Neurotypical sibling's perceptions of their interactions with their sibling diagnosed with autism

There has been conflicting research regarding perception of sibling relationships with a sibling diagnosed of autism. The current study seeks gain a better understanding of play relations between a neurotypical sibling and his/her sibling diagnosed with autism, as seen through the eyes of the neurotypical sibling. Interviews were conducted with child and adult siblings (N=4), regarding play with their sibling diagnosed with autism. Qualitative data were collected in order to comprehend whether or not adult assistance during play and/or if the communication ability of the sibling diagnosed with autism effected the play relationship. Though the sample size was small, all participants reported that they enjoyed playing with their siblings. However, the types of play and the play interactions varied from one relationship to the next.