August 2006 - Sibling Support

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Family Resources: August 2006

One of the of the aims of the TRIS project is to raise awareness of rare trisomy conditions and the variety of situations and concerns families encounter. This page is intended to share resources that families can use in their daily lives.

We are now archiving previous months' Family Resources pages.

The TRIS project hopes to address a variety of child and family needs including sibling support. We hope the information and links below assist you and your family.

The Sibling Support Project
Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.

Siblings of children with special needs have special needs themselves.  Their sister or brother with special needs will get a bigger share of attention.  While having a special needs sib presents challenges, it also comes with opportunities.  When parents tune in to each child’s individual needs, they can help ease the difficulties.

Family Village Library: Siblings of Persons with Disabilities
This website provides links to a variety of resources including books, fact sheets and online mailing lists.

This link takes you to a 26 page guide addressing a variety of sibling related issues.

There are many books that address sibling issues. Below are several resources for younger as well as older siblings of a child with a disability.

Kids Claire
Nicholas Devon

The Compassionate Friends
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. This site also offers support to surviving siblings. Newsletters and brochures are available at minimal cost.