Mission Statement: This blog was created to provide information on getting help for autism in general while focussing on locally available resources for families with newly diagnosed children in Belleville and Quinte area.

Please browse the blog at your leisure. You are welcome to comment on the posts. If you are a parent, an autism consultant, counselor, teacher with information on autism resources available in our area, please email your information to benziesangma@gmail.com. Your information will be added within 24 hours.

Local Autism Support Groups

Parents Engaging Autism Quinte (PEAQ), an autism parent support group, meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month (no meetings in January, July and August) at Kerry's Place, 189 Victoria Avenue, Belleville at 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you have questions or suggestions for autism topics that are important to you please go to our FaceBook account and post your suggestions so that we can invite appropriate autism professionals to speak at these meetings. There won't be any meeting in December but we are taking local families supporting individuals with moderate to severe sensory challenges to the Christmas Event at the Children's Safety Village half an hour prior to the event being opened to the public.

Autism parent support group meeting hosted by Mental Health Agency, Trenton and Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) meeting is on the Second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you have require any further information please contact Marya Peters for more information at 613 392-2811 ext 3953 or email marya.p@trentonmfrc.ca

For info on Community Living Prince Edward County Parent Support group, contact Resource Consultants @ 613 476 6038

Central Hastings Autism Support Group meets in Madoc at the Recreation Centre. Contact Renee O’Hara, Family Resource & Support, 613-966-7413 or Tammy Kavanagh, Family Resource & Support, 613-332-3227

Strategies for challenging behaviours

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Intensive Behavioural Intervention Program

My desire to understand better the signs and symptoms exhibited by my son have taken me from many websites to many many more. I've also been piling up books on my shelf trying to extract information that, I'd hoped, would lead me somewhere. Now, in one of these jaunts, recently I came across the availability of Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Program in Ontario. I didn't understand it at first but now that my son has been diagnosed with autism, the developmental paediatrician told me that he might qualify for the program run by Pathways and that he would be referring my son to the program only to caution me with the information that the waiting list averages about two years in Kingston and about three years in Ottawa. This fact was sadly confirmed by some parents attending the workshop who had actually been on the waiting list for two years now. My son is five now and he will need to wait until he is seven or eight to get that service. As well, the paediatrician warned me that because his disorder is on the mild to moderate side of the spectrum, he might not even qualify. So, now what? Wait and see or hire a provider privately along with speech therapy and ocupational therapy services. Can anyone seriously afford to do that? I do not even dare to say aloud the amount of money some parents are said to be paying out of their own pockets to buy these services for their child. But its either that or watch the growing frustration of their child trying to cope with what he/she has been dealt with.

In it for the long haul...

I created this blog with my sincere wish that those of you reading this will want to share your own stories, both good and bad, what worked for you and what didn't and together, we can make it easier for the next family beginning their own journey of discovery. By posting what you know, where you have recieved certain services, who you have talked to, whose expertise you trust, how you navigated the school education services and by responding to questions in the discussion thread, know that you have helped a family in need. So, parents, experts in the field, counsellors, teachers and everyone who has any information on resources available, please feel free to post on this blog.