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, July 30, 2012

Summer programs at Quinte CTC

If you are looking for some stuff to do for your child with autism, check out the varied groups Quinte Children's Treatment Centre in Belleville is running this year. The details for the group programs can be found here: http://www.quintectc.com/index.php?/programs/groups. Quoting the info on their website: "In the PT gym, the group works on balance, coordination and strengthening programming. The group also incorporates life skills and activities of daily living with OT. They enjoy swimming at the CFB Trenton RecPlex to work on strengthening goals and dressing skills before and after, menu and meal preparation, money management through mall trips, self-care fine motor tasks such as tying shoes, learning addresses and phone calls." As for the teen group, it says: "The Teen Group at the QCTC allows for teens ages 13-16 with physical disability to come together to explore every day topics while having fun. The group provides an opportunity for teens to have positive social interaction, learn life skills and activities of daily living, promote healthy self-esteem and lifestyle. Topics addressed during Teen Group included recreation, self-care, food preparation, communication skills, and community use." Only problem is you might have to be a patient there already or be involved in their many consultation programs to be able to participate in any of the above programs. But, if your child qualifies, it might be worth looking into. After all, some days summer days feel like they could go on forever and no amount of books could keep it alive and exciting than some great company. So, check into the programs and give them a call.

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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.