Dana Fialco discovered the benefits of having a sibling with autism first-hand; her sister, Tara, is autistic. The two sisters and their parents collaborated on the “Starabella” audiobook series. Starabella features a girl with learning differences who expresses herself through music.
Every sibling relationship is unique, but having an autistic child in a family can impact the entire family dynamic. While much attention is paid to the challenges and difficulties faced by parents and siblings of autistic children, growing up with an autistic sibling also offers many advantages and hidden treasures that can help shape an individual’s life and character. Here are five benefits of growing up with an autistic sibling: