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

Sunday, November 7, 2010

New meaning to "helicopter" parenting

My child was diagnosed two years ago as on the mild to moderate end of the spectrum. In the following months all I could do was give a new meaning to what "experts" on parenting term as "helicopter" parenting. I obsessively studied, no, analyzed why he did things in a certain way and not the way I understand and have become familiar with,having had to raise two other children before him. I even received formal training to help me nurture all aspects of his development. I am still somewhat that way. I am very keen about learning what current research is on autism, how parents can help their children at home even while waiting for a diagnosis or after a diagnosis, strategies and tools to deal with everyday situation. I think I have good reason to pat myself and the rest of my family on the back for contributions we have been making as a team to the advances I see my son making both at school and at home. There is no cure for autism but it gives me a lot of hope for his future.
But then again, there are many parents and families out there struggling out there with all that and tons more. The challenges I am talking about regarding my child, I must admit,have nothing on what they have to do to battle autism in its severity 24-7. These are parents and siblings who are in a world of their own along with a member in the family who tests their love and patience at times and more often than not, fills them with frustration at not being able to break into that inner world in which their loved one with autism lives. In all honesty, I don't know what it's really like in that world but I know that if my son did not have this diagnosis, I would have never known how special, intricate, intriguing and complex the world of autism is. My family and I would have gone through life without ever seeing this aspect of life. So two things today - one, I thank God for the special ASD membership card our family received when our son was born in 2003 and two, I give applause to all parents and families of children on the spectrum for the amazing work they do with their loved one/s each day.

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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.