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, April 5, 2012

Preparing your child for a happy easter egg hunting experience

What do all children like to do at Easter? They like to go egg hunting. For typically developing children and their parents, this is an event they can simply look forward to as usual. They would go to the place, take part in it and come away loaded with chocolate eggs. A happy day indeed! But for parents and families of children with autism, this is yet again another occasion, which their children might have to either miss altogether or be prepared for mentally even days before the actual event to be able to participate even if just for part of the occasion. The chaos of small children running amok, sights of people dressed up as bunnies, infinite variety of smell of being in a crowded place, sounds of many people talking at once and other noises related to the event such as announcements on loud speakers, weather-related sensations, not knowing what the event is and what to expect next could set off these children into a major melt-down. Some parents might shrug this off and go with their child anyway but for those who might want to be prepared to enable the best experience possible for their ASD child, check out this link for a social story for easter egg hunting. http://www.positivelyautism.com/downloads/Story_EasterEggHunt.pdf I strongly believe in the power of a social story to prepare a child with autism for an event. This particular story is filled with very pleasant visuals and easy to read text. So, help yourselves, print it out and read to your child frequently in the days leading up to the event, help her/him have the best experience of this fun event.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure if Cameron is going to be going on an Easter egg hunt but I'll suggest his Mom and Dad share this social story with him as I'm sure it will be beneficial. Thanks so much Benzie!


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