Tips For Kids Who Have Siblings With Autism
Sometimes they are fine, most times she “Can’t even” deal with him 🙂 Here is a special episode with Mike and Grace, and she has a list of tips to share with other kids who have siblings with autism. It all started with a conversation that Grace had with a lady at the car wash, who asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Grace answered by saying that she wanted to help people with special needs, specifically autism. So she decided to come on the podcast to share some of the top tips that she has personally related with, having a sibling with autism. These 10 tips are all centered around patience, and shows that if you can be patient and understand how to make your sibling comfortable, then interactions and daily life will be a lot smoother.
Key Points From This Episode:
- Even if you feel like your sibling is being annoying, why you should just go with the flow.
- The importance of always talking about the rules before playing a game so that it is crystal clear before you even start.
- Why it is best not to get upset when your sibling disagrees with you, but rather do what they want instead.
- Do not yell: Why you should always remind yourself not to yell at your sibling with autism and how yelling affects them.
- Why it is important to tell your parents when others are being mean and protect your sibling from getting bullied.
- How to make sure that your sibling is comfortable with the situation or activity before you get started.
- Learn how to better explain things that your sibling may need help with, to give them a better understanding of what is expected.
- The importance of finding activities that you and your sibling enjoy doing together so that there is less opportunity to disagree.
- Understanding that your sibling doesn’t mean to hurt your feelings; sometimes they just don’t know any better.
- Why you should always talk to your friends to help them understand your sibling before they come over to visit.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
- 50 Pieces of Advice for Kids Whose Siblings Have Autism by The Mighty — https://themighty.com/2015/03/50-pieces-of-advice-for-kids-whose-siblings-have-autism/
- Orange Panda Weighted Blanket — https://www.amazon.com/Therapeutic-Blanket-Deep-Pressure-7lb-Calm-Processing-Syndrome/dp/B06W2LRLV7