Siblings of Children with ASD: Promoting Social Communication Siblings of children with disabilities have been a focus of research in recent years. Sibling relationships, family quality of life, and incorporation of siblings into intervention have all been areas of investigation. The current paper describes the participation of siblings in intervention with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Sibling-mediated ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2015
Siblings of Children with ASD: Promoting Social Communication
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Amy L. Donaldson
    Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, Portland State University, Portland, OR
  • Financial Disclosure: Amy L. Donaldson is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. The sibling-mediation intervention described in the article is part of a larger investigation of the effects of a social communication intervention for young children with ASD funded by Autism Speaks - Treatment Grant: Pilot Level (PI: Donaldson; 2012–2014).
    Financial Disclosure: Amy L. Donaldson is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. The sibling-mediation intervention described in the article is part of a larger investigation of the effects of a social communication intervention for young children with ASD funded by Autism Speaks - Treatment Grant: Pilot Level (PI: Donaldson; 2012–2014).×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Amy L. Donaldson has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Amy L. Donaldson has previously published in the subject area.×
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Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Articles
Article   |   January 01, 2015
Siblings of Children with ASD: Promoting Social Communication
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, January 2015, Vol. 22, 31-38. doi:10.1044/lle22.1.31
History: Received September 2, 2014 , Accepted October 19, 2014
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, January 2015, Vol. 22, 31-38. doi:10.1044/lle22.1.31
History: Received September 2, 2014; Accepted October 19, 2014

Siblings of children with disabilities have been a focus of research in recent years. Sibling relationships, family quality of life, and incorporation of siblings into intervention have all been areas of investigation. The current paper describes the participation of siblings in intervention with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Sibling-mediated intervention, modeled after peer-mediated intervention, has been shown to increase the social communication skills of children with ASD, and families have reported satisfaction and increased quality of life following such intervention. Clinical implications and ideas for supporting siblings and families of children with ASD are discussed.

Acknowledgements
The author wishes to acknowledge the contributions of LeAnne Hidde, Hannah Sanford, and Tammi Bailey for their contributions to the development and implementation of sibling-mediated intervention at Portland State University.
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