Resources for Siblings
The Sibling Box is an all-in-one set of materials for families to use with siblings. The box includes conversation starters, kid-friendly recipes, activities, and games. Both a printable and electronic version of the materials for the box are available below, as well as explanations for both versions. The Sibling Box was created by Amanda Foster from Montcalm ISD.
- Autism Speaks: A Sibling’s Guide to Autism offers information for siblings to understand autism, personal stories, and resources and tips for brothers and sisters.
- Indiana Resource Center for Autism Sibling Perspectives and Guidelines for Parents: A Sibling Perspective: Guidelines for Parents. This resource article provides parents with “12 Important Needs of Siblings and Tips to Address These Needs” along with additional resource links.
- Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) - Sibling Support: OCALI offers resources on social groups for siblings of individuals with disabilities. Sib20 is a Facebook group where twenty-something sibs offer sibling support from a young adult perspective.
- Organization for Autism Research (OAR): OAR’s “Autism Sibling Support” initiative offers guidance for children and parents on how to address the ups and downs of having a brother or sister with autism.
- Sesame Street and Autism-Brothers and Sisters: Information for families and talking points for siblings including a video on a sibling’s story and a downloadable “Sibling Experience” packet.
- Sibling & Leadership Network: The Sibling Leadership Network provides siblings with information, webinars, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters, and to promote the issues important to them and their families.
- Sibling Support Project: The Sibling Support Project is dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters and offers personal stories for siblings, online support groups for teens and adult siblings, and workshops on sibling issues.
- Siblings of Autism: Siblings of Autism is dedicated to supporting siblings through scholarships, respite funds, and outreach programs.
- START Connecting Article: ASD and Siblings
- UC Davis MIND Institute: Advice from Siblings of Special Needs Kids: Childmind provides examples of sibling experiences across the age span and information and resources for siblings and families.