A CORNISH charity for young people with autism and their families is launching a support group for children in the county who have an autistic brother or sister.
Next year Spectrum will begin hosting support groups aimed at for children aged 7 to 11 who have a sibling on the autism spectrum.
The groups will be run in Truro and aim to help children understand and cope with issues around autism.
"These sessions will provide a safe and secure environment for children to communicate freely," a spokeswoman for Spectrum said.
"Siblings will be able to develop their perceptions and understanding at an early age, providing them with a tool-set to begin to cope and manage in situations they will face, both publicly and privately.
"They will learn about autism spectrum disorders, but this is also an occasion for the children to socialise together and have fun outside family and school settings."
Among the topics to be addressed at the sessions will be bullying, making friends of their own and coping with public reactions.
For further information about the support group contact Spectrum's Pearl Centre in Truro; call the centre on 01872 278378 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org