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 so that we can invite appropriate autism professionals to speak at these meetings. Next PEAQ meeting is on June 5.

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

Transition planning for elementary school students with autism

Monday, June 15, 2009

Transitioning to new classroom

I wonder what everyone's doing about their child's transition to the new classroom. I was quite nervous about how my son is going to do under the new teacher in Grade 1 that I requested a meeting with her at the beginning of this month. I went to the meeting with an open mind never having met her before. It turned out that she was this straightforward, receptive and pleasant person and I felt better about my son transitioning from his Sk classroom today into her more challenging and structured Grade 1 classroom. I did go prepared to tell her something about my son. I felt it was important that she has an idea of who would be among her students in the upcoming year and to hopefully be able to prepare herself somewhat to handle situations with my son. The meeting went well and I left her my folder with current information about my son's medical status, his strenghts and talents so she will be able to have a once-over at it before we meet her again with my son in August. I feel better that I did that. I strongly believe that its important to communicate but because I feel I have to be cautious about not overburdening the school staff with too much information at once, I made sure that it was mostly in point form and on one page. I added the most current evaluation and that consisted my transition package for my son's new teacher. I have done my part, I think and hope that some of that infomation will leave an impression on my son's new teacher, enough to know what he is all about.

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.