AuSM Skillshops

educatalog15 16CvrBased on topics suggested by the Minnesota autism community, AuSM Skillshops are mini-workshops designed for individuals with autism and their parents, family members, caregivers, and support staff. AuSM Skillshops are also a valuable professional development resource for educators and therapists who work with individuals affected by autism.

AuSM Skillshops will be held at the AuSM office in St. Paul and also at partnering locations throughout the Twin Cities. Please review the AuSM Skillshop listings for specific locations.

AuSM 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114
Academy of Whole Learning 9400 Cedar Lake Rd. #7, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Fraser 6458 City West Pkwy., Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Lionsgate Academy 3420 Nevada Ave. N., Crystal, MN 55427
Meridian Orion Associates, 9400 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, MN 55427
Merrick, Inc. 3210 Labore Rd., Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
St. David's Center 3395 Plymouth Rd., Minnetonka, MN 55305
West Metro Learning Connections 5215 Edina Industrial Blvd. #400, Edina, MN 55439

Cost Per AuSM Skillshop/Per Person

AuSM Member: $25
Non-Member: $40
Individual with ASD: $10

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

Click here to view the 2015-2016 AuSM Skillshops flyer.

Click here for Scholarships & Waiver information.

AUGUST 30, 2016 – West Metro Learning Connections
Food Fight! Nutritional Strategies for Children with ASD and Their Families

Presenter: Anne Kelly, MD, MPH
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: West Metro Learning Connections
Who Should Participate: parents, family members, caregivers, educators, therapists

Research has proven that children with ASD have numerous nutrient deficiencies and gastrointestinal disorders that contribute to poor health and behavioral symptoms. Sensory issues, food refusal, and peculiar cravings affect many children wtih ASD, making it difficult to introduce healthier foods. Receive information on the use of whole food powders to make nutrient-rich shakes that are affordable, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, and discuss strategies that will simplify the nutrition routine for the whole family.

Anne Kelly, MD, MPH, pediatrician and researcher, founded the University of Minnesota U Special Kids program for children with complex medical conditions and is the current founder and president of Nutrition Ignition Incorporated. MetroDoctors journal featured an article co-authored by Dr. Kelly on autism as a public health crisis.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 – Merrick, Inc.
Autism and Anxiety in Adults

Presenter: Meghan Williams, MA, LMFT
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: Merrick, Inc.
Who Should Participate: individuals with ASD, parents, family members, caregivers, educators, therapists

It’s common for adults with autism to have anxiety and/or depression. Learn how to cope with stressors and gather resources for reducing anxiety.

Meghan Williams, MA, LMFT has worked with individuals with ASD for more than 10 years. She specializes in working with older adolescents, adults, couples, and families and is certified in Prepare/Enrich. Williams uses a holistic, strength-based approach offering hope, understanding, growth, and encouragement.

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.

Cancellation Policy

Notification of Cancellation: If a Skillshop 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 Skillshop. Following this date, no refunds will be given. Requests for transfers of registration to another individual will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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