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

Monday, March 15, 2010

Siblings of Special Needs Children

When a child is born with a disability, it can deeply affect all members of a family. Siblings must suddenly adjust to a brother or sister who may require a large portion of family time, attention, money, and support. It is an important aspect of the family because the reactions of the neurotypical sibling/s to a sibling with a disability can destroy the self-esteem of both children.
The relationship between and among siblings is special in any family. They form the firt social network for each other and are an important influence on each other's lives. In an average family, they play together in their early years but as they grow together they may take on more roles with each other maybe as teachers, follower, protector, confidant, role model etc. This relationship pattern may not be the same in a family with a disabled child where the child may demand more of a sibling's attention depending on them as playmates and companions for a long time. Experts say it lays open a door to feelings of resentment and a sense of burden in siblings of child with disability.
Local families with children other than the child with disability can take advantage of the upcoming clinic at the Quinte Children Treatment Centre to address this aspect of family life. It's called SIBLING WORKSHOP on APRIL 30, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm at Charlotte's Sills building of QCTC. It's on a PA day and for ages 6 to 10. Registration is limited to 10 children. Lunch will be provided, they say. Please call Lorell Stevenson, Social worker at 613-969-7400 x 2834 or email lstevenson@qhc.on.ca to register.

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.