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Issues Facing Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Balancing Act in Family Life

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Last fall Dr. Robert Naseef blogged about a young woman he had recently met who faked getting sick as a teenager. She explained to him that it was the only way she could get to spend time one on one with her mother. She was growing up with a brother who has autism. She would take a thermometer and run it under hot water until the mercury showed a fever then show it to her mother. This way she was able to stay home and he with her mom all day. Now she and her mom can laugh about it, but it wasn't funny at the time.

Parents often wonder and worry about how raising a child with autism affects their other children. In this webinar, psychologist Dr. Robert Naseef helps parents explore their own sibling relationships to understand the impact of their child's special needs has on their more 'typical' brothers and sisters. Listen to pick up strategies for meeting everyone's needs.

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Robert Naseef

Alternative Choices (215) 592-1333

Robert Naseef is a psychologist and father of an adult son with autism. His new book, Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together (2013) includes advance praise from Temple Grandin, “Fathers often have difficulty expressing their feelings, and this book should be required reading for all fathers who have a child with a disability.

Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability (1996) has received international recognition. He has lectured internationally and appeared on radio and television. He is the co-editor of Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People with Autism, and Professionals Share Their Wisdom (2006). Living Along the Autism Spectrum (2009) is a DVD which features him along with Stephen Shore and Dan Gottlieb.

In 2008, he was honored by Variety, the Children’s Charity for his outstanding contributions to the autism community. You visit his website at: www.alternativechoices.com and listen to his insights about fathers who are raising children with autism on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r3W-RScxR4.

Disclaimer: The ideas and information presented within this webinar is solely those of the presenter and are not the opinions of National Autism Network, its affiliates, management, or employees.