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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.
  • People First! Planning from the Perspective of the Person with Autism

    Kick off your MEA weekend with an AuSM workshop presented by Glenis Benson, PhD on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at enVision Hotel in South St. Paul. During this workshop, educators, caregivers, parents, and service providers will learn what it means to put an individual on the spectrum’s own perspective first.

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  • AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services

    The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs.

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  • Social Skills Classes

    AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends and have fun.

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  • Training Tailored for Organizations and Businesses

    AuSM provides a variety of continuing education options for parents, caregivers, educators, direct support staff, business professionals, organizations, individuals with autism, and the community. Experienced educators present on topics that align with your interests and serve to enhance your life.

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  • Uniting the Community Events

    In partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments.

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Sep
26

AuSM workshops offered in October, November, and December

GroupSelfieWEBAuSM 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.

Sep
25

2018 state autism conference keynote speakers announced

2018ConfLogowebThe 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.

 

Sep
25

My Child Has Autism: Do I? Sept. 26 AuSM Skillshop

childhoodYour 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.

Sep
15

Twin Cities Autism Foundation offers scholarship opportunities

TwinCitiesAutismFndtnlogoAuSM 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.

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Sep
13

Vitals App launches with St. Paul Police Department

VITALSbeaconWEBVitals, 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.

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Sep
13

New free support group for parents and caregivers

therapyfamilyAuSM is hosting a new, free, monthly support group for parents and caregivers of school-aged kids with autism (ages 4-21). This group may be a good fit for you if you are dealing with a new ASD diagnosis or family crisis and want to hear from others who have blazed the trail before you; are navigating recurring or unchartered challenges and would like a safe space to vent and let go of your stress; are looking to develop and build meaningful relationships with other people who "get it”; or, all of the above! Regardless of your reason for wanting to connect with other parents and caregivers, we invite you to attend AuSM’s Caregivers of Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group. The group will be facilitated by AuSM's Counseling and Consulting Services therapist, Jennifer Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE. Participation is free, but registration is required. Childcare will not be provided. Click here for more information.

Sep
05

Become a member of AuSM, get a bonus Bookstore coupon

MemberBrochureCvr2016Our members tell us that they love what AuSM provides: community, resources, events, and information. Member benefits include: Member-only rates on AuSM Social Skills classes, AuSM Skillshops, workshops, and other programming; discount registration for the annual Minnesota Autism Conference; AuSM Summer Camps exclusively for members only; one complimentary AuSM Skillshop per year – $40 value; access to AuSM Lending Library; AuSM Connections, twice per month e-mail newsletter; advocacy updates and alerts; and more.  

Join AuSM now through Oct. 15 and you will receive all of the AuSM Member benefits and a bonus 10% off coupon for the AuSM Bookstore. We can't wait for you to join our AuSM community!

Sep
05

New class teaches about bodies, boundaries, and relationships

TeenGroupLaughwebAdults with autism are invited to participate in Bodies, Boundaries, and Healthy Relationships to learn how to better understand privacy, boundaries, public versus private, levels of relationships, consent, different types of contraception, and being safe. During the six-session class beginning Sept. 27, instructors will tackle the nuances of complex issues by building upon more simple, concrete concepts. Click here for more information and to register.

Aug
25

2017-2018 AuSM Education Catalog packed with awesome programs

17 18CatalogCoverNewThe 2017-2018 AuSM Education Catalog is being printed by AuSM partner, Allegra Downtown St. Paul, and will arrive in mailboxes soon. Registration for all fall, winter, and spring programming is open.

AuSM’s education offerings include special interest-focused social skills classes that engage youth and adults to interact socially while raising self-awareness and self-esteem; AuSM Skillshops that focus on positive strategies and problemsolving; and specialized training tailored for organizations and businesses, including the Life with Autism series and the Autism Direct Support Certification program. Understanding the increasing need for opportunities for adults with autism, AuSM developed programs, classes, and adventures to fit the needs of people ages 18+.

All of these great programs and more are outlined in the catalog. Click here to view a pdf of the complete catalog. We look forward to seeing you for a class, activity, event, or program soon!

Aug
21

Call for Papers open for 2018 state autism conference

2018ConfLogowebThe call for presentation proposals is open for the Autism Society of Minnesota’s 23rd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, an event that will take place April 25-28, 2018. Be a part of this event of the year for the local autism community by submitting a topic for presentation.

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