AuSM is pleased to offer one workshop per month through the end of 2017. The first workshop, offered as a kick-off for MEA weekend on Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at enVision Hotel in South St. Paul, is called "People First! Planning from the Perspective of People with Autism". Dr. Glenis Benson will share in-the-moment practices that will help participants understand the behaviors of individuals on the spectrum. Benson also will explore the concepts of executive functioning, sensory challenges, and other underlying reasons for seemingly confusing behaviors.
AuSM's Nov. 2 workshop at Royal Cliff Banquet & Conference Center in Eagan, "Caring for You: Practical Self-Care Tools to Nurture Well-Being", will be a half-day session from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on caring for the caregiver. Speaker Ricka Robb Kohnstamm will teach about compassionate communication and helping caregivers increase feelings of well-being.
On Dec. 7, Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW, will present "Practical Solutions for Autistic Living", a workshop where she will share personal stories highlighting three challenge areas related to her own autism: 1. sensory differences; 2. not always understanding the hidden curriculum in social situations; 3. when others think of her as “less than” because they do not understand autism. This workshop will be held at enVision Hotel in South St. Paul.
Registration for all workshops is open, and AuSM members receive registration discounts. Register to join us for one of these unique workshops.
The 23rd Annual Minnesota State Autism Conference will take place April 25-28, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place. This event is designed to bring our community together to learn, network, and gather resources that can make a difference in the lives of those with autism. We are pleased to announce our 2018 keynote speakers for this important event: Wednesday, April 25 from 7-9 p.m., Frank Campagna (Autism Daddy), "Things No One Ever Told Me After My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism". Thursday, April 26, from 8-10 a.m. and continued session during breakouts, Jed Baker, PhD, title to be announced. Thursday, April 26 from 7-9 p.m., Stephen Shore, PhD, "Developing an Understanding of the Hidden Curriculum for Learners on the Autism Spectrum: A Lifespan Approach". Friday April 27 from 8-10 a.m., Leah Kuypers sponsored by St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development, "Zones of Regulation". Click here for more details about the conference and the keynote speakers.
Your child was diagnosed with autism, and you recognize some of his or her traits reflected in yourself. Do you wonder if you, too, could be on the autism spectrum? Is it important to get a formal diagnosis? During this Sept. 26 AuSM Skillshop held from 7-9 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul, learn about the heritability of autism, adult diagnosis, parenting with autism, and the importance of understanding your needs as a parent. This AuSM Skillshop will be presented by AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services therapist, Beth Pitchford, MA. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM is pleased to partner with Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc., an organization that provides financial aid to help families affected by autism gain access to resources. As part of the partnership, Twin Cities Autism Foundation, Inc. will offer scholarships to families and individuals who apply for financial support for AuSM’s education programming, including social skills classes and AuSM summer camps.
Vitals, a new technology service with two apps, is designed to create safer interactions between law enforcement and people with behavioral, mental health, and developmental disorders. A first of its kind, the Vitals first responder app is a non-intrusive, real-time service developed as a way to enhance policing, give families of vulnerable individuals more peace of mind, and improve the quality of life for people living with “invisible” disabilities.