Based 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
Individual with ASD: $10
MAY 19, 2016 – St. David’s Center
Toilet Training Challenge
Presenter: Anne Dudley, MEd
Date: Thursday, May 19 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: St. David’s Center
Who Should Participate: parents, family members, caregivers
Toilet training individuals with ASD can be a daunting challenge, but it is a critical life skill. Understand the unique autism learning style, select motivating reinforcers and obtain a step-by-step method to address toileting issues across the range of the spectrum. Bring your specific toileting challenges and we will problem solve together, no matter the age of the individual.
Anne Dudley, MEd is the District 622 Early Childhood Autism Specialist and classroom teacher for toddlers with ASD. She has more than 40 years of experience with individuals with special needs and autism. Dudley facilitates an education/support group for parents of young children with ASD, presents toileting workshops, and consults with families across the state.
JUNE 2, 2016 – Fraser
Transition: Using Personal Learning Plans for Students with ASD
Presenter: Kim Kang
Date: Thursday, June 2 from 7-9 p.m.
Who Should Participate: transition-age students with autism, parents, family members, caregivers, educators
Personal Learning Plans, also known as Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) can be an effective tool for career development and exploration. In this AuSM Skillshop, you will learn what a Personal Learning Plan is, how it can be used to complement an IEP or 504 plan for a student with ASD, and how to work with schools to construct an effective plan.
Kim Kang has more than 16 years of experience as a diability advocate and is the parent of a child with a developmental disability. She has provided special education expertise to organizations including PACER Center, Arc Minnesota, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, AuSM, and the Minnesota State Council on Disability. She currently is the Board Chair for Autism Works, a non-profit that provides post-secondary navigation and employment services for people with ASD.
JUNE 7, 2016 – AuSM
Tips on Helping Your Child with ASD Learn to Ride a Bike
Presenter: Alex Uhler
Date: Tuesday, June 7 from 7-9 p.m.
Who Should Participate: This AuSM Skillshop is limited to 9 children, ages 5-12. Supportive adult and child attend together. Child should bring a bike and helmet.
Challenges with body awareness, balance and motor control, and eye-hand coordination can make riding a bike difficult for children on the spectrum. Learn a number of tips for successful bike riding including purchasing the correct equipment, making bike adjustments, breaking down riding into smaller steps, clothing protection, practice makes perfect pedaling, staying positive and patient, and working toward the sense of independence and accomplishment that your child will experience when learning to ride his or her own bike.
Alex Uhler is an outdoor enthusiast with more than 40 years of bicycling experience. He is a life-long resident of the southeast Twin Cities area and has been active in many philanthropic activities.
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.
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 www.ausm.org.
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.