Grace is the daughter of a friend from college. I’m not surprised Ruth has such an incredible daughter, but I wasn’t prepared for a piece as eloquent as this. If you “like” this post, please do so on Grace’s page.

By the way, the theme I’m using now incorrectly credits me with writing this post. All the credit goes to Grace!!

TREES & SUN

My older brother, Jordan, is very high on the autism spectrum. This is a rough definition of what that means from Autism Speaks,

“Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.”

For Jordan this means; limited social and communication skills, extreme sensitivity to sensory stimuli, lack of motor skills, the need for a rigid schedule, and repetition of words and actions. He will never be able to live on his own.

In doing research I have found quite a few resources for parents with children on the spectrum, but hardly ANY for the brothers or sisters. I never had other siblings to resonate with in this unique…

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11 Comments on “What it’s Like to Have a Sibling with Autism.

  1. I haven’t read Grace’s post yet, but must commend you for sharing it. I went through a lot raising my kids and it was especially challenging for my daughter having brothers on the spectrum. Thankfully, as adults there is much more understanding between my children. I was very lucky.

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    • Judy, I thought of your daughter when I saw this post. Grace is very honest and I think you’ll appreciate what she has to say. If I remember correctly, your daughter is younger than your boys, just as Grace is younger than her brother. I think that plays into it, as well.

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      • My daughter was in the middle, and I do believe that made it much harder for her.
        Her older brothers meltdowns were scary and her younger brother broke all her favorite toys. It was impossible at times for me to soothe her.

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        • Wow, that must have been painful for you, as well as her. Glad they’re doing better as adults! You had some time of it, Judy. I’m glad you have your music today!

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          • Me, too, Belinda! One of the hardest times was coping with my kids as teenagers. My daughter had unrelenting headaches and couldn’t finish high school. My parents moved in because my mom was very sick and my dad overwhelmed. My youngest son was being pushed aside by the school district. I really wonder how I got through it. Perhaps that’s why music rescued me.
            I’m taking all three of them on this trip next week and I am hoping to celebrate how different things are now with them together! I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

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  2. I thought Grace’s post was wonderful! She comes across as a very strong and compassionate young woman. And I loved the Piglet joke.

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    • I think her experiences with her brother put her ahead of many of her peers in compassion and acceptance. It helps that her mom is a strong and honest woman!

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    • I can only imagine…did you go to Grace’s blog (the young woman who wrote the post)? You may want to contact her about resources. Her mom, Ruth, has done some advocacy work for individuals with autism. Between the two of them they may have some suggestions.

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