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Summer Symposium: Evidence-Based Practices for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder

stockmeetingbwAug. 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Aug. 9 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

About this Workshop
Engage with experienced professionals to enhance your practice with learners on the autism spectrum. Each session topic will include a content lecture examining developmental differences, linking challenges to educational needs and goals, and highlighting evidence-based practices that promote skill-building. Sessions also will include opportunity for small group breakouts for hands-on learning and knowledge share. The AuSM Bookstore featuring many autism resources will be open during this workshop. Click here to view the Summer Symposium brochure. 

Who Should Attend?
special educators, general educators, paraprofessionals, related-service providers, administrators

University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cost Per Person: $150


Workshop Schedule

DAY 1: Aug. 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

8:30-9 a.m.
Registration Open

9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Session 1: Understanding Social Differences Associated with ASD
Social Skill Development
   Joint Attention
   Theory of Mind
   Social Cognition
Educational Needs and Goals
Evidence Based Practices
   Social Narratives
   Video Modeling

12-1 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own

1-4 p.m.
Session 2: Understanding Communication Differences Associated with ASD
Communication Skill Development
   Speech, Language, and Communication
Complex Language and Conversational Discourse
Educational Needs and Goals
Evidence Based Practices
   Social Skills Training
   Peer-Mediated Intervention

DAY 2: Aug. 9 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

8:30-9 a.m.
Registration Open

9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Session 3: Understanding Behavioral Differences Associated with ASD
Behavioral Development
   Sensory Challenges
   Executive Dysfunction
   Restricted, Repetitive Behaviors
Cognitive Flexibility
Educational Needs and Goals
Evidence Based Practices
   Differential Reinforcement
   Task Analysis
   Visual Supports

About the Presenters

L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan coordinates the autism spectrum disorders certificate, license and master’s program at University of St. Thomas. She has served on boards for the Autism Society of America, Autism Society of Wisconsin, Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, and Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Erin Farrell is the Autism Spectrum Disorders Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education and serves on the State Leadership Team for PBIS. Farrell is an ASD licensed teacher as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Eric Ringgenberg, AuSM’s Education Director, has a Bachelors of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and a Masters of Arts in Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of St. Thomas.

St. David's Center Floortime Conference

Floortime logoOct. 25-26, 2019
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr.
Chaska, MN 55318

StDavidswebAuSM is pleased to be a sponsor of the inaugural Greenspan Floortime Conference, an intensive workshop offered by AuSM Premier Partner, St. David’s Center, host of the Minnesota Regional Greenspan Floortime Training Center, and led by Jake Greenspan.

Learning Objectives
Over the course of two intensive days of training led by Jake Greenspan, participants will:

  • be introduced to the Greenspan Floortime Approach® and the science inside its effectiveness
  • gain an understanding of The Learning Tree Model for evaluation through lecture and video, learn the Functional Emotional Developmental Levels
  • learn techniques of the Greenspan Floortime Approach®, as well as strategies to improve peer and social interaction and reduce challenging behaviors

Through presentation, discussion, evaluation of case studies, and evaluation, you will begin your journey towards gaining Floortime Certification. CEU’s are available. Space is limited.

Click here for more information and to register.


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 $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 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.