AuSM Social Skills

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For youth and adults with autism (ages 8-26)

Led by autism experts, AuSM social skills classes foster confidence and self-esteem while participants learn how to make friends, fit into a group, take part in conversations, ask appropriate questions, and have fun. Classes offer a low-stress, accepting environment that encourages learning and growth. 

AuSM provides programming that is conducive to youth and adults who fall within the wide range of the autism spectrum. Social skills classes are staffed between a 1:3 and 1:4 staff/participant ratio. If an individual is able to participate safely in a program but requires individual assistance with communication, behavior support, or daily living activities, PCA attendance can be approved so the participant may have the most inclusive experience possible. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651-647-1083 ext. 22. AuSM is committed to making your class experience positive and rewarding.

Click here to view AuSM's Social Skills class Goals and Expectations.

AuSM’s education team continues to creatively engage community organizations to develop programming for youth and adults with autism. Sign up for the AuSM Connections e-newsletter so you’re the first to know when new classes are added to the schedule.

Click here to view the complete 2015-2016 AuSM Education Catalog.

Click here to view the AuSM Social Skills 2015-2016 flyer.

Click here for Scholarships & Waiver information.

AuSM Social Skills 2015-2016

Como Zoo Skills (ages 8-18; fall, winter, spring)
ComedySportz Improv Skills (ages 14-26; fall, winter, spring)
AuSM On the Town (ages 14-26; winter)
Fidgety Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast (ages 13-28; fall)
Minnesota Zoo: Ocean Expedition (ages 8-18; fall)
Science Museum of Minnesota: Design an AuSM Computer Game (ages 11-16; spring break)
Islands of Brilliance (ages 10-26; winter)

CTC Early Childhood Family Workshops (fall 2015)

AuSM Zoo Keeper Camp at the Lake Superior Zoo (ages 8-11, late August 2015)
AuSM Aquarium Camp at the Great Lakes Aquarium (ages 12-15, fall 2015)

Special thanks to our AuSM Education 2015-2016 Catalog advertisers.

Academy of Whole Learning
Allegra Downtown St. Paul
Anime Twin Cities
Autism Advocacy & Law Center, LLC
Children's Theatre Company
Hamline University School of Education
Integrated Development Services
Mains'l Services, Inc.
Metro Friendship Foundation
Midwest Special Services, Inc.
Minnesota Life College
MSP International Airport/Navigating Autism
Stages Theatre Company
St. David's Center for Child & Family Development
West Metro Learning Connections, Inc.

AuSM's Social Skills Transportation Policy

For the safety of our AuSM Social Skills class participants, AuSM Social Skills students under age 18 will be released only to the parents/caregivers on the registration form. If someone other than those listed on the registration form will be providing transportation to a student under age 18, parents/caregivers must provide written documentation giving their permission. If a transportation provider arrives who does not have permission to provide transportation, the participant’s emergency contact will be contacted immediately. Transportation providers other than the parents/guardians of the participant are required to provide photo identification.


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.  seven 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.