AuSM Skillshops

Based on topics suggested by the Minnesota autism community, AuSM Skillshops are mini-workshops designed for individuals with autism, parents, caregivers, family members, support staff, educators, therapists, and other professionals.

Upon request, AuSM Skillshop participants may receive a certificate of attendance to submit to licensing boards for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) consideration.

AuSM Members receive a certificate for a FREE AuSM Skillshop and save $10 on each AuSM Skillshop registration.

Cost Per AuSM Skillshop/Per Individual Registration
AuSM Member: $15
Non-Member: $25
AuSM Member with ASD or Current Student: $10

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2021-2022 AuSM Skillshops are generously sponsored by Best Care, an AuSM Premier Partner.




April 12, 2022
Online Dating: From Profile to Potential Relationship

Presenter: Kendall Mager (Pronouns: she/her)
Date: Tuesday, April 12 from 7-9 p.m. VIRTUAL

Many unspoken rules come with dating and even more with online dating. Learn about some those social rules as well as how to set up an online dating profile, discuss some of the popular online dating apps, how to prepare for a date, and how to clarify and communicate what you want from online dating.

Kendall Mager is the Program Coordinator for the SELF Program at Lutheran Social Service of MN. In this role, she provides sexuality education to youth and young adults of all abilities in small and large group settings as well as individually. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work. Prior to her time at LSS, Mager held professional roles in various harm-reduction jobs including HIV prevention, sexual and domestic violence prevention, and advocated for survivors of gender-based violence. In her current position, she enjoys teaching about healthy relationships, dating, and boundaries.


May 10, 2022
Communicating Consent and Boundaries

Presenter: Alyssa Perau(Pronouns: she/they)
Date: Tuesday, May 10 from 7-9 p.m. VIRTUAL

Knowing how to communicate boundaries and consent can be a struggle at times. Learn what healthy consent and boundaries look like and how to tell if consent is happening to ensure boundaries are being respected. Answer and ask questions, read through scenarios, and gain new skills to help you communicate in a healthy way.

Alyssa Perau has been an Adolescent Health Specialist with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s SELF team since 2018. Perau has created performances around the topics of queerness, mental health, consent, and sexual assault with the goal of de-stigmatizing conversations around taboo topics. Through LSS, she teaches sex education to people of all ages. Perau is neurodivergent and specializes in working with people with developmental disabilities.


May 24, 2022
Medical Cannabis and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presenter: Noah Simpson (Pronouns: he/him)
Date: Tuesday, May 24 from 7-9 p.m. VIRTUAL

Gain information and strategies involving medical cannabis, Minnesota’s medical cannabis program, and how cannabis can be an effective treatment option for a variety of conditions, including autism.

As a Community Sales Manager with LeafLine Labs, Noah Simpson works with organizations and communities in Minnesota to educate and raise awareness about medical cannabis. During his time at LeafLine, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the best talent in the medical, retail, and cannabis industries.