Autism Sibling Support Group in Berkeley Heights, NJ (Bierman Autism Centers)

(800) 931-8113

Autism Sibling Support Group in Berkeley Heights, NJ (Bierman Autism Centers)

Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, Feb. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bierman Autism Centers (Bierman) is ecstatic to announce the offering of free support groups for siblings of children diagnosed with autism. This program will provide a nurturing environment for siblings to connect, share experiences, engage in play, and, most importantly, have a blast! This program will be led by Dr. Catherine Lark, Ph.D., BCBA-D (NJ Licensed Psychologist #6692).

This new support group enhances the resources Bierman offers to their clients, their families, and the local community. In addition to ABA Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Diagnostic services, Bierman hosts caregiver trainings and community sensory-friendly events such as movie nights, photos with Santa, lego clubs, petting zoos, and so much more. Siblings of children diagnosed with autism often face emotional challenges, including feelings of guilt over their own ease with tasks and understanding concepts.

Worries about future care could compound this sense of inadequacy if something were to happen to their parents. Younger siblings may also struggle to understand why their sibling with autism acts differently and lacks interest in play. It is a common struggle faced by the brothers and sisters of children diagnosed with autism. It's natural to have these emotions when a sibling has autism.

The diagnosis impacts the whole family, and managing these feelings in a safe environment is vital. Dr. Lark shares, "The support group connects siblings with others facing similar experiences, reducing loneliness and fostering strong new bonds."

According to the CDC, New Jersey has the second highest rate of autism in the nation, at 1 in 35. With locations in Berkeley Heights, Eatontown, Princeton and Ramsey, Bierman is dedicated to helping families in New Jersey and believes that every child's success is unique. Bierman offers ABA therapy, diagnostic services, and speech and occupational therapy for children diagnosed with autism up to 9 years old. If you would like to learn more, please email [email protected] or call 800-931-8113.