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OAR'S "AUTISM SIBLING SUPPORT" Initiative

Siblings of children with autism are in a unique position. They face challenges (similar to those that parents encounter), but at a time before they’ve developed appropriate coping strategies. As a result, they need support to ensure that they’re informed, feel respected, and know how to be compassionate advocates for their brothers and sisters on the spectrum.

OAR’s “Autism Sibling Support” initiative offers guidance for young children, teenagers, and parents on how to productively address the ups and downs that may arise for individuals who have a brother or sister with autism. To kick off the initiative, OAR has produced three resources, each with a different audience. Click the titles below to view/download/print them!

If you’re interested in receiving a free hard copy, please use the OAR Storefront. Please restrict your order to one copy of these guides per order.

To order more than one copy of each, email programs@researchautism.org with the title(s) of the resource you'd like in the subject line.

Please note that a charge will incur for any extra hard copies. In addition, OAR asks for reimbursements for all international shipping on orders outside the US.


For Young Children:

Autism, My Sibling, and Me is a fun and engaging workbook for children between the ages of 5 and 10.  A host of colorful cartoon characters accompany these siblings as they learn about what autism means for their brother or sister – and handle potentially stressful issues. Through fun activities and supportive content, this resource also helps children work through any autism-related questions they may have.

 


For Teenagers:

Life as an Autism Sibling: A Guide for Teens is a handbook for teenage (and even pre-teen) siblings that offers guidance on how to productively address feelings and challenges that may arise as an autism sibling. The resource covers a variety of topics; from explaining autism to friends and peers, to coping with a family dynamic that’s different from what friends may experience. It also features testimonials from other teenage and young adult siblings who have “been there, done that.”

 


For Parents:

Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide addresses topics that range from dealing with perceived discrepancies in fairness to facilitating a positive relationship between siblings. The guide also includes testimonials from parents and siblings who deal with similar issues.

 


 

For more sibling-related thoughts and advice, check out Say Hello, Yellow! This regularly updated blog is written by a mother-daughter duo who draw upon personal and professional experience to cover range of topics of related to families of people with disabilities (including autism) – from the fun to the frustrating.

 

If you have any questions, want to learn more about OAR’s “Autism Sibling Support” initiative, or have ideas about how to expand program offerings in this important area, please e-mail programs@researchautism.org.