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, June 20, 2009

Full day kindergarten

I couldn't be sure that I didn't write this column on Ontario's full-day kindergarten plan by Rosie Dimanno (published in The Star) myself. I mean it expresses everything I wanted to say and has been saying to a few of my friends about the province's full-day kindergarten plan. All I do now is shake my head at what is to become of our children who came into this world just four years ago, some even less for example, those with birthdates in November, December etc. I feel such pity for these wee ones. They are still so little and JK is the first time some of them will be away from home. This is the first time they are learning to understand the existence of others outside of family and home. This is the first time they are learning how to share and get along with other children. However, they can do this only a little at a time. They need unstructured downtime where they can just be themselves and lie down if they are tired. But in all the talks about the full-day plan, no one mentioned if there will be accomodations made for these children to have maybe a short nap during the class hours.
So, their day would go like this - wake up at 5:30 a.m. every morning, bundled off to school at 7:30 a.m., begin some sort of structured activities until the actual school hours start at 8:50 a.m. The school hours continue till 3:10 p.m. for example - all through they will have teacher-directed things to do. Then the next phase of the afternoon, still in the classroom where there are only tables and chairs till 5:30 p.m. or so. Then they will repeat the routine the next day. I ask you, have you known even adults to be at work for these many hours a day? I say the whole plan is insane. Anyway, if you have time and interest, read this column by Rosie Dimanno published in the Toronto Star.


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.