Building Strong Families

Interdependence is larger than relationships between individuals. It’s also about the ways that we build networks and systems. The basic unit of interdependence is a family. Families come in a wide variety of types, sizes, and structures. This section of the initiative will help you translate your healthy relationships into a family system. We’ll discuss topics including parenting while autistic, resources for siblings of autistic individuals, the role of genetics in autism, and the ways that family relationships change over time.

Informational Resources

Sibling Resource Library: hosted by WisconSibs, this page includes free downloadable resources for siblings of autistics, as well as recommended reading.

AuSM Trainings and Educational Opportunities Related to Healthy Relationships

Accessing ASD Supports and Services in Minnesota: training hosted by state agencies in Minnesota providing information on available services
Judy Endow: Autistically Thriving: Understand who autistic people are and how they comfortably function, as well as key elements of taking in, processing, storing, and retrieving information along with autistic thinking style.

Interactive Resources

Creating Family Traditions
Traditions are a great way to bring your family together, feel connected to your history, and share values. How can you create values that include your autistic family members? Use this guide to collaboratively create family traditions that work for your family.

Sensory Schedule
This interactive Google Sheet is a way to identify sensory supports and create a schedule to help you incorporate them into your life. You can use it as an individual, or to help support someone else.

Charting the LifeCourse Resources
LifeCourse is a person-centered planning approach to helping an individual within their family system find supports and meet their goals. This page has a variety of interactive resources for mapping relationships, identifying goals, and imagining the future.