Information and Referral
A diagnosis of autism is overwhelming and comes with a flood of difficult questions and even harder answers. AuSM has been providing newly diagnosed families and individuals a soft place to land – a place to learn, access services, and develop skills for navigating what may now seem like foreign emotions and information. You are taking the first steps of what will likely be the most all-encompassing journey of your life. We are here to help: You are AuSM and you are not alone.
Childhood & Autism
If you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism. And, with 1 in 88 children being diagnosed each year, our quest to find what works for our one child seems as daunting as the autism-related Google results page. Often, the formula for more “good days” is found in a combination of therapy, social skills training, education on safety, and the commitment of a caring community. The good news is, you’ve come to the place to help you to rally all of these resources – and in the process, we will rally around you. We are here to help. You are AuSM and you are not alone. Each of the following headers should link to its respective section on our website: Information and Referral Parents of children who are recently diagnosed or who are looking for new information can request packets that explain ASD, offer helpful tips, and provide other current information on topics of interest. Telephone service also includes parent-to-parent networking.
Adolescents & Autism
Adolescence presents many exciting (and sometimes scary!) milestones and challenges for individuals with autism. In the process of developing skills needed for independence and joining the workforce, an adolescent’s need for more specialized social skills becomes more acute, and the focus on sexuality and relationship awareness shifts dramatically. And, during this time of transition, safety concerns change significantly. This period is a crossroads for every individual, and often a time of uncertainty about what comes next. AuSM has programs and resources that have been developed by experts and parents who have successfully navigated this time of transition. We are here to help: You are AuSM and you are not alone.
Transition & Autism
Transition is a confusing period of life, often presenting the struggle of looking back to the childhood years and looking forward to being an adult. An individual’s need for independence and specialized social skills becomes more acute during this time, and the focus on sexuality and relationship awareness shifts dramatically. During transition, safety concerns also change significantly. Often parents and individuals feel lost during this period of uncertainty; many wonder what will happen next. AuSM has programs and resources that have been developed by experts and parents who have successfully navigated this time of transition. We are here to help: You are AuSM and you are not alone.
Adults & Autism
With many services ending as individuals with autism reach their early 20s, finding a community dedicated to serving the needs of adults with autism is challenging. Adults are often seeking employment that can tap into their unique skills, and a community that will allow them to lead a socially satisfying life while addressing their specific safety concerns. In response to these needs, AuSM has dedicated significant time and resources to fostering relationships with corporations across Minnesota to help professionals understand the gifts of adults with autism. Additionally, AuSM is working to develop groups to help individuals with autism connect to age-appropriate services and to each other. Whether you are an adult on the spectrum or a supporter, we are here to help: You are AuSM and you are not alone.