Brenda Beyer, School Social Worker, ECSE Autism Program

I am the School Social Worker who works with the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Autism program.  The program became a part of Sullivan School in the fall of 2010.  Prior to this, we were located at Longfellow School.  I have worked in the  ECSE Autism program since 2004.  I have been a School Social Worker in the Minneapolis Public Schools since 1994.  For the first 10 years I worked at North Star School with grades K-5.

I have a Bachelor of Social Work from Winona State University, and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago.   I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with the MN Board of Social Work and have a School Social Worker license with the MN Board of Education.  

While working with the ECSE Autism program I have learned a great deal about Autism, including the needs of the children and of the family. I believe strongly that the relationships between the parents and children with Autism need to be built upon mutual engagement.  I suggest to families that one of the best ways to educate their child is to enjoy each other and to have fun together.  I enjoy working closely with families to support them in their everyday relationship with their child, and to obtain the resources they need.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at 612-668-5029 or at


In addition to supporting the ECSE Autism classrooms, I coordinate Building Bridges, a District project that trains School Social Workers about the needs and rights of students who are homeless and highly mobile, and how to work more intentionally to meet the needs of these students.  If you think that your family may be homeless or highly mobile, please contact your School Social Worker.