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

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Deeper View online software

I have found it often difficult to remember incidents or behaviour my son displayed at home or in social situation in detail while describing him to medical practitioners, therapists, school personnel and even family members. I think its because my son's behavioural problems are not so obvious. They are there but if I don't note it down at the time it occurred, I forget about it and is unable to provide what could be significant information to agencies supporting my son. So, I was quite thrilled to find that the organizers of the Autism Biennial Congress 2009, being held in Vancouver between Feb. 26 and March 1st, are planning to introduce a new program that is expected to make a big difference in the treatment of autistic individuals. It is an online program called A Deeper View. It is said to track progress of autistic children by recording and measuring behaviour daily. The input recorded, they say, could help in setting behavioural therapy, setting goals for the child by establishing history of the child's behaviour and what worked leading to informed decisions and modification of teaching methods and strategies during therapy sessions. Experts in the field feel that such information gathering can help both parents and agencies working with the child make decisions faster and to tailor the treatment plan based on the individual. I thought that might be a valuable tool to look forward to.

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.