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, December 1, 2011

Battle Of Wills

My son and I are currently engaged in a battle of wills against each other. He would like a ball python for a pet. I said a firm no. You'd think this would end the conversation. But, no! In fact, the topic is gaining momentum each day with him asking me about it first thing in the morning, at breakfast, during the drive to school, as he says goodbye to me at school, again first thing when I pick him up at school, during the drive back home, as I cook dinner, as we sat down to eat the dinner, as I did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen, as he got ready for bed and as his bedroom light goes out. The last one usually takes place between 8:30 to 9 p.m. But last night, it was at 10 p.m. Mind you, this has been ongoing for the last two weeks. My very mild-mannered, child follows me around to ask about it. I know all about reptiles, especially snakes, now. This is an obsession with a topic that children on the spectrum are often found to exhibit. I've been advised to ignore him after a certain number of times. I've tried that and it hurts his feelings. I can see it in his eyes. So I don't ignore him when he wants to talk about it. Instead I'd give him an interesting fact about snakes that he doesn't about yet. Other times, I'd tell him stories I've heard about snakes on Python Hunter show. I'd watch that show with him and he seems to enjoy it for half the show. I went to the library and got him a bunch of books on reptiles and show him the visuals. I'm willing to keep talking with him about snakes as long as I can keep his intention to bring one home at bay.
I'm just glad we are no longer on the topic of the sinking of the Titanic. Whew!!


  1. So I see that Simon is giving you an education in snakes that without him, you might never have had. Sounds to me like you're handling this situation quite nicely. As for his knowledge of different things, I can see a future Jeopardy player in him....lol

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