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Steps of Hope 2015 is Sunday at Southdale Center

BooBomberswebOnline registration for Steps of Hope 2015 is closed. Walk-in teams and individual walkers are welcome to join us for this family-friendly event and Minnesota's largest autism resource fair from 8-11 a.m. at Southdale Center. Everyone's in! Donations can continue to be made online at www.SOHwalk.org or can be turned in at the walk. We look forward to walking with you on Sunday!


Steps of Hope 2015 Adventure Guide available

SOH grayscale 75-0-100-0 NoDate RThe Steps of Hope 2015 Adventure Guide is hot off the presses and ready for our walkers at Southdale Center on Sunday, March 1! Check it out and plan your exciting Steps of Hope adventure. Click here to see the guide. Haven't registered yet? There's still time! Online registration for Steps of Hope will be open through Thursday, Feb. 26. Those who register online are eligible for some great prizes including a jump party at Sky Zone! Click here now to register as an indivdual walker or as a team. We can't wait to walk with you on Sunday!


AuSM talks about Steps of Hope on KSTP today

JonahKSTPSOH2015AuSM's executive director was interviewed on the KSTP 5 Eyewitness News this morning. He invited everyone to join us for Steps of Hope at Southdale Center on March 1. The fundraising walk is only one week away. Click here to watch the KSTP news segment. Click here to learn more about Steps of Hope and to register to walk with us. 


AuSM Camps collecting items during Steps of Hope

ausm camp logo WEBAuSM Camp organizers are planning an exciting activities area during Steps of Hope at Southdale Center on March 1. Be sure to stop by, create a craft and learn about AuSM's residential and day camp options for this summer. AuSM Camp also has a wish list for which they are seeking donations. Have some extra markers, zip bags, post-it notes, candies, books, board games or other things you'd be willing to donate? Bring them to the AuSM camp area at Steps of Hope! Click here to see the camp wish list.


AuSM on KARE 11 today

JonahonKAREFeb15Jonah Weinberg, AuSM's executive director, was interviewed by Diana Pierce on the 11 a.m. KARE 11 news this morning. Click here to watch the segment. Weinberg talked about the importance of participating in Steps of Hope. Be sure to join us for this great event on March 1 at Southdale Center! Click here for more information and to register today.


Autism conference keynote speakers announced

2015conflogowebThe 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will be held April 29-May 2, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hilton by Minneapolis Park Place Hotel in Minneapolis. Here, speakers, educators, therapists, psychologists, employers, paraprofessionals, caregivers, parents and individuals on the autism spectrum have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism. Keynote speakers will include:

James Coplan, M.D. is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and public speaker in the fields of early child development, early language development and autistic spectrum disorders. 

Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D. is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in inclusive education, special education, general education, educational leadership, and human services. Dr. Schwarz is co-author of four books: From Disability to Possibility, You’re Welcome, Just Give Him the Whale and Pedro’s Whale. His new book is From Possibility to Success.

John Miller is the author of Decoding Dating, A Guide to the Unwritten Social Rules of Dating for Men with Asperger Syndrome, a book that offers individuals with autism practical guidance on the more baffling aspects of dating.

Kari Dunn Buron, MS is an Autism Education Specialist who taught in the K-12 public school system, working with students on the autism spectrum for more than 30 years. Dunn Buron has authored many books and is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale.


CTC and MIA expand summer program options

CTClogoChildren’s Theatre Company and AuSM are partnering to offer a series of interactive family workshops modeling art-based strategies to engage your whole family. Specially designed for parents and/or caregivers with a child or children ages 3-5 with autism and their siblings, each workshop will explore theater activities that facilitate self-expression, creativity and imagination-play. Click here for more information and to register.

miahorizontalThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts and AuSM are proud to present two new July social skills camps for young artists with autism - AuSM Artists. Be inspired by famous artists and get creative using different mediums while practicing social skills, enjoying the museum and making friends. Click here for more information and to register.

Both of these new summer programs are made possible by grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.


Age-specific autism classes held at AuSM

childhoodAuSM's Life with Autism series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives and caregivers of indiviuals with autism through hope-filled, engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Winter and Spring session registration is open now; AuSM members receive discounted rates. Click on the below links for more information and to register today.

Spring Sessions
Life with Autism: Adolescence and Transition - March 7 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Life with Autism: Adults - April 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 1, ages 18 mos.-5 yrs.) - May 9, 16, 30 and June 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 2, ages 6-10 yrs.) - May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30-9 p.m.


Monkeys head for Duluth in April and Rochester in July

NewMMPlogoZ Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM are taking the FREE Monkey Mind Pirate mindfulness workshops around Minnesota this spring and summer. During the April Spring Break, participate in the workshop for families with autism in Duluth. In July, participate in Rochester. Registration for both cities is open now - register today to ensure a spot for your family and get prepared to bring on the calm! Click here for more information.

Treat your family to the Monkey Mind Pirates/Z Puppets Twin Cities show featuring award-winning, catchy, original songs, the lovable Monkey Mind Pirates puppets, and families currently participating in the Twin Cities workshops. The show will take place on March 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Children's Theatre Company (Cargill Stage). Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets.