ERIC Number: ED358629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Siblings of Children with Special Health and Developmental Needs: Programs, Services and Considerations. ARCH Factsheet Number 23.
This fact sheet provides an overview of the special concerns of siblings of children with special health and developmental needs, describes one model approach addressing these concerns, and outlines considerations for respite care agencies. Special concerns of siblings include feelings of loss and isolation, an unmet need for information about the disability or illness, increased caregiving demands on older sisters, overidentification, pressure to achieve, guilt, resentment, and concerns about their and the sibling's future. Positive aspects experienced by such siblings are also noted. Characteristics of appropriate programs are suggested, including an opportunity to meet other such siblings and to discuss joys and concerns they have in common, a chance to learn more about the implications of the special needs individual, and an opportunity for parents and service providers to learn more about siblings' common concerns. A model format for 4-hour meetings held monthly or bimonthly is briefly described. Agencies are offered a checklist to facilitate the inclusion of siblings in planning and implementing family support services. Several print and organizational resources are suggested. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHHS/OHS), Washington, DC.; North Carolina State Div. of Mental Health, Raleigh. Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.
Authoring Institution: ARCH National Resource Center for Crisis Nurseries and Respite Care Services, Chapel Hill, NC.