Talking to Siblings About ASD

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Julie Wolf, PhD shares with Autism Spectrum News how families can adopt a family atmosphere of developmentally appropriate, open communication for siblings affected by ASD.
“Siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have unique needs and may have a range of feelings, both positive and negative, about their experience with their brother or sister with ASD. They may be reluctant to share these feelings with parents due to feelings of guilt (Opperman & Alant, 2003) or concern that they will get in trouble for sharing them. However, open communication among family members has been associated with more positive adjustment for siblings (Howlin 1988; Lobato & Kao, 2002), and therefore it is very important for families to keep the lines of communication open.”
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