Exploring Our Way Autism Program

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First Sunday morning of each month during the school year.


Exploring Our Way sessions are held on the first Sunday of each month during the school year from 10 am - noon. At each Exploring Our Way session, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire offers free admission to families raising children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Exploring Our Way is generously supported by Kennebunk Savings Bank. Additional support for Exploring Our Way comes from the Finlay Foundation.

This program provides opportunities to enjoy family time at the museum in a safe, understanding environment, allows parents to network with one another, and will help families discover new resources available to them. Special materials will be available for participants, including MAPPS™ (Museum Advance Planning Picture Stories), visual supports using PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), a Children's Museum of New Hampshire map and more. Exploring Our Way visitors are welcome to stay and play when the Children's Museum of New Hampshire opens to the public at noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about this program, please contact Paula Rais at (603) 742-2002.

Resources for Participating Families (downloadable PDF documents):

2019-20 Schedule

Exploring Our Way breaks over the summer beginning in July and returns in October.

Sunday, October 6, 10am-noon

Sunday, November 3, 10am-noon

Special Guests:

Emily Vadeboncoeur is a passionate advocate for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled community. A recent graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with her B.A. in Psychology and Child Development, Emily now works as a Registered Behavioral Therapist in Bedford, working primarily with children on the Autism Spectrum.  Emily also volunteers for several IDD centered organizations across the state of New Hampshire. In September, Emily was crowned Miss Strafford County 2020 and will be competing for the title of Miss New Hampshire 2020 this upcoming spring. During her year as Miss Strafford County, she plans to work within the Strafford County community to advocate for the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled, and to promote and expand the various services available to them. She is incredibly excited about this partnership with the Children’s Museum, and looks forward to spreading awareness about the Exploring Our Way Program.

The staff at Clearly Speaking strive to empower children by improving their communication skills. Clearly Speaking was created to provide children and their families with effective speech and/or language treatment in a fun, supportive environment.

Clearly speaking proudly offers the following services:

  • evaluation of speech and/or language
  • individualized speech and language therapy
  • year round social communication groups for preschool and school-age children
  • intensive (one week) social communication groups
  • comprehensive 2 day evaluations for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) or suspected childhood apraxia of speech

We will be available to share resources, answers questions, and provide a fun language activity for all attendees. 

Sunday, December 1, 10am-noon

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 10am-noon

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 10am-noon

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 10am-noon

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 10am-noon

Sunday, May 3, 2020, 10am-noon

Sunday, June 7, 2020, 10am-noon

Please note: If you plan on coming to the Children's Museum of New Hampshire during regular hours, consider visiting at a time when we are usually not crowded ... mid–day or late afternoons are often quieter. Weekends – especially if the weather is nasty – are often busy. You are always welcome to call the Children's Museum of New Hampshire to check with the staff about how busy the Children's Museum of New Hampshire is before you visit.


Help us spread the word!

Download and print an Exploring Our Way Autism Program flyer to share with your community.

Exploring Our Way Advisory Committee

Denice Albert
Recreation & Parent Support Coordinator for Family Support at Community Partners, working with families with a child with a developmental disability. DAlbert@communitypartnersnh.org

Deb Jurkoic
SAU5 Preschool Education Program Para-Educator, Strafford Learning Center.lildebbj@comcast.net

Karen McDowell
Lakes Region Services, Laconia. KarenMc@lrcs.org

Shelley Mulligan, PhD.
OTR/L, Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty, UNH. Shelley.Mulligan@unh.edu

Patti Rawding-Anderson
Co-owner at REACH for the Top Therapy Services, Dover, NH. pedipt@comcast.net

Dr. Laura Rubin
Licensed clinical psychologist, Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center.lrubin@portsmouthneuro.com

Tracy Walbridge
Easter Seals Certified Parent Supporter, Parent Information Center Volunteer Advocate, Concord. tracywalbridge@gmail.com

Elizabeth Webster, B.S.ED.
Autism Support Specialist, Educator, Autism Safety Training Expert, Manchester, NH. eawebsterconsulting@gmail.com

Thank you to the following organizations who partnered with the Museum in the creation of Exploring Our Way.

Barrett Foundation

Cogswell Benevolent Fund

Community Partners, Dover

Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, Lebanon

Dover Public Schools

Easter Seals

Great Bay Community College, Newington

Lakes Region Services, Laconia

Parent Information Center, Concord

Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, Portsmouth

University of New Hampshire, Durham

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