Wednesday, August 10, 2011

AutMont Will Be Back Soon!

Hi, friends. I am on vacation and was sure that I would catch up on stuff here at AutMont while I was away, because what else would I do with all my time after my kids go to bed?

But you know what is really, really hard? Taking special needs kids on vacation. I am exhausted. I am going to cry uncle until I am back from vacation.

There are still activities listed on AutMont's Calendar, but I apologize if I miss any additional events happening soon. (Fortunately August is a light month for events.) If I see any relevant events between chasing my kids around airports, I'll try to tweet or facebook them.

Enjoy the next couple of weeks and I'll be back with a vengeance in mid- to late-August!

Monday, July 25, 2011

New AutMont Marketplace

After getting an email from a reader who wants to sell a used assistive tech device that her son no longer needs, I've decided to offer a place for people to list used equipment that they want to sell at a reduced price.

You can find the AutMont Marketplace here.

This is kind of an experiment. Depending on how this goes, I may or may not keep the page up. If you are a buyer or seller, please be sure to be careful and use safe practices. I have not necessarily verified the integrity of the sellers. AutMont assumes no responsibility for transactions that stem from listings on this page. All I am doing is providing listings. Any action taken thereafter is solely the responsibility of the participants.

Email me at autismmontgomery[at]gmail[dot]com if you have something you would like to list in the Marketplace.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Event Summary for the Week of July 25, 2011

Check out the AutMont Calendar to see all of the activities for this week as well as those coming up!

Monday, July 25:

Tuesday, July 26:

Sunday, July 31:

CANCELED! Fitness Program for Children on the Autism Spectrum


Do you know of another event? Leave details in the comments!

Home Activities to Develop Fine Motor and Balance Skills

The University of Maryland's Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Lab will offer a free parent seminar about Home Activities to Develop Fine Motor and Balance Skills on August 8 from 7-8:30 p.m.

John Morgal, Director of Occupational Therapy at the Baltimore Lab School, will teach parents home-based activities to develop fine motor coordination (including handwriting skills) and activities to promote balance.

The seminar will be held at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health Building, Room 1301, in College Park.

Supervised child activities will be provided. When RSVPing, please indicate number, ages, and names of children attending. Contact Melissa Pangelian at

Learn To Use Proloquo2Go on iDevices

Maryland Assistive Technology Cooperative will be holding two 3-session courses on Training for Language and Learning Using Proloquo2Go on iDevices in August.

These sessions are designed for parents and professionals who use iDevices to aid in communication with Proloquo2Go. Each course is limited to seven participants. Cost is $99 for all three sessions or $39 for one.

The first course will be taught August 1, 8, and 15 from 4:30-6 p.m. each day, with the second course will be taught August 2, 9, and 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. each day.

For each course, session 1 will cover programming basics. Session 2 is an introduction to language design, and session 3 will cover using an iDevice for learning.

Both courses will be held at the Learning Center AT:LAST (7050 Oakland Mills Road, Suite 160) in Columbia. You can register online. For more information, call Susan Garber at 410-381-2667.

Advanced ABA/VB Workshop in Leesburg

The Aurora School in Leesburg, Virginia will host a workshop presented by Board Certified Behavior Analyst Dr. Mary Barbera on August 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop is about "The Verbal Approach: Advanced ABA/VB Programming for Intermediate Learners," and will cost $65 for non-members of the Arc of Loudon or for registration at the door. The workshop will be held at The Aurora School (601 Catoctin Circle, NE) in Leesburg.

Participants should have previous knowledge of basic ABA principles and VB programming. For more information on the workshop and for registration materials, please visit the Aurora School's website.

Miracle League: Baseball for Children with Disabilities

The Miracle League of Montgomery County is forming baseball teams for kids with disabilities and will be holding their opening day on August 1 at 10 a.m.

Come play on opening day and meet some Washington Nationals players!

Miracle Field is the only baseball field in Montgomery County designed for kids with special needs. It is located in the South Germantown Recreational Park off Schaeffer Road, directly across from the soccer complex.

For more information and to sign up up play or register to be a "buddy," contact Jeanne Smith at 301-509-5224 or