Siblings of children with autism often go unnoticed or underappreciated. However, it is crucial to remember that they also have unique needs that require attention and support. One way to support these siblings is to explain the needs of their disabled sibling in a positive way, emphasizing that they are simply different, not bad or defective. This approach helps create an environment of neurodiversity, where everyone is appreciated for their unique qualities.
To show appreciation for the support that siblings provide to their parents and disabled siblings, it is important to express gratitude through words or actions. Simple acts of kindness like:
- taking them out for ice cream
- cooking their favorite meal, or
- spending quality time with them can go a long way in making them feel valued and appreciated.
Moreover, siblings of children with autism may need extra attention and support to deal with their own feelings and emotions. Parents and caregivers can provide a safe space for them to express their thoughts and emotions and encourage them to seek support if needed.
In conclusion, it is essential to remember that siblings of high-needs children also require attention and support. By emphasizing neurodiversity, showing appreciation for their support, and providing a safe space for them to express their emotions, parents and caregivers can create a positive and inclusive environment for the entire family.
Article Written By Maria Kakosimidi, M.S., Ph.D.
Maria Kakosimidi, M.S., Ph.D. is a Clinical Program Supervisor for our center-based location. Dr. Kakosimidi has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 6 years. She started off as a Behavior Therapist for 4 years and then got promoted to Clinical Program Supervisor once she earned her master’s degree in ABA. Dr. Kakosimidi earned her bachelors and master’s degrees in ABA from Purdue University. She recently earned her second master’s in psychology along with a PhD. Her experience ranges from working in home and center settings. She has worked with individuals from 3-21 years of age. Dr. Kakosimidi is very passionate about her line of work. Dr. Kakosimidi is on her path to become a BCBA and Clinical Psychologist. Her passion comes from within, and is very excited to grow in the field of ABA and psychology.