At School Social Stories
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
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Back to School After March Break
1. Review school and classroom rules and expectations:
It has been a week-only break but that might as well have been months or years or never at all for a child with autism. He/she might not remember at all what he is supposed to see, feel and hear at schools or what the rules and expectations are. So, it will be important for parents to make a visual (whether pictures or written) to refresh the list.
2. Tell him/her any new changes expected at school that you might know about.
3. Play a pretend school game with the child.
4. If possible, have the child go and play in the schoolyard the afternoon before and have him look around at the entrance, parking lot and talk about sounds and sights he/she might see.
5. Give appropriate reinforcement for paying attention to back-to-school preparatory activities at home.
I strongly believe that time taken to do the above will have an impact in how well the child transitions back to the school routine. All it needs now will be an equally prepared proactive staff ready to positively help the child back into the classroom with well-planned strategies that works the best with that child. So, good luck to us all tomorrow morning!