There are just two weeks left until our Sibling Support Group for ages 8-14 starts on Thursday, June 30 … and we need to enroll a few more participants in order to run Group.
So if you’re interested, don’t wait! Call 843-792-9162 to schedule an intake today.
We know how easy it can be for families to focus all of their energy on supporting a child with autism … but typically-developing siblings need care as well.
Connecting with a Sibling Support Group can make a big difference, helping siblings to thrive both now and in the future.
As the Sibling Leadership Network’s Research page notes:
Siblings who have brothers or sisters with mental health conditions, with autism, or with other severe behavior problems associated with their disability are more likely to report problems in the early relationship and to exhibit symptoms of depression or less positive adjustment in later life (Orsmond & Seltzer, 2007) …. [However,] the relatively limited research on support provided to siblings during childhood suggests that information, meeting other siblings, and having opportunities to process concerns about family and sibling issues can have long-term positive benefits.
So if you want to support for your typically-developing child in understanding autism and building new friendships, call 843-792-9162 to schedule an intake today.
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Sibling Support Group (ages 8-14):
4 Sessions: June 30th, July 14th, July 21st, and July 28th 2016
Thursdays, 9:00am – 10:15am
Location: MUSC IOP 5 South, 67 President Street, Charleston, SC 29425
Join us for a sibling support group for individuals ages 8-14 who have siblings with autism. The group will focus on support, making new friendships, and discussing how having a sibling with autism can affect the family.
Participants will learn about autism and its challenges; group activities will help individuals to better understand what it can be like to live with a specific learning or physical challenge.
Each week, participants will receive homework assignments. Siblings will have discussions and complete exercises with their sibling with autism or with their parents related to the weekly topic. We will then review the homework in Group.
This program includes a concurrent, mandatory parent Group.
Any interested siblings must complete a Project Rex intake with either James Truelove or Jennifer Warthen prior to attending the first Group meeting on Thursday, June 30th. Families do not need to have prior history with Project Rex to participate.
Medicaid and most private insurances are accepted; intakes are required to bill for insurance. There is a discount for self-pay.
To register, please call 843-792-9162 to schedule an intake.
Once the intake is complete, contact administrative assistant Lavinia Bowens at (843) 792-0037 to confirm attendance in the Group series.
Finally, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to each Group meeting for sign in and registration.