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FREE Monkey Mind Pirates Workshops

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz and AuSM invite families affected by autism to participate in one of two FREE Monkey Mind Pirate workshops this February and March.

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Monkey Mind Pirates is the world’s only puppet, rock yoga adventure, combining arts and mindfulness to give families creative tools to find calm. The two sessions of this free workshop series are designed for youth living with autism, siblings ages 7+ and accompanying adults.

Using the story of a sea captain on the Quest for Calm, Z Puppets artists will lead participants in basic yoga and mindfulness techniques, singing and puppetry. The workshop culminates with participants performing alongside Z Puppets as the Sailor Chorus in a public performance of the award-winning, nationally touring musical at the Children's Theatre Company. Each participating family will receive a Monkey Mind Pirates CD and workbook and a yoga mat. 

*”Group ready” means able to demonstrate the ability to follow adult direction; show readiness for large group participation, including the ability to remain with the group at all times; and follow safety rules independently.

Please review the Before You Go Guide to prepare for participation in these workshops.

Session 1 and Session 2 will be held at the Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Minneapolis, MN 55417. For more information about these free workshops, please contact Morgan Holmes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 612.724.1435.

Session 1 - All Levels

Session 1 will be held Sundays from 1-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22 (performance; arrival at 1 p.m. for 2:30 p.m. show at Children's Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls, MN 55404), and 29 (wrap-up session at 2:30 p.m. at Nokomis Community Center). As this is a family-focused workshop, parents/cargivers and siblings are encouraged to participate with the individual(s) with autism. Session 1 is open to ages 7+ of all levels. If participants are not group ready*, they must be accompanied by an adult (pca or family member). Session 1 Workshop participants will perform in a final performance at the Children's Theatre Company on March 22, 2015. 

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Session 2 - Must Be Group Ready

Session 2 will be held Sundays from 3-4:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22 (performance; arrival at 1 p.m. for 2:30 p.m. show at Children's Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls, MN 55404) and 29 (wrap-up session at 2:30 p.m. at Nokomis Community Center). As this is a family-focused workshop, parents/caregivers and siblings are encouraged to participate with the individual(s) with autism. Session 2 is open to ages 7+ and all participants must be group ready*. Session 2 Workshop participants will perform in a final performance at the Children's Theatre Company on March 22, 2015.

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 This project made possible with support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Funds. 

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Sensory Friendly Showing of Annie

Carmike Cinema Wynnsong 15 in Mounds View

Dec. 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coloring contests, face painting and fun before the show. During the show, the lights will stay on, the sound will be reduced and attendees can feel free to roam around the theater, sing, dance and be themselves.

Click here for more information.

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Sensory Storytime: Anoka County Library

Participate in fun, interactive Storytime sessions that make stories and books more accessible. Planned for children with diverse special education needs who may have difficulty engaging with books in the conventional way, thse sensory Storytimes will combine books, songs, movement, and activities to stimulate the senses and promote learning. If you're looking for a smaller, more structured setting, this Storytime may be the perfect fit!

Northtown Library
711 County Rd. 10 NE
Blaine, MN 55434

4-week Sensory Storytime Program: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015

Call 763.717.3267 to register. 

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Stages Theatre Company Sensory Friendly Performances

1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111

Click here to visit the Stages Theatre Company website.

Goodnight Moon
January 31, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Click here to order tickets.

One-Dog Canoe
April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Click here to order tickets.

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Children's Theatre Company Sensory-Friendly Performances

CTClogoAuSM is partnering with the Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in their offering of sensory-friendly programming to the Minnesota autism community. CTC is committed to increasing access and inclusion for children and families affected by autism and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities.

To view CTC's sensory-friendly accommodations and pre-visit resources, click here.

2014-2015 Sensory-Friendly Performances

Snowflake - Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m.
The Biggest Little House in the Forest - Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12 p.m.
The Biggest Little House in the Forest - Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Peter Pan the Musical - Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.

See a CTC show for FREE
CTC is seeking volunteers to assist with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in the sensory-friendly performances. Volunteers are asked to come one hour prior to the start of the performance and will participate in a 20-minute training followed by 40 minutes of greeting and supporting arriving audience members. Volunteers also receive one free admission to watch the performance for which they volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for a CTC sensory-friendly performance, please click on the below link and complete the form. AuSM will contact you with details specific to your performance(s) of choice.

Click here if you would like to volunteer for a CTC sensory-friendly performance.

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Stages Theatre Company CAST Program Classes

CASTlogowebOffered in partnership with AuSM, CAST is an educational program designed and provided by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for children ages 8-17 who have autism. Their aim is to foster self-expression, social enagement, creative exploration and confidence in each student, no matter where he or she lands on the spectrum. 

The following sessions of CAST have open registration:

  • Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 17-March 7, 2015 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center
  • Spring: Saturdays, March 28-May 16, 2015 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center

Click here to register.

For more information, visit www.stagestheatre.org, or contact Nikki Swoboda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 952.979.1138.

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POP at Minnesota Life College

Pre-Orientation Program (POP)

MLCLogoConfMinnesota Life College's Pre-Orientation Program (POP) is designed to give incoming college freshmen and high school juniors and seniors with plans to attend a traditional college or university the opportunity to have more personalized time to learn how to access their campus, how to handle dorm life and roommate concerns, practice using the campus computer system, manage a syllabus, and have the processing time to be ready for the first day of the actual college experience. This program is an opportunity for those attending any two-or four-year college to benefit from the training and expertise of Minnesota Life College professionals, even if they plan to study elsewhere.

Summer 2015 Session
July 11-16, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN

The registration deadline is June 12, 2015. Click here to register or for more information about POP.