Siblings of Children with Autism: A Guide for Families

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This revised and updated edition of Siblings of Children with Autism takes a fresh look at what it's like to grow up as the brother or sister of a child with autism?the basics of sibling relationships at all ages and how autism can affect these dynamics. Parents get important advice about balancing responsibilities for each child, encouraging their kids to share feelings, explaining autism to other children, and initiating play and interaction ...

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Overview

This revised and updated edition of Siblings of Children with Autism takes a fresh look at what it's like to grow up as the brother or sister of a child with autism—the basics of sibling relationships at all ages and how autism can affect these dynamics. Parents get important advice about balancing responsibilities for each child, encouraging their kids to share feelings, explaining autism to other children, and initiating play and interaction between siblings.

This new edition includes case examples reflecting improvements in applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques, new photos, an updated resource section, and tips on how technology can help siblings and their families connect with other families. Throughout the book, family case studies provide insights into how other families deal with common concerns and situations.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This first title in a new series meets the needs of parents who inevitably ask how autism affects the entire family. Given that brothers and sisters react differently to siblings with autism, depending on many factors such as birth order and age, this book will help the parents explain autism to them. It will also help siblings share their thoughts and feelings about how their family is different and their role concerning the autistic child. Much practical advice on how children can share time together is also offered. With clear and simple presentation directed at the average lay reader, Harris (dean, psychology, Rutgers Univ.; executive director, Douglas Developmental Center) has done an excellent job of offering guidance to the whole family of the autistic child. Recommended for public libraries.-Marguerite Mroz, Baltimore Cty. P.L.
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For this excellent second edition, Harris (Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, Graduate Sch. of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers Univ.) is joined by new coauthor Glasburg (assistant director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Ctr., Rutgers Univ.). They have made significant changes to all the original chapters-mostly suggested by parents and siblings-and added a new chapter on the needs of adults with autistic siblings. Examined are the perceptions, needs, compromises, and inevitable demands on an autistic child's siblings throughout their lives. The personal narratives of both parents and siblings (of all ages) provide illustrations of the issues facing nonautistic siblings. While a great deal has been written about the relationship between an autistic child and his/her parents, little is available on these important sibling relationships. Geared toward families, this will also be a valuable tool for educators and professionals who work with autistic children or their siblings. Strongly recommended for all public libraries and for academic libraries documenting autism, family relationships, disability studies, and special education.-Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606130742
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 799,272
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra L. Harris is a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and the Department of Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center. Dr. Harris is also the editor of Woodbine House's Topics in Autism series and the co-author of the books Right from the Start (2007), Reaching Out, Joining In (2001) and Incentives for Change (2004).



Beth A. Glasberg is the Director of Glasberg Behavioral Consulting Services, LLC, and the Coordinator for the Masters Program in Applied Psychology, Behavior Analysis Concentration, at Rider University. She is also the author of the Woodbine House books Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism (2006) and Stop That Seemingly Senseless Behavior!(2008).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Brothers and Sisters: Getting to Know You, Getting to Like You, Wondering if You Like Me 1

Chapter 2 What Are They Thinking?! Autism Viewed Through Children's Eyes 23

Chapter 3 Why Does He Do That? Explaining Autism to Children 45

Chapter 4 Let's Talk: Helping Children Share Their Thoughts and Feelings 63

Chapter 5 The Balancing Act: Meeting Everyone's Needs, Including Your Own 85

Chapter 6 Children at Play: Helping Children Play Together 109

Chapter 7 All Grown Up: The Mature Sibling 135

References 149

Resource Guide 155

Index 161

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