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    Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
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Jul
28

Exercise is the Gateway to Build Fitness, Self-Esteem and Relationships

CoachDaveweb2015Presented by 
David S. Geslak, BS, ACSM-HFS, CSCS

January 23, 2015
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Ties
1667 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Sponsored By

LSI RedGrayweb   FlagshipRecreation

About this Workshop

Coach Dave will teach you the structure, visual strategies and protocol to implement an effective autism exercise program. Whether you are a parent or professional you will leave with exercises and routines that can be immediately implemented in your home, center or classroom. Be ready to move and you will leave with the tools to transform lives.

Click here to view the Exercise Workshop brochure.

Speaker handouts will be distributed to participants at the workshop.

Workshop Objectives

  • Identify the Five Components of Physical Fitness for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders©
  • Understand the importance of visual exercise supports used in a school, therapeutic setting or home with individuals or in a small group.
  • Learned structured exercise routines to help improve cardiovascular endurance and to reduce weight gain.
  • Design two exercise stations using masking tape (Ladder and Letter Jumping).
  • Teach a child with autism the Crossover March, Superman, and Wall Sit.
  • Understand your role in leading an individual with autism to a physically active lifestyle.

Workshop Cost

AuSM Member: $65
Non-Member: $85
Group Rate: $40 per participant for groups of 10 or more. Contact AuSM at 651.647.1083 ext. 19 to register your group.

Online registration is closed. Walk-in registrants are welcome.

About the Presenter

Founder and president of Exercise Connection,Coach Dave has become widely recognized in the autism community for his aᴀection to the community, dynamic presentations and for the pioneering of structured visual exercise programs. He has trained parents and professionals throughout the world on the Exercise Connection protocol, authored three books, hosts a TV show, “Coach Dave,” on The Autism Channel, and provides jobs for individuals with autism through his Champion Program. The autism and special needs community has enthusiastically embraced Dave’s message and is especially encouraged by his results.

Jul
30

9th Annual Ride for Hope, gorgeous weather, generous participants

lineupRideforHope2017A huge thank you to Lube-Tech, Chris and Marna Bame, Robin and Ray Baker, and all of the volunteers, organizers, and participants who put on an amazing 9th Annual Ride for Hope yesterday. The weather was gorgeous, and the riders were generous, giving their time and dollars in support of AuSM's programs and services for our local autism community. Thank you for a fantastic event and for your many years of supporting the Autism Society of Minnesota.

Jul
15

A farewell note from Jonah Weinberg, AuSM's ED

JonahHeroWebThis note is my final message to you before I step down as AuSM's Executive Director. My departure at the end of July is bittersweet. I have loved working for AuSM and the Minnesota autism community during my four years in this position, but my husband and I are returning home to California to be closer to family. While this was always a longer-term goal of ours, a situation arose that caused us to move our plan forward, so now it is time for me to bid you farewell.

My time at AuSM has been extremely rewarding and educational. Although I began my career as a teacher, and then moved on to work in social services, autism was a new area for me. At AuSM, I have been fortunate to work with a dedicated and knowledgeable team of individuals on the spectrum, parents, family members of people with ASD, and other professionals who have worked in autism programs for many years; their insights and guidance helped me better understand the breadth and depth of the spectrum. And while I would never claim to be an autism "expert", I met many experts among the AuSM staff and our members, many of whom I've turned to for guidance over the years.

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Jul
25

Ride for Hope raises money for AuSM programs

tripwebThank you to Lube-Tech, volunteers, organizers, ride stop hosts, and all of those who participated in the Ride for Hope today. It was a warm one, but that didn't deter the crowds from going kickstands up for those affected by autism in Minnesota. Proceeds will benefit AuSM's programs and services.

Jul
25

Thoughts and prayers to Elmi family as they mourn

HamsaElmiphotoOur thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hamza Elmi, a 6-year-old boy with autism who wandered from his home Thursday night. His body was found in the Mississippi River Friday morning. Our hearts are heavy, and we hope the support of the Minnesota autism community will bring comfort during this tragic time.

Jul
13

Trolley event fun and ice cream much appreciated

trolleywebThanks to Anime Twin Cities and other financial supporters, many families and individuals with autism were able to take a free trolley ride yesterday during the All Aboard! Trolleys and Treats for Families with Autism event at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum (MSM). In addition to experiencing the thrill of riding a trolley, participants met other families and cooled down with an ice cream treat from Sebastian Joe's. The event was a great success, and AuSM is planning a future trolley event - watch AuSM's website for more information!

