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, February 27, 2010

About Horse Therapy and a Dolphin's Touch

About horse therapy in the following article: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/24/autism.horse.mongolia/index.html
"I went thru your blog and I knew the story of Rowan and the Mongolian horses/shamans.
We have 2 horses here ourselves (were given to us as a gift. The thoroughbred mare had an accident/poloracket injury in her left leg and suffered a haicrack fracture. Was given up as hoplessly lame. 3 months of hard work, daily massage, healing clay/herbal, homeo etc--now she is totally ok...and so sweet...) and I did therapeutical riding with disturbed kids.
My feeling is: Horses - unspoiled by human wrong treatment - have the power/generosity to give healing energy to autistic/disturbed kids.
Don´t try to explain it, at least not "scientifically".
The more I read about spececialized speech therapist etc. the more sceptic I get:
Autism/disturbances can be healed by being with horses, shamans, WILD dolphins etc...the more "highly educated human specialists" get involved, the more sceptic I get: They are just taking a lucrative ride on another beings capacity to heal.
What I mean is this: I had the great privilege to get into touch with a group of 45 wild dolphins out there in the Red Sea in Egypt.
My partner at that time had -due to severe problems with her daughter, who crashed psychologically- severe headache for 3 days non-stop, preventing her to sleep.
The dolphins came to us--body-touch!- and her pain was gone instantly. It stayed gone.
Please surf the net to see autistic children interacting with - please wild- dolphins - and see the results, which the docs and scientists are unable to explain.
There was a phantastic video-documentary of a UK man, suffering from manic depression for 35 years. He got into touch (body!) with wild dolphins - and was cured. He was in tears with joy, saying things in an interview later: These dolphins could do to me no doc and no therapy could do in the past 35 years..."

Best of luck with your kid
Auroville, India

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.