Aug. 1, 2019 News for the Minnesota autism community.
AuSM Featured Articles
11th Ride for Hope triumphs despite the rain
AuSM is so grateful to  Lube-Tech  and all of the amazing organizers, volunteers, and participants who braved the rain on Saturday to come out and support the local autism community through  Ride For Hope MN ! Not only was the ride a success despite the soggy weather, but the silent and live auctions and raffles had folks giving generously and having fun! We are so thankful to be recognized by such a thoughtful and philanthropic business community. Lube-Tech has raised thousands of dollars in support of those with autism in Minnesota over the past 11 years. Click here to watch a video message from the Ride for Hope organizers.
Three Rivers Outdoor Adventure Skills serves youth on the spectrum
Outdoor Adventure Skills, an AuSM social skills class held at Eastman Nature Center in July, had participants exploring forest, pond, and prairie habitats. They also built a survival shelter and made friends while communicating their needs during safe, off-trail adventures away from the comforts of home. CCX Media sent a reporter and videographer to the site to learn more about this fun, nature-based social skills class. Click here to watch the video and learn more. 
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. Walk-in registrants are welcome on Monday!

Summer Symposium: Evidence-Based Practices for Learners with ASD next week
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. Online registration closes on Aug. 5; walk-in registrants are welcome on Aug. 8.
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
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.

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

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.

Aug. 2: Parents’ Night Out Trinity Church/Special Journeys 
Aug. 4: Sensory-Friendly Jump Urban Air Adventure Park
Aug. 4: Autism Friendly Hour Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park 
Aug. 6: Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays Cheap Skate 
Aug. 8: Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays Cheap Skate 
Aug. 8: Sensory-Friendly Storytime Wild Rumpus 
Aug. 10: Sensory-Friendly Safety Day Hosted by Scott County Sheriff's Office
Aug. 10: Sensory-Friendly Second Saturdays TPT, Twin Cities PBS 
Aug. 11: Autism Awareness Day with the Minnesota Twins Target Field
Aug. 11: Autism Friendly Early Entry Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Aug. 11: Sensory-Friendly Early Open Galaxie Library
Aug. 11: Autism Friendly Hour Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park 
Aug. 12: Sensory Jump Night Pump It Up Plymouth 
Aug. 14: Autism Friendly Early Entry Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Aug. 16: Third-Friday Dances St. Louis Park Recreation Center Reach For Resources 
Aug. 18: Sensory-Friendly Sunday Science Museum of Minnesota 
Aug. 18: Sensory-Friendly Day Duluth Children’s Museum
Aug. 18: Autism Friendly Hour Battlecreek Waterworks Water Park