In response to the growing needs of siblings of persons with autism, Autism Society Philippines (ASP) chapters have been conducting sibling support group activities in the form of SibsCamP or Siblings Camp Philippines for the past five years.
The camp is an alternative way for the siblings to get to know each other and establish support outside their respective families. It is also a venue to acquire knowledge and understanding about autism as well as to share their experiences, concerns, worries and triumphs of having a sibling with autism.
ASP Laguna Chapter leads with 4 SibsCamPs conducted followed by Cavite with 3, Diliman with 2, and Marikina with 1. Approximately, 160 siblings have experienced this unique camp ever since it started in 2009. The camp is made possible through the efforts of the chapters and their officers, a resource person/lead facilitator and more importantly, the adult siblings acting as co-facilitators. The adult siblings immense contribution to the camp is their sharing of their life experiences in relation to the condition of their brother or sister. This becomes an immediate connection to the participants of the camp which encourages them to face, accept and deal with the autism challenges within their families. Often, the overnight camp experience is not enough for the siblings once they become comfortable with each other, and they realize that they are not alone in their unique journey as siblings of persons with autism!
For summer 2013, ASP Laguna Chapter will conduct their 5th SibsCamp on May 17 and 18 at a private resort in Laguna to be facilitated by Teacher My Sorongon
Interested parties may contact Ms. Cathy Lopez at +63905 376 2373 or email@example.com