Having a brother or sister with an Asperger profile can be both rewarding and difficult for the neurotypical (NT) sibling. Brothers and sisters have the longest relationship with each other in a family. When children are growing up together, they may feel confused about why their brother or sister had different rules or consequences. It’s important to provide siblings with information and support, so that they can understand and enjoy their sibling now and into adulthood.

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Adult Sibling Relationships

Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español Recently I heard the story of an adult on the spectrum who joined her three siblings to care for an elderly mother in hospice. When the mother died, the siblings had to make decisions and manage her small estate. During this trying time, the interaction was... more

Two Sibling Perspectives

The following essays were contributed by two individuals sharing their experiences of having a sibling on the autism spectrum. Both authors wished to remain anonymous. ____________________________   Loving Ben It would be difficult to talk about my brother Ben without mentioning... more

Siblings of Asperger Adults Share Their Stories: A Panel Discussion

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No Sibling Left Behind: Supporting Siblings of Children with Disabilities

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Through a Sister’s Eyes

As soon as we get into the car, he grabs my iPod and eagerly searches for his favorite song. “I Like to Move It” from the Madagascar soundtrack begins to thump through the speakers and Adam turns to me saying “I can’t resist the urge to dance to this song, the beat is just so good, you know... more

Sibling Corner: Normality in Reality

Life for every person in the human world begins the same. Every mother and father have a child the same way; yet the outcome is always different. Siblings can be alike, and strangers could look faintly similar, but everyone in this world is different. Sometimes, kids are born with skills, like math... more

Sibling Rivalry: Keeping Things in Perspective

My name is Chase, I’m 25, and I have Non-Verbal Learning Disorder. My brother is two years younger than I am, and does not have any diagnoses. Not only is he younger than I, he also developed faster than most people. He became a black belt, hung out with his numerous friends or created things... more

Building a Better Summer or What to do With Your Child’s Summer Vacation

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AANE Gala 2011 Fund-A-Need Speech

Meg Chittenden talks about growing up with a brother with Asperger... more

Siblings of Asperger Adults Share Their Stories: A Panel Discussion

Hear brothers and sisters of Asperger adults talk about growing up with their sibling on the autism... more

Sibling Rivalry Meets Neurodiversity

For siblings of those with Asperger Syndrome or who are on the Autism spectrum, things can seem very unfair. This video looks at the sibling dynamic, the perspective of the neurotypical sibling and the ways parents can address the situation... more

Fewer Meltdowns! Practical Strategies for Fostering Positive Behavior in Children & Teens with AS

Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic, shares practical strategies for fewer... more

Parenting without Panic with Brenda Dater

Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic, shares practical guidance for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum; helping all parents feel less... more

Life, Animated

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This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The... more

Brotherly Feelings: Me, My Emotions and My Brother with Asperger’s Syndrome

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Brothers and sisters of children with special needs can often feel neglected and lonely. Sam and his mother wrote this book so other kids would know what it feels like to live with a brother or sister who has an Asperger's profile. Brotherly Feelings explores the mixed emotions that siblings... more