Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lighting the way to hope

Pine Tree Society and Spurwink are pleased to present the 11th annual Southern Maine Autism Conference! The conference, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland, 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:

You Belong: Stories from our Neurodiverse Friendship
by Kyler Shumway, MA & Daniel Wendler, MA

You Belong: Stories from Our Neurodiverse Friendship is a motivational talk co-led by Kyler and Dan, two soon-to-be clinical psychologists with a passion for ending the loneliness epidemic. This talk is for an audience of all ages and anyone who is searching for friendship and deeper connection.

The talk provides psychoeducation on friendship and loneliness, and how we can sometimes be held back by our own beliefs. The speakers use real-life stories from their friendship and friendships from their childhood to demonstrate practical ways of overcoming painful experiences of rejection and friendlessness.

Watch their promotional video.

Thank you for your participation in the 2019 Southern Maine Autism Conference.

Southern Maine Autism Conference

11th Annual Southern Maine Autism Conference

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Questions?  Contact Kim Simmons by email or phone at (207) 386-5963

We are pleased to continue to offer the conference at no charge to the participants.  (There is an option to purchase a Letter of Attendance for $40 for anyone who needs one for continuing education purposes).

Breakout Sessions:

Click the links below to view the presentations.

“Getting started – Children’s Services and How to Connect” presented by Julie Brennan, LMSW, and Mike Bell, Children’s Case Manager

“Bullying and Autism: How to Help Survivors and Enactors” presented by Kyler Shumway, MA

“Sexuality and Autism” presented by Deborah L. Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.

“Tips, Strategies, and Resources for Making Meaningful Friendships” presented by Linda Bonnar, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP

“Sensory Spectrum: Knowledge, Tools, and Strategies” presented by Kira Personette, OT

Lunch options:

During the one hour lunch break, participants may choose to bring their own lunch, visit the hotel restaurant where a variety of menu options and grab-and-go options will be available, or visit one of the restaurants located near the hotel.

Exhibitor Opportunities

Thank you to all exhibitors for joining us at the 2019 Southern Maine Autism Conference.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Stevie Bonnevie.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Is your company or organization interested in supporting this important event? Sponsorship levels are available beginning at $500. 

View our sponsor benefits here.

If you have any questions, please email Kristen Farnham.

Room Reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton

If you wish to reserve a room at the conference venue, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, call (207) 775-6161. 

Made possible by:

Spurwink sponsor Southern Maine Autism Conference

with support from Maine Health Access Foundation’s meeting grant