Our next meeting is on December 17, 2014. Our topic will be: 

Body Smart: Right from the Start

Kerri Isham, a local Certified Sexual Health Educator, believes it’s never too early to start preparing for some important discussions around sexual health.  With up-to-date information and the right tools, awkward conversations can be opportunities to develop open communication with your child.  These on-going conversations will support your child to develop a strong sense of self and to develop awareness of personal boundaries.

This workshop will provide a FUN and RELAXED atmosphere where parents can increase their knowledge, motivation and skills to help young people achieve optimal sexual health.

Our last meeting on November 19, 2014 was very informative. Kelly MacGregor presented:

Helping Children (and Yourself) With Anxiety, Stress or Overwhelming Feelings

Stress and anxiety affects most children from time to time. Children who have autism may be more anxious than other children, due to difficulties understanding social situations or language, for example .  We will chat about stress and anxious feelings and how to support children  (and ourselves) in the moment in anxious situations. We will also talk about teaching children skills at other times to help them handle stress and anxiety.

September  2014 

Hi everyone, I wanted to introduce myself as the new coordinator of  the Vancouver Island Branch of the Autism Society of BC and co-facilitator of the support group.

My name is Teresa Everitt and I am a parent of four young adults, two of whom are on the Autism Spectrum.  I have been a foster parent for over 20 years  and have been actively involved in the special needs community as a volunteer and an advocate for many years. I look forward to getting to know members of the comunity group and understanding how I can best be of service.  I would love to get any feedback about what is needed or wanted. I can be reached at 250-751-9278 or by email at midisland.asbc@gmail.com

Support Groups: The Autism Society of BC helps to support peer-led community groups that aid parents, grandparents, caregivers, self-advocates, and professionals who care for or work with children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Upcoming Year

We are doing some planning for the upcoming year of support group meetings and would appreciate your feedback:

1) What topics would you like to see discussed/addressed?

2) Are there any speakers you would like to see invited to the group?

3) Do you have a preference for the types of refreshments we provide?

Any other thoughts you’d like to share would be appreciated, just email midisland.asbc@gmail.com or attend the October 15th meeting to give your feedback. 

June 30, 2014

The Autism Society of BC Vancouver Island Branch has been without a Coordinator since March. This person has an important role to play supporting our Community Group, but with the assistance of some kind volunteers, we kept the group going until the Summer break. It is our sincere hope that a new Coordinator is in place by September when the group begins to meet again. In the interim, we are securing the room rental and submitting funding requests for a smooth startup. If you’re able to join the team and help out, we would love to hear from you. Many hands make light work!

 

January 16, 2014

“Ask A Question” Feature

I’ve removed this feature from the website. It just didn’t get enough traffic to assist the posters (unless you want to buy gold jewellery or Michael Jordan sneakers, because there were lots businesses flooding the site with those offers). I’m also seeing a lot of information sharing happening on Autism-related Facebook groups, which have a much wider reach, so hopefully that’s a resource you can look to.

October 21, 2013

Under Renovation

We’re assembling a new list of resources and planning a major site renovation. Stay tuned!

 

July 11, 2013

Upcoming Year

We are doing some planning for the upcoming year of support group meetings and would appreciate your feedback:

1) What topics would you like to see discussed/addressed?

2) Are there any speakers you would like to see invited to the group?

3) Do you have a preference for the types of refreshments we provide?

Any other thoughts you’d like to share would be appreciated, just email midisland.asbc@gmail.com

 

Mid-Island Grandparent Support Group

In other news… we are in the process of organizing a support group for grandparents of those on the autism spectrum. Of course, they are more than welcome to attend our general meeting, but there can be unique challenges in grandparenting someone on the autism spectrum and we hope to address those here. We hope that meeting during the day, and in the Oceanside area, will make the group more accessible to grandparents as well. The meeting is scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month in Parksville from 10am-12pm. We will be making a formal announcement with full details soon, but encourage you to share the information with your own parents if they are in the mid-Island area as well as your other networks, in the meantime.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the kind assistance of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Family Support Group Funding initiative for helping to make our meetings possible.

Also visit the Autism Society of BC Provincial Web Site: www.autismbc.ca