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supgrplogowebAuSM provides a variety of support groups to meet the needs of parents, children, family members, individuals, couples and more. Support groups offer those affected by autism the opportunity to share problems, solutions, joy, and sorrows with one another. Most groups meet monthly, and advance registration is required.


NEW! Caregivers of Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group

AuSM is hosting a new, monthly support group for parents and caregivers of school-aged kids with autism (ages 4-21). This group may be a good fit for you if you are dealing with a new ASD diagnosis or family crisis and want to hear from others who have blazed the trail before you; are navigating recurring or unchartered challenges and would like a safe space to vent and let go of your stress; are looking to develop and build meaningful relationships with other people who "get it”; or, all of the above!

For: Parents and caregivers of school-age kids (ages 4-21) with autism.

Time: This group meets the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in 2017, and , and the last Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in 2018.

2017 Schedule: Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9
2018 Schedule: Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. TBD, Apr. TBD, May TBD, Jun. 30, Jul. 28, Aug. 25, Sep. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 29

Cost: FREE

Location: AuSM Office. No cost to attend. Childcare is NOT available. Call 651.647.1083 to RSVP. If you do not RSVP, the meeting may be cancelled without notice.


Adult Family Member with Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group

For: Adults with adult spouses, children, or siblings of those with autism

Time: This group meets the third Thursday of each month from 7-9 p.m.

2017 Schedule: Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21
2018 Schedule: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17, Jun. 21, Jul. 19, Aug. 16, Sep. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20

Cost: FREE

Location: AuSM Office. No cost to attend. Call 651.647.1083 to RSVP. If you do not RSVP, the meeting may be cancelled without notice.


Independent Adults with ASD Social Support Group

For: Adults with autism spectrum disorder

Time: This group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 7-9 p.m.

2017 Schedule: Oct. 26, Nov. 16 (3rd Thursday due to Thanksgiving), Dec. 28
2018 Schedule: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 22, Apr. 26, May 24, Jun. 28, Jul. 26, Aug. 23, Sep. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Dec. 27

Cost: FREE

Location: AuSM Office. No cost to attend. Call 651.647.1083 to RSVP. If you do not RSVP, the meeting may be cancelled without notice. 


LGBT-QIA Adults with Autism Support Group

For: Adults with autism spectrum disorder who identify as LGBT-QIA.

Time: This group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 6-6:50 p.m.

2017 Schedule: Oct. 26, Nov. 16 (3rd Thursday due to Thanksgiving), Dec. 28
2018 Schedule: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 22, Apr. 26, May 24, Jun. 28, Jul. 26, Aug. 23, Sep. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Dec. 27

Cost: FREE

Location: AuSM Office. No cost to attend. Call 651.647.1083 to RSVP. If you do not RSVP, the meeting may be cancelled without notice. 


Women with ASD Support Group

For: Women with autism spectrum disorder

Time: This group meets the first Thursday of each month from 7-9 p.m.

2017 Schedule: Nov. 2, Dec. 7
2018 Schedule: Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3, Jun. 7, Jul. 5, Aug. 2, Sep. 06, Oct. 04, Nov. 1, Dec. 6

Cost: FREE

Location: AuSM Office. No cost to attend. Call 651.647.1083 to RSVP. If you do not RSVP, the meeting may be cancelled without notice.


Other Support Groups in Minnesota

AuSM realizes that it’s not possible for all of our members and those touched by autism to venture to our office for a support group. Click here for a list of support groups offered by other organizations throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. The first page is a listing of AuSM Support Groups and directions to the St. Paul office; the second page lists support groups offered by other organizations. For information about these support groups, please contact the listed organizations or individuals.