Dash the Dog and Flash the Cat, AuSM's mascots for Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017, are available for a $10 donation at AuSM's office in St. Paul. Give them a snuggle this holiday season, and register to join us for Steps of Hope and the AuSM Flash Dash on March 5, 2017 at Southdale Center. All proceeds support programs and services for our awesome community.
Activate your inner superhero! AuSM will present Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota, its 17th annual family fun walk and the state's largest autism resource fair at Southdale Center on March 5, 2017 from 8:30-11 a.m. Each participant is an autism hero, rallying for the 1 in 68 individuals living with autism in Minnesota. Registration to participate in Steps of Hope 2017 (including the autism resource fair) is free.
AuSM is pleased to announce that its inaugural AuSM Flash Dash will kick off Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2017. Held from 9-9:15 a.m. on the first floor of Southdale Center, the AuSM Flash Dash is an all ages and abilities quick walk that will be done in a flash. Families and individuals who register for the AuSM Flash Dash will receive medals at the finish line and bragging rights for completion. Registration for the AuSM Flash Dash is $50 per family (includes four medals); $20 per adult (includes one medal); and $15 per child (includes one medal).
Steps of Hope dollars directly support local families and individuals living with autism, from birth through retirement. Donations stay in the community by funding AuSM's innovative programs and services. Those who pre-register and raise $100 or more will receive a free Steps of Hope 2017 T-shirt. Click here for more information and to register today!
We are pleased to announce that Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, an organization that believes all individuals can be taught to read and comprehend to their potential, will be an AuSM Premier Partner in 2017. Lindamood-Bell's sensory-cognitive instruction has proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism, and we are excited to share in their support of the Minnesota autism community throughout the coming year.
Driving is looked at as a right of passage as we enter our mid and late teens. At the Dec. 8 AuSM Skillshop, "Driven to Drive: Getting Behind the Wheel", learn about the critical skills needed for driving and how autism characteristics may impact safe driving behaviors. Assessment of driver readiness will be discussed along with ideas for supports that can be initiated in the home or during therapies to increase safe driver potential. This AuSM Skillshop will take place from 7-9 p.m. at Lionsgate Academy in Minnetonka. Click here for more information and to register.
"We're In This Together," a class for couples featuring strategies for supporting and celebrating neurodiverse relationships, will be offered at AuSM from 6-8 p.m. on five Mondays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, 2017. This class will guide neurodiverse couples through understanding autism, family rules, arguing, non-verbal communication, parenting, and executive function in regards to priorities and time awareness. Learn about diagnosis disclosure and who needs to know about autism. Classes will follow curriculum from The Asperger’s Couples Workbook, and will be instructed by Beth Pitchford, MA, an AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services therapist. Click here for more information and to register.