Sibling Support Group

The Rochester Center for Autism welcomes siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to join us during the school year for a monthly Sibling Support Group! At our sibling group, brothers and sisters will meet other siblings of children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders. They will get a unique opportunity to talk with other kids who understand what it’s like to have a sib with special needs. Most importantly, they will also have a good time! Who can attend the Sibling Support Group? The group is for brothers and sisters (including step-siblings) of children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 4 and up. Those who attend the group are not required to be legal siblings. We welcome step-siblings, half-siblings, and any other blended family and household arrangements, as long as the parent or guardian believes this is the appropriate setting. Families do not need to be clients of RCA to register.

What about my younger children and my child with autism? If a parent is present for the Parent Support Group, childcare is available by RCA trained staff and volunteers upon RSVP for children ages 2-4 or for your child with autism. To RSVP for the Parent Group and childcare, contact Edie Belonga at 507-424-3234 or by email at ediebelonga@rcenterforchildren.com or to Steph Schmidt at stephanieschmidt@rcenterforchildren.com

What is the cost of attending?

The cost is $10 for the first child you sign up, and $5 for each additional child. This fee applies for both the Sibling Group as well as the childcare group. There will be an optional family meal from 6-6:30, and is made available free of cost through generous funding from the RT Autism Awareness Foundation.

When are the meetings?

The Sibling Support Group typically runs the last Wednesday of each month during the school year from 6:30-8:00, the same time as the Parent Group. A parent does not need to be in attendance at the Parent Group for the Sib to participate in the Sibling Group.

How to participate?

All Sibling Group participants must RSVP by the deadline to reserve their spot. To be added to the email list to receive notifications on the Sibling or Parent Support groups, please contact Stephanie Schmidt at stephanieschmidt@rcenterforchildren,com or Edie Belonga@rcenterforchildren.com, or call the Center at 507-424-3234.