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ERIC Number: ED309605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne
Special Parent/Special Child, v5 n1 Jan-Feb 1989
The newsletter article examines the impact of a handicapped child on siblings and offers parents suggestions for handling sibling relationships effectively. The article notes differences in the emotional adjustment process between older and younger siblings of a handicapped child. This report also explains typical sibling reactions of regression, acting out, and playing the "model child" role. The article encourages parents to be honest, find time for the nondisabled child, read books written for siblings of handicapped children with the nondisabled child, plan family meetings to discuss concerns, help the nondisabled child deal with reactions of friends, and join a sibling network. The report mentions some specific do's and dont's including: (1) "Don't isolate your family;" (2)"Don't overindulge the normal siblings;" and (3) "Do have siblings visit their disabled brother's or sister's school." Finally, the report provides references for 25 books appropriate for siblings and addresses of three sibling networks. (DB)
Lindell Press, Inc., P.O. Box 462, South Salem, NY 10590 ($18.00 per year, $3.50 per issue).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A