It’s Day 23 of My Kind of Christmas, and today we are giving voice to the siblings of autistic people.


Growing up with siblings is always a challenge, but when autism is in the mix, and particularly if the family unit is made up of neurotypical and divergent people, home can be a challenging environment.


Over recent years, we have seen more and more teenagers speak up for their autistic siblings, and we’ve seen first-hand how much love, joy and affection siblings have for one another.


One of the myths concerning autism is that those of us who are autistic can’t empathise, show love or even form meaningful bonds, but it’s simply not true. Blanket statements rarely apply to any aspect of humanity.


So today we asked what siblings of some of our young people would like us to know about Christmas, about kindness and about their brothers and sisters.