Children, teenagers and adults talk about what it is like growing up with siblings on the autism spectrum. They recount the good, bad and annoying stories, but also show the wisdom they've gained growing up quickly and learning to love their siblings for who they are.
"Having a sibling on the spectrum brings great joy. It also brings a flurry of emotions, challenges and questions. Written by a seven-year-old boy, "What About Me?" works through the day-to-day struggles and joys of being an autism sibling."--Back cover.
Growing up with a sibling on the autistic spectrum can be difficult, and the needs of a child with autism often overwhelm a family, leaving neurotypical children feeling overshadowed. For the first time, the 'neurotypical' siblings get to have their say. They recount the good, the bad, and the downright annoying in a way that all young people in a similar situation will immediately recognise. Young siblings of all ages candidly recount how being 'the neurotypical one' can be tiring, frustrating, and lonely, but equally rewarding, and every story is injected with wisdom gained by young people who often have to grow up a lot more quickly than their peers. This book is essential reading for children and teenagers with a sibling on the autistic spectrum, and for parents wishing to understand how autism in the family will affect their neurotypical child.
My Sister is Special, My Sister has Autism is the story of a young boy who realizes his sister is different from other children. Through his eyes, other family members come to understand that the younger child in the home is changing and is no longer as verbal and as interactive as she once was. The story follows the family as they receive the diagnosis of autism. It depicts the little boy's ability to understand and accept his sister, demonstrating that love and acceptance are more important than any diagnosis. A diagnosis of autism impacts all family members. Raising a child with this diagnosis places extraordinary demands on parents, both as individuals and as a couple. This becomes even more stressful for single parents. Sometimes the siblings in the home receive less attention and are impacted in ways that they do not fully comprehend. It is important for siblings to understand what autism is. It is essential to address the topic at the developmental age of the child. The information may need to be repeated frequently and does not need to be a long and drawn out explanation. A simple, "loud noises scare your sister," is sometimes enough. This book was written for the children impacted by someone in their family with a diagnosis of autism. It is the hope of the author that this book assists parents, teachers and caregivers in helping young children cope in these situations.
1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. Why are these kids autistic? What is autism? My younger brother was diagnosed with autism at age 2, he learns slower than other children and needs more one on one help. For me as a child, I learned a lot as well and the main thing I learned was to be respectful of other people despite their disabilities. I decided to write a book for children who have siblings with autism or want to learn what it is like to grow up having an autistic sibling. Siblings are out best friends and it is important to be there for your sibling. When they need support or someone there, the first person they will look for is you because other than your parents, you know your sibling and know what's best for them.
The relationship between siblings can be tough, and the sibling dynamic can be further challenged when one child has autism. This interactive workbook is designed for siblings of children with autism. Introducing the experience of autism in simple language, children are encouraged to complete activities that identify differences and strengthen relationships. This book is focussed on understanding and supporting a sibling while developing individual emotions and identity. The pages are designed to be drawn on and personalized by the child. Ideal for young children aged 8-12 who have a sibling with autism, the activities can be completed with a parent's guidance or on their own. Full of resources, strategies, and exercises, this workbook can support professionals working with children and facilitate healthy sibling relationships.
Autism and the Family Understanding and Supporting Parents and Siblings
Ready-to-implement resources and approaches for effective professional care in school and clinical settings. The reverberations of autism spectrum disorders among parents and siblings can be complex. Parents may grapple with the impact of their child's initial diagnosis, wrestle with the tension between their professional ambitions and family obligations, and labor to maintain a healthy union with their partners. Brothers and sisters may be given less attention, asked to assume a more adult role than they feel ready for, or strive for meaningful connection and communication with their sibling and parents. Although the energy of clinicians, teachers, and other professionals working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder is often focused intensively on the child who is diagnosed, the practitioner can also be an invaluable resource for the child's family. Drawing upon clinical research and firsthand family interviews, this book helps clinicians understand the experiences of parents and siblings of a child with ASD from the time of diagnosis through adulthood. It provides clear recommendations for sensitive, informed professional support. Step-by-step in each chapter, Fiske elucidates such vital subjects as: Understanding the experience of diagnosis Recognizing patterns of parent stress over time Appreciating and navigating the effects of ASD on relationships between parents Involving and providing support for siblings Integrating grandparents and other extended family in care and treatment Understanding a family's culture Identifying and developing effective coping strategies Building a strong rapport with parents and family Guiding parents in the treatment of autism And many more, including key takeaways for assisting families in managing feelings of grief and guilt, navigating support options, treatment resources, and related financial concerns, and calibrating the division of labor in the home. Autism and the Family supplies all the foundations necessary for professionals to understand the full impact of ASD on the child, siblings, and parents and cultivate an empathic, supportive approach to treatment for the entire family.
Three-year old Foster explains his perspective of his older brother, Gavin, who has autism. Shows the challenges the boys face and the obstacles they overturn. Demonstrates what autism is all about, and lets other siblings of children with autism know tha