June 15, 2019 News for the Minnesota autism community.
AuSM Featured Articles
Non-verbal boy with autism surprises family through song
AuSM friend Sheletta Brundidge recently shared a video clip of her 4-year-old, non-verbal son with autism who suddenly broke into a hum and then some lyrics of the song "Old Town Road." The clip went viral, and Brundidge and her family were featured during a KARE 11 Breaking the News segment on June 13. AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services therapist Amy Carrison also was interviewed and discussed how speech and language use two different parts of the brain. Click here to view the complete KARE 11 story.
AuSM brings education to Austin
2019 AuSM Austin Workshop
AuSM partnered with Autism Friendly Austin and the Hormel Historic Home to provide an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transitioning to Adulthood workshop on June 13. Session topics included Understanding Autism and Positive Behavior Support; Executive Function, Emotional Regulation, and De-escalation Strategies; and ASD and Employment.

The local KIMT-3 News station visited the workshop and talked with participants to learn more about why this information share is so important for our communities. Click here to view the KIMT-3 News segment.
Register to play in AuSM Golf Classic on Aug. 5
Take a Monday off from work and hit the greens in support of the local autism community on Aug. 5. Rolling hills, mature trees, and abundant wildlife provide the scenic backdrop for this challenging, yet approachable 18-hole course. The front nine, or the Queen’s Nine, was designed by Annika Sorenstam, and the back nine, known as the King’s Nine, was designed by Arnold Palmer. Click here for more information and to register your foursome today.
August Summer Symposium: Evidence-Based Practices for Learners with ASD
On Aug. 8-9, 2019, engage with experienced professionals to enhance your practice with learners on the autism spectrum during the Summer Symposium. Held at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus, the Summer Symposium 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. Special educators, general educators, paraprofessionals, related-service providers, and administrators should plan to participate in this education-packed event. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM Education
Summer solutions for those seeking adventure
AuSM Summer Social Skills Classes
AuSM classes and activities offer low-stress, accepting environments that promote learning and growth while celebrating neurodiversity. AuSM programs are conducive to youth and adults who fall within the wide range of the autism spectrum. Social skills classes are staffed at a 1:4 staff-to-participant ratio.

AuSM social skills in Duluth
AuSM is pleased to partner with the Lake Superior Zoo and the Great Lakes Aquarium to offer two exciting social skills classes for youth with autism. AuSM Social Skills summer classes build skills in low-stress environments that encourage learning and growth. AuSM provides programming that is conducive to youth who fall within the wide range of the autism spectrum and offers a 1:4 staff-to-participant ratio.

July 1-3

July 23-26
Understanding Autism and Best Strategic Practices
Learn common characteristics of individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders. Obtain valuable insight on evidenced-based best practices to support people with autism and sensory processing sensitivities.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. 
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn with AuSM Skillshops and Certification

What AuSM Skillshops would you like to see in the 2019-2020 season? Submit ideas for topics and speakers to education@ausm.org.

2019-2020 AuSM Skillshops
will be announced soon!

AuSM’s Autism Direct Support Certification Program is designed for professionals who work with individuals with autism or those who want to better provide support to people on the spectrum. This in-depth, 15-hour course will give practical solutions for working with people on the spectrum.

Fall 2019 Session
Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 2019

AuSM Resources, Counseling, and Consulting
AuSM Counseling
and Consulting Services
The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs. For many, working with mental heath service providers is a new experience; we want you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable as we strive for positive, individual-focused goals.
Uniting the Community Events
Event Highlight: AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition at Mall of America on July 13
It's not too early to start planning to put your jigsaw puzzling passion to the test during the 2nd annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition held at the Mall of America Rotunda on Saturday, July 13. Gather your friends and family into teams of up to four that will compete for the fastest puzzle completion time. All proceeds support Autism Society of Minnesota programs and services for our local autism community. Prizes will be awarded in both the Adult and Family divisions to the teams completing their puzzle in the quickest time. Teams will keep their competition puzzle.

During these weeks leading up to the AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition, AuSM will be giving away four-packs of unlimited ride wristbands for Nickelodeon Universe for those registered for the Family Division of the puzzle contest. Drawings will be held on June 20, June 27, July 3, and July 11. Register your puzzle team today for the most opportunities to win unlimited ride wristbands!

In collaboration with community partners, AuSM is pleased to offer opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Click here to visit AuSM's frequently-updated online Uniting the Community events and activities calendar.

Below is a highlight of upcoming events; more details about these and all 2019 events and activities are available at the above link.

June 16: Sensory-Friendly Sunday, Science Museum of Minnesota
June 16: Autism Friendly Hour: Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park
June 18: Sensory-Friendly Jump Night, Pump It Up Eden Prairie
June 21: Third-Friday Dances, St. Louis Park Recreation Center, Reach For Resources
June 21: Sensory-Friendly Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, Children’s Theatre Company
June 23: Autism Friendly Early Entry, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
June 23: Sensory-Friendly Sundays, Three Rivers Parks District: Lowry Nature Center
June 23: Sensory-Friendly Sundays, Three Rivers Parks District: French Visitor Center
June 23: Autism Friendly Hour: Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park
June 26: Autism Friendly Early Entry, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
June 30: Autism Friendly Hour: Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park