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August 2017

Unlocking Potential: Using the power of poetry for educators

August 7, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Arete Academy of Exceptional Education, 4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55416 United States
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$60.00
poetry and autism

A truly unique offering for students living with autism and the professionals who serve them! For Educators Poetry plays directly to the strengths and challenges many students with autism face with literacy. It provides needed structure while opening an avenue for deep, singular focus. Through fun and interactive exercises that fit seamlessly into the general education language arts curriculum you will unlock the literary potential of your students with autism. These writing exercises work for all students, but are especially…

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Unlocking Potential: Using the power of poetry and autism

August 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arete Academy of Exceptional Education, 4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55416 United States
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$40.00
poetry and autism

A truly unique offering for students living with autism and the professionals who serve them! Poetry plays directly to the strengths and challenges many students with autism experience with literacy. It provides just the right amount of structure while opening an avenue for deep, singular focus. Through fun and interactive exercises your writing potential will be unlocked. These activities use the power of your special interests to give you a voice and creative outlet. Join us for this innovative five-day course…

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September 2017

Potential Unlocked! The power of poetry and autism

September 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free
poetry and autism

Join us in celebrating the voices of individuals with autism! We discovered our unique voices through a five-day creative writing course, and we're eager to share with you.   Students will present their favorite poems and songs for you. The guest artists from Coffee House Press will present the pieces that inspired the creative works of our emerging poets. Finally, the students' brilliant poems will be available for purchase as a lovely letterpress chapbook.   Show your support for families living with…

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January 2018

Mindful Parenting

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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$120

Engaging Autism Course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Looking for a way to change how things work in your family? Is stress eating away at your enjoyment of everyday things? Through education, support and targeted mindfulness training, parents living with autism experience large reductions in stress. In addition, this method has direct impact on the overall health of the entire family - specifically the child with autism showing better functioning, less stress and increased social skills. Join us for a…

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October 2018

CEA October MeetUP: Fall Colors Hike at French Park

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
French Park, 12605 Rockford Rd
Plymoth, MN 55441 United States
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Free
Fall leaves

Meet at the Visitor’s Center and we will leave shortly after 2pm. Dress in layers! We will enjoy warm drinks when we get back. If it’s a nice day, kids can check out the new park while parents hike - they must be supervised by another parent or caregiver at all times. Find Communities Engaging Autism on www.meetup.com:  What we're about This meet-up group is for parents of young children with autism who seek casual social connections with peer parents.…

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November 2018

Parenting Autism Online Summit

November 5 - November 10
Free – $77
Autism Parenting Summit

Many in our CEA community will be checking out this promising online resource. Look for future opportunities to process your learning and clarify take-aways locally and/or online. If you are interested in contributing to or helping shape these opportunities, please let us know: info@cea4autism.org. From Parenting Autism Online Summit homepage: We’re bringing together 32 or more of the world’s autism and parenting experts to share the most effective symptom management and parenting strategies for kids with less-obvious autism, and their parents. They’ll share…

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CEA November Meetup: I Spy by the Mississippi Riverside

November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct
Minneapolis, 55412 United States
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Free
Owl I Spy

Connect with other parents and kids while checking out the interpretive center, playing on the playground, or taking a nature walk. This park is a great birdwatching site. Dress warm and bring your binoculars! Cocoa and tea available for warming up. All children must have supervising parent or caregiver. This event is part of Communities Engaging Autism’s Monthly Meetups. What we’re about: Join informal, fun gatherings for families living with autism who seek casual social connections with peers. We may have…

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CEA Suggests: Minneapolis Autism Parent Support

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Common Roots Cafe, 2558 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55405 United States
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Free

MAPS is connection in action and CEA is glad to suggest this regular meeting opportunity. At their November 14th’s meeting, MAPS will welcome Alicia from The Arc to discuss legislative priorities concerning the disability community. MAPS meets once or twice a month during the school year. Some meetings are held during the school day, while others are weekday evenings (Monday-Thursday) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. We typically meet at Common Roots Café in Minneapolis (2558 Lyndale Ave. S.) in the quiet, private…

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Bigger than Birds & Bees: Promoting Safe, Healthy Relationships

November 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive
Eden Prairie, 55344 United States
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$15
Heart and stars

Children with autism want friendships and relationships as much as anyone else. Unfortunately, there is a lack of appropriate education to support safe and healthy relationships. Rates of sexual assault are 7 times higher among individuals with disabilities than for those without and autism makes our children especially vulnerable. But we can work together to counter this troubling reality. We can support our children’s understanding of their own bodies, help them recognize what discomfort or danger feel like, and provide concrete guides…

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December 2018

Family Meetup @ Richardson Nature Center

December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Richardson Nature Center, 8737 East Bush Lake Rd
Bloomington, MN 55438 United States
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Fresh snow path

Connect casually with other parents and kids while checking out the nature center and taking a nature hike. As usual, dress warm! A naturalist will lead a hike from 3-4pm*. CEA will have cocoa and tea available along with festive ginger cookies. All children must have supervising parent or caregiver. *To assure a spot on the naturalist’s hike, you may register here (free). Drop-ins welcome. Otherwise, our group often decides informally when to head outsider together and where to go. This event is…

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