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Support for siblings of autistic children

Support for autism siblings

Being the sibling of an individual with autism can be very difficult. Here are links to some organisations and services to help siblings cope.

YoungSibs provides opportunities for younger children to learn more about their sibling’s condition and chat to others in the same position.
Visit the YoungSibs website

Sibs represents the needs of siblings of disabled people. Siblings have a lifelong need for information, they often experience social and emotional isolation, and have to cope with difficult situations. Sibs hopes to help people to have positive relationships with their disabled brothers and sisters and to be able to choose the role they play in future care.
Visit the Sibs website

Young Carers Bristol & South Glos
Young Carers is part of the Carer’s Support Centre and is for siblings of disabled children. Through Young Carers you can access their Young Carers Free Family Days Out scheme which gives free family passes to attractions such as Bristol Zoo. Young Carers run an excellent Facebook page.

Siblings Support Information for Parents
Contact has produced a Guide for Parents of Siblings to help parents to support their non-disabled children.

Information from Carers Trust
Carers Trust have curated this list of young carer support options

Information from CarersUK
Practical information on young carers from CarersUK

Do Siblings Matter Too?
This report from Family Fund reveals the impact a disabled brother or sister can have on a child, highlighting a number of key themes for siblings.
Read the report here

Blogs and other helpful posts:

How parents can support the siblings of autistic children from elsewhere on this site

Brotherly Love is a blog about autism from a sibling’s perspective

Sibling Rights this post is about the rights of siblings of disabled children and adults.

Information from YoungMinds about young carers



Last updated on 14th June 2019