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

Thursday, September 8, 2011

ASD may soon be diagnosed as Autism Type A, Type B or Type C

A group of US researchers from the University of California are making an announcement today about the results of their findings on autism. The results, they say, would for the first time mark a closer milestone towards finding the cause of autism and towards more accurate treatment of the individuals with the disability.
The group led by Dr. David Amarral has been working on a study that led to believe that autism spectrum disorder has variant strains comparable to the various types of cancer in an individual.Here, read the whole article published by the media: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/09/08/us-researchers-identify-two-autism-strains-in-major-breakthrough/
With so much talk about the various treatments available out there for despairing families, this will be a big step in knowing whether your child has Type A Autism or Type B or C and go after the treatment tailored to address the difficulties and challenges facing each individual on the spectrum. This research finding is also likely to lead to earlier diagnosis and therefore, earlier treatment for the individual, which in itself is a huge deal. The earlier any action is taken, the better will be the prospect of that individual's future. That's a given for many parents of children with this disability but there are some who prefer to have a wait and see attitude. The latter would surely be persuaded to act faster when there's research findings such as this one who would convince them to seek early diagnosis and treatment.
The group is expected to be be making its announcement of specifics of the study findings at a conference in Perth, Australia, today and I am looking forward to hearing the details.

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