Children’s Theatre Company and AuSM are partnering to offer a series of interactive family workshops modeling art-based strategies to engage your whole family. Specially designed for parents and/or caregivers with a child or children ages 3-5 with autism and their siblings, each workshop will explore theater activities that facilitate self-expression, creativity and imagination-play.
The first session, held April 19 from 2-4 p.m., will focus on Storytelling. Step into a favorite book! Build empathy and imagination as you use your face, body and voice to explore characters’ emotions, act out their stories and imagine different ways the story could turn out. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM's Life with Autism series offers information and strategies to parents, family members, relatives and caregivers of indiviuals with autism through hope-filled, engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Registration is open now; AuSM members receive discounted rates.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 1, ages 18 mos.-5 yrs.) - May 9, 16, 30 and June 6 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Life with Autism: Newly Diagnosed (Session 2, ages 6-10 yrs.) - May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30-9 p.m.
The Spring Life with Autism: Adults class has been postponed. Please consider registering for the June 2 AuSM Skillshop: Understanding ASD in Adults. This AuSM Skillshop will be taught by Dr. Barb Luskin and will provide an overview of the common features of autism and Asperger's Syndrome in adults and how they manifest as characteristics. This session will help adults and their families understand why they do things differently and how to turn challenges into assets. Click here to register today.
AuSM has a special opportunity for businesses and organizations to show their support for the Minnesota autism community during the month of April, National Autism Awareness Month. Partner with AuSM to raise autism awareness spread acceptance. Partnership is tailored for each business and organization, and can be as minimal as hanging a small poster and as involved as selling puzzle pieces in support of AuSM's programs and services. Click here to learn more and to become a supporting partner for National Autism Awareness Month!
K102's Mike Mussman "Muss" and KARE 11's Belinda Jensen took on the Twizzlers Challenge for AuSM this morning. The two laughed through their sharing of the sweet treat, all in support of our local autism community. Chase on the Lake came through with a $5,000 donation, and individual donors contributed to make the challenge possible. Click here to watch the segment. Thank you, Muss and Belinda!
Ready to take on your own Twizzlers Challenge for AuSM? Be sure to send us a picture or video! After you take the challenge, extend it to another pair - let's keep the momentum going for autism awareness and our Minnesota autism community! Click here for the official AuSM Twizzlers Challenge donation form!
AuSM is pleased to announce that 2015 Steps of Hope Support Grants will have a dual purpose. In addition to funding programs that encourage team building and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, AuSM also will offer the gift of knowledge through five grants for single registrations to the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference. Conference registration grant applications are due April 17; the second grant option applications for projects supporting individuals with ASD are due July 1. Click here for more information and to download the 2015 application forms.
AuSM is pleased to partner with Connections Social Skills Camp (CSSC) to present two social skills day camp sessions for youth with autism and other learning differences in August. Five half-days of fun, West Metro-focused activities will be provided by the founders of CSSC. Make friends and practice social skills during exciting community outings! Click here for more information and to register.
On May 1, join us for AuSM's inaugural gala, Celebrate AuSM Inspirations. Held during the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place Hotel, this exciting evening will bring our community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, a silent auction and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community. Click here to get your tickets today!
The 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference will take place April 29-May 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place hotel. The conference is where we join our voices as a passionate network to inspire hope and innovation. Here speakers, educators, paraprofessionals, therapists, psychologists, professionals, employers, caregivers, parents and individuals on the spectrum have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another - all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism. The event will feature four keynote speakers, dozens of breakout sessions, exhibitors, networking opportunities, a gala and much more. Click here for more information and to register today.