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Great Sibling Resources
Books for Parents and Adults:

Brothers and Sisters: A Special Part of Exceptional Families by Peggy A. Gallagher, Thomas Powell, and Cheryl Rhodes is a strong resource for families to enhance their understanding of the sibling relationship while discovering ways to support the lifelong bonds of brothers and sisters.

Special Siblings: Growing up with Someone with a Disability by Mary McHugh uses her personal memories, current research, and interviews with other siblings to explore and explain common sibling thoughts and issues.

Books for Children and Teens

Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs edited by Don Meyer. This book is a collection of 45 short and honest essays from brothers and sisters aged 4 to 18.

Sibling Slam Book: What It’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs edited by Don Meyer. This book is a collaborative honest work by teenagers that can reassure other teens that they are not alone in their thoughts.

Oh Brother! Growing up with a Special Needs Sibling by Natalie Hale and Kate Sternberg. This book is written from the point of a view of a school aged child and offers kid-tested solutions.

Hi, My Name is Jack by Christina Beall-Sullivan is an excellent book for young children that normalizes the range of feelings siblings may have.

What about me? When Brothers and Sisters get Sick by Allan Peterkin. This short book reiterates the normalcy of the range of feelings children may experience when their brother or sister has to go to the hospital.

Activity Ideas to Help Sibs Express Themselves

  • Paint!!! Anything goes!
  • Playdoh – play with them but let them lead. Great for squishing and splatting when angry but also great for being silly and expressing positive feelings while having some quality one on one time. You’re never too old for playdoh!
  • Have evryone write down thoughts they don’t want to share on newspaper – ball them up and throw them away or have a family shredding party!
  • Journals – tese are private “escapes” that can help us understand what we’re feeling. Let the journal take any format they want. Encourage them to take a little time every day to use it but don’t force it.
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