I have a brother with Autism and it is probably one of the most difficult yet most enjoyable thing in my life.
When I first learned of my brother’s condition, I had no idea what autism was. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the person’s ability to socialize and communicate. It can also affect the person’s ability to handle changes. Luckily, my brother is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to autism, meaning he is high functioning, while others with autism can’t even speak.
Growing up with an autistic sibling is much different than growing up with a normal sibling because children with autism are used to the same thing for a good portion of their life. For example, I remember that my brother’s diet was the same for 15 years. All he would eat was macaroni and cheese, pizza, and cereal, as he didn’t like the odd texture of other foods. He also played the same games and watched the same movies for most of his childhood. If there would be a major change in his life such as moving to our new house or going to a new school, it would really affect him. He would sometimes cry for hours because he didn’t like the new environment. He really didn’t have many friends until high school because of his social anxiety. It was hard for him to meet and talk to new people without freaking out.
Growing up with an autistic sibling is definitely hard but I do love him. He has an amazing sense of humor and he is kind to everyone. Today he is a senior in high school and wishes to pursue a career in photography of some sort. Socially, he is also doing fantastic. He has many friends that he talks to and texts every day. Although growing up with an autistic sibling was difficult, I wouldn’t ask for anyone else.