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, March 26, 2012

This Teacher Gets It!

This morning I felt like weeping when a teacher, who teaches one of the subjects in my child's grade 3 class, said the TWO WORDS during a simple exchange of conversation when I asked her about an upcoming test in her class. She said "Communication Log". She asked me if my child doesn't have a communication log yet where she could be writing down ongoing topics and upcoming tests. None of that mattered to me except she said out aloud "Communication Log"! I stopped myself from hugging her right on the spot but I thanked her for showing that she knows the language which parents of children with disability come to adopt as soon as they know that their child with disability is entering school age. This teacher does not know how much she contributed in just that moment towards rebuilding my trust in people sharing her profession. Sometimes, that's all we need to know and trust that our children will be in good hands when they enter school grounds - that the staff knows what that child is about, what he/she must have to support her/him to do their best at school. Now, that's a Teacher! I simply had to come back home and write this down because I want parents out there to know that there are teachers like her and we should continue to believe that they are there for our children. There's always going to be those who are in there for their own agenda but when I meet one like her, I want to tell you all about how much it meant to me and my child.

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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.