Siblings of children with autism 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 brothers and sisters on the spectrum.
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.
If you have any questions, want to learn more about OAR’s “Autism Sibling Support” initiative, or have ideas about how to expand program offerings in this important area, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.