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Sibling Support

Resources for Siblings

Siblings of autistic children are in a unique position. They face challenges similar to those that parents encounter but at a time before they’ve developed appropriate coping strategies. As a result, they need support to ensure that they’re informed, feel respected, and know how to be compassionate advocates for their siblings on the spectrum.

OAR’s Autism Sibling Support initiative offers guidance for young children, teenagers, and parents on how to productively address the ups and downs that may arise for individuals who have a brother or sister with autism. We recognized that these future advocates, potential caretakers, and lifelong friends require more support and attention. Many people who have siblings with autism are faced with overwhelming challenges, responsibilities, and emotions when addressing their siblings’ needs well before they’re able to develop the coping strategies that their parents use.

The Autism Sibling Support resources not only validate siblings’ feelings and provide a sense of comfort in knowing that they are not alone but also offer practical and age-appropriate guidance on how to address some of the difficulties they’re likely to experience.

  • Autism, My Sibling, and Me

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    Autism, My Sibling, and Me is a fun and engaging workbook for children between the ages of 5 and 10. A host of colorful cartoon characters accompany these siblings as they learn about what autism means for their brother or sister – and handle potentially stressful issues. Through fun activities and supportive content, this resource also helps children work through many of the autism-related questions they may have. 
    $0.00 SelectFirst two resources are free.
  • Life as an Autism Sibling: A Guide for Teens

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    Life as an Autism Sibling: A Guide for Teens is a handbook for teenage (and even pre-teen) siblings that offers guidance on how to productively address feelings and challenges that may arise as an autism sibling. The resource covers a variety of topics; from explaining autism to friends and peers, to coping with a family dynamic that’s different from what friends may experience. It also features testimonials from other teenage and young adult siblings who have “been there, done that.” 
    $0.00 SelectFirst two resources are free.
  • Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide

    Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Siblings outlines what parents can do to support children who do not have an autism diagnosis. The topics range from dealing with perceived discrepancies fairly to facilitating a positive relationship between siblings. The guide also includes testimonials from families with autism who deal with similar issues. It can be read from start to finish or used as a reference tool to troubleshoot problems as they arise. 
    $0.00 SelectFirst two resources are free.