Autism’s effects extend to siblings

September 5, 2012

From elsewhere in The Post: Ranit Mishori, a family physician and faculty member at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the sister of a man with an autism spectrum disorder, writes about the challenges of having a sibling with autism.

“I know that people are warmed by stories of siblings who selflessly shower the disabled child with love, attention and support,” Mishori writes. “I think that’s great, too. And it’s for real for some siblings. But for many of us, relating to a sibling who is on the autism spectrum can be complicated. The challenges to a warm, close relationship are many. Normal sibling rivalry doesn’t work, because it can never be a fair fight.”

She talks about the specific challenges these siblings face and the lack of research and support for siblings of people with autism, which now affects one in 88 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read Mishori’s article here.

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