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, April 1, 2011

Talking about days like today

It is April 1st today and following our usual routine - read and talk about various celebrations at school or in the community at least the day before - we were talking about various scenarios of April Fool jokes someone could play on him today. In an impromptu social story narrative, I told him possible examples of what someone might say to him to make him do something. We covered the more innocent and common ones - for example, "what's that on your chin?", "there's something on your hair" to "you dropped something" but I wondered if I should have also covered some of the possibly darker scenarios of April Fool set-ups he might be subjected to just because he loves jokes and being silly. He, my son who is on the autism spectrum, would never read the expression on a peer's face or be able to distinguish the fun-loving tone from that of someone intending to hurt or humiliate him, someone grabbing the opportunity to bully him. He is not able to gather such information from non-verbal communications, which typically developing children are usually good at, much less predict or avoid the situation. So, I worry. We're still working on goals of recall and generalization skills with him so it will be one happenstance if I hear even a partial story about things that happened to him at school today, much less of someone, how shall I say it, who was "not too nice" to him either inside the classroom or on the playground.

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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.