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Siblings of children with autism : a guide for families
Harris, Sandra L.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, [2003]

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x, 180 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Brothers and sisters : getting together and getting along -- He doesn't know what angels are : autism viewed through children's eyes -- Why does he do that? : explaining autism to children -- Let's talk : helping children share their thoughts and feelings -- The balancing act : finding time for family, work, and yourself -- Children at play : helping children play together -- An adult perspective : the mature sibling.
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RJ506.A9 H27 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Since 1994, Siblings of Children with Autism has been helping parents meet the needs of siblings in families of children with autism. During many years in clinical practice, the authors have worked with hundreds of families and seen firsthand how siblings can become overshadowed by the intensive focus on a child with autism. This common occurrence is only one of the many sibling issues that parents and professionals should not only be sensitive to, but ready to address. Now in a brand new and expanded edition, Siblings of Children with Autism explores the basics of sibling relationships and the complexities that surface in families of children with autism. Chapters cover how to explain autism to siblings, how to get siblings to share their feelings and concerns, how to master the family balancing act, and how to foster play between siblings. New chapters have been added concerning what siblings actually believe or understand about autism at different ages and how autism continues to impact adult sibling relationships, careers, and caregiver roles. Throughout the book, there are stories about individual families, giving readers points of comparison and helpful insights along the way. The direct challenges of raising a child with autism are well known to parents. But it is important for parents to also see autism through the eyes of their other children. For families looking for guidance on sibling issues and autism, the new edition addresses a multitude of their concerns and questions, and also offers advice on how to seek support from a family therapist or other professional when more intensive help is needed.

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Library Journal Review

For this excellent second edition, Harris (Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, Graduate Sch. of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers Univ.) is joined by new coauthor Glasburg (assistant director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Ctr., Rutgers Univ.). They have made significant changes to all the original chapters-mostly suggested by parents and siblings-and added a new chapter on the needs of adults with autistic siblings. Examined are the perceptions, needs, compromises, and inevitable demands on an autistic child's siblings throughout their lives. The personal narratives of both parents and siblings (of all ages) provide illustrations of the issues facing nonautistic siblings. While a great deal has been written about the relationship between an autistic child and his/her parents, little is available on these important sibling relationships. Geared toward families, this will also be a valuable tool for educators and professionals who work with autistic children or their siblings. Strongly recommended for all public libraries and for academic libraries documenting autism, family relationships, disability studies, and special education.-Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Chapter 1 Brothers and Sisters: Getting Together and Getting Alongp. 1
Chapter 2 He Doesn't Know What Angels Are: Autism Viewed through Children's Eyesp. 27
Chapter 3 Why Does He Do That? Explaining Autism to Childrenp. 53
Chapter 4 Let's Talk: Helping Children Share Their Thoughts and Feelingsp. 79
Chapter 5 The Balancing Act: Finding Time for Family, Work, and Yourselfp. 103
Chapter 6 Children at Play: Helping Children Play Togetherp. 127
Chapter 7 An Adult Perspective: The Mature Siblingp. 149
Resource Guidep. 169
Referencesp. 173
Indexp. 177