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Phoenix autism center to offer workshops for siblings

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PHOENIX – It can feel isolating to have a sibling with a disability.

A national peer support group for children with siblings on the autism spectrum is coming to Arizona’s Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center soon.

Sibshops are for 7-to-13-years-old to connect with other kids who are going through similar experiences.

“Really where this came out of was a sibling in our community,” Alexis Boglio, clinical manager of family and community at the Phoenix-based center, said.

“She approached our president and CEO and shared her experience in attending a sib shop. She really inspired us to find out more and start sibshops here at SARRC.”

The workshops are intended to create a community for these kids to talk about the good, the bad and everything in between.

During the two-hour session, they talk, learn more about their sibling’s diagnosis and services and play plenty of games.

Often times, siblings of people with disabilities can ultimately become their sibling’s caretaker, even at a young age.

“It’s important that we address some of those concerns that they’ll have as young children, as teens and as an adult because those small and big decisions that they make are going to be taking into consideration their sibling,” Boglio said.

“It’s important that we look at them as part of the family.”

The first session begins in March; there will be additional workshops throughout the year.

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