In order to meet demand for counseling services, AuSM is pleased to announce an expansion of its AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services (ACCS) team.
“Nearly every day we hear from families and individuals who are looking for a mental health professionals who understand autism,” AuSM executive director Jonah Weinberg said. “While there are quite a few providers who are experienced working with younger children, many are at a loss when it comes to working with adolescents and adults.”
The demand for diagnosis, testing, and counseling services has grown significantly in recent years. Weinberg said AuSM is responding to this need by hiring additional mental health providers.
“We’ve recently added two qualified, dedicated therapists who make it possible for us to serve more clients and offer new services, while maintaining the levels of care and compassion for which AuSM therapists have set the standard.”
Battling Blastoise for control. Running to capture Dragonite. Going a distance to evolve a Pidgey. All of these actions are motivation to get off the couch and out of the house.
For some individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the thrill of the Pokemon Go chase and the rewards of character collection and evolution are perfect incentives for getting out of their comfort zone.
Pokemon Go, a virtual reality game that lets players use their smart phones to capture Pokemon and battle for gyms in real world spaces, requires players to leave the house, walk long distances, and explore their communities. The game often puts players in contact with other players searching for the same PokeStops, Pokemon, and Gyms.
Thank you for bearing with us as we work out the kinks of organizing and unveiling the new AuSM website. Our goal is to bring you the content you need at the touch of your fingers, whether they're typing on a computer keyboard, wrapped around your smart phone, or busy with a tablet. The site is still under construction as we add photos, more content, and additional programs and services, but we're very excited to share what we have so far. Please visit this site often, enjoy the updates, and find many resources, services, and programs that will enhance your life.
AuSM 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.
The voting season is upon us, and Minnesota residents who are 18 and older have the right to vote. Learn about the voting process when you join AuSM for a FREE voting workshop lead by Cindi Jarvi from the Minnesota Disability Law Center on Sept. 22 from 6-7 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul. Topics will include: eligibility requirements, registering to vote, how voting works, and accessibility. Click here for more information and to register.