Sibling interactions can be a crucial part of growing up. Everyone who has a sibling has memories of both the fun and annoying times they spent with their brothers or sisters. The experiences of individuals with siblings with disabilities may be slightly different than those of individuals with typically developing siblings, yet those moments together can still be very memorable.
The typically developing siblings may take on more responsibilities, earlier on in their life than their peers. But they may also grow to have more patience and compassion than others. Siblings of individuals with disabilities may benefit in meeting other siblings that are in similar situations, so that they can talk to someone that can relate to their circumstances.
In New Jersey, they have organized a sibling pen pal program, which looks like a great way of connecting people together who have siblings with autism. Here is the website: http://www.autismnj.org/SiblingPenPalProgram.aspx .