Journey Together: From A Mother and Son Perspective  

Speakers: Connor & Jessica Archer

Supporting Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Language Skill Development at Home

Speaker: Jennifer Seale, PhD., CCC-SLP

Parent-Mediated Early Interventions for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Speaker: Megan G. Kunze, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Supporting Students During Virtual Learning: Improvement of Independent Work

Speaker: Gretchen Scheibel, MS, OTR, BCBA


Communities of Practice

K-12 to Adult Transition Planning

Facilitated by: Drs. Joshua Taylor and Anica Miller-Rushing


Professional Development

A caucasian woman professional leading a training meeting with a diverse audience of educators and professionals (all masked for covid safety)Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, MAIER will not be offering in-person professional development workshops until further notice.

MAIER offers several options for education professionals and support staff to receive autism training from national and state experts and presenters, through our workshops, school-based teams, webinars, and online training. Bookmark this page for the most up-to-date offerings or sign up  to receive announcements of new offerings. If you are not already receiving our mailings and announcements, sign up for MAIER’s mailing list here.

Online Training Modules

Connecting FACES in Maine: Addressing Racial Disparities in the Education of Black Students on the Autism Spectrum

African American family eating togetherJoin us for this unique opportunity! The Fostering Advocacy, Communication, Empowerment, and Supports for African American Families of Children with Autism (FACES) is an online, asynchronous training module launching on June 1! Designed for families and professionals, preregistration is now open. Learn more about this exciting new offering here.

PEERS® Friendship Skills Boot Camp

3 young adults chattingWe are pleased to announce the launching of the PEERS® Friendship Skills Boot Camp! This self-paced training module, presented by UM Faculty Dr. Sarah Howorth, is a free online training module that is recommended for families and professionals who support teens and young adults with autism. Read more about this exciting new offering from MAIER and register to participate on the Friendship Boot Camp Webpage.

MAIER Professional Development Webinars and Archived Workshops

Our 2020-21 Professional Development webinars and many of our workshops and webinars from previous years are available for your professional development. This is your opportunity to select and view sessions at a time convenient to your schedule, and to earn contact hours upon completion. So catch up on sessions you missed, refresh your memory, or select new topics to enhance your professional or personal knowledge. All sessions are free to view online and offer easy access.

Access MAIER’s Professional Development opportunities here:

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Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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.  For more information on this program, visit the Graduate Certificate page.

Be sure to visit MAIER’s Professional Resources and Research webpage to learn more about the work at MAIER and find additional resources to support your work with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum.

The Maine Department of Education provides significant support and funding for the activities and outreach of Maine Access to Inclusive Education Resources. Special thanks to Erin Frazier, Director of Special Services Birth-20, Maine Department of Education, for her ongoing support for this project. To learn more about this unique partnership, see the “About Us” tab above. 

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