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Siblings Of Special Needs Children - Giving Them The Support They Need To Thrive

April 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

In this article I am going to talk about the siblings of special needs children. The reason I am going to do this is because so often all the focus gets put on a special needs child and sometimes a sibling child can intentionally or unintentionally be given significantly less attention and time than their special needs brother or sister.

This can lead to a number of problems for families, so having a greater understanding of the needs of sibling children will help families work through any difficult times as a complete family unit.

In this article I will discuss

  1. What it is like for a sibling child when they have a special needs sister or brother
  2. What you as a parent can do to strengthen your relationship with the sibling child
  3. How to help your sibling child with understanding the needs of the special needs child

Firstly, through the eyes of a sibling, it may seem like their relationship with their parents is compromised. They can see their brother or sister getting more attention, possibly less discipline and preferential treatment.

This can cause them to feel both jealous and neglected. They may also feel confused and disappointed yet not really understand their feelings.

As a parent, it is important to have some time alone with the sibling child, helping with homework, social activities and also to include them in the care of the special needs child, without of course giving them an overwhelming role of responsibility.

Talk to your child about their special-needs sibling. Provide for open expression whereby feelings can be expressed in a non judgmental manner. The importance of having dedicated one-on-one time with the sibling cannot be stressed enough.

It is important to do this consistently and it is so important to also celebrate their successes also so they will feel entitled to be successful.

You need to give the sibling child the recognition that they deserve. Hugs, tears, kisses and most importantly, the gift of your presence. This is very important not only for the sibling but for your special needs child also.

They also need to be given the freedom to be a child; do fun things with their own friends. Making time for the above may be difficult but by seeing things from a sibling's perspective, it is important to keep the channels of positive communication open at all times with a sibling child so that they do not feel like they are second best in your eyes.

If you would like to know more about being the best parent you possibly can be, download my free guide now at http://www.parenting4specialneeds.com

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