Do you have a child without a disability as well as a special needs child? If yes, you are aware of the unusual dynamics of their sibling relationship. No doubt you have had your fair share of trials and tests in attempting to provide equal amounts of attention for all of your children. And you know firsthand that sometimes siblings of kids with special needs require a little extra support and understanding to navigate situations that are foreign to most of their friends.
What resources are available for siblings of special needs children?
Did you know that there are resources designed especially for siblings of children with disabilities? It’s true, and this post focuses on books that have been written to support this community of siblings. Here are just a few books that provide the emotional support needed for siblings of special needs children:
– “When Molly was in the Hospital: A Book for Brothers and Sisters of Hospitalized Children” – This book, written by Carol Watkins, offers support for siblings, aged 4-8, of chronically ill/hospitalized youths. The book discusses the feelings the siblings are likely experiencing. To learn more about this resource, please see http://www.amazon.com/When-Molly-Was-Hospital-Hospitalized/product-reviews/1877810444.
– “Rules for David” – Authored by Cynthia Lord, “Rules for David” is a novel written for “middle grade readers.” It’s main character, Catharine, struggles with her brother’s disabilities, but she loves him just the same. “Rules for David” may help siblings of disabled children feel more comfortable with their own emotions and understand that what they are feeling is normal. Learn more at http://www.cynthialord.com/rules.htm.
– “The Sibling Slam Book: What It’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Disabilities” – This book was contributed to by over 80 brothers and sisters of disabled children. Visit http://www.woodbinehouse.com/synopsis.asp_Q_product_id_E_1-890627-52-6_A_.asp to get more information.
– “Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: A Book for Sibs” – Written by P.Vadasy and D. Meyer, this resource is aimed at “older siblings” of children with special needs/disabilities. See http://www.siblingsupport.org/publications/living-with-a-brother-or-sister-with-special-needs to read more.
There are many more books written for siblings of disabled children; visit http://www.chop.edu/service/child-life-education-and-creative-arts-therapy/siblings-needs/childrens-books-address-sibling-issues-listed-by-topic-and-illness.html and http://www.parentbooks.ca/Siblings_of_Children_with_Special_Needs.html to learn about them.
Do you have a child who does not have disabilities as well as a son or daughter who does?
If so, we would love to hear what support resources have been helpful to your children in the past. Let us know by leaving a comment.
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