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Siblings

Having a brother or sister who has Autism can be a special opportunity to learn about differences in people, compassion, and patience. It can also come with challenges and be confusing or frustrating at times. Research has shown that while growing up with a sibling with Autism can increase the risk for stress to a child’s environment, it can also lead to an increased sense of family unity and well adjusted children (Green 2013). Take time to talk to your children about Autism, and how it impacts your family. There are many resources available for teaching siblings about Autism: www.autismsciencefoundation.org/siblings http://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/family-issues/siblings/ PDF for teaching children about Autism http://www.autism-society.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/growing_together.pdf PDF for teaching adolescents about Autism http://www.autism-society.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/NEWasa-growing_up-teen-final-rev.pdf http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/features/autism-and-family-relationships Picture books are a great way to have a discussion with younger children: My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete A Friend Like Simon by Kate Gaynor Looking after Louis by Lesley Ely Additional resources and support groups: https://www.siblingsupport.org/ http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/specneed.htm http://siblingleadership.org/
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