Jul
22

Local teen with autism builds video arcade game

NateArcadeGame15Video games can mimic real life. Just as a game’s missions can include moving from screen to screen, collecting things to increase life capacity, and leveling up to be more effective, people in real life move from day to day, collect resources to improve life, and gain knowledge to contribute to society. And just like video games, life can come with obstacles.

For Nate Allard, a 15-year-old from Chanhassen, Minn., obstacles don’t stand a chance at keeping him away from his life’s missions, including creating, designing, and building a video arcade game from scratch, a feat he accomplished despite some challenges. 

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Jul
27

Ride for Hope a great success for autism community

RideforHopeImage2014Thank you to everyone who came out for the 107-mile Ride for Hope yesterday. It was a great day to gather and ride for the Minnesota autism community! Special thanks to sponsors, riders, the great little autism awareness merchandise sales gal, volunteers and the organizers, Chris and Marna Bame, owners of Lube-Tech, Inc., and Robin and Ray Baker, Lube-Tech employees. 100% of funds raised will be given to AuSM.

Jul
24

It's MN Zoo Crew time!

MNZoologowebJoin the Zoo Crew in August! Explore a day in the life of a zookeeper, a zoo vet, a sea otter trainer, and many other exciting careers to see if the zoo is the place for you. A few openings remain for Zoo Crew, the MN Zoo/AuSM social skills camp, Aug. 4-8, for students ages 15-18. Click here for more information and to register.

Jul
17

Share your AuSM story

What impact have AuSM programs, services and educational programs had on your life? Share your successes with AuSM through a 30-60 second video of you and your loved ones describing how you feel about AuSM and being a part of the Minnesota autism community. Submitted videos will be used as part of a special social media fundraising campaign AuSM's fundraising committee is organizing for Oct. 7-9, 2014. 

For more information or to submit your video, contact Susan Larson, AuSM board member and fundraiser organizer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jul
12

Thanks, Joey's Ride!

RideDonationwebThe dedicated Joey's Ride organizers presented AuSM with a check for this year's ride proceeds last night: more than $9500! Way to go, bikers!

AuSM's thoughts are with Joey's step-brother, Jason LeDuc, as he was in a critical motorcycle accident Thursday night. Visit Jason's Caring Bridge site here.

Jul
10

Bicycling tips from AuSM

boyonbikeweb2014AuSM recent Skillshop, Tips on Helping Your Child with ASD Ride a Bike attracted a full group of particpants. The session's instructor, Alex Uhler, an outdoor enthusiast with more than 40 years of bicycling experience, recently sent AuSM a list of bicycling tips to share with the Minnesota autism community. Click here for the list. Happy cycling this summer!

Jul
03

Happy 4th of July!

July4In honor of Independence Day, AuSM's office will be closed on Friday, July 4. Click here for tips on helping your loved one with autism enjoy 4th of July fireworks. We wish you a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Jul
24

Thanks, Ride for Hope!

kickstandwebSunday’s gorgeous weather was the perfect backdrop for the 5th Annual Ride for Hope. The ride began in Hamel, Minn., and riders traveled more than 120 miles to raise money for AuSM. Special thanks to Chris and Marna Bame, owners of Lube-Tech, Inc.; Robin & Ray Baker, Lube-Tech employees; as well as the ride’s generous sponsors for making the day a huge success! 

Jul
22

DoJo Karate supports AuSM with golf fundraiser

JanettecheckwebAuSM would like to thank Keith, Chris, Lindsay and all of the DoJo Karate locations for organizing the DoJo Karate Golf Fundraiser at Riverwood National Golf Course in Otsego, Minn. 119 golfers participated in yesterday's engergy-filled event that included a putting contest, raffle, silent auction, dinner and presentation. More than $8,500 was raised to support AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of those touched by autism in Minnesota. AuSM is grateful for your generous support through this awesome event!

Jul
16

Twins thank you

twinslogoThank you for the overwhelming response to our member appreciation Twins ticket  giveaway. All tickets in the AuSM block are SOLD OUT. We value your membership and look forward to bringing you more exciting opportunities over the coming months.

Jul
09

Participate in a brain functioning study

Researchers at the Center for Neurobehavioral Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic are conducting a study to better understand brain functioning in autism. The goal is to use brain-imaging methods to look at differences in structures of and networks within the brains of boys with high-functioning ASD. Click here for more information.