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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Monday, May 9, 2011
What does your gut feeling say?
This is where experts' advice about trusting your instincts come in. When there is cause for concern, then the next step, without a doubt, is to get the child assessed by an expert or experts in the field. But, from my personal experience, that too can be tricky. One of the first "experts" we met told me to "wait and see" for another year. He said to me that having my child assessed for autism would be "labeling" him and in his opinion “opening a can of worms”. But I trusted my own instincts and insisted on a referral to see a developmental paediatrician for an assessment. Needless to say, my son got the actual appointment to see the doctor nine months later and that, too, because someone cancelled and he got the spot. He received his evaluation confirming my suspicions and was placed on the waiting list for treatment.
Unfortunately, almost three years later he is still on the said waiting list but that's another story. Meanwhile, following the evaluation report, my husband and I lost no time in getting him locally available, though scarce, supports and services and I am happy to note that my son is making huge progress today.
I suggested to the young mother that she should trust her instincts and go for an evaluation for her son as soon as possible. It's an important first step. Her child's only three and the sooner she takes the first step, the brighter the future of her child will be.