July 15, 2019 News for the Minnesota autism community.
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AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition connects puzzlers to our community
The 2nd Annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition took place on Saturday, July 13 at Mall of America. Teams of up to four competed in two divisions throughout the day that featured 500-piece and 1,000-piece puzzles. Those who puzzled the fastest were awarded prizes, and everyone who competed was awarded with an amazing day of community, teamwork, encouragement from the Ninja Turtles, and lots of fun. Special thanks to Devin Wildes, a 24-year-old autistic artist who provided the 500-piece puzzle artwork. Wildes shared commentary on his art and stuck around throughout the competition to puzzle, cheer on teams, and sign puzzle boxes. We also are grateful to event emcee and founder of PuzzleTwist, Tony Nelson, and his wife, Candace, as well as Games By James who donated profits raised during the event to support AuSM's programs and services for our local autism community.

A HUGE thank you to our event sponsors who helped make our 2019 event amazing, including Platinum Sponsor Lions United Fitness Center, as well as Accra Care; Allegra and image360-Downtown Saint Paul; CyBick Productions; Games by James; Maynard's Signature Series; Minnesota Independence College and Community; PuzzleTwist; St. David's Center; and TPT - Twin Cities PBS. We also want to thank the Mall of America for providing the perfect venue and helping with every detail - from set-up to technology to cheering for our teams! The date for the next AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition will be announced soon!
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.

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.

AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit
Registration for the second annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit is open! The 2nd Annual AuSM Self-Advocacy Summit will include a keynote presentation by Olivia James and breakout sessions featuring topics including mental health, executive function, sensory needs, employment, relationships, and more. This event is for autistics by autistics.

St. David's Center Floortime Conference in October
Oct. 25-26, 2019
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr.
Chaska, MN 55318

AuSM 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.

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.

AuSM Education
AuSM social skills at the Lake Superior Zoo
AuSM is pleased to partner with the Lake Superior Zoo to offer an exciting July social skills class for youth with autism. AuSM Social Skills summer classes build skills in low-stress environments that encourage learning and growth. Click on the link for more information and to register.

July 23-26, 2019
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, 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
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.

July 16: Sensory Jump Night Pump It Up Eden Prairie
July 17: Autism Friendly Early Entry Como Park Zoo & Conservatory 
July 19: Third-Friday Dances, St. Louis Park Recreation Center, Reach For Resources
July 20: 11th Annual Ride for Hope, A Fundraiser for AuSM Presented by Lube Tech
July 21: Sensory-Friendly Early Open, Galaxie Library 
July 21: Sensory-Friendly Sunday, Science Museum of Minnesota 
July 21: Sensory-Friendly Day, Duluth Children’s Museum
July 21: Autism Friendly Hour, Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park 
July 26-Aug. 4: Minnesota Family Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe
July 28: Autism Friendly Early Entry, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
July 28: Sensory-Friendly Sundays, Three Rivers Parks District: Lowry Nature Center
July 28: Sensory-Friendly Sundays, Three Rivers Parks District: French Visitor Center
July 28: Family Concert: Joyful Rhythms, Joyful Sounds, Minnesota Orchestra
July 28: Autism Friendly Hour, Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park 
July 31: Autism Friendly Early Entry, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory