Improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students on the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, MD

Calendar of Upcoming xMinds Events and Other Autism Community Events

Our calendar includes events that are hosted by xMinds as well as other local “Community Events" that are intended for families with an autistic family member. Community Events are only included in our calendar if they are free of charge or offered by Professionals who are xMinds Members.

Upcoming Events

    • 15 Jun 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    Relationships Workshop: Enhancing Relationships in These Times

    Dr. Pat Webbink, Adult, Adolescent and Child Counseling Associates

    Location: Online workshop on Zoom Meeting:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9172420544Meeting ID: 917 242 0544

    Cost: Free

    Dr. Webbink (Duke University, Ph.D.), featured on Oprah Winfrey as a professional speaker on relationships, is a licensed psychologist with 50 years of clinical experience in the MD, DC, VA area. Her national and international online presence extends to individuals, groups, and organizations. Her experiential workshops facilitate centered relationships and a state of mindfulness, through creative visualization, imagery, and music.


    • 02 Jul 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 17 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • online workshop on Zoom Meeting
    Mindfulness Workshop: Mindfulness & Centering in These Times

    Dr. Pat Webbink, Adult, Adolescent and Child Counseling Associates

    Location: Online workshop on Zoom Meeting:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9172420544Meeting ID: 917 242 0544

    Cost: Free

    Dr. Webbink (Duke University, Ph.D.), Featured on Oprah Winfrey and noted as a “master therapist”, is a licensed psychologist with 50 years of clinical experience. Her private practice in Bethesda, MD is a uniquely tranquil, wooded retreat that overlooks a gently flowing stream. Bordering VA and DC, Dr. Pat offers highly acclaimed seminars for the local community, as well as audiences all around the world. These experiential workshops, through creative visualization, imagery, and music, facilitate a state of resilience, compassion, mindfulness, & inner peace.



    • 08 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 15 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    Super Social Saturday -- Make Mine Magic

    ArtStream

    Location: virtual

    Cost: $15

    Registration: Deadline to register for Super Socials in August is July 30;   https://artstream.kindful.com/register/online-classes-2020

    Sing, dance, and act up with your favorite super social activities from the safety of your home. ArtStream is going to really put the 'social' in Super Social Saturdays! Visit this link for more information.
    • 11 Aug 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    Virtual Resource Fair

    Pathfinders for Autism

    Location: online via Zoom

    Cost: Free

    Registration: required - register here online

    Join PFA staff live online as they present a vast array of resources available on the Pathfinders for Autism website. Resources shared will include COVID-19 related information, Autism by Age resources, PFA Tips articles, our online provider directory, and more.

    Staff will demonstrate how to navigate the PFA website to find the information most critical to you. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with PFA staff in a private setting, if needed.

    The online resource fair is free to attend, but registration is required. Prior to the event, a Zoom link will be sent to you.

    • 17 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Boyds, MD

    Riding Together Summer Camp

    The Treatment and Learning Centers (TTLC)

    Session 1 -- August 10-14, 9am to 3pm each day

    Session 2 -- August 17-21, 9am to 3pm each day

    Ages: 5th – 12th graders.

    Cost: $750 per week

    Location:  Great and Small,  17320 Moore Rd., Boyds, MD 20841

    Description:  Riding Together Camp provides a fun and interactive environment to work on social skills development. By promoting the care for and engagement with horses, this camp fosters self-confidence, communication, and social skills in a unique setting.

    For details and registration:  Riding Together Information


    • 22 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 29 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    Super Social Saturday -- Get Your Ears On (Disney)

    ArtStream

    Location: virtual

    Cost: $15

    Registration: Deadline to register for Super Socials in August is July 30;   https://artstream.kindful.com/register/online-classes-2020

    Sing, dance, and act up with your favorite super social activities from the safety of your home. ArtStream is going to really put the 'social' in Super Social Saturdays! Visit this link for more information.
    • 25 Aug 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    Autism and Feeding Challenges

    Pathfinders for Autism

    Location: online via Zoom

    Cost: Free

    Registration: register here online


    Presented by Amy Wetherill, CCC-SLP, COM and Tracy Wilson, OTR/L from the Pediatric Development Center

    Children with an autism diagnosis often have feeding challenges. However, that does not mean that every child has feeding challenges for the same reason. Recognizing WHY your child is a picky or selective eater is an important first step to treatment. This live Zoom workshop will describe common feeding challenges and possible reasons for these challenges. Reasons related to medical, sensory, motor, learning differences, environmental, and behavioral issues will be explored. Strategies and treatment approaches will be described. We hope you can join us!

