Autism Information

Children, teens and adults living with the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorders, you are not alone!

We are here to provide support, education and resource information for individuals, families and professionals.  We provide several kinds of support including:  specific help for what you need/when you need it, guest speakers, Peer Connect Group for 14 yr. to adults, weighted lap pads and blankets, mini grants, family events, and more!

Let us know how we can help you--  320-235-5310.

Networking and Support Meetings
Monthly in Kandiyohi, Renville, Swift and Meeker Counities. 
Groups do not meet in December or July.

Meet others that share your life experience, let us help you with resource options, take advantage of our Coordinator's knowledge.


Speakers, trainings, family events, weighted blanket program, mini grants and more!

Join and learn new skills, make new friends, and get the support you need to help your family member feel empowered!

See more helpful information below ↓

heather
Hi!  I'm Heather--
Kandiyohi County Coordinator.

Join us!
We meet monthly,
share ideas,
hear speakers
and more!
rnrussell@gmail.com




Hi!  I'm Becky-- coordinator of 2 groups:

* Peer Connect Club
14 yrs.-adults with social skills challenges in our region.

* Meeker County Parent Group
 
 
Call or email me and I'll tell you more about all the cool people in our groups.
Sookbecky@gmail.com  

Event Calendar

Definitions

According to the Autism Society of America…

(http://www.autism-society.org)

"Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults on the autism spectrum typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities."

Resource Center Help

Social skills groups, peer mentoring and friendship programs, information, support, networking groups, updates about regional happenings, lending library, scholarships... let us know what you need.

www.autism-society.org

Autism Society of America -A very helpful site with many great links. This organization holds a very helpful, informative and large national conference every year. 2010's conference will be in Dallas, Texas in July!

www.autismspeaks.org

Autism Speaks -An organization whose mission is to promote research, awareness, advocacy and family services.

www.nationalautismassociation.org

The National Autism Association -"The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights."

www.autismtheatre.org/

ARTRAN - There is a list on this site of Theatre practitioners around the world that work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. RCP's own Nikki Bettcher Erickson is a practitioner and board member with this world organization!

www.ausm.org

AUSM – The Autism Society of Minnesota - "The Autism Society of Minnesota is our own state chapter that exists to enhance the lives of individuals on the Autism spectrum. They have education, conferences and behavioral services available. There is also information on this site about camps in Minnesota for individuals on the Autism spectrum."

www.pact4.org

PACT 4 Families Collaborative - An organization serving Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville, and Yellow Medicine counties And located in Willmar, MN. "The PACT 4 Families Collaborative has the vision of healthy and safe communities where individuals, families, and children care and support each other."

www.mnautism.org

Minnesota Autism Center

www.hollandcenter.com

The Holland Center believes that “the pieces of autism can not be treated separately. Holland is a MN autism center and a day treatment clinic for children with autism.”

www.sarnet.org

Schafer Autism Report - “The Most Comprehensive and Most Read Autism Publication - Only Pennies a Day -or- No Cost!”

This is a helpful site for people that want the latest news on Autism research.

www.autism.com

Autism Research Institute - ARI is a research-based website that has many other helpful links and partner websites. It also has helpful information on various supposed triggers of Autism.

www.unlocking autism.org

Unlocking Autisim - I like this site because it is easy to navigate and has a “Parent 2 Parent” network.

www.autismone.org

Autism One - This is a nice site that also has many partner sites and links. There is a nice blog page, helpful and informative videos and groups that members can join by interest category.

www.theautismtrust.com

The Autism Trust - “A Safe Haven for People with Autism”

This site focuses on how individuals with Autism will handle their transition into a successful adulthood. There are not a lot of sites like this and we all need to be thinking about the future of these wonderful individuals.

www.autismtoday.com

Autism Today - This site has almost an overload of information and can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of helpful information and there is a free membership at this point.

www.usautism.org

USA Autism & Aspgerger's society - “USAAA is a leading nonprofit organization for education, support, and solutions. Our goal is to "Provide the Opportunity" for individuals with autism spectrum disorders to achieve their fullest potential.”

www.aspergers.com

Asperger’s Disorder Homepage - There are not a lot of sites that focus only on Asperger’s and this is one of them. This is the kind of site I would direct people to that are getting to know you or your family member with Asperger's. There is a helpful Q & A section on the site and a helpful discussion group page as well.