Being a sibling to someone with Special-Ism’s can be a challenge at times. I have Autism, and have a sister. I am sure being my sister is not always an easy task. But my sister does an awesome job at it. More than awesome, she does an INCREDIBLE job at being my sister. I could not be prouder to call her my sister.
My sister is 2 years younger than I am, so we are very close. Even though my sister is 2 years younger than I am, she is doing things in life that I have not yet done. She goes to college, drives a car, etc. But I am okay with this. I am also doing things that my sister has not yet done in life. Even though we are doing different things in our lives, we still are there to help and support each other along the way.
Siblings Learn from One Another
My sister has taught me many things, just like I have taught her many things, such as patience, and to accept individuals with differences and special-isms and many more things. My sister has taught me so many things, I don’t even know where to begin. When we were little she taught me and encouraged me to engage in pretend play activities. We used to play with dolls together for more than an hour at a time. This was so much fun, and something that I will always remember doing with my sister, and I am sure my sister will always remember playing dolls with me. My sister and I have a fun, good time together as long as we are together, in the company of each other.
Even when my sister is away at college, we are still very much together, because we are just a phone call, text or video chat away from each other. Thanks to technology we can be far away, yet very close. This has made her going to school easier for me, and I am sure easier for her as well. I am always so excited to visit her at school, or for her to come home to visit.
I want to thank my sister for being such an AMAZING, WONDERFUL, FABULOUS person and a sister to me. I also want to thank my mom and dad for teaching us both so many wonderful things.
Tips for Siblings of a Child with Isms:
- Be flexible as much as you can be, plans may change because of your sibling with special-ism’s needs.
- Embrace acceptance and the fact that people are different.
- Help spread awareness about special-isms and how individuals with special-isms are just like other people, only a little different, and that’s perfectly okay.
- Support and encourage your sibling’s accomplishments.
- Know that they love you even if they cannot say that they love you, they will show you in their own special way.
- Include your sibling whenever possible, but also remember that is important for you to have your own activities, friends and events as well.
- Have fun spending time together!
Children’s Books about Autism:
[easyazon-link asin=”0439443830″ locale=”us”]Rules[/easyazon-link] by Cynthia Lord
[easyazon-link asin=”0545094666″ locale=”us”]My Brother Charlie[/easyazon-link] by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
[easyazon-link asin=”0807534811″ locale=”us”]Ian’s Walk: A Story about Autism[/easyazon-link] by Laurie Lears