Autism Society of Minnesota
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restaurant, playground and parenting suggestions. But when you learn
that your eldest has autism, that carefully groomed network shatters
and you’re left wondering where to turn.
My son was barely 2 when he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (pervasive
developmental disorder – not otherwise specified), which is on the
autism spectrum. We felt lost, isolated and confused. Usually competent
and confident people, my husband and I were baffled by conflicting
information we received from online searches and uncertain if the
school services we were receiving were enough to address our son’s needs.
Through a pamphlet provided by the schools, we learned about the
Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and its Discovery Series, which provides education, on a wide
range of topics, to parents of children with a recent autism diagnosis. This series met over four
weeks and supplied us with a Resource Directory
complete with parents’ recommendations on local
services. I still reference that binder three years later,
whether I’m looking for a new dentist, photographer,
developmental pediatrician, or starting down yet
another treatment path.
After the Discovery Series experience, I became
active with AuSM and experienced other services
they provide. Through workshops and trainings
by the nation’s top researchers and practitioners
in the field, I know that the private and district
staff that work with my son are receiving the best
information available. I am confident in the content
and quality of the education AuSM presents to
professionals and parents in our community.
Membership in AuSM doesn’t stop at education and services. For our family, it has provided a way
to welcome autism into our life. As we left behind our previous “normal” life, we felt a loss so great;
we grieved constantly. AuSM and its community partners have become our new support system.
They are true partners in our remarkable journey.
For more information Autism Society of Minnesota please visit: www.AuSM.org