Having a sibling on the autism spectrum

Messages to others

We asked people if they had any messages for other siblings or health, education and other professionals. 

Several people had messages for other siblings; one person said that it was “not the end of the world” and was “nothing to be ashamed of”. Another said that she has “learned the hard way” that when you have a sibling with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), “you’ve got to go round his needs rather than your needs”.

Some people described what it was like to have a sibling with ASD. One said' “It can be difficult, but I wouldn’t say it was really different from having a normal brother or sister”. Another felt differently and said that “it’s completely different to what it is like to live with anyone else”.

Messages to professionals focused on raising awareness and treating people with ASD as individuals. Some also wanted better provision of services and support. 

Last reviewed May 2015.
 

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