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What is the Sibling’s Place of a Child with Special Needs?

October 02, 2017

Let’s be honest.  If you are a parent, it sometimes might feel like life is a juggling act to have children, especially when one kid has special needs.  Not only that, it’s important to remember that being a sibling to a special needs child can be challenging due to all of the emotions that one may experience.  For instance, the siblings might feel guilty for the negative feeling that’s felt toward their brother/sister or the guilt of not having the same problems.  In addition, it is human nature to feel angry or jealous of the attention that their brother/sister is receiving.  Being a parent means that you must divide your time to logistically get things accomplished, but if you are not careful, your juggling act may cause you to get burned. 

On a positive note, there are steps and opportunities parents can take to help facilitate a healthy relationship between the children.  Parents can be supportive of both kids and teach the sibling to be patient, kind, helpful, while teaching the child to have empathy for others as the child identifies appropriate coping mechanisms with all challenges.  A major point to consider is that the sibling needs to understand and feel loved, have security, and receive attention, in order to show love, give security, and offer attention.  They also need information about their disabled sibling’s condition.  It is also more likely for the sibling who grows up with a child with special health or developmental needs may have more of a chance to develop many good qualities that will last a lifetime. 

We, at Secure Planning Strategies take a collaborative approach when it comes to your family’s individual situation.  We are here to identify and help correct problem areas in your child’s special needs planning strategy because planning is major key factor in helping the disabled individual still have a secure future.  We are certified special needs experts who can help your family plan for tomorrow.  If you don’t want to wait for the next week’s blog article and you want to get started today, please give us a call at: (248) 827-2580 or e-mail us at:

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