Autism Spectrum Disorder by vivi07

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									Autism Spectrum Disorder

Siblings’ Perspecitives
Linda Hoeck NSSEO Autism Coordinator lhoeck@nsseo.org

Common feelings the sibling experiences
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Worry Anger

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Responsibility Ignored/left out

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Frustration
Embarrassment

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Jealousy

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Grief Phases

What is going on?
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Need to understand Autism Spectrum Disorder
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General characteristics: problems in communicating, being with people, and sensory behaviors It is a neurological disorder; you can’t

catch it
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Specific behaviors of brother/sister with ASD that are not in his/her control Specific strengths of brother/sister with ASD

Why does s/he get so much attention?
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Life is not fairPeople with autism need different rules to help them understand. People with autism need a great deal of extra help everywhere they go, even at home. People with autism may learn to do some things on his/her own; however, they will continue to need support too.

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What Sibling can do
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Be patient, learn about ASD Make time to do something together that BOTH of you like Help out with chores Help teach your brother/sister the rules and routine Know when to get help from an adult

Sibling’s Needs
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Share feelings with supportive adults Time for privacy Respect for personal items

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“Your time” with parent

Resources
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Rules by Cynthia Lord Everybody Is Different by Fiona Bleach Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum, Coulter Video

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