Having a person with autism (including Asperger syndrome) in your family has an impact on everyone, not just parents.

Younger people who have a sibling with autism might experience teasing from other children, a lack of privacy, disruption of their home life and a feeling of resentment that the whole focus of the family is always on the person with autism.

Older siblings may worry about whether they are going to have to look after their brother or sister when they parents are no longer able to do so, and what support they might receive.

However, being a sibling of a person with autism is not necessarily all bad. Research has suggested that, although it can be a stressful experience at times, it does not necessarily have a negative effect in the long run. Lots of brothers and sisters say that learning to see the world through the eyes of their sibling has taught them to become more tolerant of people's differences.

In this section

Adolescent siblings

Adult siblings

Long-term planning

My sibling is different

Sibling support networks

Reading for siblings

Younger siblings

My special brother Ben

Useful reading

You may also find these useful:

  • Supporting brothers and sisters
    Ways you can support a young, adolescent or adult sibling.
  • Asperger syndrome: broaching the subject  
    You may believe that someone you know has undiagnosed Asperger syndrome. How do you broach the subject with them?
  • Real-life stories  
    Personal accounts including stories about growing up with a brother or sister with autism.