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Sibling Issues When One Child Gets More Attention Due To Unique Needs

With Lisa Ruman, LISW, CHt of The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake
Presented: 2012

Description of Presentation

Siblings of children with special needs have special needs themselves. Their brother or sister with special needs will get a bigger share of attention. While this presents challenges, it also comes with opportunities. Ruman shows how children who grow up with a sibling with special or developmental needs may have more of a chance to develop many good qualities.

CFK Resources


Books (for adults)

  • "It Isn't fair," Stanley D. Klein and Maxwell J. Schleifer
  • "Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs: A book for Siblings," Donald Meyer and Patricia Vadasy
  • "Brothers and Sisters: A Special Part of Exceptional Families," Thomas Powell and Peggy Gallagher
  • "How to Cope with Mental Illness in Your Family: A Self Care Guide for Siblings, Offspring and Parents," Diane Marsh, Rex Dickens, and E. Fuller Torrey
  • "When Madness Comes Home: help and Hope for Children, Siblings and Partners of the Mentally Ill," Victoria Secunda

Books (for children)

  • "We'll Paint the Octopus Red," Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (ages 3-7)
  • "Ben, King of the River," David Gifaldi (ages 5-8)
  • "My Brother, Matthew," Mary Thompson (ages 4-11)
  • "Way to Go, Alex!" Robin Pulver (ages 4-8)
  • "Sara's Secret," Suzanne Wanous (ages 7-9)
  • "My Sister, Annie," Bill Dodds (ages 8-15)
  • "Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs," Donald J. Meyer (ages 7+)
  • "The Summer of the Swans," Betsey Byars (ages 9-15)
  • "A Real Christmas This Year," Karen Williams (ages 9-15)
  • "Welcome Home, Jellybean" Karen Williams (ages 9-15)
  • "Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Brothers and Sisters," Brian Skotko and Susan Levine (teens)

Special Needs Sibling Issues Free resources from Connecting for Kids

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