Who works with your sibling?
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Here are some of the types of people who may work with your autistic sibling:
- Occupational therapist: Someone who helps your autistic sibling with activities they probably do every day – like dressing, undressing, brushing their teeth, washing, eating, or for older autistic siblings, cooking, house cleaning, and job skills.
- Physical therapist: Someone who helps your autistic sibling with physical activities involving muscles – sometimes called gross motor skills. This may include throwing, catching, balancing, bike riding, pumping a swing, kicking, bouncing, etc.
- Speech therapist
- Behavioral therapist
- Psychologist: Someone who can help figure out problems and solutions for your autistic sibling’s behavior.
- School psychologist: A psychologist that works in your school or your sibling’s school.
- Psychiatrist: A doctor who is an expert in human behavior. They can prescribe medications and recommend medical and other treatments for your autistic sibling.
- Family therapist: Someone who can counsel you and your family on issues you face.
- Therapist supervisors: The boss of the therapists.
- Special education teacher: The teacher that probably leads your autistic sibling’s class. Unlike your class, there are probably lots of other adults in their class.
- One-on-one aide
- Special advocate
- Neurologist: A doctor who specializes in the brain. They can prescribe medication and help you find other ways of helping your autistic sibling.
- Other – for example, Special needs ski instructor