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Planning from the Perspective of the Person with Autism

AdultGroupWEBAn AuSM Workshop to Kick Off MEA Weekend 
presented by Glenis Benson, PhD
October 18, 2017 
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Online registration for this workshop is closed. Walk-in registrants are welcome on Oct. 18.

Service providers, caregivers, and educators often are urged to put the person first when creating goals and building supports.

But what does it mean to put an individual on the spectrum’s own perspective first? How do providers place themselves in the head of their client and ask, “What do they need to learn the most to be the most independent and successful they can be?”

Obtain in-the-moment practices that will help you understand the behaviors of individuals on the spectrum. Explore the concepts of executive functioning, sensory challenges, and other underlying reasons for seemingly confusing behaviors.

Click here to view the workshop brochure.

GlenisBenson17WEBAbout the Speaker
Dr. Benson has supported persons with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) for more than 35 years. She has been Senior Advisor to the United Nations for the Middle East for ASCs, Director of the Autism Program and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at USD. She has taught for the Kentucky Autism Training Center with the University of Louisville, and currently she teaches at UW Madison. Dr. Benson co-produced, wrote and narrated a video entitled Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has numerous articles and book chapters to her name as well.

Dr. Benson obtained her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and conducted both her doctoral and master’s research with persons with ASC. She trains nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics including behavioral supports as well as ASCs. She currently consults widely from her private practice in Madison, Wis. She is a founding board member of Camp AweSum, a camp in northern Wisconsin for youth and families who live with ASC. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Workshop Schedule at a Glance
8 a.m. Registration Opens 
8:30 a.m. Workshop Begins 
10:30-10:50 a.m. Break, AuSM Bookstore Open 
12 p.m. Lunch (included with registration) 
1 p.m. Workshop Continues 
3:30 p.m. Workshop Concludes

Location of Workshop 
enVision Hotel 
701 Concord St. S. 
South St. Paul, MN, 55075

Cost (includes lunch)
AuSM Member: $70/participant
Non-Member: $80/participant 
Individual with ASD: $25/participant

A reduced rate is available for registrants of 10 or more. Contact Monika Kopet at 651.647.1083 ext. 27 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Caring for You

Practical Self-Care Tools to Nurture Well-Being

momchildwebA half-day workshop to help you reduce life stress and anxiety through quick to implement strategies for well-being.
presented by Ricka Robb Kohnstamm
November 2, 2017 
1:30-4:30 p.m.

In caring for the well-being of an individual with autism, it is easy for parents, caregivers, educators, and other support professionals to lose sight of their own well-being.

Compassionate communication is a self-care tool that will help you, the caregiver, increase feelings of well-being. In this workshop, learn how to skillfully express your needs with this tool that can be learned and used by everyone. 

Also explore creativity, progressive relaxation, movement, and other strategies for increasing well-being. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook and pencil.

Click here to view the workshop brochure.

Kohnstamm2017WEBAbout the Speaker
Ricka Robb Kohnstamm is completing a M.A. within the Health and Wellbeing Coaching Program, Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. Through her business, Align Whole Health Coaching, Robb Kohnstamm helps clients embrace self-awareness and a personal growth mind-set to create a life of optimal health and well-being, no matter where they find themselves on life’s journey. She has completed Executive Education focused on leadership and well-being in the workplace at Harvard Business School, Mindsight Institute training with Dr. Daniel Siegel, and Cancer Guides and Initial Professional Training programs with Dr. James Gordon’s Center for Mind Body Medicine. In addition, she is a trained 11th­-hour hospice volunteer.

Workshop Schedule at a Glance
1 p.m. Registration Opens 
1:30 p.m. Workshop Begins 
4:30 p.m. Workshop Concludes

Location of Workshop 
Royal Cliff Banquet & Conference Center

Cost
AuSM Member: $25/participant
Non-Member: $35/participant 
Individual with ASD: $15/participant

A reduced rate is available for registrants of 10 or more. Contact Monika Kopet at 651.647.1083 ext. 27 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Practical Solutions for Autistic Living

shutterstock 240172261An AuSM Workshop
presented by Judy Endow, MSW, LCSW
December 7, 2017

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Parents, caregivers, educators, professionals, and individuals with autism are invited to join autism expert Judy Endow as she shares personal stories highlighting three challenge areas related to her own autism: 1. sensory differences; 2. not always understanding the hidden curriculum in social situations; 3. when others think of her as “less than” because they do not understand autism.

Learn from Endow’s experiences and obtain practical strategies for supporting youth and adults with autism, encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves and most available for learning and life.

Putting Endow’s information into practice may be your loved one’s or student with autism’s ticket forward to placement in more inclusive community environment and educational settings.

Endow also will screen The Power of Words: How we talk about people with autism spectrum disorders matters! during the workshop.

judyendowPicAbout the Speaker
Judy Endow maintains a private practice in Madison, Wis., providing consultation for families, school districts, and other agencies. Besides having autism herself, she is the parent of three grown sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Endow does workshops and presentations on a variety of autism-related issues, is part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Statewide Autism Training Team, and has been a board member of both the Wisconsin Chapter of the Autism Society of America and the Autism National Committee. She recently received the Dr. Cathy Pratt Award for Autism Professional of the Year. Endow is a Resource Specialist and a Clinician at Common Threads Family Resource Center in McFarland, Wis. She continues to bring a great depth of understanding and compassion to all the work she does.

 Workshop Schedule at a Glance
8 a.m. Registration Opens 
8:30 a.m. Workshop Begins 
10:30-10:50 a.m. Break, AuSM Bookstore Open 
12 p.m. Lunch (included with registration) 
1 p.m. Workshop Continues 
3:30 p.m. Workshop Concludes and Book Signing

Location of Workshop
enVision Hotel
701 Concord St. S.
South St. Paul, MN, 55075

Cost (includes lunch)
AuSM Member: $70/participant
Non-Member: $80/participant
Individual with ASD: $25/participant

A reduced rate is available for registrants of 10 or more. Contact Monika Kopet at 651.647.1083 ext. 27 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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AuSM Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation: If a workshop 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 $10 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 workshop. 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 workshop due to low registrations or other circumstances that make the workshop non-viable. If AuSM cancels a workshop, registrants will be offered a full refund. If the workshop is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same workshop at the new, future date.