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

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

On elimination diet

I was very happy to read so much informative material on the blog. My first comment is on the elimination diet. I remember dabbling with it when my son was 3 and it was a nightmare since we also had a baby at the time. At 2 we took him off cows milk and put him on almond milk. Then by 5 we began removing gluten too. What we really controlled was sugar and now at nine, he has been off casein and gluten and sugar for about a year. It was a very gradual process and along with his one on one Son Rise Program, he is improving steadily. Alert, able to speak in sentences and enjoying including others and being included as well, Adam is on a slow but steady climb to overcoming his challenges. I know it is hard, but eliminate one thing at a time and be patient with yourself. Xanthum and Guar gums are available at the bulk barn and you'll be making bread and cookies and dumplings and pancakes in no time. Adam's diet (and ours too) consists of fresh temperate fruit (apples, pears, berries occasionally bananas) vegetables, curries, Caribbean dishes (all high in fibre and protein),and a couple times a week we have lean meats or fish. We took him to a DAN doctor in Markham and though he showed no physical signs - Adam indeed has moderate leaky gut and along with a local nutritionist and the Dan doctor, we are using supplements to heal his gut and perk up thise blunted micro villi in his intestine that have been blunted, leaving him unable to absorb all the nutrients he needs.
Last words - If your kid craves a particular food - chances are he is sensitive or allergic to it and should not have it. And for more info on getting a DAN doctor or a nutritionist you can call me at Adam's Hope at 613-243-3647.

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.