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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
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Life after diagnosis
1. Your child's education and treatment: Your first step will be to find a team of trusted professionals. This group could be a team of teachers and therapists who can help gather information on the options in your area and also be able to explain the federal regulations regarding children with disabilities. This team also needs to include a case manager or service coordinator, who can help access financial services and government programs.
2. Caring for a child with autism can be a round-the-clock job that puts stress on your marriage and your whole family. To avoid burnout,experts say, you'll need to take time out to relax, exercise or enjoy your favorite activities even if it's just watching a movie together after the children go to bed.
3. A support group of other families struggling with the challenges of autism can be very useful. Many communities have support groups for parents and siblings of children with autism. (Belleville has one that meets at Family Space on the evening of the last Monday of the month at 6:15 p.m.)
4. Finally, gather yourself information on the subject so you learn to understand the myths that come with the disorder and to form yourself a strong base for journey ahead.