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Engaging Autism: The Serious Business of Fun

February 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Parent-Led, evidence-based interventions

All babies are born ready to learn from the people around them. Using the power behind this innate trait, parents learn how fun can increase their child’s learning abilities in this class, based on exciting new research that addresses the core challenges of autism. Through everyday activities that are part of family routines, parents can develop strategies that will improve language and learning. What could be more fun than playing with your child? You will return home with ideas and activities you can use the very next day.

Discover the power behind following your child’s lead, and where to go after that. Learn everyday sensory social routines that are fun for you and your child. All parents of preschool children (birth to age five) who wish to tap into the power of social emotional development that is fueled through engagement should attend. Everyone should come prepared to have fun! This will be contagious.

CEU’s available!

Speaker: Mary Powell, MAEd, was Executive Director of the Autism Society of Minnesota for 18 years, where she developed many programs serving individuals and families. These programs included the information and referral service, the parent education “Discovery Series” program, the state autism conference, and the annual Autism Symposium for special educators.  She was also involved in public policy initiatives such as the autism license for teachers. As an advocate for her child with autism, Mary founded Camp Hand in Hand and served on the Autism Society of Minnesota’s board of directors. She also served as a board member of the Ramsey County Citizen Advisory Committee, the Metropolitan Council Developmental Disabilities Committee, District 916 Special Education Advisory Committee, and Outcomes, Inc. She is especially interested in promoting the role of community non-profits to improve the lives of individuals and families. Through the Center for Engaging Autism Mary hopes to ensure better outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder through effective intervention and parent education.


Minnetonka Community Center
14600 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55435 United States
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