Supporting the Siblings of Kids with Autism

12 Feb

A while back Time Magazine published a great article about how to support siblings of kids with autism:

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1698128-1,00.html

I recently re-read the article and I think it is a terrific read for any parent or teacher of a child with autism. I believe we need to celebrate the siblings of children with special needs because in my observation they often grow up into some of the most well-rounded and compassionate adults. I have been told by several of the parents’ of my students with autism that they can see the sibling of the student with autism becoming a fabulous speech pathologist or teacher because of their experience with their brother or sister with autism.

While I would never recommend burdening a sibling with feeling like they are responsible for teaching their sibling, I think taking advantage of the innate bond that many siblings have can provide benefits for the whole family. When possible, I encourage siblings to be involved in the various therapies that the child with autism receives, such as speech or behavioral therapy. I have found that siblings are often very excited to be given some responsibilities and to be included in that time that used to just be reserved for their sibling. With a little bit of support and guidance, we can help siblings feel empowered and included without sacrificing any of the therapeutic time that children with autism need.

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One Response to “Supporting the Siblings of Kids with Autism”

  1. CC February 24, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    great link!

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