Let’s recognize and celebrate how Special Siblings are
NATIONAL SIBLINGS DAY
National Siblings Day (also referred to as Sibling Day) is observed on April 10. It is a day created to honor our brothers and our sisters.
To honor siblings of children with special needs this year, we thought we would pull together a list of articles that have been helpful to many families over the years.
Siblings, often times, are our children’s first, and forever, best friends. And let us not forget that sibling relationships can outlast marriages, and survive the death of parents. As parents, we need to help nurture their relationship.
Here are a few articles that you may want to read (or reread).
A Letter to the Sibling of a Child with Special Needs
You’re on my heart more than you know. I know sometimes you feel like your sibling gets all the attention, and I don’t notice you, but it’s not true. Entire days go by that I ache because…
Why Siblings Are Too Important To Ignore
Don Meyer, the creator of Sibshops, talks about siblings and why they are too IMPORTANT to ignore…
Balancing the Care of Siblings with Different Needs
Parenting is hard. Parenting a child with special needs is hard, too, and parenting multiple kids with different abilities is one of the toughest jobs I have ever done.
Born to Shine: Learning to Find Strength in Differences
At 10 years of age, Sam De La Cerda offers new perspectives on family dynamics, individuality, and inclusion in his book, ‘Am I Invisible?’
Engaging Siblings to Build Social Skills: A Relative Solution to a Complex Problem
Playtime is a primary context for children to learn important skills and to interact, but it tends to be “messy”. Children with special needs often find playtime with friends to be unpredictable and confusing because of its unspoken rules and rituals. This article will walk you through engaging siblings to help build social skills.
Paige Talhelm: My Brother Helped Shape Who I Am and Will Become…
Paige Talhelm provided insight into herself, as well as into her life being a sister to a younger brother who has been diagnosed with Autism. See what she said…
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