AuSM Social Skills


AuSM Social Skills: Special Interest-Focused Classes

For elementary-age students, tweens, teens, transition-age individuals and adults

Led by ASD experts, AuSM Social Skills classes foster self-awareness and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends, fit into a group, take part in conversations, ask appropriate questions, and engage one’s sense of humor. Building skills using the participants’ special interests, including plants, animals, art, and theater, AuSM Social Skills classes offer a low-stress environment that encourages learning and growth. 

AuSM Social Skills Program Goals:

  • Building a lifetime of confidence and ease in communicating needs, feelings and ideas in social settings.
  • Increasing understanding of others' needs, feelings and ideas.
  • Developing and understanding appropriate behaviors and responses to situations in social settings.
  • Practicing skills that make these goals possible.

Click here if you are interested in AuSM Social Skills employment opportunities.

AuSM Social Skills Classes for Elementary-Age Students, Tweens, Teens and Transition-Age Individuals

AuSM Zoo Skillz
AuSM Art Skillz
AuSM Improv Skillz
AuSM Job Skillz
AuSM Building Social Skills with Leonardo's Basement (NEW!)

AuSM Social Skills Classes for Adults

AuSM Art Skillz
AuSM Improv Skillz
AuSM Network

summercover2014webAuSM offers a variety of Summer Social Skills classes for elementary-age students, tweens, teens and adults. Click here to find a summer social skills adventure designed for you!


catalogcvr13-14webClick here to view the complete AuSM Education Catalog 2013-2014.

Click here to view the complete AuSM Social Skills 2013-2014 information.

AuSM Education Catalog 2013-2014 Sponsors

Autism Advocacy & Law Center
Busse & Reid, LLC
A Chance to Grow
Creative Kidstuff
Minnesota Life College
Sunny Days Therapy
University of St. Thomas

Scholarships Available

AuSM wants to make its programs available to as many individuals as possible. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. If you live in the seven county metro area, please click here to download a Metro Friendship Foundation (MFF) scholarship application (pdf). 2014 deadlines for MFF applications are Feb. 25, March 25, May 25, Aug. 25 and Nov. 25. If you live outside the seven-county metro area, click here to download an AuSM Scholarship Form.


Check with your county case manager to learn if your selected class or camp can be paid for under the Brain Injury (BI), Community Alternative Care (CAC), Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI), or Developmental Disability (DD) waiver.

AuSM Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation: If a class is cancelled or postponed, AuSM will attempt to notify you via phone, using the phone number provided with your registration. We also will post notice of cancellations and postponements on

Cancellation by registrant: Refunds less a $10 processing fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  7 business days prior to the start of the first class in the session. Following this date, no refunds will be given. Requests for transfer of registration to another individual will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cancellation by program organizer: AuSM reserves the right to cancel a class due to low registrations or other circumstances that make the class non-viable. If AuSM cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. If the class is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same class at the new, future date.