CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
The Virginia Institute of Autism, VIA, is reaching out to support the siblings of children with autism.
The Sibling Support Program will help kids meet others who have brothers and sisters with the disorder.
Many children with autism require constant attention from their parents and this can make it difficult for siblings.
The program will highlight how to talk to others about autism and how to interact or play with a sibling that has a disability.
Pete and Colleen Betker have two daughters Hailee and Sammy.
The parents hope Sammy meets other kids that go through the same struggles she does having a sister with autism.
“We have to spend a lot of time dealing with Hailee for different therapies or just around the house because she requires pretty much supervision all the time so it leaves less time for helping other children with activities, homework and stuff,” Pete Betker says.
There will also be a panel of teen and adult siblings at the workshop who have been through the struggles many of these younger siblings experience on a day to day basis.
Registration for the program is going on now. It will be held Saturday, January 25 at the Carver Recreation Center.