Sibling Influence on Adaptive Behavior in Individuals with ASD

Siblings have the potential to shape the developmental trajectories of individuals with autism. Early studies have shown the positive impact that a sibling can have on the outcome of an autistic brother or sister. However, these studies were unable to identify which particular aspects of being a sibling contribute most to this effect. This study will leverage existing data from about 5,000 families across multiple longitudinal studies to understand the role of a sibling in longer-term adaptive behavior, and to better identify specific factors that may influence this benefit. Findings from this research may inform intervention planning to maximize adaptive skill development across time and optimize outcomes in those with autism. The results may also provide important insight into the needs of undiagnosed siblings who may themselves need support.


Nicole Rosen

Catherine Lord