Having a person on the autism spectrum in your family has an impact on everyone, not just parents.

Younger people who have a sibling on the autism spectrum might experience teasing from other children, a lack of privacy, disruption of their home life and a feeling of resentment that the whole focus of the family is always on the autistic person.

Older siblings may worry about whether they are going to have to look after their brother or sister when they parents are no longer able to do so, and what support they might receive.

However, being a sibling of a person on the autism spectrum is not necessarily all bad. Research has suggested that, although it can be a stressful experience at times, it does not necessarily have a negative effect in the long run. Lots of brothers and sisters say that learning to see the world through the eyes of their sibling has taught them to become more tolerant of people's differences.

In this section

Adolescent siblings

Adult siblings

Long-term planning

My sibling is different

Sibling support networks

Reading for siblings

Younger siblings

Useful reading

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