Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Having a brother or sister with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can significantly impact the life of a typically developing sibling. These relationships are generally characterized by less frequent and nurturing interactions than are evident in sibling constellations with neurotypical children or children with other developmental disabilities. One way to address this issue is to teach typically developing siblings skills to participate in a brother or sister's treatment. Including siblings in behavioral interventions is documented to be beneficial to both children, and is associated with generalization of skills for the sibling with ASD. Here we review this body of literature, present case examples from clinical practice, and make treatment recommendations for utilizing sibling-mediated behavioral approaches.