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Provide brothers and sisters with age-appropriate information. Most brothers and sisters have a life-long, and ever-changing need for information. Parents and service providers have an obligation to proactively provide siblings with helpful information. Agencies representing specific disabilities and illnesses should be challenged to prepare materials specifically for young readers.
COMPLIMENTS OF: THE SIBLING SUPPORT SITES
Provide siblings with opportunities to meet other siblings of children with special needs. For most parents, the thought of "going it alone," without the benefit of knowing another parent in a similar situation is unthinkable. Yet, this happens routinely to brothers and sisters. Sibshops and similar efforts offer siblings the same common-sense support that parents value. They let brothers and sisters know that they are not alone with their unique joys and concerns.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|