Don't miss your chance to add your name to the list of presenters, including Temple Grandin, Steve Silberman, and Kerry Magro, who will be speaking at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. The conference's Call for Papers is open now through Nov. 14, 2016. Educators, parents, caregivers, siblings, therapists, direct support staff, and other professionals, submit your proposal today to present during the largest annual educational event for the Minnesota autism community on April 26-29, 2017. Click here to download, complete, and submit the Call for Papers 2017 proposal form.
AuSM Skillshops are mini-workshops designed for individuals with autism and their parents, family members, caregivers, support staff, therapists, educators, and anyone who supports individuals affected by autism. Join us this October for two unique educational experiences:
October 16, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Special Needs & Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop
Presenter: Jennifer Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE
Location: Eden Prairie Community Center, Cambria Room
Explore the unique challenges, rewards, and dynamics experienced by families impacted by a variety of special needs. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and needs of siblings (ages 10+) who have a brother or sister with special needs. Click here for more information and to register.
October 25, 2016 from 7-9 p.m.
Accommodations & Modifications: Navigating the IEP or 504 Plan
Presenter: Mary Beth Kelley, MA
Location: Fraser, Eden Prairie
Staff often have to create accommodations or modifications for students they are working with at school, or parents want to suggest accommodations for their child, but the terms can be confusing. Review definitions and differences of frequently used terms and gather examples of specific accommodations and modifications. Obtain a framework to help brainstorm new ways to assist students in the classroom. Click here for more information and to register.
Join AuSM for some fun during TPT's Second Saturdays event on Oct. 8 from 9-10 a.m. at Twin Cities PBS in downtown St. Paul. Meet Arthur; enjoy some coffee, juice, and snacks; play in the park; and watch PBS Kids on the big screen. The cost for this sensory-friendly event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more information.
Fewer than 50 tickets remain for Professor Tony Attwood's Oct. 19 Workshop, An Aspie's Guide to Life's Challenges. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to participate in a workshop presented by a world-renowned speaker and autism expert who will share his insights and strategies for navigating emotions, adolescence, relationships, and employment. The full-day workshop, held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis Campus) on the Wednesday of MEA week, includes lunch and is expected to sell out soon. Click here to register today.
Sexual education is more complicated than the birds and the bees. In AuSM’s Beyond Sex Ed course, students with autism ages 13-18 will learn how to manage privacy, boundaries, and infatuations to help them live healthy, create positive relationships, and be safe. Topics will include puberty, private versus public, unwanted affection, intimacy and dating, body boundaries, and consent.
AuSM will hold a parent/caregiver orientation for the Beyond Sex Ed course on Monday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AuSM's office in St. Paul. AuSM's education team strongly encourages parents/caregivers to attend this orientation to learn more about the class and to determine if it is the right fit for their child. Registration for the class will open after the orientation session. Click here to register for the Oct. 17 orientation session. Click here to learn more about the Beyond Sex Ed class.