    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    ILO's Family 50 Mile Biking Fundraiser

    Integrated Living Opportunities

    Location: DC-The Wharf, Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg

    Cost: Donations gratefully accepted here.

    Registration: Biking registration closed (limited group because of COVID-19). Donations gratefully accepted.


    This is a fundraiser to support ILO's efforts in helping young adults with disabilities transition to independent living. Click here for more information.

    • 01 Sep 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Center for Assessment and Treatment
    Unstuck and On Target

    Center for Assessment and Treatment

    Location: 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1000, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

    Cost: Call CAAT at (240) 424-0184 for pricing

    Registration: Registration is required. 

    Dates: Runs for 14 weeks starting in September, Wednesday Evenings 5-6pm

    Contact: caatadmin@caatonline.com or 240-424-0184 

    Event linkhttps://caatonline.com/generaltreatment/unstuck-and-on-target/

    Child Age:  8-10


    Unstuck and On Target® is a 14-week evidence-based curriculum designed to improve flexibility in children with autism and ADHD. The program includes both student and parent groups; the whole family learns strategies they can work on together to improve generalization of skills. While children participate in highly engaging group activities, the adults attend group sessions that combine lecture, role playing and observation of the child group. Parents learn how to apply Unstuck strategies to everyday scenarios, from morning routines to getting homework done.

    Students will learn to:

    Handle unexpected events and be flexible

    Cope with disappointment and frustration

    Keep an open mind

    Navigate disagreements with friends

    Set and achieve goals

    Distinguish a “big deal” from a “little deal”

    Learn how to compromise Create a Plan B when Plan A doesn’t work

    How to self-advocate

    How to be a successful group member


    Parents will learn to:

    Support their child in using Unstuck strategies

    Tell a “can’t” from a “won’t

    Strategies for being more effective coaches

    Help their child successfully navigate their day and reach their goals at home and school

    How to embed Unstuck and On Target strategies into various daily routines


    • 01 Sep 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Assessment and Treatment
    PEERS for Teens
    Center for Assessment and Treatment
    Location: 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1000, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5800
    Cost: Call CAAT at (240) 424-0184 for pricing
    Registration: Registration is required. 
    Dates: Runs for 16 weeks starting in September, Tuesdays at 5pm

    Contact: caatadmin@caatonline.com or 240-424-0184 

    Event linkhttps://caatonline.com/peers/peers-for-teens/


    CAAT PEERS® for Teens is a 16 week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session teens are taught important social skills through didactic instruction, live demonstrations by trained coaches, and extensive practice of these skills during real play activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.) while receiving live individualized coaching from our clinical staff.

    Parents attend weekly parent sessions, where they are taught how to assist their teen in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

    Topics of Instruction:

    How to use appropriate conversational skills

    How to find common interests by trading information

    How to appropriately use humor

    How to enter and exit conversations between peers

    How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying

    How to be a good host during get-togethers

    How to choose appropriate friends

    How to be a good sport

    How to handle arguments and disagreements

    How to deal with peer pressure

    • 01 Sep 2020
    • 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM (EDT)
    • Center for Assessment and Treatment
    PEERS for Young Adults
    Center for Assessment and Treatment
    Location: 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1000, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
    Cost: Call CAAT at (240) 424-0184 for pricing information.
    Registration: Registration is required. 
    Dates: Runs for 16 weeks starting in September, Tuesdays at 7:15pm

    Contact: caatadmin@caatonline.com or 240-424-0184

    PEERS® for Young Adults (Ages 18-29) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults, who are interested in learning ways to make and keep friends, navigate social interactions, mange conflict and rejection and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skill by didactic and role play models. They are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session while receiving individualized coaching from our clinical staff.

    Parents/Caregivers are taught how to assist their young adults in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through social coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

    Topics of Instruction:

    How to find common interests by trading information

    How to use appropriate conversational skills including starting and maintaining conversations

    How to find sources of friends

    How to appropriately use humor

    How to enter and exit group conversations

    How to handle rejection and direct or indirect bullying

    How to organize and have successful get-togethers

    Rules for forms of electronic communication

    How to handle arguments and disagreements

    Dating etiquette/skills

Events Guide

These symbols help provide guidance on the format and style of xMinds events.

Lecture-Style

This is a lecture style event; the audience will primarily be listening to a speaker.

Workshop/Interactive

This event is interactive; there will be active participation from attendees.

Social

This is an informal social gathering intended to foster community and networking.
 
   

Parents

This event is intended
for Parents Only.
   

Children

Children are welcome
at this event.
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