Has your sibling ever embarrassed you? Well I know mine has. For Example: Has your sibling ever been annoying or embarrassing at a pool party, or swim club. Maybe even you own birthday party. Even a simple play date? A sibling with autism or what ever syndrome they might have they will probably embarrass you. The reasons for all these examples are they have happened to me. Now I’m going to ask you have any of these situations happened to you?
Why do special needs kids embarrass their siblings? Well it is not having any idea of social cues. These are things most kids get from playing with other kids, but what if your sibling does not have friends or enough places to practice these skills, or even perhaps that cannot remember to use what they practice in the moment the skills are needed. This is extremely frustrating.
My mom calls it “Waiting for Godot” meets “Groundhog Day”. I have not read the book nor seen the movie, but I think it has something to do with repetition. Kids do the same thing again and again and never learn. This means that we separate our activities so avoid doing things as a family whenever possible. It is not the usual situation, but it is our situation. If you can relate, then you are not alone. Different families do things differently. It can be a cultural thing or just something that your family does because it is right for you. Either way it is your way of handling things and that is ok.
Happy Memorial Day----Ava