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Siblings & the Child With Autism

Autism Sibling Support

All members of a family are impacted when a child is diagnosed with autism. Siblings need to feel there is balance in the family and that they feel they are special. Below are easy strategies to support the "typical" sibling in your autism family.

1. Finding Resources and Support for the Family: There are many local and national resources available to families of autism.

Sibling Support Project

2. Provide the sibling with open communication about autism and how it impacts their sibling. There are over 50 books related to autism and siblings. A great facilitator for Autism awareness are books designed for children like:

rel="nofollow" href="">Everybody Is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism

rel="nofollow" href="">A Friend Like Simon - Autism / ASD (Moonbeam childrens book award winner 2009) - Special Stories Series 2

3. Find Support Groups: The same benefit that adults receive from the camaraderie of adult support groups, can be applied to siblings in sibling support groups.

Autism Sibling Meetup Groups

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Findings in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics shows the recurrence risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for younger siblings of ASD impacted children is 1 in 5. A higher recurrence than the originally thought ratio of 1 in 10.

Autism Related Books:


Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families

by Sandra L. Harris, Beth A. Glasberg

Teaches parents how to improve communication within the family/balance personal & family time/foster interaction.

Related Links:

Autism Society of America: