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, September 19, 2011

Lessons learned by a mother raising her son with autism

I truly love this article which appeared on Autism Matter Magazine, Fall 2010 edition. It is written by a mother who has a son with autism. Her name is Liz Cohen. She is Joey's mother. She made a list of the lessons she's learned from her encounters with her community agencies and such as related to the hundreds of issues that tend to pop up when seeking treatment for autism. It sums up pretty much what we all have experienced or about to experience as parents in charge of looking after our children on the spectrum. As I read it, I thought that it is exactly what my experiences have been like and that it would be worthwhile to let parents with recently diagnosed children know about these matters and begin their journey much more organized than I and help equip them better to do battle with situations that could crop up along the way.
You can find the entire list of lessons learned in a link under the video section of this site. I believe we owe it to Liz for putting it down for others to learn from and get themselves organized because as we all know we do get flooded with all kinds of documents regarding treatment processes. The list is also helpful in that it also tells new parents to look out for situations in the community and at schools and tells them how best to handle them. I found this list helpful and I hope you will too.

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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.