Supporting

Siblings

Skylight knows that the brothers and sisters of children or teens who have a serious illness, a chronic health condition or a disability have their own unique needs too. Research from around the world lets us know that supporting them well is very, very important.

On this page we have brought together all kinds of information that may be helpful for siblings - and those who care about them. If you know about other links, do let Skylight know.

 

NEW for Parents and Carers

Supporting Your Other Child

Skylight (NZ) - a look at ways parents can support brothers and sisters well too.

New DVD

Siblings Australia has launched the new DVD, Stronger Siblings. It will assist parents to understand the experience of brothers and sisters of a child with disability, and how to support them. Parents and siblings share their stories and, together with professionals, explore a number of issues. To purchase, or to see more details, click here.

( Parents/Carers  - scroll down to see many more excellent pdfs and links that follow the next brothers' and sisters' section)

FOR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

I have a Special Brother or Sister...and I'm Going to Tell You About Me Skylight (NZ) - an interactive booklet for children to work through with a caring adult. For children 4 - 14 yrs.

A Pocket Size Guide to Brothers and Sisters (NZ) by IHC

Side by Side (Australia - NSW) Growing up with a brother or a sister with a disability - a handbook

STORIES TO READ:

Go back to the Jungle Tiger! for younger children (Skylight - Carol Jenkins)

It’s Mostly Good Having Lucy for a Sister for children 6-12 (Skylight - Carol Jenkins)
Jamie - a story about a sister leaving home for young people 12-18 (Skylight - Carol Jenkins)

INTERESTING LINKS FOR SIBLINGS:

Sibsupport.nz New Zealand

Siblings Australia (Australia)

Useful advice for teenagers to help you cope if your brother or sister is ill and receiving hospital treatment. (UK)

Sibs (UK) For brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults

For Young Carers (UK) for brothers and sisters who do a lot of practical caring for their siblings.

The Sibling Support Project (US) a website dedicated to the wellbeing of siblings!

SibTeen (US) a place where teenage sibs of people with disabilities can connect with others who get it. It's a fun and thoughtful group where members share unique concerns, joys, frustrations, and information with others who truly understand!

SibKids (US) is the internet's first listserve for young brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and emotional needs. Meet other siblings around the world.

SibNet (US) - young adult and adult brothers and sisters from around the world share information and discuss issues of common interest.

Canteen (NZ)  for young people with cancer (13-24 yrs) and their siblings

When Your Brother or Sister Gets Cancer (NZ) For siblings of children with cancer

SuperSibs (USA) For siblings of children with cancer

Band-Aids and Blackboards, for kids who have medical problems — and their sibs

BOOKS THAT CAN HELP

Sibling Support Publications 

Resilience Building Publications

Feelings Management Publications

Self Esteem and Strengths Publications

See also

SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED - for 3 - 6 yrs  

WHEN TOUGH STUFF HAPPENS - for 7 - 12 yrs 

THE JOURNEY THROUGH - for teens

FOR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND CARERS

NEW

GKSN, the Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs website (USA)

Supporting Your Other Child Skylight (NZ) - a look at ways parents can support brothers and sisters well too  

Sib Support NZ (NZ) Sibling Support Programme. A weekend camp once a year for siblings of children with disabilities in various areas of NZ.

Siblings (NZ) Prade-Willi Syndrome Ass.

Sensational Siblings (NZ) Auckland group

Support Group Listings in NZ - some offer sibling involvement too (NZORD)

Helping your other children cope when their brother or sister is ill and receiving hospital treatment. (UK)

SibParent (US) is a listserve site parents of kids with special needs can talk about their "other" kids! i.e. siblings of their special needs child.

Sibling Perspectives: Guidelines for Parents (Living with Austism USA)

What Siblings Would Like Parents and Service Providers to Know (The Sibling Project USA)

"Siblings of Disabled Children Have Own Special Needs" from The New York Times

The Sibling Connection, about siblings who have experienced the death of a brother or sister

BOOKS THAT CAN HELP

Sibling Support Publications 

Resilience Building Publications

Feelings Management Publications

Self Esteem and Strengths Publications

See also

SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED - for 3 - 6 yrs  

WHEN TOUGH STUFF HAPPENS - for 7 - 12 yrs 

THE JOURNEY THROUGH - for teens


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