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

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Visual support for ASD children critical

What do we need to do to best support the comunication needs of our children on the spectrum? Like everything else, the needs of each individual child may vary but the best support we can give for them is through a generous dose of visual strategies and tools. We need to be talking in pictures at any given time (at home, social gatherings and school) to help them understand accurately what we are communicating to them. Verbal communication is transient. It is gone in an instant. If we examine our own social interactions we will see lots of shifting, in terms of topic, expressions, ideas, body language and tone of voice. We take in information and process it. Then only we can formulate responses appropriate for the situation. All these need to take place rapidly. This is the type of situation our children meet everyday but without the ability to move with the speed of the flow. Verbal information that they recieve during these interactions may disappear before they even had a chance to take in what was said. Therefore they may end up recieving only fragmented messages. Visual support is critical for these children because visual information stays there long enough for the child to see it, take in the information and respond to it. It does not disappear. The child can go back to the picture/s over and over if they need to, to understand and remember what was said to them and what it might mean.

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.