No one knows what it's like to have an autistic sibling except -- the sibling of a person with autism! In this article my daughter Sara, age 13, offers some insights into the ups and downs of being her brother's sister. She also offers up some suggestions to other siblings for enjoying and managing life with autism.
I should note that Tom is relatively high functioning, which means that he's verbal, engaged, and able to make and laugh at jokes. Of course, not all people with autism are like Tom. If you are (or you know) a young person with a sibling on the autism spectrum, please invite them to share their own thoughts and insights!
More about autism in the family:
- Red Flags: When Does the Sibling WithOUT Autism Need Help?
- Max and Mike, an Autism Success Story
- Positive Living with Autism
- Finding Balance in a Family with Autism