Children's Theatre Company will offer a sensory-friendly showing of Pinocchio on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Pinocchio dreams of being a real boy, but will the all-too-tempting delights of puppet shows and Playland be too much? When Geppetto is swallowed by a whale, it is up to this little wooden puppet to show his courage. CTC offers group rates and the ACT Pass program. Click here for more information. To order tickets, call the CTC box office at 612.874.0400, or order online at www.childrenstheatre.org and select the sensory-friendly performance on Aug. 12.
CTC also is seeking eight volunteers to assist with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in the sensory-friendly performance. Click here for more information.
Monkey Mind Pirates, the world’s only puppet, rock, yoga adventure, will sail to Maplewood Community Center on Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. Turn your family’s “arrghs” into “Oms” with the award-winning, original songs and lovable Monkey Mind Pirates puppets. Tickets originally were going to be priced at $7 each; however, in order to make this performance accessible to everyone, AuSM and Z Puppets are offering FREE tickets to those who pre-register. Click here to reserve your FREE performance tickets today.
Hennepin Theatre Trust is offering a sensory-friendly performance of Disney'sThe Lion King on Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. This show will be specifically designed for individuals with sensory, social, and learning disabilities and their families and is the first sensory-friendly performance of a touring Broadway show in Minnesota. Be sure to stop by AuSM's resource table during this exciting event! Click here for more information and to order tickets.
The Call for Papers for the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is open now through Nov. 14, 2016. AuSM is opening the Call for Papers process earlier than usual to allow more time for submissions. The deadline also has been moved up to November instead of January so the conference schedule can be made available in early 2017. Submit your proposal to present during this largest annual educational event for the Minnesota autism community. The Minnesota Autism Conference Education Committee will evaluate proposals and contact those who submit proposals by Dec. 20, 2016. Click here to download, complete, and submit the Call for Papers 2017 proposal form.
The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will take place April 26-29, 2017. In addition to opening the Call for Papers 2017, AuSM's events team is working on securing keynote presenters for this educational event of the year for the Minnesota autism community. Keynote speakers in 2017 will include autism community icon, Temple Grandin, PhD (photo courtesy Rosalie Winard); Steve Silberman, best-selling author of Neurotribes (photo courtesy Keith Karraker); and Kerry Magro, award-winning disability advocate. More details and speakers will be announced soon and registration will be open in February 2017.
Summer is here, and AuSM has some exciting summer adventures in store for youth, teens, and adults in the Minnesota autism community. Summer social skills classes include Minnesota Zoo camps, Como Zoo Skills, AuSM Artists with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Islands of Brilliance, CAST with Stages Theatre Company, Outdoor Adventure Skills with Eastman and Lowry Nature Centers, and AuSM Social Connections in the West Metro. Click here to learn more and to register for the class that suits your interests.
AuSM also has three social skills classes for youth with autism in the Duluth area. Duluth classes include Zookeeper Camp at the Lake Superior Zoo, Aquarium Camp at the Great Lakes Aquarium, and Islands of Brilliance at HTK Marketing. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM is pleased to present Professor Tony Attwood for a full-day fall workshop event on Oct. 19: "An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges: Unlocking Tools for Resilience in a Complex World". Join AuSM for this rare opportunity to learn from world-renowned speaker and autism expert, Tony Attwood, who will share his insights and strategies for navigating emotions, adolescence, relationships, and employment. The fall workshop will take place at the Schulze Grand Atrium at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Minneapolis Campus. Register today to be a part of this unique event for parents, caregivers, educators, psychologists, therapists, direct support professionals, and individuals with autism. Click here for more information and to register.
Research has proven that children with ASD have numerous nutrient deficiencies and gastrointestinal disorders that contribute to poor health and behavioral symptoms. Sensory issues, food refusal, and peculiar cravings affect many children wtih ASD, making it difficult to introduce healthier foods. At our Aug. 30 AuSM Skillshop, Food Fight! Nutritional Strategies for Children with ASD and Their Families, held from 7-9 p.m. at West Metro Learning Connections, receive information on the use of whole food powders to make nutrient-rich shakes that are affordable, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, and discuss strategies that will simplify the nutrition routine for the whole family. Click here for more information and to register.