If you’re a parent with a child with autism, you understand the importance of getting connected with other families that share autism as a common bond. Building relationships is just as important for children as it is for parents, so we’ve included below a couple of upcoming events in the Twin Cities area which center around bringing people of all ages in the autism community together:
Does your child occasionally struggle with emotional control? You’ll want to attend this AuSM (Autism Society of Minnesota) workshop, called, “The Zones of Regulation.” The focus of the workshop is self-regulation and the difficulties that people face who have trouble controlling their emotions and thinking through everyday situations. The lessons and learning activities throughout the workshop, which have been designed by Leah Kuypers, M. A. Ed., OTR/L, provide practical ideas that can be easily incorporated into the home or classroom. Some of the important learning objectives are:
- Identify sensory processing systems, integration and its impact on modulation
- Demonstrate strategies to adjust one’s level of alertness/emotions to match the environment’s demands
- Understand ways to integrate The Zones into practice and generalize skills across settings
The workshop will be held on May 30th, 2013 from 8:30am – 4:30pm at TIES in St. Paul. If you’re interested in learning more, you can click here to go to the AuSM website.
Twins baseball, Autism Awareness and Father’s Day, all rolled into one! A special Autism Awareness Day event with the Twins will be on Father’s Day, June 16th, 2013. This unique event is the result of a partnership between Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins, AuSM and other autism awareness groups in the region, and will feature discounted tickets to the Father’s Day game against the Detroit Tigers. This is a great opportunity to spend a day with your family, for your children to make new friends and for you to build relationships with other families in the Twin Cities community. A portion of each ticket purchased will support autism awareness and the Autism Society of Minnesota.
As an added bonus, anyone who purchases a ticket as part of this autism promotion will be invite to participate in a special pre-game parade to raise awareness of autism in Twin’s Territory. If you’d like to learn more about this event, as well as other upcoming Twins events involving the autism community, click here to go to the AuSM website.