Sibling Relationship With Autism

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Introduction The sibling relationship is unique in that it lasts the longest of all human relationships. Sibling relationships afford unique opportunities for child development. Siblings are developmentally important because of their emotionally uninhibited Relationships, the impact of sharing their parents, and their daily contact and familiarity (Dunn, 2005). Siblings are sources of support, amusement and fun as well as frustration and irritation for each other. They offer a way for children to develop cognitively and socially. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) represents a challenge to any family environment, particularly for typically developing (TD) children growing up with a sibling who has Autism. Research studies focused on families of…show more content…
Global prevalence of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders was 62/10 000 (Elsabbagh M, 2012). In India around 2,000,000 children having autism, based on estimate rate of 1 in 250(The Autism Society of America, 2007).The term spectrum refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills and level of impairment, or disability, that children with ASD can have. Some children are mildly impaired by their symptoms but others are severely disabled (National Institute of Mental Health, 2011). Autism has increased dramatically within the past years. More children are being diagnosed each year due to increased awareness and diagnosis that have been made. Many people in our society may have heard the word autism or know a friend or family that is diagnosed with having autism. In only a most cases, development is abnormal from infancy and, with only a few exceptions, the conditions become manifest during the first 3 years of life. Each child with autism disorder manifests different kind of problems that could impact family members, including parents, siblings, and extended family…show more content…
There are some reasons which will make the family difficult to cope with autism. First autism is often accompanied with disruptive and inappropriate social behaviors like tantrums and self-destructive acts. Although language and speech problems. Second, the process of getting proper diagnosis and appropriate form of treatment is often long and confusing because of different kinds of symptoms. Third, compared with other forms of childhood disability such as Down syndrome, Mental Retardation the public has little knowledge of autism. Although the situation has improved somewhat in recent years, autism still remains a poorly understood and rarely encountered phenomenon for most people in India. Finally the prognosis of autism is very limited. There is no complete cure; future life is depending on the basis of severity and other comorbid conditions. Above mentioned things are very serious problems for families with children with autism. The stress of living with such children will be very high(Gray,

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