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 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, March 23, 2012
Bullying And Our Children With Disability
Us adults not doing anything is no longer acceptable. By not being concerned about it and proactively addressing the bullying issue puts all children, especially our special needs children attending regular schools, at serious risk. While typically developing children can most of the time come back home and tell their parents what happened at school, children like my son cannot. He cannot remember the details of what happened, who was there around him, who was responsible for the incident and what time of the day did it happen. His stories about challenges at school are so fragmented that I can't even make head or tail of it except know that he's been somehow bullied. How many such incidents must happen everyday and go unaddressed because our special needs children can't remember the facts of the story and makes it hard to get it straight even when you'd like to have it addressed?
If you're reading this and you're a parent of these more vulnerable children, you know it in your heart we have to be on a lookout for such situations involving our children at schools. The adults around them, us parents and the school administration, need to listen to each other and work together for a solution to help the child. He/she is dependent on us to keep them safe. He/she needs to trust that we can and will keep them protected by putting our heads together and coming up with solutions - for their sake!