Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect the entire family, including the siblings of the individual with ASD. Siblings may feel neglected because of the amount of attention their special needs sibling receives. Some siblings will take on adult responsibilities in order to help the family. At times, siblings are caught in the middle of peer interactions and must choose whom to side with: friends or family. Siblings may withdraw or act out in anger and frustration at the difficulties they face when dealing with their brother or sister diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
If you are concerned about how your children are handling ASD in the family, we can help. We offer family and individual counseling to help siblings creatively adapt, cope and thrive in spite of the inevitable challenges. Call us at 614.888.9200 to learn more about our sibling support services.