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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 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, October 14, 2011
Halloween night is coming!! Preparing your child for the big night
1. A schedule for the Halloween night if going out for trick or treating is essential. Note in it where you will go with the child, how many houses and the time you will come back to the house.
2. If possible, talk to the neighbours ahead of time that you will be bringing your child over that night for trick or treating. This will alleviate any surprise or fear when neighbours are confronted by an unexpected behaviour from the child.
3. Your child might need an occasional break. The key is to warn him/her ahead of time. For example, say you will take a break after two houses.
4. Take along some comfort items likely to calm the child. A headphone might be ideal to reduce sudden noise.
5. Practice social script of the actual activity such as when he or she goes to a neighbour's door he/ she has to first, ring the bell only once, next when they open the door, say trick or treat and hold up the bag he/she's carrying, next let the homeowner put candy or chip bag inside her bag, last, say thank you, wish Happy Halloween.
6. Practice safety rules of holding hands with a parent or a friend and looking both ways before crossing the road, not to run in his/her costume, wear reflective label and finally, not to eat candy before mommy or daddy says yes.
Having said that, the only thing left to say is to go out and have fun with your child. Wonders never cease when you look at stuff through their eyes. You might even have fun yourself.