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    Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
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October AuSM Skillshops about siblings and navigating education plans

momchildwebAuSM 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. Join us this October for two unique educational experiences:

October 16, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Special Needs & Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop
Presenter: Jennifer Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE 
Location: Eden Prairie Community Center, Cambria Room

Explore the unique challenges, rewards, and dynamics experienced by families impacted by a variety of special needs. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and needs of siblings (ages 10+) who have a brother or sister with special needs. Click here for more information and to register.

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.

Meet Arthur at TPT's Second Saturdays event on Oct. 8

arthur2016Join AuSM for some fun during TPT's Second Saturdays event on Oct. 8 from 9-10 a.m. at Twin Cities PBS in downtown St. Paul. Meet Arthur; enjoy some coffee, juice, and snacks; play in the park; and watch PBS Kids on the big screen. The cost for this sensory-friendly event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information.

Few tickets remain for Tony Attwood's October workshop

AttwoodPhoto2016Fewer than 50 tickets remain for Professor Tony Attwood's Oct. 19 Workshop, An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to participate in a workshop presented by a world-renowned speaker and autism expert who will share his insights and strategies for navigating emotions, adolescence, relationships, and employment. The full-day workshop, held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis Campus) on the Wednesday of MEA week, includes lunch and is expected to sell out soon. Click here to register today.

AuSM offers Beyond Sex Ed course for teens with autism

couplesgroupwebSexual education is more complicated than the birds and the bees. 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. 

AuSM will hold a parent/caregiver orientation for the Beyond Sex Ed course on Monday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul. AuSM's education team strongly encourages parents/caregivers to attend this orientation to learn more about the class and to determine if it is the right fit for their child. Registration for the class will open after the orientation session. Click here to register for the Oct. 17 orientation session. Click here to learn more about the Beyond Sex Ed class.

Add some pumpkin spice to your fall


On Oct. 15 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., AuSM and the Minnesota Streetcar Museum invite you to experience the thrill of riding a trolley, spend some time with Minnesota autism community friends, and pick a perfect pumpkin during the AuSM Pumpkin Patch Trolley event for individuals and families affected by autism. The cost is $5 per family and space is limited. Click here to view the AuSM's trolley ride social narrative. Click here to register today.

Fall social skills classes: laughter, learning, and fun

OwlsMNZooLed by autism experts, AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends, interact with a group, practice socializing, and have fun - all while educators encourage participants to be themselves. AuSM has a full line-up of fall social skills classes for youth and adults with autism, ages 8-26, including Como Zoo Teens (African Adventures); ComedySportz Improv; AuSM On the Town (West Side); and AuSM at the Minnesota Zoo (Animal Behavior and Zoo Careers). Register today for the class that fits with your interests and schedule.

Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety

kidorangebackpackAuSM and the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) are partnering to offer a free workshop and resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. "Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety" will be presented on Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Wilder Center in St. Paul. EFMN's presenters, Michael Zaccariello, PhD, LP and Katherine Nickels, MD, will speak about "Maximizing the Learning Potential". Participants will learn about specific learning disorders and how epilepsy and medications affect learning. AuSM presenter, Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC, will present "Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline", which will include a discussion about navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety. The free half-day workshop includes lunch. Registration is required and space is limited. Click here for more information. Click here to register.

Conference Call for Papers Open Now Through Nov. 14

16-03-28-MN-Autism-Conf-v4The 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.