- write your own notes and go over them with the staff at the end of the meeting
- provide the school techniques and strategies that work with your child at home
- be involved in school events as much as possible so school staff becomes familiar with the kind of person you are
- take someone, a family member, a friend, a support worker, to school meetings. The presence of another person can help when parents become too emotional or forget to cover some points that they really wanted to
- pick your battles wisely. Make sure you prepare a small list of child’s immediate and important current needs and present it at the meeting. Set a deadline and allow space and reasonable time for school staff to put the plan in place.
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. In December, instead of a meeting, we are interested in organizing a group to go to the Christmas event at the Safety Village, behind the Belleville Police building on Dundas E, Belleville. The date is Friday, December 8 at 6 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in joining us. If you have questions or suggestions for autism topics that are important to you so that we can invite appropriate autism professionals to speak at these meetings.
Autism parent support group meeting hosted by Mental Health Agency, Trenton and Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) meeting is on the Third Thursday of the month. If you have any questions or require any further information please contact Orlana Bourgoin at email@example.com or 613 392 2811 x 3953
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
Importance of Parent Engagement
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
- Engage in clear written communication with the school staff stating the problem seen and firmly requesting a meeting at the earliest convenience.
- Always come prepared to provide with potential solutions to suggest to your school staff. This can start a meaningful discussion towards a positive end but be willing to listen and find a solution calmly.
- ·Learn and understand the art of negotiating. Negotiating is not a sign of weakness. Successful negotiation or looking for common ground will allow for goodwill and compromises that work for the benefit of the student in question.
- Respectful behaviour, no matter how hard, will contribute positively to the discussions.
- Being well-informed on the matter and surrounding special education related policies prior to coming to the meeting will help to present a clear perspective on resources to support your child’s needs.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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.