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Isolating together

Some siblings may be living or self-isolating at home with their disabled brother or sister. This might be your usual living situation, or you may have chosen to be together at this time.

  • Read this advice from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation on escalating behaviour at home. Join their family support network to access ‘Carer Catch Ups’ and ‘CBF Behaviour Chat’. Click here and scroll down
  • Positive Approaches to Support is a new website for all family carers of someone with a learning disability/autism, and it has been developed jointly by professionals and carers. It has tips and advice on support, independence, communication and challenging behaviour during lockdown
  • Many siblings don’t recognise themselves as carers or they may be providing care tasks for the first time because of the pandemic. If you are doing day-to-day tasks for your disabled brother or sister that you wouldn’t do for another adult who didn’t have their disability – then you are providing care for them. Read the latest coronavirus guidance from Carers UK
  • It is possible for family members to be paid direct payments for providing care – read this advice from the government here


Read more about the advice on shielding in your country:

Activities at home

Does your brother or sister have a learning disability and/or autism? Check out these links, which include information and resources for coping with day-to-day life and ideas for activities too:

And for social care guidance:

This page was last updated: 20th April 2021

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