Siblings Impacted By Disabilities Too, Study Finds – Disability Scoop

See on Scoop.itDevelopmental & Behavioral Challenges in Children

Siblings of children with disabilities are more likely than those with typically developing brothers or sisters to struggle with relationships, schoolwork, behavior and leisure time.

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

Do you have a child with disabilities?  Does he or she have typically developing siblings?  Then this is an important article for you.

Raising a child with disabilities is hard.  It takes up large blocks of time in your day.  This then results in less time to notice, interact, and emotionaly be there for your other children.  This doesn’t mean that you are a bad parent. You Aren’t!

What it means is that we have got to find a way as a community, to help the typically developing siblings find their own sense of belonging, of being noticed, and appreciated. There need to be more programs for children with siblings with disabilities that provides an outlook for them to express both what they love about their sibling and parents and what they find unfair. There need to be outlets for parents to be able to be with their typically developing children while someone reliable cares for the child with disabilities.

If you are a parent of a child with disabilities and typically developing children, what are some of your wishes so that your typically developing child can truly feel your love and caring?

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