How to Engage a Neurotypical Sibling To Support A Sibling with Autism | Developmental Disability

March 13, 2024

When I was 16, my dad had a serious talk with me about something unexpected…

Taking care of my older sister with a developmental disability if something happened to our parents.

It was a lot to think about at such a young age.

But now, looking back, I realize how important it is for families like ours to have these kinds of talks about the future of siblings with autism and/or developmental disabilities.

You might face a similar situation, unsure how to engage a sibling for support.

In this video, I show you how to engage neurotypical siblings for support and relieve the unspoken tension from future care conversations.

Why am I sharing this story?

You might NOT want to talk about what might happen in the future.

(It is hard, I get it.)

But it’s important to start this conversation so everyone knows what to expect and can help out in the best way possible.

Here are some simple steps to start planning for the future together when there is a sibling with autism or a developmental disability:

  • Talk to Siblings: Ask them what they think about the future and how they want to be involved or help out.
  • Create a Life Plan: Sit down as a family and make a Life Plan for what might happen in the future. Make it a point to include everyone’s ideas and suggestions.

By talking openly and working together, we can make sure our loved ones with disabilities have the support they need in the future, and ensure siblings are involved in the way that they want to be.

Ready to get started?

Download My Free Life Planning 101 Guide to help you make a plan for your loved one.

I’m Eric Goll, and let’s take a small step forward together.

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