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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 email@example.com
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
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sensory integration therapy: answer to helping ASD child speak
Excerpt: (According to doctors, many children with autism have difficulty understanding information from the outside world.
"The brain's ability to process information comes in from the eyes, ears and other senses during infancy," says Dr. Mark Wallace, an expert on sensory processing who directs the Vanderbilt Brain Institute who is not related to Ryan."If that [ability] is compromised during the early developmental period, you will never be able to really gain full function in these systems."
"But the hidden side of this is that they also have a lot of difficulty understanding, comprehending, auditory comprehension, listening. And so when a child's autism is experiencing somebody talking to them, it's a lot like somebody's talking to them in a foreign language," says Dr. Stephen Camarata, a professor of hearing and speech science at Vanderbilt's Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences.
...Sensory integration therapy advocates say the widely used program's constant stimulation helps children with autism learn to speak. But sensory integration therapy is controversial because there's very little scientific data on its effectiveness. That's why, Camarata says, it's important researchers investigate sensory integration therapy and other therapies to see whether they are effective.)
Read today's article on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/01/autism.speech.learning/index.html?hpt=Sbin