Monday, April 25, 2011
Autism Takes a Toll on Siblings
EL PASO, Texas -- There is no question about it -- Amarani loves her older brother, Jimmy. "I love everything about my brother," said Amarani, who, her mother says, is 5 years old going on 14. "I like playing board games like Monopoly, Monopoly Junior and Operation with him. I like playing Barbies versus wrestlers with him, too."
However, there are times when Amarani, whose family and friends call her "Mamas," leaves her brother alone.
"Sometimes my brother needs a break," she said. "I leave him alone until he feels better. Then he calms down and we watch cartoons and movies, and it's all better."
Amarani is wiser and more mature than her age would suggest.