Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent's Guide To Supporting Siblings
Having children with and without autism comes with a unique set of challenges. You’re not only faced with doing what’s best for your child with autism, but also with paying attention to the needs of any brothers or sisters. No matter what you call them (neurotypical, typically developing, normal, etc.), these siblings are often dealing with the same struggles and feelings that you do as parents. They, too, feel a sense of loss, confusion, and frustration – all at a time before they’ve had a chance to develop comparable coping skills. These future advocates, potential caretakers, and lifelong friends will establish the longest lasting relationship with your child on the spectrum. Therefore, they need guidance and support from the start. You’re likely to find that supporting your children without autism will prove to be a long-term investment in your child with autism. The topics addressed in this resource include:
• Strategies and resources to help teach your children about their sibling with autism
• Ways to address fairness, share attention, and recognize differences between your children
• Complicated feelings that may come up during family outings, holidays, play dates, and other special events
• Difficult emotions and situations that your children without autism may experience, including negative feelings and violent behavior
• Ways to facilitate bonding, getting along, and time apart.