Having a sibling on the autism spectrum

Flick: Interview 01

Female
Age at interview: 21

Brief outline: Flick's mum and two brothers have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in the past five years.

Background: Flick is a student. Her ethnic background is White British.

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Flick’s two brothers and mother were diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in the last five years. Flick describes how she just thought her mum was a “bit mad” when they were growing up and when she was diagnosed, Flick didn’t think much of it. When her younger brother, Martin, was diagnosed, she began to read about the condition and did a project on it as part of her ‘Film and Television Studies’ course at college. She found it “weird” when her older brother, Ollie, was diagnosed because she had spent more time with him when they were growing up and had previously never suspected he had autism.
 
Flick describes her family as “mad as batshit” and enjoys the fun they all have. She can feel left out at times and she feels like she doesn’t fit in with them as well. She lives with her boyfriend and brother while she completes her university degree.
 

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