Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs focuses on the intensity of emotions that brothers and sisters experience when they have a sibling with special needs, and the hard questions they ask: What caused my sibling's disability? Could my own child have a disability as well? What will happen to my brother or sister if my parents die? Written for young readers, the book discusses specific disabilities in easy to understand terms. It talks about the good and not-so-good parts of having a brother or sister who has special needs, and offers suggestions for how to make life easier for everyone in the family.
The book is a wonderful resource, not just for siblings and their parents but also for teachers and other professionals who work with children with special needs. This revised and updated edition includes new sections on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, fragile X syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, ultrasound, speech therapy, recent legislation on disabilities, and an extensive bibliography.
Foreword by Thomas H. PowellA Note to Brothers and SistersA Note to Parents and Other Grown-upsAcknowledgments 1. What It's Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs2. Mental Retardation3. Disabilities That Affect How People See, Hear, Speak, Learn, and Behave4. Disabilities That Children Are Born With5. Other Causes of Disabilities6. Neurological Problems: Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy7. Laws, Programs, and Services for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families8. The FutureConclusion Appendix 1: Books for Young Readers about Disabilities and IllnessesAppendix 2: Organizations and Other Resources on Specific Disabilities and IllnessesIndexFeedback Form