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Uniting the Community Events

CatalogCover17 18In partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Below is a listing of community events and other happenings. Some events require advance registration. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community!

Schubert Club Latin American Music Concert

1LeoKathySchubertOct2017Sensory-Friendly Family Concert: Leo and Kathy Lara: Latin American Folkloric Music–Música, Lengua, y Cultura

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
11 a.m.

Landmark Center Courtroom 317
75 W. 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive, interactive concerts for families. These events allow audience members to enjoy an enriching concert experience in a sensory-friendly format. Latin American folk music blends indigenous, European and African elements and traditions. These diverse sounds and stories come to life as Leo and Kathy perform. Hear the legend of the armadillo-shelled charango, simulate the sounds of the rainforest, sing a Cuban lullaby and more. Cost: FREE 

ADHD Anxiety Autism Willmar Workshop

WillmarWorkshop2017Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Willmar Senior High School
2701 30th St. N.E.

Executive Function – Daily Life Skills for Independence

Workshop Overview: Executive function difficulties are common in children, teens and young adults with ADD/ADHD, Anxiety or Autism. What is Executive Function? It is the daily living skills most people take for granted. Learn how to determine a child’s strengths and challenges in planning, self-organization, restraint, emotional regulation and preparedness. The Resource Center Program and its generous funders and donors are making this workshop available in Willmar.

“Make & Take” Strategy Session: (Small Group Session) After lunch, participants will break into small groups and work on personal strategies for their family member. In addition, there will be time for question and answer with the staff from the Autism Society and The Resource Center Program.

Target Audience: Parents, family members, grandparents, self-advocates, professionals, educators, caregivers and the community

Cost: $25/Family (for two tickets) $35/Professionals

Workshop Questions? Contact Marilyn Hukriede at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Linda Mathiasen at 320.235.5310 ext. 206. Click here for more information and to register. 

Fall Autism Festival


Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Autism Society of Minnesota
2380 Wycliff St. #102
St. Paul, MN 55114

Featuring a Support Group, a SPARK Research Sign-Up Opportunity, and Fun Games for the Kids

AuSM's Caregivers of Kids with Autism FREE Support Group
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Childcare will be provided during this November support group designed for parents and caregivers of school-age kids with autism ages 4-21. Let us know the ages of the children who will need childcare. RSVP with AuSM at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call AuSM at 651.647.1083.

SPARK Research Sign-Up Event
12-5 p.m.
Click here to RSVP for your SPARK appointment during the event or call 612.624.0116. Supervised games and activities will be available for children while parents and caregivers complete the study information. 

What is SPARK?
SPARK is a landmark national autism research study designed to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. The University of Minnesota is one of 25 different clinical sites nationwide helping SPARK recruit 50,000 individuals with autism. Participants can include anyone diagnosed with autism, as well as their biological parents and siblings when possible. At this event, you can get your questions answered or just learn more about the study from SPARK staff. Staff will be on-site to assist with the enrollment process (registration and/or saliva collection). Expect registration and collection to take approximately one hour to complete from start to finish. Please bring everyone in the family who will be participating with you! Games and activities will be available for your children while you complete registration.

Dakota County Library Sensory-Friendly Saturdays

DakotaCntyLibrary2017Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 16
10:30–11:15 a.m.  

Wescott Library
1340 Wecott Rd.

Explore books, music, movement and play in a sensory-friendly setting that welcomes children ages 3–8 of all abilities including those who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. One registration required per family. An adult must accompany each registered child. Siblings welcome. Cost: FREE, but registration is required. Click here to register.

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