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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, April 23, 2010
Waiting list getting longer each year?
There are 1,478 children province-wide waiting for intensive behavioural intervention therapy—a proven strategy that works best in a child’s preschool years. Another 362 kids are waiting for assessments."
Read more at http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/familyhealth/children'shealth/article/789412--fed-up-parents-push-for-action-on-autism-services
The wait list for government-sponsored Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)therapy seems to grow longer each year in this province. Placed on the list back in Feb. 2009, my six-year-old son still waits and will be waiting for another two years, we're told. So, what do we do while we wait for the service? Are there support services available which would help parents deal take care of their ASD child in the meantime? So far, it's been a year and 2 months since the placement and almost 2 years from the actual diagnosis and so far, no other services has kicked in yet. So, the wait continues for a service that might not even be effective for my son at eight and a half. This, however, does not mean that I have been simply waiting twiddling my thumb. Our family has been pouring so much effort on our own on his intervention both at home and school since his diagnosis in 2008 and I am happy to report that he is today a high-functioning child attending a regular classroom. But he's still a child who needs professional help and the lenght of the waiting period to get that kind of help for him is unbearably and meaninglessly long. I quite understand and emphatize the feeling of the parents cited in this article. I feel tired of it all too!