Siblings of a child with autism can often be powerful sources of support.

They may have a natural and intuitive understanding of the needs of their brother or sister and express high levels of empathy and compassion.  They can assist in building the skills and confidence of the family member with autism by bringing fresh ideas and a different approach.  This is empowering for the siblings and further adds to capacity building within the environment.

The most important starting point is to support relationship building between siblings, and this is best developed through the opportunity for shared experiences and enjoyment. This creates strong emotional memories.  The relationship between sibling(s) and the child with autism can be fostered through shared activities.