Sibling Support and Self-Development

Too often, the needs of siblings are overlooked in the process of supporting families of children with autism. We recognize that healthy sibling relationships can be integral sources of support in autism families. Our sibling support and self-development program offers a fun, safe and supportive environment where siblings of children with autism come together to discuss common experiences, learn strategies for interacting with their siblings, build self-confidence, and gain an understanding of the special role that they can play in their siblings’ lives.

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Quotes from Sibling Support Group Participant

-Rajeh, 14

“I learned that it is important for for kids with autism to have the opportunity to interact with other kids and to participate in activities. They should not be ignored at home. It is the whole family’s responsibility to interact with a family member with autism and to include him in activities.”

“I learned that my brother Mo’awiyah and others with autism are very clever, and once they get help they can be a part of the community and make a big difference. God takes things from humans and gives them other things. As you know, no one is perfect.”

“I recommend this program to other people because it is very useful and helps siblings to remain positive and to speak and interact with their siblings with autism.”

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