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

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Power Cards

When your child with autism faces a difficult situation at home or at school, help him call on, for example, his favourite superhero, if he has one, to come to the rescue (by telling him what to say or do in that situation). That is the premise of power cards, a tool to help children on the autism spectrum, overcome certain social difficulties. These cards are based on special interests of the child and are designed, much like a social story, to address a specific sitaution. That particular card would consist of a specific scenario in which the superhero would be the main character encountering a situation. The card would have relevant visuals such as photos or art to help illustrate the scenario further.
The power card is usually written in first person from the perspective of the hero or child's special interest and in present tense. The material used is a 3X5" card. Important factor is to practice the content of the power card as frequently as you can with your child, much like the social story exercise, until the child can read the message independently and it eventually is ingrained in him/her.
It is important, experts say, to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the tool for each child to determine how long to have it in place. Depending on the child's changing needs, the support can be faded over a period of time.
All I can say at this time is that I've heard parents who have used this tool say that they have found power cards to be of great use and as helpful as social storis. So, maybe give it a try? It's easy to do and may prove to be an effective tool to support your child in social situations.

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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.