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, September 20, 2010

Idioms, Phrases and All That

"Here, Simon, give me a hand," said his Grade 2 teacher to my son recently. A typically developing child would have understood immediately that his teacher was asking him for help. My son, of course, responded to the request by holding out his right hand supporting it with his left hand. We revisited the scene at home and now he understands what is meant by someone asking him to give a hand. It means, he says now, someone is asking me to help him with something.
Well, that's one down. Now how about the following - pulling someone's legs, being in a pickle, the long and short of it, it's raining cats and dogs, to have ants in your pants, tongue-tied, butterflies in the stomach etc.? Sigh...
Like other children on the autism spectrum, my son does not appreciate clever uses of words in the English language. He'd like them plain and simple, thank you very much. But since he is seemingly confronted with those unintendedly confusing arrangement of spoken words in his social situations, I guess he and I have some work to do. It's not going to be easy. Let me just say, at least we'll "have a blast" figuring some of them out.
Have fun checking this site out for idioms: http://www.idiomsite.com/
For more reading on the subject, follow this link
http://www.bbbautism.com/pdf/article_62_building_competency_with_figurative_language.pdf

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.