Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

As hard as gaining a sibling can be for any kid, I feel like it's so different for kids with Asperger's. I'm still holding my breath to see what happens with Scooter and Thumper. As much as I wanted Scooter to have a sister so he could learn that girls really aren't all that alien, I'm glad he got the brother he wanted since that seems to be making such a difference for him. Of course, there will be plenty of time for Thumper to get on his brother's bad side.

We've been trying to make sure we hit upon various family configurations for outings and activities so that Scooter doesn't feel like he never gets one or the other of us. But it really is a juggling act!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's a HUGE juggling act and, I'm afraid to say, it only gets worse...

I do think it's especially hard for kids who have AS to learn to cope/handle the sibling relationship. It's very painful, sometimes--I think I have a hard time sometimes dealing with the sibling thing when it gets pretty dysfunctional around here--as it can very often.