What the Research Tells Us Will a bilingual environment hinder my child’s language development? No! Although this concern has been shared by parents and professionals, research does not support the idea that speaking more than one language in the home is harmful for children with ASD. 1 In fact, research from the UW Autism Center shows that bilingualism may actually provide benefits for children with ASD! It is important to remember that language development itself may occur at a similar pace.
Our Autism Alliance Sibshop is a program for typically developing brothers and sisters, ages 7-12, who have a sibling with autism. It is a relaxed environment that gives the siblings a place to meet other sibs (usually for the first time); Have fun; Talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs with others who “get it”; Play some great games; Explore how other brother and sisters handle sticky situations sometimes faced by brothers and sisters; Laugh; Learn about the services their brothers and sister receive; Have some more fun!
Support Group for parents of children age 10 and under
Thursday March 10th
12 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Family members meet to share the common experiences, challenges, and joys of raising children on the autism spectrum. This group focuses on caregivers and provides an opportunity for parents to connect with others facing a similar experience. We meet monthly for 60 minutes from noon -1pm, participants are welcome to zoom during a noon lunch break at work/or home. Many topics will be discussed, and parents are welcome to bring questions; this program may also include guest speakers via parent special requests. Drop-ins are welcome. No pre-registration necessary.