Online Resources for Teen/Young Adult Sibs:
Sibteen is a place where teenage sibs of people with disabilities can connect with others who get it. It’s a fun and thoughtful group where members share unique concerns, joys, frustrations, and information with others who truly understand!
Here is a video from OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services highlighting the sibling perspective. Check it out!
Helping Sibs of Kids with Disabilities Manage Embarrassment
This great resource offers tips and strategies to manage the joys and challenges of growing up with a sib with a disability. Good reminders for us all!
Article in Pittsburgh’s The Autism Notebook
Lori DeMonia wrote an article called “Siblings: The True Superheroes.” Check the whole issue out, and the article on pg. 16 here!
Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) uses applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers, and caregivers confront daily. This extends to siblings, who often face overwhelming challenges – similar to those that parents encounter – but at a time before they’ve developed appropriate coping strategies.
To address the need for information and support, OAR has launched its “Autism Sibling Support” initiative, beginning with three new resources:
• Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide
• Life as an Autism Sibling: A Guide for Teens
• Autism, My Sibling, and Me (workbook for young children, ages 5 to 10)