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

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Say what?

"I like Generation One Star Scream", says my son abruptly to a mother on her way into the school building to pick up her kid.
"Generation One Star Scream is cool," he says to a peer at a park another time.
Both times, my child who does not understand that the other person does not know anything about his favourite topic Transformer toys, thinks somehow the other person thinks exactly like him. At the moment, he does not talk about other toys, movies, tv shows, computer games or clothes a person is wearing. He does not participate in talking about trivial things that other kids his age talk about - random on-the-spur-of-the-moment-based-on-what-I-see-or-want-to-do-right-now talk. He likes Transformers and thinks its perfectly natural that he should talk about it. If the other person like the mother at the school and the peer in the park happen to not know anything about Transformers, then his initiation at conversation comes to a full stop.
He is at the moment working on the skill of introducing a subject and staying on the same topic of conversation for at least three turns. It's a work in progress. I'm optimistic it will come gradually. Hopefully, once he's mastered the skill, his peers will want to hang around him for a few seconds more at school.

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.