I know several people who love someone on the spectrum, more than one of whom have other children in the house. Their lives are a constant balancing act – meeting the unique needs of one child while measuring the impact life is having on everyone in the family. Here is one mom’s reflections on how her neurotypical kids handle life with their brother.
“I saw a book on an autism page I follow, written by the sibling of an autistic child, about what it was like to be the sibling of an autistic child. I didn’t read all the details – the book was targeted towards younger children. But it got me wondering again what it’s like for Big Man and the Princess to be the brother and sister of Little Man. How are they changed, how are they different from who they would be if not for autism being part of our daily world?”