When your brother or sister has autism…
Being the brother or sister to a sibling with autism can be both difficult and rewarding.
We wouldn’t expect parents of children with autism to go for years without ever talking to others parents who understand their situation. But the siblings of children with autism often don’t have anyone to talk to about it who really understands. Apart from mum and dad. But being a sibling is different from being a parent.
Some siblings have a very hard time coping with the effect of their brother or sister’s disability on their family, school, and social life. Acknowledging their feelings about being a sibling to a child with a disability is one of the most important things we can do to help them.
Here’s how we can help
We believe in supporting the whole family of your child with autism. That’s why we’ve set up a group just for their brothers and sisters.
Our Sibling Superstars group meets once a month on Wednesday. Children aged 6 – 12 can meet other children with similar experiences. They’ll enjoy fun activities and get a chance talk about the good and not so good parts of having a sibling with autism.
Places are limited and need to be booked in advance. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. to book. There is a small charge per session. The charge will vary depending on what sort of activity we do, but we aim to keep costs as low as possible.
If your child is aged between 13 and 16 and would be interested in joining a sibling support group too, please e-mail us to register your interest. Once we have enough interest, we can start a group for them too!
What do our current Sibling Superstars think?
“Thank you again for this evening, Ava had a great time!”
“Just wanted to tell you how much Aidan loved last night. Really, really loved it.”
“With the Stone Age fun day and assembly at school this morning, and now with my new club, this has been the best day of my life so far!”
“Thank you for a lovely evening yesterday. Eve thoroughly enjoyed herself.”
A great way of discussing being a sibling with your child is by reading books together. Our Sibling Superstars co-ordinator Lynda has picked some of the best books for children who have a sibling with autism. Click on the image below to see them.