I have Autism and I Need Your Help: Nurturing Sibling Support – Part Two
As some of you may know, we are fortunate enough to be able to post the "I Have Autism and I Need Your Help" series to our blog. The series "aims to draw out the voice of autism – Erik’s perspective – and to interpret and teach – Teresa’s voice. The articles move from general to specific and offer strategies for building resilience and supporting autism."
As was seen last time in Part One of “Nurturing Sibling Support”, where Teresa shared her experiences on raising her children to be supportive of Erik’s ASD lifestyle, part two includes Heather’s point of view and how she has learned to interact with Erik on a day to day basis. Lastly, Teresa shares her final thoughts on the initial extrinsic, but later on intrinsic, motivations that have propelled her children to mature quickly and who now gain their own happiness from guiding Erik through his life journey.
“Nurturing Sibling Support – Part 2” demonstrates how having an child or sibling with autism, despite some tough frustrating times, eventually can enrich the family for the better and create an unbreakable bond.
(Above) Sisterly Mentoring: Friendship, Fun, Feelings, Fashion by Erik Hedley
This article first appeared in Autism Ontario's quarterly publication, Autism Matters, Spring, 2015, Volume 13 , Number 2
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Our founder Lisa Fraser also had the pleasure of interviewing Erik & Teresa on Inside the Spectrum this fall. They shared some amazing insights and very specific tools & techniques that can be implemented right away. To watch their interview, click here.