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

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Summer fun a distant memory

It's incredible how fast time flies. Summer 2009 is already over and we are back to school after just two more "sleeps". We had a fun game over dinner earlier today trying to recall the things we did over the past summer. Together we collected a collage of remembered moments enjoying bits of the memories left of our experiences in our minds. It was a hard exercise for my son because his disability rarely allows him to recall important facets of events, where they took place, how did they happen and when. He grasps at incidents he thought were funny and attempts to share the memory, his face brimming with pleasure at the thought but words failing to come out of his mouth in a coherent way. One can almost catch the moment the thought enters his mind and that he is still thinking about it a long while after the conversation was over. I can just imagine the way he will tell the tale of his summer fun when he is called to share it with his teacher and classmates on Tuesday when he returns to school. He will do so with generous smattering of giggles throughout, guaranteed.

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.