My two children are brothers, best friends, champion for each other and, are ready to fight the world for each other: I have brought them up to be their own person, pragmatic, practical, happy, to be aggressive when necessary and, not worry about what others have to say. Niam adores his brother, looks up to him, wants all his clothes, steals them when Rohan is not looking, wants to be like him and, reminds me of any other sibling.
Rohan is equally caring, but like any other older brother, takes pride in annoying him, hangs out with him, includes him, cares for him when he is sick and, is very involved in his day to day life, especially the planning of his therapies. They like to watch baseball games, movies, basketball, hang out at the pool and, do regular guy stuff.
Did you get along with your siblings growing up? I fought with my brother, as we aged, I got closer, the bond stronger. It is to say, having a sibling with Autism does not in any way define a relationship, or limit the capacity of having or sharing the same feelings as a neurotypical relationship, often we are not able to grasp what we do not understand or experience. We worry and create our own falsehoods of ideas about experiences we do not fully understand.
The relationship of siblings is worthily one of the most sacred; that the relationship I hold in such reverence has not been broken by one having Autism, and unknown to some, my boys share a rich and unique experience not meant for the ordinary person.
AUTISM SIBLING BONDING IS AWESOME!
AUTISM IS AWESOME!