We invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference April 26-29, 2017. During this event, we will join our voices as a passionate community to inspire learning, hope, and innovation. Here experts, parents, caregivers, educators, paraprofessionals, mental health professionals, service providers, and individuals on the spectrum will have a platform to connect, collaborate, advocate, and educate. The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place and will feature the 3rd annual AuSM Gala celebration, Oh, the AuSM Places We'll Go!, on April 29. Registration for this Minnesota autism community event of the year is open. Click here for more information about keynote speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors, registration, and more.
Join us for an AuSM Skillshop on Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m. as AuSM therapist Jennifer Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE presents "Special Needs & Special Sibs: A Family AuSM Skillshop" at the Academy of Whole Learning in St. Louis Park. Dr. Reinke will discuss the unique challenges, rewards, and dynamics experienced by families impacted by a variety of special needs. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences and needs of siblings (ages 10+) who have a brother or sister with special needs. Though siblings with autism may attend, this AuSM Skillshop is tailored for parents and neurotypical siblings. Childcare will not be provided. Siblings may attend at no charge with a paid, participating parent or caregiver. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM friends at Joey's Ride have been busily planning the exciting 9th annual 2017 ride and a March taco feed at Tin Cup's in St. Paul. The March 25 Taco Feed for Autism will include special $2 deep fried tacos, raffles, and games. The feed is open to all families and individuals who want to support the Minnesota autism community. Joey's Ride will take place on May 6, 2017. Registration opens at 9 a.m. at Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities MN and will include a fun ride followed by a celebration at Tav on the Ave in St. Paul. Click here for more information and to register for Joey's Ride 2017. All proceeds from the taco feed and ride will support AuSM's programs and services by those affected by autism in Minnesota.
Summer activities abound – swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, geocaching, science, filmmaking, horseback riding, music, yoga, theater, bonfires, and more. Everyone deserves the chance to take advantage of all summer has to offer. AuSM Social Skills classes and AuSM Camps provide these opportunities – each one tailored to give youth and adults with autism a fun, safe, and exciting experience while they increase self-esteem, expand knowledge, and build friendships that last a lifetime. AuSM also welcomes individuals with other learning differences who can benefit from skills including sensory integration, executive functioning, theory of mind, selfregulation, and emotional regulation. Explore the 2017 AuSM Summer Activities catalog and discover ideas for summer adventure. Registration for AuSM Camps and AuSM Social Skills Classes opens today.