A Bond Between Brothers

Evan, 14, and Holden, 10, are two brothers with autism. “Evan and Holden can relate to each other and will always be there for one another. Understanding how each other feels makes them feel less isolated, more normal,” says their mother, Heather Pardue.

While the two brothers share a bond, they also can also trigger each other’s behavioral issues. Heather says, however, that “not everything is about autism – sometimes, it's just about being siblings.”

Autism is a developmental disorder that can affect a child’s development in thinking, language, behavior and social skills. The current risk for autism in the general population is 1 in 64. But if a boy has a brother that is autistic, that risk shoots up to more than one in four.