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, February 21, 2011

Getting what you need for your asd child's support needs at school or in your community

You are your ASD child's staunchest advocate or so I've been told many times in the past few years. I have seen the statement confirmed many times in the responses I've seen and received from community agents and school authorities. I think many of the agents that come in contact with my child are well-meaning and compassionate. I am yet to come across any one of them who failed to listen to my concerns about support needs for my son. This, I believe, is partly because my husband and I believe in assertive action such as gathering information, being prepared for meetings, listing questions we want to ask and most importantly, by doing follow-ups after the meetings. Even though they are helpful and compassionate souls, people we need help from are busy professionals and have a line-up of similar cases swarming them at any given time. But we also know that our child needs such and such help and we need it as soon as possible. So what needs to happen? How can we get the support that we need from these professionals with the knowledge of resources available to our children? One thing I know is that the more I am prepared with information and questions, the more I get what I need out of meetings with these important resource support personnel.
Read more on the subject at this link: http://www.schooladvocacy.ca/basic.html

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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.