10th Annual Southern Maine Autism Conference
April 7, 2018

The planning committee is seeking volunteers to share their expertise
with attendees during the breakout sessions.

Submit a proposal to present on April 7, 2018

More details coming soon!

Southern Maine Autism Conference


Saturday, March 18, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Thank you to everyone who made the 2017 Southern Maine Autism Conference such a huge success.


Lighting the way to hope

Pine Tree Society and Spurwink are pleased to present the 9th annual Southern Maine Autism Conference! The conference is designed for parents and family members of children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as their educators and other service providers. In addition to our keynote, we offer a number of breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics. Our attendees will leave with practical tools and strategies that can be implemented immediately in the home, school and community. Maybe more importantly, we work hard to create an environment of networking and support. You will meet others who understand – and hopefully you will stay connected beyond the end of the day. 

Keynote Address:


Jed Baker, Ph.D - Managing Frustration and Anxiety in Caregivers and Clients


Individuals with ASD, ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, and learning challenges often present with difficulty regulating feelings. This workshop first describes how caregivers can best think about difficult behaviors in order to achieve better outcomes.  Then it will outline ways to de-escalate crises and create prevention plans to reduce debilitating anxiety and frustration.


Dr. Baker is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems.  He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors.  He is an award winning author of 9 books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior; No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams; Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; and School Shadow Guidelines. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.  

The 9th annual Southern Maine Autism Conference will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Portland.

Photographs of children and family

Breakout Sessions

The handouts from the 2017 Southern Maine Conference are available by clicking the links below:


Keynote Address: Managing Frustration and Anxiety in Caregivers and Clients


Counseling for People Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Intellectual Disabilities


5-2-1-0 Go! Strategies to Help Children with Disabilities Achieve Healthy, Active Lifestyles


Key Components of Social Skills Training


Exploring Options: A Conversation on Transition from High School to Adulthood


Life Improvised: Creative Music Making for Social Skills, Schedules and Quality Time


Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism


New Findings on Older Adults with Autism


A Mandala of Pediatric Integrative Medicine: Pendulum Paradigms of Health and Healing in ASD


Connecting Behavior and Communication for Successful and Functional Outcomes



Exhibitor Opportunities

Registration for Exhibitors is now open. Applications are processed when payment is received on a first come, first served basis. Spaces are limited.

Applications can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Lori.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Is your company or organization interested in supporting this important event? Sponsorship levels are available beginning at $500. Please contact us so we can provide you with more information about sponsorship opportunities.


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Autism Society of Maine