I feel like I can never have friends over because of how he acts; I don't think my friends would understand. I know you're thinking, "Then they just aren't good friends." but that's wrong. Imagine not knowing anything about autism or how a child with autism acts, and then go to your friend's house and they have a sibling with autism. That sibling won't feel comfortable having a new person in the house and is more prone to having one of those fits. And as the friend, that would be really weird and freaky, especially if you didn't know. It's not the best situation to be in, or to put a friend in.
Over the years, I've learned how to help Ethan calm down when he's having one of his fits. I'll bring him a glass of water, hug him tight, and help him sing one of his favorite songs. It usually works, and I know it's a big help to my mom. I really wish there was something I could do to help Ethan get better, although I know there isn't a "cure" for autism. I've learned how to cope with his disability, but sometimes it can really get to me. I love my little brother and I want to help him in every way I can, even though it can stress me out. Autism is a difficult thing to live with, but no matter what, I'll always love my little brother.
*As you can see, this is written by my daughter. It's hard for siblings of kids with a special need sometimes. But Lindsey does a great job helping me. I'm very lucky to have her! <3