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

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The new Ontario Autism Program seems promising

By now most parents of children with autism are aware of the changes taking place regarding the provincial plan for autism treatment. The new Ontario Autism Program (OAP) is expected to streamline services for children and youth across the province based on each child’s needs. The new plan, which came into effect in June 2017, is expected to be fully implemented in spring of 2018.
In summary, according to the Ministry website, the plan includes a single point of access to the OAP in each of the nine service areas to make it easier for families to access services for their child. For eastern region, the access point is Maltby Centre, 31 Hyperion Court, Suite 100, Kingston, ON maltbycentre.ca 1-844-855-8340. Area parents can also contact Counselling Services Belleville and District at 613 966 7413 ex 2223.
The new plan gives families more control over the direction of their child’s treatment plan. Families will be actively engaged in the assessment, goal-setting and intervention planning for their child making it a team work among parents, OAP professionals and service providers to support a child’s needs at home and in school to come up with a flexible and individual plan. The length of treatment will depend on child’s needs independent of age, the website says. 

Another feature of the OAP is the direct funding option which is expected to be implemented by the end of this year. Parents will have the option of being on the waitlist for direct service from regional autism service provider such as Counselling Services Belleville and District in this community or receive funding to find and build their own autism team. The regional service provider will be able to provide a list of available qualified autism professionals in order to ensure safe and high quality services.
Area parents are encouraged to contact CSBD for more information on the OAP and to understand further how it might actually affect the services offered to an individual child or youth as the plan rolls out.

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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.