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Help for Siblings of Autism

We watched a movie today that I picked up from the public library for the 7 year old sibling. It was everything I expected it to be and more! I highly recommend Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum by http://www.coultervideo.com, if you have other children that are nuerotypical to help them understand their sibling with ASD better. It is broken down into sections for different age groups. The length of the video section is based on the age group it is geared toward. So, for children 4-7 yr  it’s only 7 minutes long. The next section is for 7-12 yrs, which is 25 minutes in length. I don’t recommend watching the first 2 back to back if you have a 7 yr old. It was a bit too long.

We discussed it briefly afterward, so I could gauge what she got out of it, while it was still fresh in her mind.  I asked her if she learned anything. She said yes, that she learned things she could do to help them get along better. Like, when they are playing she could be more flexible and play what her sister with autism wants to play and not get upset that she is telling her how to play because she can’t help it since she has autism. She learned how to help her in situations that are stressful for her and how to help her calm down. Also, to get me if she seems like she may hurt herself or others. Mostly she said she learned that it is not her sister’s fault and that she can’t help it that she has autism.

All in all, I feel that this video was excellent and I plan on getting the whole family (my sister and her kids, step kids) to watch it too. I was not in anyway compensated for or asked to write this post. Everything in this post is my opinion and wrote because I chose to.

This video can be purchased http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Brothers-Sisters-Autism-Spectrum/dp/B000SNUSEW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352213727&sr=8-1&keywords=understanding+brothers+and+sisters+on+the+autism+spectrum+video if you would like to own it. They do have some being sold for less that are used. I plan on purchasing one of them, asap!