AuSM friends at Joey's Ride have been busily planning the exciting 9th annual 2017 ride and a March taco feed at Tin Cup's in St. Paul. The March 25 Taco Feed for Autism will include special $2 deep fried tacos, raffles, and games. The feed is open to all families and individuals who want to support the Minnesota autism community. Joey's Ride will take place on May 6, 2017. Registration opens at 9 a.m. at Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities MN and will include a fun ride followed by a celebration at Tav on the Ave in St. Paul. Click here for more information and to register for Joey's Ride 2017. All proceeds from the taco feed and ride will support AuSM's programs and services by those affected by autism in Minnesota.
Summer activities abound – swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, geocaching, science, filmmaking, horseback riding, music, yoga, theater, bonfires, and more. Everyone deserves the chance to take advantage of all summer has to offer. AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Camps provide these opportunities – each one tailored to give youth and adults with autism a fun, safe, and exciting experience while they increase self-esteem, expand knowledge, and build friendships that last a lifetime. AuSM also welcomes individuals with other learning differences who can benefit from skills including sensory integration, executive functioning, theory of mind, selfregulation, and emotional regulation. Explore the 2017 AuSM Summer Activities catalog and discover ideas for summer adventure. Registration for AuSM Camps and AuSM Social Skills Classes opens today.
AuSM’s Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives, caregivers of individuals with autism, educators, and the community through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources. Each class is a single session; click on the class titles for additional information and to register. Upcoming classes include:
Newly Diagnosed (ages 18 mos.-10 yrs.): Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Obtain information on topics including the definition of autism, parent feelings, neurological findings, therapies, communication strategies, teaching daily living skills, challenging behavior, sensory needs, visual supports, and using social stories.
Adolescence and Transition (ages 11-21): Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Obtain information on topics including parent emotions, the impact of autism on adolescents, independence in daily living skills, public social skills, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living and workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.
Adults (ages 18+): Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Obtain information on topics such as impact of autism on adults, independence in daily living skills, social skills across settings including the workplace, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living, workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.