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An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges by Tony Attwood

AttwoodwebimageWednesday, October 19, 2016
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
Workshop Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join AuSM for this rare opportunity to participate in a full day workshop presented by world-renowned speaker and autism expert, Tony Attwood, who will share his insights and strategies for navigating emotions, adolescence, relationships, and employment.

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Who Should Participate
Parents, Caregivers, Educators, Psychologists, Therapists, Direct Support Professionals, Individuals with Autism

Sessions Will Include:

Managing Feelings: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage Anxiety, Sadness and Anger
Learn why children and adults with Asperger's syndrome are more prone to develop mood disorders and obtain strategies for managing emotions. Through Cognitive Behavior Therapy, improve the understanding of emotions and change the way the person with autism perceives and responds to emotions. Learn how use of an “emotional toolbox” can provide a range of strategies to manage feelings and repair emotions.

Cognitive Affective Training (CAT) Kit for Caregivers, Psychologists, Teachers, Therapists
The CAT-kit provides activities to explore nine emotions using a “thermometer” to measure the degree of expression. The program also provides activities to structure experiences and perceive the physiological cues that indicate increasing anxiety and anger.  

Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome
Learn about challenges teens with Asperger's syndrome face, ranging from the physical aspects of puberty to changes in friendship, the development of sexuality, the change in academic expectations, issues regarding self-esteem, and preparation for employment.

Asperger’s Syndrome, Employment, and Relationships
As a person ages into adulthood, new challenges arise, including finding and keeping ability-appropriate employment and developing friendships into relationships. Obtain strategies for adulthood emotion management.

Cost (please select one; lunch is included)
Member: $85
Non-Member: $115
Individual with ASD: $65
Student: $75

Group Rate: A group rate of $10 off the member or non-member rate is available for 10 or more participants from the same organization. Call 651.647.1083 ext. 19 to register a group.

About the Speaker

Tony Attwood, M.Sc., Ph.D., A.F.B.Ps.S., M.C.C.Ps.
Dr. Attwood is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975. He currently runs a private practice in Australia, and also is adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts Clinic in Brisbane. His book, Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals, has sold more than 350,000 copies and has been translated into over 25 languages. His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in 2006, is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome. 

Dr. Attwood has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and international conferences; presents workshops; runs training courses for parents, professionals, and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world; and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. He has worked with thousands of individuals of all ages with autism. 

Thank You, Sponsors

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Hampshire Country School

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Minnesota Life College

Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety Workshop with EFMN

kidorangebackpackSaturday, Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wilder Center
451 Lexington Pkwy. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104

AuSM and the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) are partnering to offer a free workshop and resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. "Navigating Mental Health, School, and Social Safety". EFMN's presenters, Michael Zaccariello, PhD, LP and Katherine Nickels, MD, will speak about "Maximizing the Learning Potential". Participants will learn about specific learning disorders and how epilepsy and medications affect learning. AuSM presenter, Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC, will present "Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline", which will include a discussion about navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety. The free half-day workshop includes lunch. Registration is required and space is limited to 120 participants.

Workshop Schedule
8:30-9 a.m. Registration Check-In Open
9-10:30 a.m. EFMN Presents
10:45-11:45 a.m. Lunch and Networking
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. AuSM Presents

Click here to view the event flyer.

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AuSM Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation: If a workshop 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 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 workshop. 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 workshop due to low registrations or other circumstances that make the workshop non-viable. If AuSM cancels a workshop, registrants will be offered a full refund. If the workshop is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same workshop at the new, future date.

Tech Tools and Apps for Students and Adults with Autism

girlstabletscolor2016An AuSM workshop for parents, caregivers, educators, and individuals with autism instructed by Mark Coppin, MS

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Royal Cliff Banquet & Conference Center
2280 Cliff Rd.
Eagan, MN 55122

Click here to view the Mark Coppin workshop brochure.

iPads and tablets provide a wealth of possibilities for people with varying needs, including those with autism. Learn about and have an opportunity to try many apps that make a difference for youth and adults with autism.

