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Life with Autism Series

therapyfamilyAuSM’s Life with Autism Series offers information and strategies to parents, caregivers, family members, relatives, educators, and the community through engaging, age-focused classes led by autism experts and parent speakers. Participants also learn about available services and resources and contribute to the direction of topics covered.

Location of All Life with Autism Series Classes
AuSM, 2380 Wycliff St. #102, St. Paul, MN 55114


Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices

Learn common characteristics of individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders. Obtain valuable insight on best practices to support people with autism and related disabilities. Thanks to the Hennepin County Autism Grant, these classes are offered FREE of charge. Registration is required.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 from 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost
FREE

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Childhood (ages 18 mos.-10 yrs.)

Obtain information on topics including the definition of autism, parent feelings, neurological findings, therapies, communication strategies, teaching daily living skills, challenging behavior, sensory needs, visual supports, and using social stories.

Obtain information about autism in early childhood and elementary-age years, including support strategies for communication and daily living skills, how to address challenging behaviors, and more. Learn about the differences between medical and educational diagnoses, how to access services across environments, and discuss how and when to disclose your child’s diagnosis.

One Session Classes Offered in Fall and Spring

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring own lunch)
Register by Oct. 13, 2018

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring own lunch)
Register by March 16, 2019

Cost for One or Two Individuals or Family Members/Caregivers
AuSM Member: $50
Non-Member: $75

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Adolescence and Transition (ages 11-21)

This session will address the unique needs faced by adolescents and young adults with autism and their caregivers. Topics will cover a range of issues such as puberty, hygiene, and sexuality; social skills and reciprocal relationships; privacy and safety concerns; and how best to prepare for and support the transition into adulthood.

One Session Classes Offered in Fall and Winter

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring own lunch)
Register by Sept. 22, 2018

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring own lunch)
Register by Feb. 2, 2019

Cost for One or Two Individuals or Family Members/Caregivers
AuSM Member: $50
Non-Member: $75

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Adults (ages 18+)

Join this session to learn about the impact of autism on adults, regardless of where their strengths and needs lie along the autism spectrum. Obtain information about independent living; advocating for and accessing supports and accommodations; employment and workplace issues; self-determination and strategies for inclusion; and more.

One Session Classes Offered in Winter and Spring

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring own lunch)
Register by Dec. 1, 2018

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (bring own lunch)
Register by May 4, 2019

Cost for One or Two Individuals or Family Members/Caregivers
AuSM Member: $50
Non-Member: $75

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AuSM Can Bring the Life with Autism Series to You
The Life with Autism Series is structured to meet your needs, and AuSM can bring the classes to your community, to school districts, or to places of employment. If you are interested in having a Life with Autism Series presented at your venue of choice, please contact AuSM at 651.647.1083 ext. 22 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


AuSM Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation: If a class is cancelled or postponed, AuSM will attempt to notify you via phone, using the phone number provided with your registration. We also will post notice of cancellations and postponements on www.ausm.org.

Cancellation by registrant: Refunds less a $15 processing fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. seven business days prior to the start of the first class in the session. Following this date, no refunds will be given. Requests for transfer of registration to another individual will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cancellation by program organizer: AuSM reserves the right to cancel a class due to low registrations or other circumstances that make the class non-viable. If AuSM cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. If the class is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same class at the new, future date.