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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Friday, February 5, 2010
Food for thought, maybe?
Limits or not, in Ontario you get placed on a waitlist to recieve such treatment for a period of as much as 3 to 4 years depending on different communities. Meanwhile, your child doesn't stop growing and he/she loses the best window, his/her earliest years (2-5 years, to get the benefit out of this treatment. So, then you are really left to your own devices, to plan your own program and carry it out as best as you can while you wait. I think many parents of children on the spectrum are well-educated on the subject and they know their children well, what works and what doesn't. That's a big plus and a big advantage over professionals who come to our child's life. I believe we can do a lot to redirect the path of our child on the spectrum at home.
Geneva Centre in Toronto now offers a whole lot of courses online for those who might want to look into it for their own training. My son is on a waitlist and may not get the treatment for another two years, which is when he turns 8. It maybe even get closer to his turning 9. I thought I might as well learn to do the job somewhat myself and got my training with Geneva Centre and I feel quite empowered to do what needs to be done for my son at least during this waiting period.