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Living With Autism (Siblings)

Once a child is diagnosed with ASD everything changes. It invariably will lead to a shift in priorities within the family unit. Most obvious will be changes in how time and money will be spent. Relationships and responsibilities will never be the same again.

The key to successfully managing these changes is in recognising and accepting that these changes are inevitable.

In this section we will first look at how the presence of an autistic child in a family effects siblings. At this point it must be said that generally cope well with the experience of having an autistic brother or sister. However, this does not mean that the siblings of an autistic child are free from the special challenges inherent in their circumstances.

The sibling of an autistic child may experience any numbers of the following stresses in their daily lives.

There are several strategies than can be adopted to help siblings of an autistic child cope with with the change in circumstances. These include

Generally, siblings cope well with the experience of having an autistic brother or sister. However, this cannot be taken for granted. Employing the suggested strategies will make things significantly more manageable.