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

Friday, January 28, 2011

Laughter is, indeed, the best medicine

Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. I think it does lift our spirits from the endless cycle of things to do, the sense of defeat we sometimes feel in not being able to meet commitments, not being able to be the parent of the year for the moment, not getting the essential support we need for our child, not living up to someone else's high expectations and so on. I am not randomly talking about this subject. I am bringing this up to say how much I appreciate the role my ASD son plays in bringing happiness to our family. People who have met my son often comment on how happy he appears to be most of the time. It's true. He is a giggle-head. If I happen to catch him coming out of the bathroom wearing just his underwear or if he lets out a burp, he goes into this paroxysms of laughter, which gets us all smiling and enjoying the moment with him. Our worries lose their magnified glory and importance when we share these moments together. My two teenaged children probably would have long disowned me for being a grumpy, nagging parent if not for the giggles my child on the spectrum, inflicts on me, and on them too, every day.

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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.