More than 300 parents, educators, therapists, direct support staff, and other professionals filled the Schulze Grand Atrium on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus Oct. 19 and learned and laughed as Dr. Tony Attwood presented "An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges".
We extend a heartfelt thank you to all who participated in this exciting educational opportunity. Special thanks to our sponsors: Hampshire Country School, the Sundance Family Foundation, Minnesota Life College, Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC, the Focus In Neurodevelopment - FIND Network, Plymouth Psych Group, and AuSM Board Member Larry Moody.
AuSM has more exciting workshops coming up in November in December, with locations including Duluth and St. Cloud. Click here for more information.
In AuSM’s Beyond Sex Ed course, students with autism ages 13-18 will learn how to manage privacy, boundaries, and infatuations to help them live healthy, create positive relationships, and be safe. Topics will include puberty, private versus public, unwanted affection, intimacy and dating, body boundaries, and consent. Instructors will tackle nuanced and complex issues by building upon more simple, concrete concepts. Classes will run for six Mondays beginning Nov. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul.
Prior to registering their son or daughter for Beyond Sex Ed, parents/caregivers should contact AuSM's education department at 651.647.1083 to learn more about the class and to determine if it is the right fit for their child. If the class is a good fit, AuSM's education department will provide a registration link.
On Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., join AuSM, Autism Works, and Celebrate Edu for a fun, interactive workshop that introduces the idea of entrepreneurship and teaches the basics of starting a business. During this workshop for individuals with autism ages 18+, meet a local entrepreneur, discover your entrepreneurial traits, and understand the key elements of a business venture. Also work in small groups to design a popcorn business, determining customers, competitors, and competitive advantage. The workshop, held at AuSM in St. Paul, is $15 per participant and includes lunch. Click here for more information and to register today.
AuSM Skillshops are mini-workshops designed for individuals with autism and their parents, family members, caregivers, support staff, therapists, educators, and anyone who supports individuals affected by autism.
October 25, 2016 from 7-9 p.m.
Accommodations & Modifications: Navigating the IEP or 504 Plan
Presenter: Mary Beth Kelley, MA
Location: Fraser, Eden Prairie
Staff often have to create accommodations or modifications for students they are working with at school, or parents want to suggest accommodations for their child, but the terms can be confusing. Review definitions and differences of frequently used terms and gather examples of specific accommodations and modifications. Obtain a framework to help brainstorm new ways to assist students in the classroom. Click here for more information and to register.
Note: The Oct. 16 Special Needs & Special Sibs AuSM Skillshop scheduled for Oct. 16 in Eden Prairie has been postponed until Feb. 21, 2017 and will be held at Academy of Whole Learning. Click here for more information and to register.
Minnesota Special Hockey is an adapted ice hockey program for players of all ages with developmental disabilities. This organization exists to enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities through increasing their personal development and self-confidence on and off the ice by: having fun, learning team work, gaining friendships, and increasing physical activity.
The program for boys and girls of all ages supports more than 180 hockey players on 10 teams across Minnesota (Alexandria, Blaine, Burnsville, Duluth, Edina, Moorhead, New Hope, Plymouth, Rogers, Woodbury). No previous hockey experience required, and Minnesota Special Hockey offers scholarships and can help find donated gear. The season begins Nov. 6 and all practices and games are on Sundays (during the day) through the end of February. Click here for more information and to register.