Siblings of Children with Autism

Siblings of children with autism In our family there are three siblings of a child with autism. Sabrina, Renee and Crystal are now young adults. We've all experienced differently the initial shock, grief, challenges and many joys of growing up with an autistic sibling.

Our brother MJ is the youngest and "focus person" in our family. He's the nucleus or central family member who requires intensive thought, care, attention and thorough planning for both now and in the future.

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Consequently, at least for these three siblings of a child with autism, we are most likely to have needs and concerns like those here, which may have been both overlooked and unaddressed. Fortunately, we're moving towards reversing this tendency.

Brothers and sisters are too important to ignore, if for only these reasons:

  • Siblings will be in the lives of family members with special needs longer than anyone. Brothers and sisters will be there after parents are gone and special education services are a distant memory. If they are provided with support and information, they can help their sibs live dignified lives from childhood to their senior years.

  • Throughout their lives, brothers and sisters share many of the concerns that parents of children with special needs experience, including isolation, a need for information, guilt, concerns about the future, and caregiving demands. Brothers and sisters also face issues that are uniquely theirs including resentment, peer issues, embarrassment, and pressure to achieve.
  • No classmate in an inclusive classroom will have a greater impact on the social development of a child with a disability than brothers and sisters will. They will be their siblings’ life-long “typically-developing role models.” Source: The Sibling Support Project

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Siblings of Children with Special Health
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