Dr. Kate Fiske Massey will be presenting a workshop titled Parenting Siblings of Children and Adults with Autism on July 19, 2017 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Registration for the event is $50 and professionals can earn 1.5 BACB Type II credits for this workshop. Please register here.
The experiences of siblings of individuals with ASD are unique, from their early years as children through adulthood. Having a brother or sister on the autism spectrum will impact many aspects of the sibling’s life, including relationships with the sibling with ASD, parents, and peers. Understanding and addressing the con-cerns that arise for siblings can be difficult for the siblings and the parents. This workshop summarizes the research on the development of the sibling relationship over time, and how having a brother or sister with ASD impacts the sibling both practically and emotionally. Strategies for navigating the challenges that arise for siblings will be provided to parents, such as how to foster a relationship between siblings, provide support to the neurotypical sibling, talk with the sibling about ASD, and plan for the role siblings will take on in their brother or sister’s life as they age. Personal anecdotes shared by siblings will be offered to help illustrate their perspective on the joys and challenges of growing up with a sibling with ASD.