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, June 10, 2010

My Child is on the Autism Cloud Disorder

So now, our children may be on the autism cloud disorder, according to this article. It certainly gets one thinking and weighing the information against what we see in our children with autism. "Discussions about individuals with autism and related diagnoses are now pervaded by references to a putative "spectrum." Individual patients are said to be "on the spectrum." A range of developmental disabilities are referred to as "autism-spectrum disorders" or "ASD." The putative justification for this terminology is that there is great variation among those who share the diagnostic label and it is believed that "spectrum" effectively conveys this diversity of abilities, behaviors, and symptoms.
On the contrary, "spectrum" is seriously inadequate to the linguistic task for which it has been pressed into service. The chief reason is that a "spectrum," such as the electromagnetic spectrum, corresponds to the continuous variation along a single dimension. In the case of the electromagnetic spectrum, the variation is in wavelength. Individuals with autism and so-called ASD, however, exhibit variation along multiple, at least somewhat independent, dimensions, including: cognitive ability, extent of verbal activity, interest in social engagement, frequency and types of repetitive behavior, and areas of intense interest."- Neil Greespan.

Read more: http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com/news/conceptualizing-autism-cloud-vs-spectrum-3374623#ixzz0qTJrorfU

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.