At School Social Stories
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 email@example.com
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
Friday, February 4, 2011
Social skills and early intervention
Participating in a social skills program involves a huge amount of repeated exercises of the skills, which are then extended to the home environment to maintain memory retention and easy retrieval of required steps.
Then there's the generalization skill that he/she will have to learn. Generalization is a skill that allows a child to practice what he/she has learned in one situation, environment or with one individual and extend it to a whole new situation/environment (school, home, homes of extended families and friends, place of worship, shopping malls, grocery stores among others) individual (e.g. group of people, young, old, family members, friends, neighbours, community agents - teachers, therapists etc.) and others. This is a skill that comes easily to most typically developing children but each one of those components throw a challenge in the life of an asd child who might be able to learn and execute the skills step by step in one situation but may not be able to apply it to another at all. Bridging that connection is a whole different ballgame requiring patience, endurance and thorough understanding of the way the mind of the child with autism works. According to a study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health and published online in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, early intervention programs for children with autism that include targeting deficits in social skills show improved results in social and communication skills.
To read more on this topic go to: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/210914.php