Knowing if you should tell your typical child that their sibling is Autistic is a challenging decision for any family. As a parent, you want nothing more than to keep your kids safe and sometimes it may feel like leaving them in the dark is protecting them.
Here’s the thing, whether or not you tell your typical child that their sibling is on the spectrum, they are already dealing with the meltdowns, tantrums, struggling to play and connect with their sibling and helping them with every day tasks. That is a lot for a child. Frankly, they are bearing the burden of Autism whether or not you give it a name.
When Autism father, John D. Richmond, asked his three year old daughter Angelica if she was glad she was glad she knew her brother has Autism, she said, “Yes, I love him.”
Telling your child that their sibling has Autism is one of the harder things you will do as a parent. I am here to support you through that process.
Look, honestly, I am not a parent so I can’t understand the emotional burden you are carrying. That’s why I partnered with Autism father John D. Richmond to collaborate on this book. I have worked with hundreds of families and coached hundreds of siblings. John had to tell his daughter that her brother was on the spectrum.
We sat down together to put together a brutally honest guide for your family. John shares how he coped with the emotional component and I provide strategies that have made this process easier for the families I have worked with.
This is a difficult conversation but we are here to make it a little easier. Download your free book so we can get started.
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“”Jessica’s book really shines a light on the relationship autistic children share with their typically developing siblings. Siblings play a huge role in the development of those with autism and Jessica captures this relationship beautifully!””