During the workshop, participate in hands-on activities on the iPad while learning about apps for communication, organization, planning, storytelling, reading, writing, behavioral support, and much more. Discover how these solutions can make a difference for youth and adults with autism. At the end of the session, you will have a better understanding of apps, device management, and available accessories.

Cost (includes lunch)
AuSM Member: $75 per person
Non-Member: $95 per person
Individual with ASD: $55 per person

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About Mark Coppin, MS
Mark Coppin is the Director of Assistive Technology at the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, ND where he coordinates the provision of assistive technology services. He also provides technology evaluations and consultation services throughout North Dakota. Coppin has presented at state, regional, national, and international conferences on topics including technology and teaching, special education, assistive technology, mobile devices in education, and autism. He has presented twice at the United Nations on the importance of accessibility. Coppin holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and special education and a master’s degree in educational media design and technology. In 2009, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator, and served on their advisory board from 2009-2012. His leadership was instrumental in the Anne Carlsen Center’s selection as an Apple Distinguished School for 2012-2017. In 2013, Coppin was one of 10 educators recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House. Coppin also serves on the SXSWEDU (South By Southwest Education) advisory board.

St. Cloud Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline

computersSaturday, Nov. 19, 2016
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location
Calvary Community Church
1200 Roosevelt Rd. 
St. Cloud, MN 56301

AuSM is pleased to offer this workshop to those touched by autism in the St. Cloud area. The workshop is made possible in part by generous grants from Voigt's Bus Company and the Cub Cares Community Foundation. AuSM thanks The Arc Midstate for supporting this workshop.

Click here to view the St. Cloud workshop brochure.

About the Workshop
As parents, caregivers, educators, and providers, we often are concerned for the physical safety of our children. But, as children advance into elementary and middle school, we find ourselves asking, “How can I keep them safe emotionally?” In this workshop, learn about the most important issues of social and emotional safety for pre-teens and teens. Common challenges will be discussed and strategies offered regarding navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety.

About Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC
An AuSM therapist, Pahl has worked with people with ASD for nearly 20 years. She specializes in working with systems, such as families and schools struggling with behavioral issues, as well as working with adolescents and young adults with ASD. Pahl strives to help empower, children, adolescents and young adults with ASD through self-advocacy and self-determination, no matter what ability, using a non-judgmental, integrated, empathetic, evidenced-based approach.

Cost
AuSM Member: $35
Non-Member: $40
Individual with ASD: $10

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Duluth Social Safety: Strategies for Navigating Online and Offline

computersSaturday, Nov. 5, 2016
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location
Lake Superior College
2101 Trinity Rd.
Duluth, MN 55811

AuSM is pleased to offer this workshop to those touched by autism in the Duluth area. The workshop is made possible in part by a generous grants from the Cub Cares Community Foundation. AuSM thanks The Arc Northland for supporting this workshop.

Click here to view the Duluth workshop brochure.

About the Workshop
As parents, caregivers, educators, and providers, we often are concerned for the physical safety of our children. But, as children advance into elementary and middle school, we find ourselves asking, “How can I keep them safe emotionally?” In this workshop, learn about the most important issues of social and emotional safety for pre-teens and teens. Common challenges will be discussed and strategies offered regarding navigating the hidden curriculum, bullying, and online safety.

About Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC
An AuSM therapist, Pahl has worked with people with ASD for nearly 20 years. She specializes in working with systems, such as families and schools struggling with behavioral issues, as well as working with adolescents and young adults with ASD. Pahl strives to help empower, children, adolescents and young adults with ASD through self-advocacy and self-determination, no matter what ability, using a non-judgmental, integrated, empathetic, evidenced-based approach.

Cost
AuSM Member: $35
Non-Member: $40
Individual with ASD: $10

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