I care for someone with autism
Does your brother or sister have autism? It can be very hard to understand why they behave like they do, or why your parents treat them differently.
Watch The National Autistic Society’s "Can you make it to the end?" video above. It might help you to put yourself in your brother or sister’s shoes. Find out how a simple trip to the shops might be very scary if you have autism.
If your brother or sister has autism they might find it hard to make sense of the world. Because of this they might like things always to be in the same place or at the same time and when things change they might get upset or angry. They may also find other people confusing and they might have trouble speaking and understanding words or faces.
There is also a condition called Asperger’s syndrome which is a kind of autism. People with Asperger’s Syndrome are often clever with maths and remembering things, but also have problems with understanding other people.
Nobody really knows what causes autism, but don’t worry – you can’t catch it. But autism is something your brother or sister will have for the rest of their lives. They might be able to live independently, or they may also have learning disabilities and which means they may struggle to cope on their own.
The National Autistic Society has information aimed at children and younger people. See my brother or sister is different. This includes advice about how to cope with your brother or sister’s behaviour, and how to talk to your parents about how you feel.
See my special brother Ben section for information about how your brother or sister communicates, gets on with other people, and may struggle to use their imagination.
National Autistic Society also have information for families and carers and a helpline so you can talk to someone about autism. Call the helpline on 0800 800 4104.