1-Favorite early childhood memory of you and your sibling?
5-What are your favorite activities to do with your sibling?
9- What do you hope your siblings future is like? Do you worry about their future?
2-How it felt when you found out your sibling has ASD (or related disorders)?
6-What's the funniest thing that's happened with you and your sibling?
10-If you could give your sibling one piece of advice what would that be?
3-What did you struggle with growing up with your sibling?
7-What advice would you give to another sibling who is struggling?
11-What has your sibling taught you?
4-What advice did your parents give you that helped you understand your sibling better?
8-What advice would you give to other parents to help the siblings understand?
12-What does it mean to you to be a sibling to someone with ASD?
1- "My brother and I used to love playing sega video games. We would sit on the playroom floor and play Batman for hours. He was always Batman, but I was okay being his Robin." - Connie, sister, 23.
2- "I was 5 when my brother was diagnosed with ASD. I honestly can't remember much except that I saw my mom was sad and it made me really upset because I didn't know how to make her feel better. It was quite difficult to understand at a young age but having my parents educate me on autism over the years really helped me learn what having a brother with autism meant." - Connie, sister, 23.
5- "My brother and I both love everything to do with Disney. We go see all the Disney films in theatres, play Disney video games, sing Disney songs in the car, and look at our photos from trips to Disneyland. It feels great having something we both love to bond over, and it makes me feel so special to make him laugh when I put on Disney voices when we sing."- Connie, sister, 23.
7- "Find other siblings. When I was in high school, I met another girl my age who also had a brother on the spectrum. Our immediate understanding for each other created a bond that changed my life. Having someone to communicate with and share stories who understands you makes you realize you are not alone in your fears, or moments of sadness. That is why I founded Growing Together in my last years of high school. I really hope that Growing Together will provide siblings these opportunities to make meaningful friendships between siblings and create a safe space for everyone to communicate and feel welcomed."- Connie, sister, 23.
10- "If I could give my brother any piece of advice, I would tell him to never be scared or frustrated when he is misunderstood. I want him to know that I will always be there for him, especially when times get hard. He is my best friend, and he will never be alone."- Connie, sister, 23.
11- "My brother taught me the true meaning of bravery and compassion. He wakes up with a smile on his face every single day, no matter what happened the day before. He cares about others, he always lends a helping hand, and he never shies away from a challenge. He has taught me more than anyone ever will in my entire life, all while using the fewest words. My brother has taught me to be proud of who I am, and to spread kindness to those around me." - Connie, sister, 23.