Thank you to the service providers, caregivers, educators, and individuals on the spectrum who attended the "People First! Planning from the Perspective of the Person with Autism" workshop at enVision Hotel today. Glenis Benson, PhD, shared strategies for putting an individual on the spectrum’s own perspective first and explored the concepts of executive functioning, sensory challenges, and other underlying reasons for seemingly confusing behaviors.
Join us for AuSM's upcoming workshops, "Caring for You: Practical Self-Care Tips to Nurture Well-Being" on Nov. 2 and "Practical Solutions for Autistic Living" on Dec. 7. Click on the links for more information and to register today.
Please join AuSM and SPARK Research organizers for a fun fall event on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Fall Autism Festival will take place at AuSM's office in St. Paul and will feature a free parent/caregiver support group, a SPARK research sign up opportunity, and exciting games and prizes for kids.
Following the support group, families will have the opportunity to participate in the SPARK Research project. Participation takes approximately one hour and supervised games and activities will be available for children while parents and caregivers complete the study information. Click here to RSVP for your SPARK appointment during the event or call 612.624.0116.
Vitals is a new technology service with two apps, 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. In October, the Vitals team will be available at AuSM's office to meet members of the community, share information about Vitals, and assist in registering for the service. You are welcome to stop by AuSM's office, meet the Vitals team, and learn more on these dates from 2-4 p.m.: Tuesday, Oct. 3; Thursday, Oct. 5; Tuesday, Oct. 10; Thursday, Oct. 12; Tuesday, Oct. 17; Thursday, Oct. 19; Monday, Oct. 23; and Thursday, Oct. 26.
Adults with autism, ages 18+, are invited to join us on Dec. 9 from 8:30-10 a.m. at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory for a Polar Bear Enrichment event. Participants will meet a polar bear zookeeper to learn how they train these white giants, prepare and observe polar bear enrichment, and explore the award-winning Polar Bear Odyssey exhibit without the crowds. As a bonus, the Como Zoo polar bears Buzz and Neil are celebrating their 22nd birthdays on Dec. 9! Class participants are able to enjoy the zoo after the class. This class is designed for individuals who do not need direct service professional supports or supervision. The cost is $5 for residents of ramsey and Dakota Counties and $15 for residents of all other counties. The discount fee is made possible for residents of Ramsey and Dakota County though the Dakota and Ramsey County Autism Grant. Space is limited. Click here for more information and to register.